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Juan Soriano

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JUAN SORIANO
Exhibitions abroad
1940’s
In various venues in

New York

and
Philadelphia
.

1950s
At Schneider Gallery in
Rome
,
the first of many individual shows in Europe

1993
At The Mexican Cultural Institute in
San Antonio

2001

At Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana in
Miami
.

2002

At the Meadows Museum and Southern Methodist University, and at the Real Casa de Correos in
Madrid

2003

At the Instituto Italo-Latino Americano,
Rome.

2007

"On paper, silver, bronze and trapestry", National Gallery of Modern Art,
Mumbai,
India.

2007
“On paper, tapestry, bronze and silver", Korea Foundation Cultural Center,
Seoul
, Korea.

2008
"Fragile Demon: Juan Soriano in Mexico, 1935 - 1950",
Philadelphia

Museum of Art.

2008
"Juan Soriano: Paper, Tapestry, Bronze & Silver ",

Hong Kong
.

2011
“Sculptures Esculturas”, Maison de´l Amerique Latine,

Paris
.

2012
“Las Alas del Sueño, esculturas de Juan Soriano”, Casa Benemérito de las Américas Benito Juárez,
L
a Habana
, Cuba

2014

“Juan Soriano, Abstracción en libertad”, Galería Juan Soriano de la Biblioteca de las Artes, Centro Nacional de las Artes,
Mexico City
.

Born into a well off family in the western city of Guadalajara, Soriano reputedly saw his future as a painter when he was just eight years old.


At 14 he enrolled in art classes and participated in his first show. His work so impressed visiting members of the artistic elite, such as painter Maria Izquierdo and photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo, that they encouraged him to move to the capital.


A year later,
in 1935, he was slipping into Mexico City's circles of progressive intellectuals and artists
, intent on helping to create a new, post-revolutionary Mexican identity and furthering political causes.






Soriano's individuality was cemented by prolonged stays in Europe. His sojourns in Italy and Greece, while in his 30s, assured
classical and mythical themes a central place in his work
.


He explored painting, ceramic, stage and costume design.


Mid-1980s, he shifted to monumental sculptures

often semi-abstract representations of animals and birds that can be found in many Mexican plazas, in Germany (Expo Hannover 2000) and Poland (Warsaw).

1987

Awarded
México's National Art Prize.

2004
France awarded him the
Legion of Honour.

2005

King Juan Carlos of Spain, presented Soriano with the
Velázquez Plastic Arts Prize
. The jury said he mixed "both the vanguard and the traditional art of his country" with "enviable freedom".

2009

Juan Soriano's sculptures at

The

Sculpture Garden in Kazimierówska
,

Poland.

2012

Marek Keller awarded
The Aztec Eagle
, by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in recognition of his significant contributions to raise awareness of Mexican culture.

Proposal for The Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
"Art should reveal something about the human essence, and that is something that goes beyond geographical and cultural borders".
Juan Soriano


Bring Soriano's art to New York City
by presenting one, two or three sculptures.

Organize
lectures and events in other locations in the City promoting Mexican Culture


Events would be organized by
The Juan Soriano and Marek Keller Foundation
in partnership with
Niño de Rivera Communications

with the support of the
Consulate General of Mexico
in New York through
The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
.

Sculptures

Aim:
To protect the art collection that has been created throughout the years, and promote Juan Soriano´s.

The

Sculpture Garden in Kazimierówska
,

Poland
:
The Foundation sponsors the Garden,

where Soriano’s sculptures are permanently exhibited.

The Garden promotes young Mexican artists by sponsoring an annual art fair.

Director:
Marek Keller.

Headquarters:

Juan Sorianos’ house, Mexico City.

The Juan Soriano and Marek Keller Foundation, 2004
Bronze

114.567 inches x 40.9449 inches X 106.299 inches

Weight 1102.31 pounds


Bronze

156.29 inches X 37.55 inches X 39X37 inches

1984.16 pounds

Freestanding, very study
Fix in a leg plaque explanation about the art
100.39 inches x 66.929 inches x 90.55 inches

1543 pounds

Freestanding

Consulate General of Mexico
Her excellency, Ambassador Sandra Fuentes


The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
Caterina Toscano Gómez-Robledo, Director


The Juan Soriano and Marek Keller Foundation


Niño de Rivera Communications, Inc.
renee@ninoderivera.com
US (647) 701-1475
Mexico +52 55 5286 46 23

He had
deep interest in popular and indigenous arts
, as well as the expressive modes derived from Cubism, German Expressionism, and Fauvism as well as the School of Paris artists of the interwar period.


However, his stay within organizations such as the Revolutionary League of Writers and Artists was shortlived. He left, apparently, to safeguard his artistic independence.


He was conscious to put a
distance between his artistic aims and those of the great Mexican muralists,
such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco. Their movement seized international attention and is still viewed by many as the essence of Mexican modern art.


He described
Muralism as "dogmatic"
, accused it of "wanting to strike down those of us who were not in line" and dismissed many of the works of Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco as "monstrous".
Early years
Distancing from Mexican Muralism
Soriano's individuality
Organizing Committee
Awards
Juan Soriano: his life
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
New York

Bird III

Pájaro III
Bird with two faces

Pájaro de dos caras
Bronze Dove

Paloma de Bronce
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