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

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