Ripolles


Spanish
Follow
Generosa
Nino Corriendo
Nino Del Pez
Tumbado
Tumbada
Mariposa Requeno (Butterfly Requeno)
USD 2,100.00
Maternidad (Maternity)
USD 4,100.00
Nina Tres Pelos (Nina Three Hairs)
USD 2,600.00

About The Artist

Ripollés, who is considered one of the most renowned international stars of contemporary Spanish art, has exhibited his works throughout Europe, America and Asia for more than 50 years. Over the course of his brilliant career, he has acquired great prestige and recognition outside Spain for his audacity and the fantasy he creates with shapes, colours and materials

Read more

A painter, sculptor and unique etcher born in Castellón in 1932, Ripollés developed his creative side in France and Spain. Ripollés overcame a traumatic childhood before discovering art. When his mother died during labour, he was adopted by a family from a poor neighborhood in Castellón and, in grey post-war Spain, had no choice but to work from a very young age. Several years went by in poverty, until, still young enough to wear short trousers, Ripollés started working in an industrial painting workshop. It was there that he discovered the range of colours, their infinite combinations and the different types of paintbrushes. That experience mesmerized Ripollés. At night he stayed awake, discovering a new language of shapes, curves and representations. In the solitude of a dark room, night after night he slowly became the artist, the genius. Once he had finished his day's work he attended drawing classes in the afternoons at the Ribalta Institute in Castellón; the classes nurtured Ripollés' artistic interests.

The definitive emancipation, the breakaway from the scaffolding and overalls, took place when he joined the Drouand David gallery in Paris, one of the most prestigious in the world in 1958. First, together with the Drouand gallery and later independently, he projected his recreation of vital and intense settings, rich in hues and emotions, all over Europe, in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and France, before showing his work in other continents, such as America (with exhibitions in the USA and Mexico) and even Japan.

Ripollés is also someone who identifies with his native land and people. He is an artist with an inexhaustible imagination, who is sensitive to his surroundings and has a unique talent for reinterpreting his environment through painting, sculpture and etching. As one of the reference points of Spanish figurative expressionism, Ripollés has completed an extensive journey through different stylistic trends, before settling down, today, in a period marked by the vitalism of his scenes, evoking an active pulse and emotional and expressive existence.

In his sculptural work, inspiration comes from man and nature. Totems, animal and human forms that could only exist in the imagination of a creator come to life in his collection, in a naive and carefree existence, far removed from dramatism. One of the distinguishing elements of Ripollés' sculptures is that practically all of his creations have a double frontal plane. They all have two faces, two expressions with which Ripollés represents the duality of man's emotional existence, condemned to live between suffering and jubilation. Using bronze, fibreglass, resin, marble and iron, Ripollés moulds a symmetric relationship between the extreme sensitivity of the author for curves and forms and the hostile resistance of the material to his subtle domination and reflective mastering.

Over the years Ripollés has also continually redefined himself and has always been open to change. This rejuvenation has taken place in the form of calm transitions, which, today, clearly show the evolution of pictorial and sculptural work that evolves with each period, but which has one common and essential characteristic: it is all the work of a genius.


 

Exhibitions

2013
Tai’an, Shangong Province (China). 
Tai’an City Hall, exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings, iron, bronze, fibreglass and resin sculptures.
Maastricht (Holland), Post-Garcia Gallery, Joint exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Valence (France), Chromalies. Exhibition of sculptures.
Lausanne (Switzerland), Art& Emotion Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Knokke (Belgium), Art-Up Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Spa (Belgium), Azur Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.

2012
Paris (France). Ange Basso Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Peking (China). Beijing World Art Museum. Exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings, as well as iron, bronze, fibreglass and resin sculptures.
Jinan (China). Shandong Museum. Exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings as well as iron, bronze, fibreglass and resin sculptures.
Cannes (France). Terre des Arts Gallery. Paintings and sculptures. Gran Hotel de Cannes. Exhibition of large-format sculptures.
Wuhan (China). Wuhan Museum. Exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings as well as iron, bronze, fibreglass and resin sculptures.
Liege (Belgium). Liehrman Gallery. Exhibition of paintings and sculptures.Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Portocolom (Spain). Simon Nolte Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures, etchings and gouache.
Valencia (Spain). IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art). Retrospective exhibition “Las musas de Juan Ripollés” (Juan Ripollés and his muses). Paintings, sculptures, etchings, gouache and large-format sculptures from 1945 to 2012.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart , Art-up Gallery, Azur Gallery, Berengo Studio.

