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Juan Miguel Quiñones

(Spain, 1979)

Juan Miguel Quiñones (Cádiz, 1979) 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 humor with the use of precious stones, the most refined technical skills and a deep knowledge of the materials he works with to create trompe l'oeil works that break the barrier between the everyday object and the work of art.

Quiñones applies his work in stone to postmodern languages and themes, current urban languages that swing between illusion and memory and that allow him to delve into antagonistic concepts such as reality, fiction, artifice or verisimilitude. Consciously, his works elude a direct or closed interpretation, forcing the viewer to project his own memories. Very rich in meanings, the evocative object and the material-conceptual trompe l'oeil stand out. The references used go beyond the recurring themes of urban art, hence the enormous complexity of Quiñones' work. Like the iconic skateboards or surfboards, they represent elements detonated from the evocation of the warm afternoons of southern Spain, from El Palmar to Estepona. But they are also signs of the end of pubescent innocence and the beginning of a new stage, adolescence, in which the human being is reluctant to abandon forever the domains of playfulness.