Javier Marin

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Javier Marín has developed a solid career as a visual artist in his nearly 30-year history. In this time he has made more than 90 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 200 group exhibitions in Mexico, USA and Canada as well as in several countries in Central and South America, Asia and Europe. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Blake-Purnell Collection, the Malba-Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires, Argentina, among others. In 2008 he received the Award of the Third International Biennale Beijing, China. In 2010 opened altarpiece, the central altar and choir of the Basilica of Zacatecas (World Heritage Site by UNESCO) Cathedral, a monumental work which concluded after winning the contest for implementation in 2008 were recently presented exhibitions of his work sculpture in Shanghai (World Expo 2010) and Brussels (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium). Marin was born in 1962 in Uruapan, Michoacan. From 1980 to 1983 he studied at the National School of Plastic Arts of the UNAM (Academia de San Carlos) in Mexico City, where he currently lives and works.

In his first exhibition showed paintings and drawings. At first for his sculptures he used exclusively mud, then worked his works in bronze and in recent years has gone beyond the traditional methods in sculpture, by using polyester resin mixed with organic materials such as snuff, land, seeds amaranth, rose petals or dried meat fibers, adding in the same work, the industrial and artificial plastic, in contrast to the organic, natural and subtle to the other materials. The increasing presence of large-scale pieces in public spaces, part of a contemporary design strongly about urban intervention.Public works of Marin opens to the physical and human context that surrounds it, proposing alternative readings of this and of itself. Exploration leads to various places and experiences, encouraging continuous feedback. In his creative work, Javier Marín is in a constant exploration of human interactions and finding a sense of balance, both in form and concept.

“Javier Marin’s work revolves around the whole human being: being shown live, throbbing, with bodies that have violated and broken, yet dignified and proud, but not fragile strengthened. They skin and flesh marks of existence: everlasting confrontation seeming opposites.The choice of material and the bill of each piece, which leaves visible marks on them, are a substantial part of the way Marin conceives his art. “(Citlali Bernhardt)