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CURRICULUM VITAE: JUAN FRANCISCO CASAS

BIOGRAPHY 

 

Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz was born in La Carolina, Jaén, 21 September 1976. He got a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999 and a Master in Fine Arts in 2003 from the University of Granada. During his studies he was first in his class and won the National Award for Master Thesis of the Ministry of Education and Science for the best graduate qualifications in Spain, an award which was presented by Culture Minister, Pilar del Castillo. 

In 2000, he received the scholarship of Teacher Education and Research. From that year until 2004 he completed his PhD at the University pf Granada while also teaching drawing and printmaking in their Department of Drawing.

In 2002 he was selected for the INJUVE Art Show, at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid and later toured the capitals of Latin America. Since this year he is represented by Galería Fernando Pradilla (Madrid) and Galería El Museo (Bogota, Colombia), but has also done collaborations with Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valencia-Miami), Galeria Metta (Madrid) or Ferrán Cano Gallery (Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca), among others. 

In 2004 he won the prestigious ABC Prize of Painting, the president of the jury being the artist Luis Gordillo, and the award was given by Culture Minister Pilar del Castillo. 

In 2005 he was the only Spanish representative in the 2nd Biennial of Prague, (Prague Biennale 2, Expanded Painting / Direct Action) organized there by the major international journal of contemporary art Flash Art Magazine and was among other relevant international artists such as Damien Hirst, Maurizio Cattelan and Neo Rauch. 

In 2006, after residing in Berlin, he participated in the exhibition Catharsis - Rituals of Purification in the Museo Artium, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, (along with featured artists such as Antoni Tapies, Antonio Saura, Miquel Barceló, Jorge Oteiza and Antoni Muntadas) and The Sock Strategy. Sock Strategy in the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville. 

While living in Brighton (UK) in 2007 he received the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome where he lived one year. In Rome he collaborated with the artist Joseph Kosuth, as well as  Kosuth’s installation of his exhibition at La Casa Encendida in Madrid. 

In 2008 he had exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid), at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and in Las Vegas (USA) in the group show The Joy of Sex. 

In 2009, he had his works displayed at the Instituto Cervantes in New York, Warsaw and Moscow, in the exhibition 10 Years of Art in the ABC Awards. 

In 2010 he participated, along with artists such as Gustave Courbet, Edward Hopper, Gerhard Richter, Edouard Manet, Erwin Wurm, Robert Longo, Chuck Close, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Otto Dix, Richard Estes, Franz Gertsch, Julian Opie, Sam Taylor-Wood and Andreas Gursky, in the impressive display Realismus. Das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit (Realism The Adventure of Reality) in the Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich and at the Kunsthalle in Emden (Germany), and in the group show After Post (beyond the photo) with Vik Muniz, Gregory Crewdson, Helena Almeida, John Baldessari, Sherrie Levine Luis Gordillo and Sherrie Levine. Also in 2010, he was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Spain in Paris where he lived until the end of that year. 

In 2011 he participated with Alex Katz, General Idea and Hans-Peter Feldmann in the group show Cover girl at the Galerie des Galeries, Paris, and in 2012 in the group show Alternative at the Galerie Seine 51, also in Paris. 

In 2013 he took part together with Dalí, Picasso and Miró of the colective show of Spanish art from the XX and XXI century, "Hola! Spain - Spanish Modern and Contemporary Art" at the Cube Museum of the Seongnam Art Center, (South Korea) and in "De madonna a Madonna (De)construcciones de lo femenino en la sociedad contemporánea" at the Museum Da2 Domus Artium 2002 of Salamanca (Spain).

In 2014 he exhibited at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, at the show 'Stranger than Fiction'.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions highlighting Saturdaynigthbathroom, Bare(ly)there and Foreign affairs, (A)utopic,  (Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 respectively), After(h)ours (Galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia 2011), MyLovingNation (Galería Ferran Cano, Palma de Mallorca, 2007), Sacrebleu! (Sandunga Gallery, Granada, 2006), Mis(s)behave (Sala Rivadavia, Diputación Provincial de Cádiz, 2006) and participated in the most important art fairs in the world and in almost all editions of ARCO since 2002. Exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago, Seoul, Singapore, London, Paris, Mexico and Basel, among many others, have benefited from his work and he has received numerous awards and national and international scholarships. 

As a parallel effort he has published numerous books including poetry books like Thesummerhaikus and A and Other Poems at Editions Alea Blanca. 

