Javier Areán’s figures are dual figures in almost every sense. He paints them over a long period of time until they finally become, in his words, “still.” It is at this point, he continues, that they begin “to express themselves by their own means, without the help - or need - for explanation.” In that sense, he interferes as little as possible in this process, and lets the paintings survive on their own.

Javier’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, in particular throughout the Americas and Europe. After working with Java Café & Gallery in Cambodia, in 2008 he will be curating the third part of the Dos Equis Series in London, Barcelona and latterly Mexico City (

about the artist

Javier Arean

Javier Areán ( and was born in Mexico City in 1969. He has his bachelor degree from the New School for Social Research in New York City ( He also holds a three- year certificate from the New York Studio School for drawing, sculpture and painting ( In 2001 he studied painting and printmaking in the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany (University of the Arts, Berlin as part of an exchange program. In 2002 he was recipient of a full Fellowship to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center ( in New England. Areán has been invited to show his work in many national and international exhibitions, especially through the Dos Equis Series in London (, the Yam Gallery in San Miguel de Allende ( and Ethra Gallery in Mexico City ( He also has shown his work in Cambodia, Berlin, New York, and most recently Tokyo. Alongside his individual work as an independent artist, he is committed to teaching and lecturing in academic institutions. He has recently been invited to lecture at the Lewis- Clark State College in the USA ( He is currently professor at the Univeridad Iberoamericana ( and CENTRO ( in Mexico City. ARTIST CONTACT tel. +52 (55) 4755 9568 cel. +52 4455 5105 4618 Skype id: javierarean Coahuila 201 dep. 105 Colonia Roma Norte Delegación Cuauhtemoc 06700 México City