Javier Marin


Javier Marín was born in Uruapan, Michoacán (Mexico) in 1962. He studies from 1980 to 1983 at the National School of Visual Arts (San Carlo Academy) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, where he still lives and works today.
Initially training himself as a painter and engraver, his artistic investigation later evolved towards sculpture using terracotta, resin and bronze. In the early year 1983 he began to take part in group exhibitions, holding his first solo exhibition three years later.
His original sculptural experiments were made with the use of terracotta, a material strongly linked to his culture of origin and its traditions. He then quickly leans towards the use of bronze influenced by his studies of the history of French and Italian art. In recent years, Marin is able to impregnate the traditional use of bronze with continuous experimentation, combining new materials such as polyester resin with organic materials such as amaranth seeds, tobacco, flower petals or dried meat fibers. The result is a subtle contrast between industrial, artificial characters and natural, biological materials.
The creation of projects, in which monumental works are placed in public spaces, highlights the artist's greater interest in the contemporary conceptualization of urban space. Marin's public sculptures, open to physical and human context, propose alternative interpretations of the space itself. He brings his exploration to all types of places and all kinds of experiences, encouraging constant and dynamic feedback. In his creative work, Marin explores human interactions and the innate search for a sense of balance, whether it be in tangible or conceptual aspects.

Javier Marin has now held more than seventy solo exhibitions, and has participated in more than two hundred group exhibitions in Mexico, USA and Canada, many countries in South America, Asia and Europe. His work has been presented in numerous public collections and institutional spaces, including the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Blake-Purnell Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Malba-Fundacion Constantini Buenos Aires, MACRO Museum in Rome, Les Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels, MUDEC Museum in Milan, The Bass Museum in Miami, Florida.
In 2003, he participates in the 50th edition of the Venice Biennale, and in 2008 Marin is awarded the First Prize of the Third International Edition of the Beijing Biennale in China. In 2008, he wins the competition for the construction of the high altar "Retablo" for the historic Mexican Cathedral of Zacatecas, included among the historical and architectural protected sites of UNESCO. Marin finishes the realization of this imposing piece two years later.
From October 2018 to February 2019 his monumental bronze sculpture entitled "Reflejo VII", a horse with a knight, more than six meters high, was exhibited in the Place du Louvre in Paris.


Javier Marín Masterworks. Arts of the World Gallery | Enero 2019 – Marzo 2019 | Houston, Texas, Estados Unidos


Javier Marìn Corpus - MUDEC Museo Delle Cuture, Milano, Italia

Javier Marìn Corpus, Appunti di una mostra - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Pietrasanta (LU), Italia

Javier Marìn - Claroscuro - Museo Espacio, Mexico

Javier Marìn - Javier Marìn - The San Diego Museum of Art, California, USA


Javier Marìn - Pinacoteca comunale Casa Rusca, Locarno, Svizzera


Javier Marín Corpus Terra - Plaza Seminario, Città del Messico, Messico.

Javier Marín Corpus - Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Città del Messico, Messico.

Javier Marín Terra - La materia como idea. Palacio de Iturbide, Fomento Cultural Banamex, Città del Messico, Messico


Javier Marín Puerto de Veracruz - La Gran Plaza Malecón and la Plaza de la República, Puerto de Veracruz, Veracruz, Messico.

Javier Marín Tres Cabezas Colosales - Queen Isabelle Memorial Park, South Padre Island, Texas, USA

Javier Marín Cabezas Colosales - Centro de las Artes de San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Messico

Javier Marín - Costume designs, Bicentenario Theatre Lobby, Forum Cultural Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato, Messico.

Javier Marín Escultura - Piazza Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla, Arezzo

Javier Marín De 3 en 3 - Book Launch. Angelica Library, Roma

Javier Marín, tres esculturas monumentales - Forum Cultural Guanajuato, Leon, Guanajuato, Messico

Javier Marín, Fragmentos - Colección Pago en Especie y Acervo Patrimonial de la SHCP, Centro Cultural Vito Alessio Robles, Saltillo, Coahuila, Messico

Javier Marín, tres esculturas monumentales - Callejon de San Agustin, Downtown, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

2013 - 2012

Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Terrazza del Pincio, Museo MACRO, Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina, Roma


Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Place Metz, Place Guillaume, Parvis, Cathedral, Place Bruxelles, Lussemburgo (Granducato del Lussemburgo)

Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Esplanade Francois Andrè, La Baule Francia

2011 - 2012

Javier Marín, Cabezas Monumentales - Museo de Antropología e Historia, Ciudad de México, México


Javier Marín, Talavera - Barbara Paci Galleria d´Arte, Pietrasanta

Javier Marín, Cabeza Vainilla - Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli, Ciudad de México, Mexico


Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique: Place Royale, Place du Musée, Place de l’Albertine, Bruxelles, Belgio

Javier Marín, Proyecto Retablo de la Catedral Basílica de Zacatecas, Patrimonio dell'umanità UNESCO, Ciudad de Zacatecas, Messico


Javier Marín, Chalchihuites - Den Haag Sculptuur, Lange Voorhout, Den Haag, Paesi Passi

