Juan Garcia Ripolles, Spanish (1932 - )

Juan Garcia Ripolles

Juan García Ripollés (Castellon) was born in Alzira (Valencia, Spain) in 1932. His mother died during childbirth and not long after, he moved to Castellon, known as Castellon La Plana.
His early years were a struggle: horse dung collector, scrap collector and housepainter were just some of his professions before leaving for Paris in 1954. His desire was to be an artist. And it was there that his dreams came true. Just four years later, his creations were hanging on the walls of the prestigious Drouand David Gallery, the same gallery that had earlier exhibited the works of Picasso and Chagall.

Since returning to Spain in the 1970’s, the immediate natural environment has become his workshop. Even now in his early 80’s, his routine has not changed and he can still be found painting in the vegetable patch of his old manor house in the small country hamlet of Mas de Flors in Castellon.

For the past five decades, his canvasses and prints have been exhibited at the major galleries and museums of Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo and Beijing. His large-format sculptures have been seen in the parks and emblematic streets and squares of Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Lisbon, Venice, Verona, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Beijing.

I love bread and my idea of Paradise is life itself. I don’t mix my words.
You are you. It is my pain, my thirst, my glance, my love, my word. You are you.
For me, art is a reflection of reality, an intense, living emotion.
I change whole words for part words. Who would exchange laughter for tears for me?

Today, I wanted to say something, I don’t quite know what. Nothing, I wasn’t able to say a solitary thing.

Exhibitions

1958 París Drouand
Forma parte del grupo de pintores de la Gareria Drouand David - Paris

1959 Nièvre Iglesia Saint-Paul de Tigran Commune de Chaulgnes
1960 París Galerie Chirvan
1962 Barcelona Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona
1963 Sevilla Galería Pasarela
1963 París Galerie Epona - Participa de exposiciones colectivas de las galerías filiales de Drouand David de <paris, Europa, Estados Unidos y Japón
1966 Madrid Quixote- Esposición Figuras y Paisajes de Andalucía
1967 Sevilla Galería Pasarela
1969 Nueva York
1971 Nueva York Galería Leon amiel
1972 Madrid Galería de Arte Anne Barchet
1973 Madrid Anne Barchet
1973 Ciudad de México Galería Miranda
1973 Castellón Galería Derenzi
1973 Barcelona La Pinacoteca
1974 Amsterdam D'Eendt
1977 Holanda Estampa de 12 Aguafortes para el libro"Homenaje a los 80 años de Josep Pla" 250 ejemplares
1978 Barcelona Layetana
1978 Madrid El coleccionista
1979 Valencia Galería Valle Orti
1980 Madrid Publicación de la novela de Manuel Vicent"Angeles o Neofitos(Ediciones Destino) sobre la metamorfosis entre el Beato Ripo y el Pintor Ripollés, en su vida fuera de la pintura
1981 Madrid Cortometraje: El Beato Ripo, dirigido por Jorge Berlanga, interpretando el personaje el propio pintor Ripollés
1982 Valencia Theo
1982 Ámsterdam Galería D'eendt
1982 Alicante Centro de Arte Visual Mediterránea
1982 Castellón Exposición simultanea en Galería Terra, Canem, Vermell y Galería El Campanar
1982 Barcelona Laxaste
1982 Logroño Salón Oeste del Antiguo edificio de la Tabacalera
1982 Madrid Presenta su libro de arte "Ripollés por Aguilera Cerni"
1984 Madrid D´Eendt Feria ARCO
1984 Eindhoven Fundación Philips
1985 Madrid Estiarte
1985 Valencia Theo
1985 Bruselas BP Gallery
1987 Veere, en Walcheren De Schotse Huizen
1988 Granada Palacio de Madraza, Universidad de Granada
1988 Madrid Centro cultural Conde Duque
1988 Valencia Val y 30 Interarte
1988 Gante Val y 30 Line-Art
1988 Amsterdam Kooring
1989 París SAGA 89 (FIAC Edition) Grand Palais
1989 Basilea ART´89
1990 Castellón de la Plana Escultura de hierro en el Planetario de Castellón
1990 París SAGA ´90 (FIAC edition) Grand Palais
1990 Estocolmo Bosquet Art-Fair ´90
1990 Maastricht Husstege The International European Art-Fair ´90
1991 París Bosquet SAGA ´91 (FIAC Edition)
1991 Estocolmo Art-Fair 91-Pabellon Español
1992 Miami Bosquet MIAMI ART ´92, Convention Centre (Art Deco District)
1992 Amsterdam Art-Works
1992 Valencia Bosquet Interarte
1993 París Dionne SAGA ´93 (FIAC Edition) GRAND PALAIS
1993 Maastricht The International European Art-Fair ´93
1993 's-Hertogenbosch Husstege
1993 Düsseldorf Husstege Art Multiple ´93
1993 Chicago Kass Meridian Gallery
1994 Miami Kass Meridian Gallery MIAMI ART ´94
1994 Evian Club Royal, Sala Rostropovich
1994 Amsterdam Art-Works Bienal Sculpture
1994 Düsseldorf Bosquet y Dionne Art Multiple ´94
1995 Nueva York Dionne Art-Expo 95
1995 Veere, en Walcheren Delta-Cultureel
1995 Lausana Paul Valloton y Catherine Niederhauser
1995 Düsseldorf La Aurora y Dionne Art Multiple ´95
1995 Lausana Catherine Niederhauser
1997 París Dionne
1997 Ulm Fischerplatz Galería
1997 Ginebra Cigarini
1997 's-Hertogenbosch Husstege
1997 Amsterdam Husstege PAN ´97
1997 Lausana Catherine Niederhauser
1997 Berlín Kühn
1998 Vall d'Alba Monumento de bronce El Toro de la Vall d'Alba
1998 Bremen Kühn
1998 Ámsterdam Art-Works
1998 Münster Schnake
1998 Amsterdam Husstege PAN ´98
1998 Saint-Tropez Charles Vasserot
1998 Marbella José Palomo
1998 Palma de Mallorca Casal Solleric
1998 Düsseldorf Fischerplatz Art Multiple ´98
1999 Ulm Fischerplatz Art Multiple ´99
1999 Düsseldorf Fischerplatz Art Multiple ´99
1999 Múnich In Der Prannerstrasse
1999 Amsterdam Husstege Kunst RAI '99
1999 Ginebra Cigarini
1999 Amsterdam Art-Works
1999 Salou Paseo de las Esculturas
1999 Alicante Museo de la Universidad
1999 Villarreal Museo de la Ciudad
2000 Colonia Fischerplatz Galerie Kunst Köln 2000
2000 Amsterdam Art-Works
2000 's-Hertogenbosch Husstege
2000 Valencia Palacio del Almudin
2007 Münster Galerie Michael Nolte
2009 Alicante Arte en la calle
2010 París Galerie Ange Basso "Lille Art Up 2012, 2013, 2014"
2011 Knokke ArtUp Gallery

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