Biography

Alejandro Javaloyas was born in 1987 to a large catholic family in Mallorca (Spain), a small and rather conservative island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. As a kid, he was always different, and never really fitted in. He was diagnosed with OCD and giftedness at the age of 6, and always knew he was gay, which made his social integration in school rather difficult.

Drawing soon became his only mechanism to escape. It was his way to transcend everyday life experiences to find a higher spirituality, a deeper meaning. He always felt an other-worldliness when painting, drawing and making collages. And he always felt free to be fully himself in his almost secret and intimate realm of crafts and creation.

When he was 4 years old, his mother framed his first charcoal still nature drawing. He was right away signed up to attend a classical fine art academy (Escola de Pintura de Malena Tous), where he spent almost every evening after school. He underwent traditional drawing and painting training until the age of 18. It was then when he started to alternate realistic paintings with other abstract works, due to his discovery of (and later fascination by) a Spanish-informalist private paintig collection (Museo Fundación Juan Marc Palma) located in Palma, his hometown. The collection still today includes sublime pieces by Fernando Zóbel, Luis Feito, Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura, Miquel Barceló, Jordi Teixidor, and Albert Ràfols-Casamada (among others).

Alejandro understands his own artistic practice in a very broad, humanistic and multifaceted sense. He’s been creating and studying art his entire life. In addition to the aforementioned classical painting training, he studied classical ballet, piano and singing until the age of 18, in a very in-depth and disciplined manner. After that, he obtained his BA in Film Directing from the University of Barcelona. All these different artistic disciplines have definitely impacted and informed his work today as a painter.

Abstract painting has become the artist’s mechanism for flushing out what’s important and to enjoy the work for what it’s saying. As a means to his catharsis, Alejandro created for himself an alternate and deeply spiritual reality through painting, one in which he can balance his need for control, discipline, and restraint, yet also let go and be emotive. His painting serves him both symbolically and literally as a way to organize and plan, something his obsessive nature requires in life, yet he also relishes in the freedoms of uninhibited expression it provides. Viscerally, through the tensions of his mark-making, the transformations of his color palette and application, and the layering of shapes, Alejandro finds a spiritual grounding that, at times, feels like fulfilling an alter ego.

Alejandro’s work is deeply influenced by other contemporary young abstract painters he admires, such as Thorbjørn Bechmann, Heather Day, Frederic Anderson, Johanna KestiläAythamy ArmasUna Ursprung, and Ash Keating.

After living in Palma, Barcelona, Berlin and Helsinki, Alejandro currently resides in Toulouse (France) where he also has his studio (le Javatelier). His abstract paintings can be seen in local and regional galleries, both in Spain and France, and also online at alejandrojavaloyas.com.


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