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Javier Marín

Javier Marín

JAVIER MARÍN has developed a solid career as a visual artist for the last 27 years, holding over 70 solo exhibitions and more than 200 collective shows in Mexico, the USA and Canada, several countries in South America, Asia and Europe. His artwork can be found in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Blake-Purnell Collection, the Malba-Fundación Constantini Buenos Aires (Argentina), amongst others. In 2008 Marin was awarded the Prize of the Third International Beijing Biennial. In 2010 Retablo, the altarpiece for the Zacatecas Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico) was unveiled, a monumental piece He concluded after winning the contest for its project in 2008. In 2010 his sculptural work was shown in Shanghai (at the World Expo 2010) and in Brussels (Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium). Marín was born in Uruapan, Michoacán (Mexico) in 1962. He studied at the San Carlos Academy (National Autonomous University of Mexico/UNAM) in Mexico City where he presently lives and works.

His first exhibitions showed paintings and graphical art. At the beginning of his sculptural work he exclusively used clay; later on he developed pieces in bronze and these last years he has gone beyond traditional methods, experimenting and innovating e. g. with polyester resin combined with organic materials, such as amaranto seeds, tobacco, soil or dried meat fibers. The result is a contrast within the same piece of art, between the industrial and artificial character of plastic and the organic, natural and even subtle quality of the other materials.
The increasing presence of larger pieces in public spaces evidently parts from a contemporary conceptualization about urban interventions. Marín’s public artwork opens up towards its physical and human context, propounding alternative interpretations of it, as well as of the piece itself. It takes its exploration to all sorts of places and towards different kinds of experiences, encouraging a constant and dynamic feedback. In his creative work, Marín explores human interactions and follows a sense of balance, in a formal as well as in a conceptual aspect.

“The human as a whole is the center around which Javier Marín’s artwork revolves; He shows living human beings, palpitating, with bodies that present themselves with dignity, proud yet hurt and decomposed. Not fragile, but strengthened individuals. On their skin and flesh they carry the marks and scars of their own existence: a continuous confrontation of apparent opposites, a de- and reconstruction of fragments. His choices of materials as well as his working process, which leaves evident marks on each piece, are substantial elements of the way he conceptualizes his art.” (Citlali Bernhardt)




Javier Marìn Corpus - MUDEC Museo Delle Cuture, Milano, Italia

Javier Marìn Corpus, Appunti di una mostra - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Pietrasanta (LU), Italia

Javier Marìn - Claroscuro - Museo Espacio, Mexico

Javier Marìn - Javier Marìn - The San Diego Museum of Art, California, USA


Javier Marìn - Pinacoteca comunale Casa Rusca, Locarno, Svizzera


Javier Marín Corpus Terra. Plaza Seminario, Mexico City, Mexico.

Javier Marín Corpus. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico.

Javier Marín Terra. La materia como idea. Palacio de Iturbide, Fomento Cultural Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico.



Javier Marín Puerto de Veracruz, La Gran Plaza Malecón and la Plaza de la República, Puerto de Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico.

Javier Marín Tres Cabezas Colosales, Queen Isabelle Memorial Park, South Padre Island, Texas, United States.

Javier Marín Cabezas Colosales, Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico.

Javier Marín, costume designs, Bicentenario Theatre Lobby, Forum Cultural Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Javier Marín Escultura, Piazza Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla, Arezzo, Italy.

Javier Marín De 3 en 3 Book Launch. Angelica Library, Roma, Italy.

Javier Marín, tres esculturas monumentales. Forum Cultural Guanajuato, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Javier Marín, Fragmentos. Colección Pago en Especie y Acervo Patrimonial de la SHCP, Centro Cultural Vito Alessio Robles, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Javier Marín, tres esculturas monumentales, Callejon de San Agustin, Downtown, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.


2013 - 2012

Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 -Terrazza del Pincio, Museo MACRO, Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina,Roma


Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Place Metz, Place Guillaume, Parvis, Cathedral, Place Bruxelles, Lussemburgo, Granducato del Lussemburgo

Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Esplanade Francois Andrè, La Baule, Francia

2011 - 2012

Javier Marín, Cabezas Monumentales - Museo de Antropología e Historia, Ciudad de México, México

Javier Marín, Talavera - Barbara Paci Galleria d´Arte, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italy

Javier Marín, Cabeza Vainilla - Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Ciudad de México, Mexico


Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique: Place Royale, Place du Musée, Place de l’Albertine, Bruxelles, Belgio

Javier Marín, Proyecto Retablo de la Catedral Basílica de Zacatecas, Patrimonio dell'umanità UNESCO,Ciudad de Zacatecas, Messico


Javier Marín, Chalchihuites - Den Haag Sculptuur, Lange Voorhout, Den Haag, Paesi Passi

Javier Marín, Escultura - Circle Gallery, Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

Javier Marín, Seven Heads and Three Wigs, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, USA

Javier Marín, Escultura - Museo de Art Contemporáneo de Zapopan, Zapopan, Messico

Javier Marín - J. Jonson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA


Javier Marín,De 3 en 3 - Rotonda di via Besana, Scalone di Palazzo Reale, Piazzetta Reale y Piazza delTeatro alla Scala, Milano

Javier Marín - Palazzo Ersel, Torino


Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Chiesa e Chiostro di Sant'Agostino, Piazza Duomo, Sala dei Putti, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italy

Javier Marín - Palacio Los Serrano, Ávila, Spagna


Javier Marín, Chalchihuites, Dos Gotas de Agua - Casa de América, Madrid, Spagna

Javier Marín, Barroco Mexicano - Galería Barbara Paci, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italy

Javier Marín, Escultura - Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, Veracruz, Messico

