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Life and Work

Xavier Mascaró

The Spanish artist Xavier Mascaró (*1965) studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Barcelona, where he graduated in painting in 1988. Just one year later, he shifted his artistic focus to sculpture, then experimented with bronze, tin, stone, and ceramics for a few years, before deciding to largely concentrate on the material iron.

His broad spectrum of motifs includes, for example, heads and depictions of animals, which are, however, less figurative than they are symbolic allegories for certain feelings, fears, or longings. Another large complex of works consists mainly of armour, helmets, warriors, stranded ships – symbols from an archaic military context. Traces of mythology mingle freely with ideas and memories of an individual childhood.

After a two-year stay in New York (1996–1998), during which he not only had the courage to work on monumental sculptures, but was inevitably confronted with a certain foreignness in culture, geography, and language, he increasingly began to work with his personal cultural context, with icons and symbols of Spanish cultural history. For him, religious and spiritual references play an essential role, which led him in 2008 to show an installation in the Spanish monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. Xavier Mascaro lives and works in Madrid, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Biography

1965 born in Paris, FR
1968 Family moves to Spain, ES
1983 – 1988 Studies at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Barcelona, ES
1989 shifted his focus on sculpture, first work in bronze arise, since 1995 also in iron
1996 – 1998 lives in New York, US
1998 upon his return to Madrid, monumental works will be created, many of them will be installed in public spaces in Spain
2003 Pensionado Emérito at the Academy of Spain in Rome, IT
lives and works in in Madrid, ES and Mexico-City, MX

Works (Selection)

Xavier Mascaró, Queen, 2014, © Xavier Mascaró
Xavier Mascaró, Queen, 2014, © Xavier Mascaró
Xavier Mascaró, Dos perritos (Kopie) (Kopie), 2013
Xavier Mascaró, Dos perritos (Kopie) (Kopie), 2013
Xavier Mascaró, Alexandra wearing Eleonora's mask, 2012
Xavier Mascaró, Alexandra wearing Eleonora's mask, 2012
Xavier Mascaró, large rider, 2011
Xavier Mascaró, large rider, 2011
Xavier Mascaró, small rider 2, 2011, © Beck & Eggeling
Xavier Mascaró, "Paar bei den Kronenkranichen", 2011, © Beck & Eggeling
Xavier Mascaró, Exterieur - Der Waldspaziergang (Idylle und Abstraktion)', 2011, © Beck & Eggeling
Xavier Mascaró, Sonnenuntergang an der Ostsee, 2010
Xavier Mascaró, Copper Guardian, 2010
Xavier Mascaró, Tin Guardian, 2010
Xavier Mascaró, Tin Mobiles, 2010
Xavier Mascaró, Blaue Iris und rote Blüten' (Blue Iris and Red Flowers), 2010, © Beck & Eggeling
Xavier Mascaró, Boat, 2008

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2016 Proyectos HC, Madrid, ES
Departure, Warehouse 421 – Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX
2015 Queens, El Mundo – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
2014 Xavier Mascaró. Departures, Saatchi Gallery, London
Galería Hispánica Contemporánea, Mexico City, MX
2013 Xavier Mascaró, Fundación Antonio Saura, Cuenca, ES
2012 Xavier Mascaró: Mask, Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, US
2011 Skulptur, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2010 Skulptur, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
Eterna Tornada, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valenzia, ES
Xavier Mascaró. Escultura Monumenta, Paseo del Prado, Madrid, ES
2009 Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, US
Xavier Mascaró, Galería Freites, Caracas, VE
Xavier Mascaró. Escultura Monumental, Paseo del Parque and Plaza de la Marina, Málaga, ES
2008 Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, AR
Mascaró en Silos, Calle Santo Domingo de Silos, Santo Domingo de Silos, ES
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Salta, Salta, AR
Guardianes, Palais Royal, Paris, FR
2007 Galería Cadaqués Dos, Girona, ES
Sala Robayera, Miengo, ES
Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, US
2006 Obra reciente, Galería Arte 9, Murcia, ES
Encuentro, Galería N2, Barcelona, ES
Museo Barjola, Gijón, ES
Galería Joan Guaita, Palma de Mallorca, ES
2005 Recent work, Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
2004 Cartagena de Indias, SEACEX – Accion Cultural Española, Madrid, ES
Xavier Mascaró. Esculturas de hierro / Bocetos sobre papel, Training Centre, Santo Domingo, ES
Mascaró. Spanische Skulptur des 20 Jahrhunderts, Palais Harrach des Kunsthistorischen Museum Wien, Vienna, AT
2003 Galería de arte Marlborough, Madrid, ES
Galería Art Nueve, Murcia, ES
2002 Galería de arte Marlborough, Madrid, ES
Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
2001 Galería Colón XVI, Bilbao, ES
Galería de arte Marlborough, Madrid, ES
Galería Joan Guaita, Palma de Mallorca, ES
1999 Galería Sen, Madrid, ES
1998 Galería dels Angels, Barcelona, ES
Galería dels Angels – Gramercy International Art Fair, New York, US

Group exhibitions (selection)

