On Nature: reality and abstraction, Juan Cossío

Thursday 7 March 20. 00h inauguration

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 

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


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