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Juan-Luis Baroja-Collet

Born in 1957 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Jean-Luis Baroja-Collet was born in a town called Creusot in the region of Burgundy in 1957. He is known as much for his iron, bronze or wooden sculptures as he is for his printmaking and collages. He taught graphic arts at the Deba art school in Gipuzkoa, but his true vocation was to explore the paradoxes of life and objects. "Is an actual object real? Is abstract work unreal?

When Jean-Luis Baroja-Collet was a child, he used to observe his seamstress mother cut fabrics to make dresses, jackets and pants. He used to listen to his father, who was a worker in Schneider steel mills, explain how the metal sheets which came out of the rolling-mill were cut, welded and processed in tanks and garages. Although Juan Luis preferred devoting himself to art rather than working in a factory, he remained deeply influenced by crafts and the metal industry.

His first solo painting exhibition was in Eibar (Spain) in 1978. He was close to the GAUR and Chillida movement, whose sculptures have decorated the cities of Bilbao, San Sebastien, Valladolid...

The fact that he worked for a while with Chillida's son, set him free from those paintings that "restricted" him. He moved on to printmaking and then collages which allowed him to express his technique freely. He works with iron, bronze and wood to create sculptures which are often imposing. Due to automatic drawing, he was able to go with the flow and express his sensitivity through abstract forms.

Since 1983, Juan-Luis Baroja-Collet heads the Printmaking school in Deba and thanks to his talent, Deba has become a reference city for printmaking in Spain since 2015.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015
Galerie d’Art Anne Broitman, Biarritz, France

2010
Galerie d’Art Anne Broitman, Biarritz, France

2006
Galerie Arteko, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

2005
Galerie d’art Arregi, Mondragon, Espagne
Galerie d’art Ispilu, Zarautz, Espagne
Galerie Josette Dacosta, Saint-Jean-Pied-du-Port, France
Centre International de l’estampe contemporain, La Coruna, Espagne

2004
Claustro de Santa Maria de Deba, Deba, Espagne

1997
Galerie d’art Beitu, Durango, Espagne

1996
Galerie Arteko, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

1995
Musée Laia, Zumaia, Espagne

1994
Musée de San Telmo, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

1993
Galerie Berta Belleza, Bilbao, Espagne
Galerie Zazpi, Zarautz, Espagne
Musée Pablo Gargallo, Zaragoza, Espagne

1992
Galerie Olaetxea, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

1982
Arteder 83, Bilbao, Espagne
1981
Galerie Ttopara, Fuenterrabia, Espagne
Caja Laboral Popular, Bilbao, Espagne

1980
Arteder 81, Bilbao, Espagne


GROUP

1991
Daniel Amigos Txopitea, Galerie Altxerri, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne
Estampa 97, Galerie C.E.A., Madrid, Espagne

1990
Galerie Art Co, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne
Four Spanish Artists, Galerie Kin Nae Hyun Arta, Seol, Corée du Sud
Galerie Deung-Jan, Souwon, Corée du Sud
Futur Comunicación, exposition d’art postale, Copenhagen, Danemark

1990
Ibizagrafic 96, Musée d’Art Contemporain d’Ibiza, Ibiza, Espagne
Estampa 96, Galerie Olaetxea, Madrid, Espagne

1989
Basque Printmakers, Elgoibar, Eibar, Espagne
Galerie Olaetxea, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

1988
Amnestie International, Galerie Altxerri, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne
Galerie Brita Prins, Madrid, Espagne

1985
Bienal Iberoamericana des Arte Seriado, Musée d’art Contemporain, Séville, Espagne

1984
Amnestie International, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

1983
Centre International d’art Moderne, Paris, France
Siete Pintores, Galerie Altxerri, Saint-Sébastien, Espagne

1982
La Caja en el Arte, Windsor-kulturgintza, Bilbao, Espagne
Arteder 82, International Graphic Art, Bilbao, Espagne


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bibliothèque National de Madrid
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bilbao
Musée d’art contemporain d’Ibiza
Ville de Zaragoza
Ville de Vitoria
Municipalité de Pamploma
Gouvernement Basque

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