Javier Marín - J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, USA


Javier Marín, Escultura - Convento San Francisco de Asís, La Habana, Cuba

Javier Marín, Instalación Siete - Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Javier Marín, Escultura - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Messico


Javier Marín, Siete - Centro Cultural de la Ciudad, Manzana de la Rivera Asunción, Paraguay

Javier Marín, Siete - Museo Iglesia Santa Clara, Bogotá, Colombia


Javier Marín, Siete,  - Ex Convento de Capuchinas, La Antigua, Guatemala

Javier Marín, Retroperspectiva, - Ex Templo de San Agustín, Zacatecas, Messico


Javier Marín, Retroperspectiva - Pinacoteca del Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Messico

Javier Marín, Retroperspectiva - Museo Amparo, Puebla, Messico

Javier Marín -  J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, USA


Javier Marín, Escultura - Plaza Juárez y Extemplo de Corpus Christi, Ciudad de México, Messico


Javier Marín, Escultura - Palacio de Clavijero, Morelia, Michoacán, Messico

Javier Marín, En Blanco - Monasterio de los Dominicos, Praga, Repubblica Ceca


Javier Marín, Escultura- Mostra itinerante in cinque città del Messico

Javier Marín, En Blanco - La Iglesia de Santa Catarina, Vilnius, Lituania


Javier Marín, Venezia-México, Sala San Tommaso, Campo de los Santos Giovanni e Paolo, 50° Biennale di Venezia

Javier Marín - Lo Storico Palazzo Bettoni-Cazzago, Brescia

Javier Marín- Central Library, San Antonio, Texas, USA


Javier Marín - Compagnia del Disegno, Milano


Javier Marín, Sculpture - Espace Bellevue, Biarritz, Francia

Javier Marín - Alla Rocca di Cesena, Rocca di Cesena

Javier Marín - Galleria Tornabuoni, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italy

Javier Marín, Sculptures - Iturralde Gallery, Los Ángeles, California, USA


Javier Marín, Sculptures - Espace Pierre Cardin, Parigi, Francia


Javier Marín, Sculptures - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Javier Marín, Sculture - Compagnia del Disegno, Milano


Javier Marín, Recent Sculpture in Clay and Bronze - Iturralde Gallery, Los Ángeles, California, USA

Javier Marín, Bronces - Casa Lamm, Ciudad de México, Messico


Javier Marín, Terracottas - Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, USA

Javier Marín, Bronces - Museo Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Messico


Javier Marín, Esculturas - Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Ciudad de México, Messico

Javier Marín, Recent Sculpture - Freites Revilla Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA


Javier Marín, Escultura - Galería Alfred Wild, Bogotá, Colombia

Javier Marín, Escultura - Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Messico

Javier Marín, Divine Design - Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California, USA


Javier Marín, El Cuerpo Arrebatado - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MARCO), Monterrey, Nuevo León, Messico


Javier Marín, Escultura en Barro - Museo de Arte Álvar y Carmen Carrillo Gill, Ciudad de México, Messico




ArteFiera Bologna - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italia


Motor de Impulso - Terreno Baldio Arte, Città del Messico, Messico

ArteFiera Bologna - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italia

Icastica - Arezzo


Los artistas responsables en defensa de la fauna. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.

Barro Total, cerámica de autor en las colecciones de la SHCP. Gallery of the SHCP, Mexico City, Mexico.

Fiat Lux. Ground floor Petroleos Mexicanos Building, Mexico City, Mexico.

El Hombre al desnudo. Dimensiones de la masculinidad a partir de 1800. Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico.

Latin American Art Auction. Sotheby´s, New York, N.Y., United States.

Latin American Art Auction. Christie´s, New York, N.Y., United States.



La Inauguración: El instinto disfrazado de concupiscencia. Exhibición de apertura de la nueva sede con obra de lso artistas Javier Marín, Emilio Rangel y Francisco Esnayra. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.



Preview Berlin 2012, Terreno Baldio Arte, Berlin, Germany.

Congratulations from the World. Exhibition for the World art treasures, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.



Vancouver Biennale - Vancouver, Canada


Expo Shangai - Shanghái (China)

Planeta alterado - Expo parque Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico

Vancouver Biennale  - Vancouver, Canada


Vancouver Biennale  - Vancouver, Canada


Beijing International Art Biennale - Beijing, China


From Calder to Bolla - Galería Nohra Haime, New York, USA


Cuerpos terrenales: escultura en barro - Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Ciudad de México, Mexico

Six Mexican Contemporary Sculpturers of Clay, the Dream of Earth - Galería José Clemente Orozco del Instituto Cultural de México - Washington, USA


Il Cuore, Arte, Scienza e Tecnologia - Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Instituto de Cultura Visual, La Postería, Milano 


Arte en América Latina - Museo Malba, Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Muestra de arte mexicano, Bienal de Arte de Venecia - Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venezia 


Soleils mexicains - Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris (France)


Forma y figuración. Obras maestras de la Colección Blake-Purnell - Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain


Re-presenting Representation III - Arnot Museum, Elmira, New York, USA


The 59th Exhibition of the Japan Print Association - Tokio Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokio, Japan


En tiempos de la posmodernidad - Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México, Mexico


Encuentro de ceramistas contemporáneos de América Latina. Mostra itinerante:

Sala Nacional de Expositores, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Museo de Arte Moderno, Río de Janeiro (Brasil)

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas (Venezuela)

Museo de la Universidad Nacional, Bogotá (Colombia)

Museo de Bellas Artes, St. Petersburg, Florida (USA)

Museo de Arte Everson, Siracusa, New York (USA)

Museo de Arte Hispánico Contemporáneo, New York (USA)

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce (Puerto Rico)

Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México (Mexico).