His work is represented in major collections including the Museum Artium or the ABC Museum and in private collections around the world.

 



CURRICULUM 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

- B.A. (National Honours Degree Prize in Fine Arts), Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada, Spain, 1999.

- M.F.A. (Certificado de Docencia del Tercer Ciclo de Estudios Universitarios) Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada, Spain, 2000.

- M.F.A. (Diploma de Suficiencia Investigadora del Tercer Ciclo de Estudios Universitarios) Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada, Spain, 2002.

- Ph.D., University of Granada. 2006.


PRIZES:

- Royal Academy of Spain in Rome Award. 2007.

- First Prize, ABC Prize of Art, Madrid, 2004.

- Selected representing Spain in the Prague Biennale 2. Expanded Painting / Acción Directa., Prague, (Czech Republic).

- First National Honours Degree Prize of Universitary Studies in the Fine Arts Degree of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Spain. Madrid. 2000.

- Selected for the INJUVE Show of Art, Madrid, 2002.

- Selected for the VII International Exhibition of Young Artist of the Luís Adelantado Gallery, Valencia. 2005.

- First prize, V Prize of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada. 2005.

- First prize, IV Drawing Prize of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Granada. 2005.

- First prize, III Prize of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada. 2003.

- Finalist, IV National Prize of Painting of the Parliament of La Rioja. 2004.

- Finalist, III Paul Ricard Prize of Arts. 2005.

SOLO SHOWS:

2017:

- Jomsuitjom. Centro Cultural de La Carolina (Jaén).

2016:

- SPQR(ca)Vita. Real Academia de España en Roma (Italia)

- (He)artbroken. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Nueva York (EEUU)

- (Oh)Roma(oh)morte. Galería Fernando Pradilla. Madrid

2015:

- (A)utopic. Galería El Museo. Bogotá (Colombia) 

2014:

- (A)utopic. Galería Fernando Pradilla. Madrid 

2013:

- Ifyoudontiveafuckwedontgiveadamn. Galerie Seine 51. Paris (Francia) 

2011:

- After(h)ours. Galería El Museo. Bogotá (Colombia) 

2010:

- Foreignaffairs. Galería Fernando Pradilla. Madrid 

- Draw(in). Galería Vértice. Oviedo

2008:

- Bare(ly)there. Galería Fernando Pradilla. Madrid

2007:

- Mis(s)behave(again). Sala Manolo Alés. La Línea (Cádiz). 

- MyLovingNation. Galería Ferrán Cano. Palma de Mallorca.

2006:

- Sacrebleu!. Galería Sandunga, Granada. 

- Mis(s)behave. Sala Rivadavia, Diputación provincial de Cádiz. Cádiz. 

2005:

- Saturdaynigthbathroom. Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid.

MAIN EXHIBITIONS:

2007:

- ARCO, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, (stand Junta de Andalucía y stand galería Sandunga, Granada), Madrid. *

- Art Madrid, Feria Internacional de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, (stand galería El Museo, Bogotá y stand galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid), Madrid. *

- Arteamericas, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano (stand galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid y stand galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia), Miami, Florida (EE.UU.). *

- PalmBeach3, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Miami (stand galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid y stand galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia), Palm Beach, Miami, Florida (EE.UU.). *

- MACO, Feria de Arte Contemporáneo de México (stand galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia y stand galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, España), México D.F. (México). *

- 4 Pintores Contemporáneos Españoles. Galería El Museo, Bogotá (Colombia).

- ARCO en Fernando Pradilla. Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid.

- Artbo 2007, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Colombia, (stand galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia y stand galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, España), Bogotá (Colombia). *

- Todos somos Frida. Diputación de Córdoba. Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Córdoba. Córdoba. *

- De Oriente a Occidente. El presente perfecto de la plástica joven andaluza I, Instituto de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Jerez.

2006:

- Catharsis. Rituales de Purificación. ARTIUM, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria.

- The Sock Strategy. 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville.

- Sacrebleu!. Solo exhibition. Sandunga Gallery, Granada.

- Mis(s)behave. Solo exhibition. Sala Rivadavia. Diputación Provincial de Cádiz.

- +Pintura+, El Museo Gallery, Bogotá (Colombia).

- Arteamericas, International Fair of Latino American Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida (EE.UU.)

- PalmBeach3, International Fair of Contemporary Art of Miami, Palm Beach, Florida (EE.UU.)

- MACO, International Fair of Contemporary Art of México, México D.F. (México).

