Proyecto Añoro: Juan Miguel Quiñones
Proyecto Añoro is an evolving exhibition that brings together a group of works created by the artist Juan Miguel Quiñones that form part of both the collective imagination and his personal universe.
Ice cream, fairground toys, skateboards, video games, if you grew up in the 80s, Quiñones' universe represents the childhood we had or yearn to have.
Industrial design that shaped the way we relate to each other, now transformed into sculptures made 100% by hand by the artist himself, using only marble and semi-precious stones such as Malachite or Lapis Lazuli.
After having experimented with various styles and techniques of stone sculpture, he has transferred the Florentine precious technique, widespread in the renaissance, called "hard stone", to the work we see today. This technique consists of inlaying semi-precious stones in marble. Immersed in this methodology, he reinterprets stonework in a contemporary way. Everyday elements that resurface from the stone to transmit that irony that the artist remembers from his childhood.
Quinones is a self-taught artist who began in the field of restoration, an approach that helped him to understand the know-how of the old masters, learning all the traditional techniques of stone carving developed from ancient Rome to the Renaissance.
An observer and connoisseur of the popular, Quiñones combines his particular sense of humour with the use of precious stones, the most refined technical skill and a profound knowledge of the materials he works with to create trompe l'oeil works that break down the barrier between the everyday object and the work of art.
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