Juan Francisco Casas
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2012)|
|Juan Francisco Casas|
|Field||Painting, drawing, photography|
|Training||B.A., M.F.A., PhD, University of Granada|
|Awards||Award of the Colegio de España en Paris|
Juan Francisco Casas (born September 21, 1976, La Carolina, Jaén, Andalusia) is a Spanish artist and poet. Casas recreates photographs he's taken as large scale oil paintings on canvas, as well as similarly scaled drawings using only blue ballpoint pens. He is considered one of the more influential young painters in Spain.Casas lives and works in Paris and Madrid.
Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz graduated with a B.A. and a M.F.A. from the University of Granada. He subsequently completed his PhD at the university in 2004, while also holding a teaching position there. During his studies he won the National Award of the Ministry of Education and Science for the best graduate qualifications in Spain, presented by Culture Minister Pilar del Castillo.
Juan Francisco Casas has exhibited artwork in a number of group exhibitions in Europe and internationally, beginning in the early 2000s. They include:
- 2002 INJUVE Art Show at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. The exhibition later toured capitals of Latin America.
- 2005 2nd Biennial of Prague, curated by Giancarlo Politi and organized by Flash Art magazine, the only Spanish representative among artists such as Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan and Neo Rauch.
- 2006 Catharsis - Rituals of Purification at the Museum Artium, Vitoria, along with Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura, Miquel Barceló, Jorge Oteiza and Antoni Muntadas.
- The Sock Strategy at the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, curated by Okwui Enwezor.
- 2009 10 Years of Art in the ABC Awards at the Instituto Cervantes in New York, Warsaw, and Moscow.
- 2010 Realismus. Das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit (Realism The Adventure of Reality) at the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung Museum, Munich, including artists such as Edward Hopper, Gerhard Richter, Édouard Manet, Robert Longo, Chuck Close, and Otto Dix, among numerous others.
- After Post (beyond photography), group exhibition with Vik Muniz, Gregory Crewdson, Helena Almeida, John Baldessari, Luis Gordillo and Sherrie Levine.
- 2011 Cover girl, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, with Alex Katz, General Idea and Hans-Peter Feldmann.
At Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid:
Other solo exhibitions
2007 Received the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Spain, Rome, where he'd lived for one year. In Rome he collaborated with the artist Joseph Kosuth, and Kosuth's installation of his exhibition at La Casa Encendida in Madrid.
2010 Awarded the Fellowship of the [Colegio de España], Paris, where he'd lived for one year.
Since 2002 Juan Francisco Casas is represented by Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, and Galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia. His artwork is included in collections at the Museum Artium and the ABC Museum.
Casas has also published books including poetry such as Thesummerhaikus and A and Other Poems at [Editions Alea Blanca].
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- "La Casa Encendida" (in (Spanish)). Lacasaencendida.es. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Colegio de España de Paris - Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris". Colesp.net. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- "Poesía sin pretensiones". Alea Blanca. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
- Villa, Manuela (2007). Emerging Art in Spain. Madrid: Vaivén. ISBN 978-84-96592-64-3
- Juan Francisco Casas in Artfacts
- Juan Francisco Casas' web site
- Juan Francisco Casas in Artnet