Juan Medina - Video


In the beginning it was shape, then came light, afterwards colour and finally texture; as in an architectonic creation, the genesis of Juan Medina’s pictorial work rests on a solid structure of techniques and concepts that weave in plastic dimensions his memories made of oil and canvas.

With time, the step from watercolour to oil was the resource that allowed him to approach with mastery the conscience of time incrusted in stone, wood, mirrors and all model-object that transfers Renaissance rhetoric without moralizing it.

Every one of Juan Medina’s paintings where “another” reflected universe emerges, must be seen from this point of view: either the reflect is symmetric to another reality or it projects us, like the Mannerist, into a decomposition of space; hence to another figurative reality, that of memories, of which only he will hold the key.

His work expresses the desire of new understanding of the everyday object, like a scientific approach to a latent reality. During more than 35 years he has painted progressively incorporating techniques and materials that have built a three-dimensional structure of virtual space.

The optic field in his recent works is not a mere assembly of trompe-l’oeil effects, it is the pragmatic synthesis of a hyperrealist-surrealist art that is in Mexico beginning to rid off its folklorizing atavism. In this sense, he is a part of the solid vanguard of Latin American artists that have been widely recognized abroad and that set the bases of Contemporary Art in Mexico.
• Since 2013 Galerie Saint-Paul (St-Paul-de-Vence)

Since 2012 Lovetts Galllery (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Since 2011 Sutton Galleries (New Orleans, LA)

2010 - 2013 Galeries Bourbon (St-Paul-de-Vence / Honfleur / La Baule)

1994 - 2011 Bryant Galleries (Jackson, MS and New Orleans, LA)

1991 - 1994 Galería Arte para Todos (Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán, Mor)

1989 - 1993 Segal Fine Art (Boulder, CO): exclusive representation and distribution in the United States and Japan

1984 - 1994 Mazatlán Art Gallery (Mazatlán, Sin.)

1984 - 1987 Galería Unicornio (San Miguel de Allende, Gto)

1983 - 1993 De Regil Gallery, Maria-Isabel Hotel (Mexico City)  
• 2014 Finalist at the Art Renewal Center 2014 International Salon

• 2014 Silver Medal Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France)

• 2013 One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center 2013 International Salon

2012 ARC™ Approved Living Master

2012 One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center 2012 International Salon

2011 American Art Collector Editor's Choice Award of Excellence - International Guild of Realism 2011 Show (Santa Fe, NM)

2011Artist's Choice Award - International Guild of Realism 2011 Show (Santa Fe, NM)

2011 Prix Charles Cottet - Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France)

2011 One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center's International 2011 ARC Salon™

2010 Prix d'Honneur - Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France)

2008 ARC™ Approved Living Artist

2007 Juried Member of the International Guild of Realism

2007 One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center's International 2007 ARC Salon™

2005 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Silver Medal (Paris, France)

1999 "Mérite et Dévouement Français", Silver Medal (Paris, France)
• 2002 "The Language of Juan Medina", AMB Publishing Co in cooperation with Bryant Galleries, Inc