2016 Galería Hispánica Contemporánea – Art Madrid, Madrid, ES
Enea Baummuseum, Zurich, CH
2015 Galería Hispánica Contemporánea – Art Madrid, Madrid, ES
Bad RagARTz Triennale, Bad Ragartz, CH
2014 SP Koren Art – Pinta London, London
Galería Hispánica Contemporánea – Art Madrid, Madrid, ES
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
2013 SP Koren Art – Pinta London, London
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Arte Fiera, Bologna, IT
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – TEFAF, Maastricht, NL
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
2012 Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Arte Fiera, Bolonga, IT
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – TEFAF, Maastricht, NL
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
2011 Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – TEFAF, Maastricht, NL
El Arte del desnudo, Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Fuenlabrada, ES
2009 Galería Nieves Fernández – Arte Fiera, Madrid, ES
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art – Arte Fiera, Bologna, IT
Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN
Gebert Contemporary – Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, CN
Contemporary, New York, US
Gebert Contemporary – ART20, New York, US
2008 Gebert Contemporary – Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, US
Contemporary, Hong Kong, CN
Contemporary, New York, US
Gebert Contemporary – Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, CN
Gebert Contemporary – ART20, New York, US
2007 Gebert Contemporary – ART20, New York, US
Contemporary, New York, US
Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, US
Festival VivAmerica, Plaza Mayor, Madrid, ES
Figura Humana y abstracción, Museo Würth La Rioja, Agoncillo, ES
Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, US
Galería Nieves Fernández – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
La palabra imaginada, Museo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, ES
Galería Nieves Fernández – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
2006 Seis artistas del Siglo XXI, Centro Cultural de España Juan de Salazar, Asunción
Galería Nieves Fernández – Art Cologne, Cologne, DE
El cincel y la palabra, Sala Kubo Aretoa, San Sebastián, ES
Galería Art Nueve – EXPO Chicago, Chicago, US
La Revolución de la Escultura en el siglo XX, Casa de Vacas im Retiro Park, Madrid, ES
Marlborough Gallery (New York) – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
Sculpture, Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
Obra sobre Papel, Galería de arte Marlborough, Madrid, ES
2005 Works on paper, Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
Mostra. Artistes Espanyols Contemporanis Conselleria de Cultura de les Illes Balears, Passeig de Sagrera, Palma de Mallorca, ES
Summer Show, Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
Salamanca – ciudad de escultura, Plaza Anaya, Salamanca, ES
Marlborough Gallery (New York) – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
2004 Sculptures Monumentales à Saint-Tropez, La Citadelle, Saint-Tropez, FR
La marche vers la vie, Jardins du Casino, Monaco, MC
Marlborough Gallery (New York) – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
2003 Marlborough Gallery (New York) – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
Art Espagnol Contemporain, Marlborough Monaco, Monaco, MC
La Fête, Espace Bellevue, Biarritz, ES
Portadas de Ababol, Palacio Aguirre, Cartagena, ES
2002 Europe’s Image. Myth & Reality, Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague, NL
Les jeux dans l’art du XXème Siècle, Palacio de Montemuro, Saragossa, ES
Marlborough Gallery (New York) – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
La Parade des Animaux, Jardins du Casino, Monaco, MC
Escultores Marlborough, Capa Esculturas Gallery, Brussels, BE
2001 Cinquante ans de sculpture espagnole, Palais Royal, Paris, FR
Esculturas en el Retiro. Paseo de Coches, Retiro-Park, Madrid, ES
Propios y Extraños, Galería Marlborough, Madrid, ES
Marlborough Gallery (New York) – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
Valdés – Mascaró. Torre Caja Madrid, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Madrid, ES
Propios y Extraños, Marlborough Gallery, New York, US
Galería Vértice, Oviedo, ES
1999 Propios y Extraños, Galería de arte Marlborough, Madrid, ES
Galería dels Angels – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
1998 National Arts Club, New York, US
Galería dels Angels, Barcelona, ES
Galería dels Angels – ARCOmadrid, Madrid, ES
1997 White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, US

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

Xavier Mascaró: Außenskulptur

Xavier Mascaró: Außenskulptur

  • Artist: Xavier Mascaró
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
  • English, German
    Softcover, 14,8 x 21 cm
    28 pages, 13 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2011
  • 7,00 €
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Renaissance Reloaded. Deconstructing Piero della Francesca

Renaissance Reloaded. Deconstructing Piero della Francesca

  • Artists: Aljoscha, Gisela Beck, Herbert Beck, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Alkis Boutlis, Michael Craig-Martin, Gehard Demetz, Joachim Elzmann, Dorothee Golz, Wolf Hamm, Anton Henning, Thomas Kesseler, Julia Kissina, Jiri Kolar, Victor Kraus, Heinz Mack, Xavier Mascaró, Vik Muniz, Hartmut Neumann, Morio Nishimura, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Apostolos Palavrakis, Pablo Picasso, Katharina Schilling, Emma Stibbon, Manolo Valdés, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Stefan à Wengen, Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Michael Beck, Alkis Boutlis, Jil Gärtner, Wolf Hamm, Thomas Kesseler, Antonia Lehmann-Tolkmitt, Heinz Mack, Xavier Mascaró, Kirsten Nordahl, Stefan à Wengen, Thomas Wrede
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Martina Löhle)
  • Italy, English, German
    Hardcover, 28 x 24 cm
    128 pages, 82 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2013
    ISBN 978-3-93091982-6
  • 30,00 €
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