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Juan Ripolles

Galerie Belvedere has undertaken large commissioned sculptures by Juan Ripolles for corporate customers in Singapore and we carry a collection of his paintings and grabados in our gallery.

Juan Ripolles is an internationally acclaimed Spanish sculptor and painter.  He was the first Spanish artist invited to exhibit at Museums across China in 2012-2013.  Entitled “Universe Ripolles” the exhibition opened in 2012 at the Beijing World Art Museum and then travelled to museums in Jinan, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.  The exhibition featured 86 of Juan Ripolles' artworks made from a variety of materials such as bronze, glass, and fibreglass; the exhibition included engravings (or grabados) and paintings that showcased the artist's versatility and genius.  The exhibition formed part of the cultural program offered by the Embassy of Spain in China to commemorate the Fortieth Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and the People's Republic of China.

Juan Ripolles’ paintings and sculptures have also been exhibited at major art galleries in Amsterdam, Maastricht, New York, Tokyo, Venice, etc.  His mega sculptures have become signature features in many public plazas and parks in numerous cities such as the Retiro Park in Madrid, the Canals of Venice and the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia amongst many others. 

Ripolles’ work are also in the private collections of Klaus and Hilde Schwab, founder of the Word Economic Forum, and Hollywood actor Michael Douglas as well as museums and institutions across Europe, USA, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Uruguay, and the Dominican Republic. 

Born in Valencia, Spain in 1932, he attended the School of Industrial Arts and Crafts F. Ribalta in Spain before settling in Paris between 1954 to 1963.  His works were exhibited at the prestigious Drouand David Gallery in Paris which established Juan Ripolles as an important artist in view that the gallery usually exhibits paintings by Picasso, Chagall, and Buffet among other famous artists. His paintings were then also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. From 1969 to 1971, he held major exhibitions in the USA.  Finally, in 1972, he settled back in Spain.

Although Ripolles admits his admiration for artists such as Picasso, Goya, Velazquez, and Matisse, he delivers his own dreamy and ironic way to characterize the figures in his works. His artworks range from the sublime to flamboyant that creatively incorporate colours and shapes which make his work distinct and recognizable. Ripolles simultaneously develops volume, size, proportion, sense of humour and irony. His works often have dual faces on either side of the sculptures, conveying different expressions so that they can be viewed from all around and not only from a frontal view. The sculptures convey his signature style of communicating fun and joy. The final result is the product of the master’s imagination. Whilst reflecting Picasso’s influence and the linear grace of Matisse, Ripolles expresses his own originality with a personal interpretation of a free unencumbered expression of Man and Nature. These are the hallmarks of a true genius.

Galerie Belvedere represents Juan Ripolles.

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