Javier Huerta

Javier Huerta was born in Sotillo de la Adrada (Ávila).

He began painting by the hand of his cousin Antonio Alcolea, a miniaturist painter, who taught him the techniques of oil painting and miniature portraiture.

At the beginning of the 80s, he established his residence in Tenerife, where he was captivated by the light and the island landscapes that marked the first stage of his work.

He receives teachings from the painter Teófilo Galán Ulla, with whom he discovers color in depth.

For months he will perfect what he has learned by painting from nature in the incomparable setting of the Teide ravines.
Between 1992 and 1998, he taught introductory painting classes at the Icod de los Vinos Seniors Club and more advanced courses, aimed at teachers, in his workshop.

He acts as coordinator of the Tertulia Chimisay, where artists from various specialties (painters, writers, poets, singer-songwriters…) participate in meetings held at the Hotel Chimisay in Puerto de la Cruz (Santa Cruz de Tenerife). This enriching experience will last two years.
Restless and eager for knowledge, he is introduced to engraving techniques in the graphic work editing workshop of the “Antonin Artaud” Library of Contemporary Expression.

In the summer of 2001 and 2005 he traveled to France where he shared creative experiences in the studio of the painter and friend Henri Ibanez.

At the beginning of the year 2000 he started in sculpture, a work that he combines with painting. This same year he was invited by the City Council of Sotillo de la Adrada (Ávila) to inaugurate the House of Culture, this being the first exhibition of him with metal support. Likewise, the University of the Basque Country, in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Álava, El Correo, the Obra Social de la Caja Vital-Caja Kutxa and the Arabako Foru Aldundia invites you to exhibit your metal work in the Pavilion of the University Campus from the University of the Basque Country based in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava).

In October 2005, Dominique Ibanez, president of the Artévie Association, participated in the first international meeting of contemporary art “Seine et Marne” with 22 large-format sculptures, presenting her work, and Gérard Garmand director-editor-in-chief of the magazine specialized in art “ Azart ”. Share the meeting with the following painters: Wang Yan-Cheng, Henri Ibanez, Carlos Bois, Serge Labégorre, Moreno Pincas, Diane de Valou, Davvod Emdadian and Alexis Fraikin. This same year he exhibited his first solo exhibition of painting and sculpture at “l´Espace d´Art Contemporain du Bocage de Lorrez le Bocage”

In 2007 he was invited by the “ARTEVIE” Association to the exhibition “Original Affiches 1943-1975” where he shows 16 steel sculptures together with works by Braque, Chagall, Miró, Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, Ibanez, Soulage, Van Dongen and Zao Wou Ki. At the end of July, a hanging sculpture measuring 5 meters high by 2.70 wide and weighing a ton was finished, as well as four 6 x 2 meter murals made of corten steel and wood commissioned by two hotels in the south from Tenerife.

Essentially a self-taught artist, he currently has an extensive production that exceeds 1000 works. A good part is distributed between Public and Private Institutions such as the “National Library” (Madrid), “Fundación La Caixa” (Barcelona), Obra Social de CajaCanarias (Tenerife), “Torre Picasso” (Madrid), “Fundación Progreso y Cultura ”(Madrid),“ Hidráulica Tinerfeña ”,“ Grujar SL ” (Madrid), Hotel Abama (Tenerife), Vice-presidency of the Government of Spain (Madrid), public space of the municipality of Icod de los Vinos (Tenerife), “Health Center” of Icod de los Vinos (Tenerife), where they locate a sculpture and two large-format murals on aluminum support, Universidad de Biología de La Laguna (S / C. de Tenerife) and in private collections in France, Germany, England, Italy and China.

You are fortunate for:

Four decades forging footsteps in Tenerife: great challenge, beautiful cause and fortunate.

The Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy defines the word “fortunate”, in its fourth meaning:“Timely, successful, inspired.” It is my trophy, I feel fortunate to live on this island.

This land invites the development of sensitivities, feelings and discoveries.

When you walk its roads, trails, coastlines, beaches … you discover: light, color, silence, sound and matter. All the elements that are worth being appreciated and admired; as well as its people, traditions and gastronomy that make a true composition cocktail, where a saying and suggesting are framed, giving life to the Canary Islands. This sap contributes to the continuous flourishing of its people.

I invite you to contemplate and enjoy them.

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Javier Huerta