WHO IS JAVIER MONTESOL?
Francisco Javier Ballester Guillén "Montesol", was born in Barcelona in 1952. Interested more for comics and illustration he will leave his studies in economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1972 to found what would be the first "underground" comic magazine of the Spanish state, "Star" with the editor Juanjosé Fernández. Author of several comic albums, collaborator of magazines and of radio programs of the moment where he emits comic strips, he will dedicate himself to the comic between 1972 and 1989. In 1989 he started painting thanks to the Supermarket of Art. In 1992 he settled down with his family in French Brittany. He made his first exhibition in Madrid in 1995, where he presented the themes that seduced him, Los Toros and urban landscapes. In 1999, back in Spain, he settled down with his family in Madrid. He has been a contributor to the ABC newspaper from 1989 to 2002, Max Award for performing arts in 1999, author of posters, lithographs, serigraphs, performances and many exhibitions. In 2012 he returned to comics with the graphic novel "Speak Low", in 2017 he published "Idilio, Los Apuntes de Fortuny", edited by the Museo del Prado. For 2019, he plans to paint a large-scale canvas live and in public in the Oval Room of the National Museum of Catalonia, MNAC.
T A U R O M A Q U I A
"The Bullfighting has for the painters the same charm that the Ballet had for Edgar Degas, it is a closed stage with protagonists that always repeat the same rite, the movements of the protagonists are close to the steps of Ballet and the figure of the Bull is power, strength and beauty."
"That a rite such as bullfighting has survived to this day is a miracle, that today there are large areas of lands where the Bull is born and lives in complete freedom, where its bravery is tested and then be taken that piece of rural Spain to the great city in the form of “Plazas de Toros,” it is something extraordinary in our societies of the 21st century, developed, massified, mechanized and with its massive animal exploitation."
"The bullfighting is art, crafts and rituals of rural society, craftsmanship, because few people today are able to make the beauty and the colours of bullfighters' costumes, and also rites of a rural society because the animal is raised, cared and proven in the extensive free fields of pastures."
"Bullfighting is a Total Art because we lose the notion of time in its rite in its rite, and also in that dance between the Bullfighter and the Bull, when there is communion, both are confused and time disappears.”
"For all that, as an artist I paint the Bulls, because in a globalized society where everything is homogenized and normalized, Bullfighting is a Total Art.”
"I believe that Bulls art paintings can interest the human being, no matter what their origin and culture is, because this art belongs to a common past of the humanity, from when in antiquity in the Mediterranean the confrontation with the animal was a rite of initiation into life for the young and the survival and repetition of that rite today, is understood by the humanity by a sense more intimate and profound than the reason."
"I think that Dubai as a cosmopolitan society and a reflection of a new world order can be the appropriate place from which to project the natural art of bullfighting, providing it with a new interest and modernity."
By Javier Montesol