José Molina

José Molina was born in Madrid in July 1965. He lives now in Gravedona, Lake Como. At the age of 11 he started his artistic training in several art schools, but his first impulse for painting was already apparent since he was four. Aged eighteen, while pursuing his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Madrid, he started to work in advertising. At thirty-five he decides to return to his roots and devote himself to painting.

His first exhibition, dating back to 2004, was held at Galleria Rubin in Milan where he put on show his first series “Morir para Vivir”. This pictorial production is marked by a deep introspective and psychological research. Between 2005 and 2007 he completed his second collection “Predatores”, in which his analysis focuses on the relationship between man and society. The collection enjoyed a rich exhibiting season, including a personal show at Milan’s Museo della Scienza curated by Vittorio Sgarbi. Other personal shows were held at Fondazione Mudima, at the galleries Ca’ di Fra and Mc2, and at Galleria Romberg in Rome. In 2010, following three years of black & white, Molina completed the collection “Cosas Humanas”, twelve big-sized oil paintings on board that went on show at Fondazione Mudima. In 2011 he started to work simultaneously at two different collections “Los Olvidados” (The Forgotten) and “AnimaDonna”, which greatly differ from one another: in the former the artist goes back to the grease pencil with a series of 14 works that, in terms of iconography, are similar to Predatores, while the latter greatly differs from the apocalyptic and grotesque universe inhabited above all by male characters. Here the artist seems to be looking for a sort of redemption and finds it in the female soul and in the female side that dwells in each one of us. The project, consisting of approximately 100 works, is a sort of “tale” divided into eighteen chapters going from maternity to the symbiotic relationship between women and nature, from eroticism to Pablo Neruda’s love poems. The year 2013 was marked by a string of personal and collective exhibitions at Fondazione Luciana Matalon in Milan, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Spazio Oberdan and Triennale in Milan.

His first anthological exhibition was held at Real Academia de España in Rome. The artist is currently working on a number of projects that are still under way: in Beloved Earth and Sins and Virtues, he makes use of the grease pencil as well as the oil painting techniques, thus creating a contrast between a structured, metaphysical and timeless universe and a more watery and flowing one. Molina has recently inaugurated a series on the theme of the sacred with a representation of Christ in two big-sized, oil on board works (240 x 200). His serigraphies production is also very vast and varied, among which his famed collection “Sentimentos”, whose homonymous book was published by Logos in 2011. Over the last few years the artist has been present on the international scene, both European and Asian, with a series of personal shows and art-fairs.

Solo Exhibition
“AnimaDonna” – José Molina – Hernandez Art Gallery

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Upcoming exhibition
“Dialogo della croce” curated by Dominique Stella, Santa Maria del Tiglio Church, Gravedona, Lake Como
L’abbraccio di Cristo (solo exhibition in Como’s cathedral

2017
AnimaDonna, Hernandez Art Gallery, Milano (solo show)
Uomini e altri demoni, Deodato Arte, Milan curated by Chiara Gatti (solo show)
Paesaggio dopo la battaglia curated by Lorenzo Canova, Reggia di Caserta (solo show)
Ricapitolando curated by Roberto Gramiccia, Plus arte Plus, Rome (group show)

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)

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”, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (group show)
“L’altra bellezza”, San Pietro in Atrio, Como (solo show)
Presentation of the anthological catalogue “Humanitas” and interview by Martina Mazzotta (Mazzotta Foundation), Sormani Public Library, Milan
Group Show “Shots of Bread”, Mediateca di Santa Teresa, Milan

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”. Brenna Tosatto Villa, Lenno. (Solo Show)
“Humanity”, Fabrik Gallery, Honk Kong. (Solo Show)
L’arte spagnola a Palazzo Gallio, Gravedona ed Uniti. Curated by Mariella Casile. (Solo Show)
Bestias Humanas, Real Academia d’Espana, Roma. Curated by Rosetta Gozzini. (Solo Show)
L’arte al tempo della crisi, Triennale, Milano (Group Show)
“Non di solo pane”, Spazio Oberdan, Milan. Curated by Susanna Vallebona. (Group Show)

Honk Kong Contemporary Art Fair
Art Fair Verona

2013
Wunder Kammer, Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan. Curated by L. Galli and M. Mazzotta. Skira Catalogue. (Group Show) “Warriors of Light”, Contemporary Concept Art Gallery, Bologna. (Group Show)
“Los Olvidados”, Luciana Matalon Foudation, Milan curated by Rosetta Gozzini. (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” – Spazio al bello, Milan. Curated by S. Vallebona. (Group Show)
“Sentimentos”, Lake Art Gallery, Dongo, Como Lake. (Solo Show)
“Eyes” Visual d’Art Gallery, Menaggio, Como Lake. (Group Show)

Art Stays, Ptuj –Slovenia
Padova Art Fair
Verona Art fair

2011
“Sentimentos” MC2 Gallery, Milan. Curated by Claudio Composti. (Solo Show)
“Sentimentos y Predatores”, Galeria Movart, Madrid. (Solo Show)
Elephant Parade, Milan. (Group Show)
Presentations of the book “Sentimentos”
Cervantes Institute, Rome
Tierra del Fuego, Madrid curated by Carmen Pascual
Libux Library, Cantù curated by Franca Castelnuovo

2010
“Cosas Humanas” Mudima Foundation, Milan. (Solo Show)
“Artists Showcase” Gallery Doppia V, Lugano, Switzerland. (Group Show)
“Water” Atelier casa perla, Dongo. (Group Show)

2009
Brixen’s Civic Museum. “Pencil of paper: artworks by Escher, Gottfried Helnwein and Jose’ Molina.”, curated by Alex Pergher.
“Lapis Ludica: 15 artists and a lapis”. Stelline Palace, Milan. Catalogue by Esseblu. Preface of Stefano Zecchi.
Castle of Pio, Carpi. “Perturbamenti del Potere” curated by Bianca Tosatti. Artworks by Witkins, Warhol, Tiziano.

Step 09 Art Fair
Mi Art Fair
Verona Art Fair
Arte Padova

2008
“Predatores”, Museum of Natural Sciences and Civic Aquarium, Milan. Curated by Vittorio Sgarbi. (Solo Show)
“6 DAYS in Madrid, 6 DAYS in Milan” – Spazio Apollo, Milan. (Solo Show)
“Líneas” (Líneas/ Flamenco and Don Quijote) – Spazio Anteo, Milan. (Solo Show)
“Predatores”, Cà di Frà Gallery, Milan curated by Gianfranco Composti. (Solo Show)
Black Hearts, SBLU Spazioalbello, Milan.

2007
“Predatores”, Romberg Gallery, Rome. Curated by Italo Bergantini. (Solo Show)
“Líneas” at Spazio “20”, Milan. (Solo Show)
“Water” at Ducale Palace, Modena. Curated by P. Donini and D. Del Moro (Solo Show)
“The animal within us”, Gallery Ca di Frà, Milan. (Solo Show)

2006
“Predatores” at the Fondazione Mudima, Milan. (Solo Show)
“Hollywood’s Eyes” and the series of “Don Quijote” Crapapelada, Milan. (Solo Show)
“Live to die” 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
“Dyng to live” ,Gallery Hera Arte Contemporanea, Brescia. (Solo Show)
“Selfportraits”, Gallery Ca’ di Fra’, Milan. (Group Show)

2004
“Dyng to live”, Galleria Rubin, Milan. (Solo Show)
Presentation of the book “Ojos” which collects the works created by the artist up to 2002.

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