- ARCO, International Fair of Contemporary Art (stand Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid y stand Sandunga Gallery, Granada), Madrid.

- ARCO en Fernando Pradilla. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid.

- Frente a frente. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid.

2005:

- Prague Biennale 2. Expanded Painting / Acción Directa. Karlin Hall, Prague, (Czech Republic).

- Séptima, International Exhibition of Young Artist of the Luís Adelantado Gallery, Valencia.

- MACO, International Fair of Contemporary Art of México (stand El Museo Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia), México D.F. (México).

- Saturdaynigthbathroom. Solo exhibition. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid.

- ARCO, International Fair of Contemporary Art, (stand Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid y stand Sandunga Gallery, Granada), Madrid.

- III Paul Ricard Prize of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts of Granada.

- V Prize of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada. Granada.

- IV Drawing Prize of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada. Granada.

2004:

- Locales y visitantes. Metta Gallery, Madrid.

- Art Chicago, International Fair of Contemporary Art of Chicago (U.S.A.).

- ARCO, International Fair of Contemporary Art (stand Prizes ABC, stand Gallery Fernando Pradilla), Madrid.

- ARCO en Fernando Pradilla. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid.

- Granada Arte Hoy, Granada City Town Hall, Gran Capitán Hall, Granada.

- III Prize of Drawing of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada. Granada.

- IV National Prize of Painting Parliament of La Rioja, Parliament of La Rioja, Logroño.

2003:

- Sin Fronteras 2003. Fernando Pradilla Gallery, Madrid.

- ARCO, International Fair of Contemporary Art, (stand Sandunga Gallery), Madrid.

- II Prize of Drawing of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada. Granada.

- IV Prize of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada. Granada.

2002:

- Exhibition of Art INJUVE 2002. Circulo de Bellas Artes. Madrid.

1999:

- Exhibition of selected works. I National Paradors of Tourism of Spain Scholarship for the Artistic Creation, Homage to Lucio Muñoz. Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses King Juan Carlos I. Madrid.

- Exhibition of selected works of the Royal Talens Scholarship for the Artistic Creation. ACEA (International Federation of Plastical Artists and Artistic Entities). Barcelona.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

- Scholarship for the Academic and Researcher Staff Training. Department of Drawing of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada. (2000-2004)

- Award for the Artistic Creation of the National Paradors of Tourism of Spain. (September, 1999)

- Collaboration Scholarship at the Department of Painting of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Granada, Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. (1999)

- Award for the Artistic Creation Royal Talens. (1999)

- Scholarship for the Research, University of Granada. (1998).

MAIN PUBLICATIONS:

- BOOKS:

- Casas, J.F. “Sacrebleu”, Galería Sandunga, Junta de Andalucía, ISBN 84-611-1617-8, Granada. 2006. 54 págs.

- Casas, J.F. “Mis(s)behave”. Fundación Cultural de la Diputación Provincial de Cádiz. Junta de Andalucía, ISBN 84-96583-22-8, Cádiz. 2006. 40 págs.

-  Arjona, L., Cabaleiro, A., Casas, J.F., Ekaitz, P., Genís, E., Gómez, C., López, J., Pérez, I.; “Dieciocho”, Muestra de Arte INJUVE 2002. Instituto de la Juventud. Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales. Círculo de Bellas Artes. ISBN 84-96028-01-1, Madrid. 2002. 232 págs.

- PARTS OF BOOKS:

INTERNATIONALS:

- V.V.A.A., Prague Biennale 2. Expanded Painting / Acción Directa. 2ª Bienal de Prague Giancarlo Politi Editore - Flash Art, ISBN 88-7816-134-9, Milán (Italia). 2005. 521 págs.

NATIONALS:

- Casas Ruiz, J.F.; “Breve refutación del artista mártir”, en “El arte como dicha”, coord. Joaquín Sánchez, ED. Universidad de Granada, ISBN 84-932642-3-7, Granada. 2004. 110 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo de la exposición del XIX Premio de Pintura Emilio Ollero. Instituto de Estudios Jiennenses. Diputación Provincial de Jaén. Jaén. 2005. Dép. Legal: J-603-205. 100 págs.

-  V.V.A.A.  Catálogo de Certamen Andaluz de Artes Plásticas 2005, Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud. Diputación Provincial de Málaga. Dep. Legal: MA-1341-05, Málaga. 2005. 50 págs.

