Javier Marin

Cabeza de Mujer Sin Moño
2008
bronce a le cera perdida

edition 1/4, 71 x 39 x 28 inches

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Javier Marin
Cabeza de Mujer Sin Moño
2008
bronce a le cera perdida

edition 1/4, 71 x 39 x 28 inches


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Javier Marin
Caballito
1995
Bronze

16 1/2 x 16 x 7 in. 23 inches tall, total height


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Javier Marin
Mujer de Piedra III
1998
Bronze

38 x 35 x 15 in.


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Javier Marin
Cabeza Chico
2013
Bronze

29 x 11 x 16 in.


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Javier Marin
Linea
2002
Ink on Paper

8 x 8 1/2 in.

Edition 9/30


Javier Marin
Javier Marin
2004


Javier Marin
Javier Marin
2004


Javier Marin
Javier Marin
2004

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Javier Marin | Biography

Internationally acclaimed artist Javier Marín was born in Uruapan, MX in 1962 and studied at San Carlos, the National Acadamy of Arts, Mexico. He currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Over the last 30 years Marín has developed an impressive career, holding over 70 solo exhibitions and more than 200 collective shows in Mexico, the USA, Canada, and several countries in South America, Asia and Europe. His artwork can be found in numerous public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

In 2008 Marín was honored with top prize at the Third International Beijing Biennial and was awarded a prestigious project for the Zacatecas Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Mexico. In 2010 his monumental altarpiece in Zacatecas was unveiled and he also presented sculptures in Shanghai (World Expo 2010) and Brussels (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium).

Marín’s artworks demonstrate remarkable knowledge of the human form garnered from years of drawing directly from the figure. He began sculpting exclusively in clay, later moving to bronze. In recent years the artist has embraced innovative methods such as combining polyester resin with organic materials such as seeds, tobacco, soil or dried meat fibers.

Process is an obvious passion for Marín: spikes of bronze are often left exposed to show the paths of molten metal flowing into the cast figure. During the creation of a work, words might be inscribed quickly into the raw clay, holes gauged, or support structures left exposed. It is this deliberate coarseness combined with Marín’s elegant classical approach to the figure that give his sculptures such power and substance.

He captures the mystery of Michelangelo’s Bound Slaves, the drama of Rodin’s gates of Hell, and the extraordinary dignity of Mayan and Aztec portraiture. The massive bronze nudes of Javier Marín offer a unique blend of Western European and Mexican perspectives while embracing the vitality of Renaissance sculpture.

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