2011
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery. Joint exhibition (Alechinsky, Appel, Cobbaert, Ripollés).
Münster (Germany). Simon Nolte Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Knokke-Zoute (Belgium). Artup Gallery. Exhibition of paintings sculptures and etchings.
Florida (USA). Art Naples. Murano glass with the Berengo Studio.
Valence (France). Chromalies. Paintings and sculptures with the Valence Dauphin Lions Club.
Paris (France). Ange Basso Gallery. Joint exhibition.
Valencia (Spain). City of Science and Arts. Chess set by Ripollés made using Murano glass. 8x8m in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum. 
Officially opened by Anatoly KarpovEscaldes-Engordany (Andorra). Exhibition of large-format sculptures “UNIVERS RIPOLLÉS”. Government of Andorra Exhibition Rooms. “Emoción Viva” (Living Emotion). 
Curator: Pilar Gimeno. Venice (Italy) Biennale. Totemcity. 
Scuola Grande de San Teodoro.Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra). Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures in the Art al Set Gallery.

2010
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculptures entitled 'Homenaje a las víctimas del terrorismo' (Homage to the victims of terrorism).
Spa (Belgium). Exhibition in the Azur Gallery of etchings, sculptures and paintings.
Valencia (Spain). Exhibition of 'Ripollés, jugando con la materia' (Ripollés playing with matter) at the La Colomina Palace. Organised by the CEU Cardenal Herrera University.
Alicante (Spain). Positioning on land donated by the Alicante Port Authority of a large-format sculpture entitled 'Adivinadora' (Fortune teller). Sponsor: CAM.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculpture in bronze for the city in Plaza del Rey.
Madrid (Spain). Arco 2010 Art Fair and Madrid Trade Fair with the Berengo Studio.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculptures in bronze for the city in Plaza de las Aulas.
Veldhoven (Holland). Hans Persoon Gallery. 
Joint exhibition of the works of Cobra and RipollésKars (Germany). Spanish Art Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and prints.
Maastricht (Holland). Post-Garcia Gallery. 
Joint exhibition of works by Alechinsky-Lataster-Ripolles.‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland). Antiques Art Fair with the Post-García Gallery
Miami (USA). Miami Art Fair with Berengo Studio.
Palm Beach (USA). Art Palm Beach Contemporary with Berengo Studio.Orense (Spain) Visol Gallery. Joint exhibition entitled 'El Gato' (The Cat) with the matter etching by Ripollés.
Vigo (Spain). Art-Next Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). City of Science and Arts. Exhibition of large-format sculptures (bronze and Murano glass)
Atzneta (Castellon). Exhibition of resin and bronze sculptures and etchings.
Utrecht (Holland). Open Art Fair 2010 Post-Garcia Gallery.
Veldhoven (Holland). Hans Persoon Gallery: Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Post-Garcia Gallery.
New York (USA). The Affordable Art Fair AAF, Minsky Gallery.

2009
Seville (Spain). Plaza del Triunfo. Exhibition of large-format sculptures . UNIVERSO URBANO. Sponsor: CAM, NOSDO, Seville City Hall.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery. Exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Ede (Holland). Launch of two large-format sculptures in coloured bronze in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Ede donated for HVA Funds.
Paris (France). Minsky Gallery. Exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Rotterdam (Holland). Primavera Art & Antiques Fair 2009. Berengo Studio. Murano glass.
Madrid (Spain). Retiro Park (Paseo de Mexico) Exhibition of large-format sculptures. UNIVERSO URBANO Sponsor: CAM and Madrid City Hall.
Estoril (Portugal). Estoril Casino. Exhibition of large-format sculptures. UNIVERSO URBANO. And Murano glass chess set in the foyer of the Casino carried out by the IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art).
Merida (Spain). Inauguration Gala of the play entitled The Rape of Proserpine. Characters from the play brought to life by Ripollés.
Lisbon (Portugal). Lisbon Casino exhibition of the Murano glass chess set. 
Exhibition carried out by the IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art)
Annecy (France). Forum Bonlieu Expo. Paintings, sculptures and Murano glass.
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (Belgium). Woluwe-Saint-Pierre City Hall Exhibition of matter etchings, classic etchings and resin sculptures.
Brussels (Belgium). Committee of Regions, Matter etchings and Murano glass sculptures.
Alicante (Spain). Seafront promenade. Exhibition of large format sculptures. UNIVERSO URBANO. Sponsor: CAM, Alicante City Hall, Alicante Port and IVF.
Chicago (USA) Sofa Chicago Art Fair with Berengo Studio.Alicante (Spain). Diarío Información Club. 
Exhibition entitled “Matter etchings”Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). Valencia Furniture Trade Fair presents a piece of furniture painted by the artist.
Venice (Italy). Joint sculpture exhibition on Berzosa Island as part of the official Biennale programme.Eindhoven (Holland). Contemporary Art Fair. Murano glass sculptures with the Berengo Studio.
Montevideo (Uruguay). Teaching exhibit entitled ‘Ripollés entre dos continentes’ (Ripollés between two continents) at the Club Español de Uruguay.
Benidorm (Spain). Exhibition of four fibreglass sculptures covered with Murano glass shreds at the Spain versus Serbia Davis Cup.
Annecy (France). Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures at the Forum Bonlieu.
Utrecht (Holland). Art Fair with the Berengo Studio. Murano glass sculptures.
Brussels (Belgium). Exhibition of etchings and sculptures at the headquarters of the EU Valencia Community Foundation.
Chicago (USA). SOFA Art Fair with Berengo Studio.
Asnières (France). Exhibition of Moruno-glass sculptures at Asnières Chateau.

