Bio

Josè Molina

Born in Madrid in 1965, aged 11 José Molina started attending several arts schools, then, while studying at Madrid’s University of Fine arts, he worked in advertising until the age of 35, when he decided to fully devote himself to painting. He presented his works in prestigious institutions: Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology and Civic Aquarium; Stelline Foundation and Mudima Foundation, Milan; Real Academia de España in Rome; Poldi Pezzoli Museum; Royal Palace of Caserta; The Civic Museum in Brixen; the Ducal Palace in Modena; Triennale Museum. In 2018 his works have been presented at the ABLE FINE ART gallery in New York and in Miami. He has a stable and strong presence in Asia. He now lives on the beautiful shores of Lake Como.

Artist Statement
I am a child of my time. Spanish, born in the mid ‘60s, I grew up with the consequences and remnants of Franco’s totalitarian regime, which in part contributed to shaping my artistic path, along with my social and cultural commitment. I see art as a tool for interaction and, as an artist, I feel I have a responsibility for what surrounds me. But my art does not merely tell about the human being in his social dimension. At the start of the year 2000, I decided to undertake a cathartic journey within myself. I gave up a solid career in advertising to devote myself completely to art. My first collection, Morir para vivir is the metaphor of the path I have undertaken. Knowing myself prodded me to delve deeper into the various aspects of the human nature, hence the introspective research started being accompanied by an anthropological one. I have chosen to use a “photographic” technique, with a documentary intent to make my characters look as real as possible: if they were not so real, we would feel more detached from them. My paintings also feature unsettling elements, which draw away from reality and make my works look more visionary and surreal. This allows me to explore humanity in depth, I use surrealism as a tool to investigate, as the language of hidden truths. These visionary and at the same time fierce characters are not meant as a provocation, but to prompt the spectator to venture into the multifaceted nature of the human soul, to trigger a reflection. My artistic path is characterized by cycles-collections. Each single cycle, consisting of a number of works, explores a different theme, like a tale. I often write texts that are meant to act as amplifiers for the works themselves and that can either be related to, or diverge from my images. More recently I have approached sculpture creating two new collections Bites and I feel, so as to make the emotions and the inner worlds represented in my paintings and drawings more solid and tangible.

Solo and Group Shows, Art Fairs

  • 2018

Context Art Miami, 4-9 December 2018

Grand Art, 9-11 November, Milan (art fair)

L’acqua di Talete, curated by Roberto Gramiccia, Bilotti Museum, Villa Borghese, Rome, 28 November 2018-17 February 2019 (solo show).

Le api industriose, bi-personal show curated by Lorena Matic, 9-24 November 2018, Municipal Contemporary Art Gallery, Monfalcone, Italy.

Work on Paper Lugano, September 2018 (art fair)

Deodato Arte Gallery, Como, Collezioni inedite di Josè Molina e Mr.Savethewall, 15 September-24 October.

The visionary world of Josè Molina, 30 March – 26 April 2018, Able Fine Art, New York (solo show)

Dimensione fragile, Valicelliana Public Library, Rome (group show)

  • 2017

Paesaggio dopo la battaglia, curated by Lorenzo Canova, Caserta Royal Palace (solo show)

Ricapitolando, curated by Roberto Gramiccia, Plus arte Plus, Rome (group show)

Dialogo della croce, curated by Dominique Stella, Santa Maria del Tiglio Church, Gravedona ed Uniti, Lake Como (bi-personal)

Padova Art Fair (art fair)

AnimaDonna, Hernandez Gallery, Milano (solo show)

Seul Art Show 23-27 December (art fair)

  • 2016

Veritatis splendor: il senso del divino, Graziani Palace, and Asset Bank, Republic of San Marino (solo show)

Dolce acqua,  Muma Museum, Genoa (solo show)

Uomini e altri demoni, curated by Chiara Gatti, Deodato Arte, Milan (solo show)

  • 2015

De l’amor y otros demonios, curated by Alessandra Redaelli, Biffi Gallery, Piacenza (solo show)

WunderKammer Grand Tour, ART STAYS, 13th Festival of Contemporary Art, Ptuj

Un mondo di pane, curated by Susanna Vallebona, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (group show)

L’altra bellezza, curated by Mariella Casile, San Pietro in Atrio, Como (solo show)

Presentation of the anthological catalogue Humanitas and interview by Martina Mazzotta (Mazzotta Foundation), Sormani Public Library, Milan

Shots of Bread, Mediateca di Santa Teresa, Milan. (group show)

Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong

Neaples Art Fair

  • 2014

La sconfitta della Tauromachia, Cervantes Institute, Milan. Critical essay by Arturo Lorenzo (solo show)

The World Outside, The World Inside, Ugolini Castle, Verona

Dioses y hombres. Men and Gods, Casa Brenna Tosatto, Lenno. (solo show)

 Humanity, Fabrik Gallery, Honk Kong. (Solo Show) (solo show)

L’arte spagnola a Palazzo Gallio, Gravedona ed Uniti, Lake Como. (solo show)

Bestias Humanas, curated by Rosetta Gozzini, Real Academia d’Espana, Roma. (solo show)

L’arte al tempo della crisi, Triennale, Milano (group show)

Non di solo pane, curated by Susanna Vallebona, Spazio Oberdan, Milan. (group show)

Honk Kong Contemporary Art Fair

Art Fair Verona

  • 2013

Wunder Kammer, curated by L. Galli and M. Mazzotta, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan. Skira Catalogue. (group show)

Warriors of Light, Contemporary Concept Art Gallery, Bologna. (group show)

 Los Olvidados, curated by Rosetta Gozzini, Luciana Matalon Foudation, Milan. (solo show)

Day by Day, Deodato Art Gallery, Milan. (solo show)

Looking Inside Out, Rosarte Space Gallery, Rome. (group show)

Affordable Art Fair, Milan

Genova Art Fair

Honk Kong Contemporary Art Fair

  • 2012

The art of multiplying the art,  curated by Susanna Vallebona, SBLU_spazioalbello, Milan. (group show)

Sentimentos, Lake Art Gallery, Dongo, Lake Como. (solo show)

Eyes, Visual d’Art Gallery, Menaggio, Lake Como. (group show)

Art Stays, Ptuj, Slovenia

Padova Art Fair

Verona Art fair

  • 2011

Sentimentos, curated by Claudio Composti, MC2 Gallery, Milan. (solo show)

Sentimentos y Predatores, Galeria Movart, Madrid. (solo show)

Elephant Parade, Milan. (group show)

Tour of presentations of the book Sentimentos:
Cervantes Institute, Rome
Tierra del Fuego, Madrid
Libux Library, Cantù

  • 2010

Cosas Humanas, Mudima Foundation, Milan. (solo show)

Artists Showcase, Doppia V Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland. (group show)

Water, Atelier Casa Perla, Dongo, Lake Como. (group show)

  • 2009

Pencil of paper: artworks by Escher, Gottfried Helnwein and Josè Molina, curated by Alex Pergher, Brixen’s Civic Museum. (group show)

Lapis Ludica: 15 artists and a lapis, Stelline Palace, Milan. Catalogue by Esseblu. Preface by Stefano Zecchi.

Perturbamenti del Potere: artworks by Witkins, Josè Molina, Warhol and Tiziano, curated by Bianca Tosatti, Castle of Pio, Carpi. (group show)

Step 09 Art Fair

Mi Art Fair

Verona Art Fair

Arte Padova

  • 2008

Predatores, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, Museum of Natural Sciences and Civic Aquarium, Milan. (solo show)

6 DAYS in Madrid, 6 DAYS in Milan, Spazio Apollo, Milan. (solo show)

Líneas: Flamenco and Don Quijote, Spazio Anteo, Milan. (solo show)

Predatores, Cà di Frà Gallery, Milan. (solo show)

Black Hearts, SBLU spazioalbello, Milan.

  • 2007

Predatores, curated by Italo Bergantini, Romberg Gallery, Rome. (solo show)

Líneas, Spazio “20”, Milan. (solo show)

Water, curated by P. Donini and D. Del Moro, Ducale Palace, Modena (solo show)

The animal within us, Ca di Frà Gallery, Milan. (solo show)

  • 2006

Predatores, Mudima Foundation, Milan. (solo show)

Hollywood’s Eyes and the series of Don Quijote, Crapapelada, Milan. (solo show)

Dying to live, Crispi Gallery, Rome. (solo show)

Predatores, Piccola Galleria, Venice. (solo show)

Ediciones, Galería Clave, Murcia, Spain. (Group Show)

PADOVA Art Fair

BRESCIA Art Fair

VERONA Art Fair

  • 2005

Dying to live, Hera Arte Contemporanea Gallery, Brescia. (solo show)

Selfportraits, Ca di Frà Gallery, Milan. (Group Show)

  • 2004

Dying to live, Galleria Rubin, Milan. (solo show)

Presentation of the book “Ojos”