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Juan Medina, 1950 | Surrealist / Hyperrealist painter

Juan Medina, Mexican painter, was born in Mexico City, 1950. In the beginning it was shape, then came light, afterwards color and finally texture; as in the architectonic creation, the genesis of Juan Medina’s pictorial work rests on a solid structure of techniques and concepts that weave in plastic dimensions his memories made of oil and canvas.
With time, the step from watercolor to oil was the resource that allowed him to approach with mastery the conscience of time encrusted in stone, wood, mirrors and all model object that transfers Renaissance rhetoric without moralizing it.


Every one of Juan Medina’s paintings where “another” reflected universe emerges must be seen from this point of view: either the reflex is symmetric to another reality or it projects us, like the Mannerists, into a decomposition of space; hence to another figurative reality, that of memories, of which only he will hold the key.
His work expresses the desire of a new understanding of the everyday object, like a scientific approach to a latent reality. During more than 23 years he has painted progressively incorporating techniques and materials that have built a three-dimensional structure of virtual space.


The optic field in his recent works is not a mere assembly of trompe l’oeil effects, it is the pragmatic synthesis of a hyperrealist - surrealist art that is in Mexico beginning to get rid of its atavism to folklore.
In this sense, he is a part of the solid vanguard of Latin American artists that have been widely recognized abroad and that set the bases of Contemporary Art in Mexico.

Juan Medina 1950 | Mexican Surreal Hyperrealist painter

Juan Medina 1950 | Mexican Surreal Hyperrealist painter

Juan Medina 1950 | Mexican Surreal Hyperrealist painter

Juan Medina 1950 | Mexican Surreal Hyperrealist painter

Juan Medina 1950 | Mexican Surreal Hyperrealist painter


Awards🎨


  • 2014 - Finalist at the Art Renewal Center 2014 International Salon;
  • 2014 - Silver Medal;
  • Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France);
  • 2013 - One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center 2013 International Salon;
  • 2012 - ARC™ Approved Living Master;
  • 2012 - One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center 2012 International Salon;
  • 2011 - American Art Collector Editor's Choice Award of Excellence; International Guild of Realism 2011 Show (Santa Fe, NM);
  • 2011 - Artist's Choice Award;
  • International Guild of Realism 2011 Show (Santa Fe, NM);
  • 2011 - Prix Charles Cottet;
  • Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France);
  • 2011 - One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center's International 2011 ARC Salon™;
  • 2010 - Prix d'Honneur;
  • Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France);
  • Since 2008 - ARC™ Approved Living Artist;
  • Since 2007 - Juried Member of the International Guild of Realism;
  • 2007 - One of the top 100 finalists at the Art Renewal Center's International 2007 ARC Salon™;
  • 2005 - Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Silver Medal (Paris, France);
  • 1999 - "Mérite et Dévouement Français", Silver Medal (Paris, France).






















Il pittore Messicano Juan Medina è nato nel 1950 a Città del Messico. Come giovane professionista è stato molto impressionato dai problemi sociali e politici del suo paese, orientandosi verso il realismo sociale.
Come nella creazione architettonica, la genesi dell’opera pittorica di Juan Medina poggia su una solida struttura di tecniche e concetti che s’intrecciano in plastiche dimensioni.


Il passaggio dall'acquarello all'olio fu la risorsa che gli permise di avvicinarsi con maestria a modelli che trasferiscono la retorica rinascimentale senza cadere nel relativo moralismo.
Durante più di 23 anni ha dipinto progressivamente incorporando tecniche e materiali che hanno costruito una struttura tridimensionale dello spazio virtuale.
Il campo ottico nelle sue opere recenti, non è un mero assemblaggio di effetti cromatici ma è la sintesi pragmatica di un’arte iperrealista e surrealista messicana, liberandosi dell’atavico folclore dei suoi connazionali.
In questo senso, egli è una parte dell’avanguardia solida di artisti latino-americani che sono stati ampiamente riconosciuti all'estero e che hanno saputo impostare le basi dell’arte contemporanea in Messico.



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