“Comprised of a series of paintings and works on paper produced over the previous year, the most recent work of Javier Areán (Mexico, 1969) departs from contemporary publications and historical archives – most of them from the 1950s – that document abandoned automobiles at different stages of deterioration.

On occasion, the cars remain in that particular state of calmness that follows an accident or natural disaster, while in others, they become a part of the landscape as a result of abandonment and the passage of time. Deprived of their utility and function, these cars are objects that dwell in our memory as evidence of an interrupted destiny.”

Areán returns to Cambodia for the second time to participate and support the Print Workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts. This is his second show at Java Gallery, the first in 2007 which featured a series of portraits—some intimate and some based on recovered family photos. He ran a workshop on self portraiture at Svay Ken’s home and studio with artists: Svay Ken, Chhuop Sopheak, Soumey, Khvay Samnang, Lam Soueng, and Chhan Dina. The works were shown at JavaArts Space and later at The Arthouse in Siem Reap in the same year.

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