On Nature: reality and abstraction. Juan Cossío

On Nature: reality and abstraction. Juan Cossío

Opening 7 March 2019, 20.00h

Exhibition from March 7 to 23

The exhibition of this series of drawings represents an aesthetic statement to unite apparently opposing concepts: on the one hand, abstraction and realism and, on the other, a reference to nature as the source from which all knowledge emanates.

“Reality is abstract, abstraction is real”. On this paradigm is based the construction of images that pretend to be a reflection between the objective-mensurable and the conceptual-ideal, of things as they are or as we imagine they should be.

The main technical characteristic is that of working in an “indirect” way, either by means of templates, casts, pigment transfers, airbrush… , using, in addition, a diversity of materials such as black toner pigment, pencil, tempera, acrylic, etc., thus constructing a set of independent layers that create, in the end, a whole.

Notes for the presentation of the On Nature series at LA FACTORÍA DE PAPEL
Juan Cossío. March 2019

Opening images

Juan Cossío

Having shown an early vocation for drawing as well as a great sensitivity for painting and photography, Juan Cossío studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Actively involved in the fertile cultural panorama of the 80’s in Spain, Cossío develops an incessant search for experimentation that takes him to the limits of pictorial techniques, introducing him to what has been called “New Realism”.

Cossío has a long professional career both nationally and internationally, and his works are in outstanding private collections.


  • 1997. Collective exhibition “Classic and Modern of the reality”. Heller Gallery. Madrid
  • 1997. Works in the Confederación de Cajas de Ahorro de Madrid
  • 1999. Participates in the Latin American Art Fair of Caracas. Heller Gallery
  • 2000. Collective exhibition ” Forms and Volumes”. Heller Gallery
  • 2001. Exhibition Clave Gallery. Murcia
  • 2002. Participates in the International Contemporary Art Fair of Seville. Puchol Gallery. Valencia.
  • 2003. Participates in the Feria DeArte of Madrid. Gema Lazcano Gallery
  • 2003. Collective exhibition “Arcanes Contemporaries”. Clave Gallery
  • 2003. Collective exhibition “Small Format”. Gema Lazcano Gallery
  • 2003. Participates in the Commemorative Exhibition “XXV Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution”. Museo Casa de la Moneda
  • 2004. The Spanish Post Office chooses the painting “Nativity” for its reproduction on stamp
  • 2005. Solo exhibition Sammer Gallery. Marbella
  • 2005. Participates in the Palm Beach Art Fair. Miami. Sammer Gallery
  • 2005. Exhibition Vazquez Kunst Gallery. Holland
  • 2005. Exhibition collective “What is realism?”. Albermale Gallery. London
  • 2006. Collective exhibition “The Female Poser”. Sammer Gallery
  • 2006. Works in the “Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes”. MEAM of Barcelona
  • 2007. Participates in the Fair “Luxury Please”. Vienna
  • 2007. Collective exhibition “Realism”. Sammer Gallery
  • 2008. Solo exhibition Albermale Gallery.
  • 2008. Participates in the Fair Art Nocturne Knocke. Belgium
  • 2009. Collective exhibition “Realism Redefined”. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery. Dubai
  • 2009. Collective exhibition. Plus One Gallery. London
  • 2010. Collective exhibition “Winter Show”. Plus One Gallery. London
  • 2011. Collective exhibition. Galerie Archange. Paris
  • 2011. Collective exhibition. Plus One Gallery. London
  • 2011. Collective exhibition.”15th Anniversary Exhibition”. Everard Read Gallery. Cape Town
  • 2011. Collective exhibition. “Corpi esposti”.  Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art Gallery.  Milano
  • 2012. Participates in Art Greenwich. Anthony Brunelly Fine Arts. Binghamton, NY
  • 2012. Participates in Waterfall Mansion Art of New York. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts. Binghamton, NY
  • 2013. Participates in Art Palm Beach 2013. Waterhouse&Dodd gallery. London. New York
  • 2013. Participates in “Salon 2”. Collective exhibition. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts. Binghamton, NY
  • 2013. Participates in Art Wynwood 2013-Miami.Waterhouse&Dodd gallery. London. New York
  • 2013. Participates in Scope New York 2013. Waterhouse&Dodd gallery. London. New York
  • 2013. Group show.”The naked truth”. Plus one gallery. London
  • 2013. “Hyperrealism today”- Museu del Tabac. Andorra
  • 2013. “Lapada”. Art&Antiques Fair. Plus One gallery. London
  • 2013. Group show “The naked truth”. Plus One Gallery. Londres
  • 2013. Group show “Hyperrealism today” Sant Juliá de Lória. Andorra
  • 2013. Group show. “Celebration of 100 years of Everard Read”. Cape Town
  • 2014. Solo show. “Debajo de tu piel vive la luna”. El Quatre gallery. Barcelona
  • 2014. Winter collective. Albemarle gallery. London
  • 2015. Realism 2015. Albemarle Gallery. London
  • 2015. S R. Brennen galleries. USA
  • 2015. R Alexander Fine Art. USA
  • 2016. Works at Count Ibex Collection
  • 2016. Winter collective. Albemarle gallery. London
  • 2016. Group show. S. R. Brennen Galleries. Santa Fe. New Mexico. USA
  • 2016. Group show. Mary Martin gallery. Florida. USA
  • 2016. Group show. Spanish Art Exhibition. Hangzhou. China
  • 2016. Group show. R. Alexander Art Gallery. Atlanta. USA
  • 2017. Group show. Thornwood gallery. Houston. Texas
  • 2017. Works at Count Ibex Collection
  • 2017. Group show. Galeria K. Palma de Mallorca
  • 2017. “Reality Check”. Everard Read Gallery. Cape Town
  • 2017. Galeria K. LUXEMBOURG ART FAIR
  • 2018. ARCO. Clorofila Digital. Madrid
  • 2018. GABINETE ART FAIR. Clorofila Digital. Madrid
  • 2018. Collective photography exhibition. “The same in rights” organized by Spanish lawyers association. Madrid
  • 2018. Solo show. R. Alexander Fine Art. “Life in abstraction”. Atlanta.U.S.A