2008
Davos (Switzerland). World Economic Forum with Berengo Studio. Totem with Murano glass.
Grao de Castellon (Spain). 12m fibreglass sculptures for the Gran Casino in Castellon.
Grao de Castellon (Spain). Large format sculptures for the façade of the Sol building.
Valencia (Spain). IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art) launches the large format chess set (8m x 8m) in Murano glass to coincide with the book launch of “Ripollés 1980-2006”.
Valencia (Spain). Gran Via Marques del Turia exhibition of great sculptors; Valencia City Hall exhibition rooms. Paintings and sculptures. Sponsor: CAM, I.V.F; Lametro Gallery. Exhibition of classic etchings as well as matter etchings. Sponsors: Valencia Regional Railways, Vossloh and Metro Valencia.
Ibiza (Spain). Miguel E. Young Gallery. Exhibition of Murano glass sculptures.
Brussels (Belgium). Delegation of the Regional Government of Valencia in Brussels. Exhibition of classic etchings from the 1980s.
Valencia (Spain). The Valencia Government awards Juan Garcia Ripolles the Order of Merit for Culture.
Cordoba (Spain). Paseo de Cordoba. Exhibition of large-format sculptures: Sponsored by CAM, the Sánchez Ramade Foundation and Azahar.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2008. Post-Garcia Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts.
Langbroek (Holland). Laimbock Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Veldhoven (Holland). Hans Persoon Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Strasbourg (France). Feria ST-Art with Berengo Studio.
Chicago (USA). SOFA Art Fair. Murano glass sculptures.

2007
Murano (Italy). A Murano-glass chess set with large-format sculptures.
Klagenfur (Austria). Joint exhibition of Murano glass. Contemporary Art Museum.
Grenoble (France). Large-format sculptures for a private collection.
Venice (Italy). Exhibition of large-format sculptures. Sixteen bronze and iron sculptures along the Gran Canal, as well as fibreglass sculptures on the islands of Murano, Burano, Lido and Pallestrina. Sponsors: Azhar Viveros Molina.
Münster (Germany). Michael Nolte Gallery - paintings and sculptures.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery - joint exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Maastricht (Holland). Post-Garcia Gallery. Paintings, bronze and resin sculptures, and etchings. Book launch of “Ripollés a su manera” (Ripollés à la Ripollés).
Alicante (Spain). Sculpture for the Breitling Med-Cup 2007 awards ceremony.
Verona (Italy). Exhibition in the city centre of large-format bronze and iron sculptures. Book launch of “Ripollés in Venice”. Sponsor: Azahar Viveros Molina.
Castellon (Spain). Logo for the 2008 Special Olympics.
Castellon (Spain). Castellon Provincial Hospital pays homage to Ripollés.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2007. Post-Garcia Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts.

2006
Maastricht (Holland). European Art Fair 2006. Luis Elvira Gallery. Iron sculptures.
Vall d’Uxó (Spain). Large-format sculptures in fibreglass for a private company - MAGALIBEL.
Mainz (Germany). Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures at Mainz City Hall’s exhibition rooms.
Valencia (Spain). Relocation of large-format bronze sculptures from San Miguel de los Reyes to the roundabout located between the Palau de la Música and the City of Arts and Sciences.
San Juan de Moró (Spain). Official opening of a public square in honour of Ripollés with a bronze statute entitled “Humanity” - 220x130x150 cm.
Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Exhibition of large format sculptures. Sponsor: Azahart, Vivero de Ideas.
Castellon (Spain). Commissioned to create a unique bronze sculpture for a private company (LUBASA)
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Veldhoven (Holland). Kader Art Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). Designs a poster for the First Congress of the Federation of Fallas.Aix-les-Bains (France). Grand Cercle Casino.
Castellon (Spain). Castellon Auditorium and Convention Centre. Murano-glass sculptures.

2005
Innsbruck (Austria). Internationale Kunsnstmesse 2005. Pieter Post Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
The Hague (Holland). Holland Art Fair 2005. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano glass sculptures.
Amsterdam (Holland). Kunst Rai 2005. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano-glass sculptures.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2005. Artemas Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts
Maastricht (Holland). European Art Fair 2005. Luis Elvira Gallery. Iron sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). Las Provincias Award (Valencian Awards for the 21st Century)
Valencia (Spain). Creates a bag to be auctioned off to raise funds for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Castellon (Spain). Designs the scale model for the El Sol building. Developer: Paco Molina.
Castellon (Spain). Castellon Auditorium and Convention Centre. Inaugural exhibition in Spain of Murano-glass sculptures.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery, paintings, etchings and sculptures.