“I try to isolate beauty from objects otherwise ignored. For me this is the intellectual and really creative part of my work process, where ideas get arranged and I make decisions. Almost always, my iconography revolves around the city as an homage to one of the greatest human achievements.”
(Spanish, b. 1961)
Juan Escauriaza was born in Madrid in 1961. He has a notable background in science, with a PhD in Geological Sciences and postgraduate degrees in Hydro-Geology and Paleontology. Although he worked for ten years as a geologist with several prominent companies in Spain his true passion was always for art, and in 1994 he dedicated himself solely to painting. Since then, he has had over sixteen solo exhibitions, numerous group shows, and a major retrospective sponsored by the City Hall of Madrid. His outstanding critical and commercial success is made even more remarkable by the fact that Escauriaza is an entirely self taught artist.
Although he still resides in Spain, Escauriaza’s work is focused on the American landscape. He visits the US frequently and studies his surroundings in order to find inspiration for his subject matter. Inevitably, he is drawn to those elements of the landscape that many of us might pass by without registering a second glance. His scientific background is evidenced by the attention to geometry and balance within his work, often highlighting architectural angles or unique vantage points. He captures the urban landscape with a somewhat removed viewpoint, allowing the viewer of his artwork to observe the everyday with a new perspective. By way of acrylic brushed on linen with masterful prowess, Escauriaza reminds his viewers of the poetry of place and the beauty of the prosaic.