“For me, art is a reflection of reality, an intense, living emotion.” Juan Ripolles
Galerie Belvedere is proud to present “Ripolles, The Colours of Life” by celebrated artist Juan Ripolles, considered one of Spain’s foremost contemporary painters and sculptors.
The exhibition opens on 10th of July until 31st July 2014.
Ripolles’ artistic style is often compared to and influenced by one of the giants of 20th century art - Picasso. Although Ripolles admits his admiration for artists such as Picasso, Goya, and Velazquez, he delivers his own dreamy and ironic interpretation to characterize the figures in his works, which often focus on nature and people. Ripolles was initially closer to painting, creating highly imaginative and very successful works; next he made original engravings, developing new techniques. Finally he discovered the world of sculpture and consequently that of glass. He offers a recreational world based on humour and irony and his work presents a wide range of nuances, suggestions, atmospheres, over chromatics, ranging from serious to loud, from soft to happy.
The artist often emphasizes his figures’ enormous heads set on miniscule bodies, underscoring the four senses that reside in the head: hearing, smell, taste and sight. He views the head as the centre of the human being; with the heart completing the poem.
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. He was the first Spanish artist invited to exhibit solo in museums throughout China, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and the PRC. His large-format sculptures have been seen in the parks and emblematic streets and squares of Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Lisbon, Venice, Verona, and Beijing. Celebrities such as Klaus and Hilde Schwab, founders of the World Economic Forum, and Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, collect his works.
Galerie Belvedere has undertaken large commissioned sculptures by Juan Ripolles for corporate customers in Singapore and we carry a collection of his paintings, engravings and sculptures in our gallery.