-  V.V.A.A. Catálogo del V Concurso de pintura para alumnos y licenciados de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Granada. Galería Rprsntación. Dep. Legal: GR-666/2005, Granada. 2005. 85 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo del IV Certamen Nacional de Pintura Parlamento de La Rioja, Ed. Parlamento de La Rioja. Dép. Legal: LR-337/2004. Logroño. 2004. 56 págs.

- V.V.A.A. “Granada Arte Hoy”. Ayuntamiento de Granada, Granada. 2004. Dép. Legal: CA-638/2004. 150 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo del IV Concurso de pintura para alumnos y licenciados de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Granada. Galería Rprsntación. Dep. legal: GR-1637/2003. Granada. 2003. 80 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo de la exposición del VI Certamen de Pintura Jóvenes Pintores. Fundación Gaceta Regional de Salamanca. Exma. Diputación Provincial de Salamanca. Salamanca. 2001. Dép. Legal: S-1438/2001. 80 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo de la exposición del XIV Premio de Pintura Emilio Ollero. Instituto de Estudios Jiennenses. Diputación Provincial de Jaén. Jaén. 2001. Dép. Legal: J-529/2001. 100 págs.

- V.V.A.A. “Día de las Culturas. Granada por la tolerancia. V centenario de la quema de libros en la plaza de Bib-Rambla”. Consejería de Relaciones con el Parlamento. Junta de Andalucía. Dep. legal: GR-137/2000. Granada. 2000. 106 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo de la exposición del XIV Premio de Pintura Emilio Ollero. Instituto de Estudios Jiennenses. Diputación Provincial de Jaén. Jaén. 2000. Dép legal: J-507/2000. 100 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo de la exposición de la obra seleccionada de las I Becas de Creación Artística de Paradores de Turismo de España. Homenaje a Lucio Muñoz. Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos Juan Carlos I. Madrid. 1999. Dép. Legal: M-6210/1999. 92 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo de la exposición del XIII Premio de Pintura Emilio Ollero. Instituto de Estudios Jiennenses. Diputación Provincial de Jaén. Jaén. 1999. Dép. Legal: J-601/1999. 100 págs.

- V.V.A.A. Catálogo del Premio de Arte “50 Aniversario de la Muerte de Manolete” Área de Cultura del Exmo. Ayuntamiento de Linares. Dép. Legal: J-587/1999. 40 págs.

- Casas Ruiz, J. F.; Portada, en Sena Medina, G.; “A la zaga de tu huella”  Cuadernos de Poesía La Peñuela, Hdad. San Juan de la Cruz. La Carolina (Jaén), 1998. Dép. Legal: J-229/1998.

- MAGAZINES:

NATIONALS:

- Cover page, “ABC Cultural”, n.629, Diario ABC, SL., Madrid. 2/14th/2004.

- Cover page and illustrations, “The Spy”, n.10, No Time Comunicación, SL., Cádiz. 11/2006.

INTERNATIONALS:

- Illustrations and design, “Die Flause”, n.1, Berlin (Germany). 7/2005.

- Illustrations and design, “Die Flause”, n.2, Berlin (Germany). 11/2005

- Illustrations and design, “Die Flause”, n.3, Berlin (Germany). 4/2006

- Cover page, illustrations and design, “Die Flause”, nº4, Berlin (Germany). 7/2006


COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS:

With:

- Margo Sawyer (M.F.A. Yale University, University of Austin, Texas, U.S.A.), 2000.

- Keith Howard (M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology, R.I.T., New York, U.S.A.), 2002.

- Henrik Bøegh (B.A., Grafisk Eksperimentarium, Copenhagen, Denmark), 2004, 2003, 2002.

- Maribel Domenech (Ph.D., University of Valencia, Spain), 2000.

- Cedric Green (M.F.A., Atelier Perigueux, France), 2003.

- Isidro López-Aparicio Pérez (Ph.D., University of Granada, Spain), 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005.

- Friedhard Kiekeben (M.F.A., University of Chester, U.K.). 2003.

WORKS AT COLLECTIONS:

- Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, ARTIUM, Vitoria.

- ABC Collection of Art, Madrid.

- INJUVE (Instituto de la Juventud), Madrid.

- Paradores Nacionales of Spain Foundation Funds of Art.

- Royal Talens Foundation Funds of Young Art.

- University of Granada Funds of Art.

- Caja Granada Collection of Art.

- Diputación Provincial de Cádiz Collection of Art.

- Collection of the Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud, IAJ (Government of Andalusia), Malaga.

- Collection of Drawing of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada.

- Private collections in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the U.S.A, México, Colombia and Spain.