Javier Marín, Escultura - Circle Gallery, Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

Javier Marín, Seven Heads and Three Wigs - Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, USA

Javier Marín, Escultura - Museo de Art Contemporáneo de Zapopan, Zapopan, Messico

Javier Marín - J. Jonson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA


Javier Marín,De 3 en 3 - Rotonda di via Besana, Scalone di Palazzo Reale, Piazzetta Reale y Piazza delTeatro alla Scala, Milano

Javier Marín - Palazzo Ersel, Torino


Javier Marín, De 3 en 3 - Chiesa e Chiostro di Sant'Agostino, Piazza Duomo, Sala dei Putti, Pietrasanta, Lucca

Javier Marín - Palacio Los Serrano, Ávila, Spagna


Javier Marín, Chalchihuites, Dos Gotas de Agua, Casa de América, Madrid, Spagna

Javier Marín, Barroco Mexicano - Galería Barbara Paci, Pietrasanta, Lucca

Javier Marín, Escultura - Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, Veracruz, Messico

Javier Marín - J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, USA


Javier Marín, Escultura - Convento San Francisco de Asís, La Habana, Cuba

Javier Marín, Instalación Siete - Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Javier Marín, Escultura , Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Messico


Javier Marín, Siete - Centro Cultural de la Ciudad, Manzana de la Rivera Asunción, Paraguay

Javier Marín, Siete - Museo Iglesia Santa Clara, Bogotá, Colombia


Javier Marín, Siete, Ex Convento de Capuchinas, La Antigua, Guatemala

Javier Marín, Retroperspectiva, - Ex Templo de San Agustín, Zacatecas, Messico


Javier Marín, Retroperspectiva - Pinacoteca del Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Messico

Javier Marín, Retroperspectiva - Museo Amparo, Puebla, Messico

Javier Marín, J. Johnson Gallery - Jacksonville, Florida, USA


Javier Marín, Escultura - Plaza Juárez y Extemplo de Corpus Christi, Ciudad de México, Messico


Javier Marín, Escultura - Palacio de Clavijero, Morelia, Michoacán, Messico

Javier Marín, En Blanco - Monasterio de los Dominicos, Praga (Repubblica Ceca)


Javier Marín, Escultura - Mostra itinerante in cinque città del Messico

Javier Marín, En Blanco - La Iglesia de Santa Catarina, Vilnius, Lituania


Javier Marín, Venezia-México - Sala San Tommaso, Campo de los Santos Giovanni e Paolo, 50° Biennale di Venezia

Javier Marín - Lo Storico Palazzo Bettoni-Cazzago, Brescia

Javier Marín, - Central Library, San Antonio, Texas, USA


Javier Marín - Compagnia del Disegno, Milano


Javier Marín, Sculpture - Espace Bellevue, Biarritz, Francia

Javier Marín - Alla Rocca di Cesena, Rocca di Cesena

Javier Marín - Galleria Tornabuoni, Pietrasanta, Lucca

Javier Marín, Sculptures - Iturralde Gallery, Los Ángeles, California, USA


Javier Marín, Sculptures - Espace Pierre Cardin, Parigi, Francia


Javier Marín, Sculptures - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Javier Marín, Sculture - Compagnia del Disegno, Milano


Javier Marín, Recent Sculpture in Clay and Bronze - Iturralde Gallery, Los Ángeles, California, USA

Javier Marín, Bronces - Casa Lamm, Ciudad de México, Messico


Javier Marín, Terracottas - Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, USA

Javier Marín, Bronces - Museo Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Messico


Javier Marín, Esculturas - Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Ciudad de México, Messico

Javier Marín, Recent Sculpture - Freites Revilla Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA


Javier Marín, Escultura - Galería Alfred Wild, Bogotá, Colombia

Javier Marín, Escultura - Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Messico

Javier Marín, Divine Design - Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California, USA


Javier Marín, El Cuerpo Arrebatado - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MARCO), Monterrey, Nuevo León, Messico


Javier Marín, Escultura en Barro - Museo de Arte Álvar y Carmen Carrillo Gill, Ciudad de México, Messico


ArtMiami Fair - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Miami, Florida , USA.

Wopart Fair- Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte , Lugano, Svizzera 

Consonanze, da Arturo Martini ad Aron Demetz, 1932 - 2019 - Galleria d'Arte Barbara Paci, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italia


ArteFiera Bologna - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italia


Motor de Impulso - Terreno Baldio Arte, Città del Messico, Messico

ArteFiera Bologna - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italia

Icastica - Arezzo


Los artistas responsables en defensa de la fauna - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo, Città del Messico, Messico

Barro Total, cerámica de autor en las colecciones de la SHCP - Gallery of the SHCP, Città del Messico, Messico

Fiat Lux - Ground floor Petroleos Mexicanos Building, Città del Messico, Messico

El Hombre al desnudo - Dimensiones de la masculinidad a partir de 1800. Museo Nacional de Arte, Città del Messico, Messico

Latin American Art Auction. Sotheby´s, New York, N.Y., USA

Latin American Art Auction. Christie´s, New York, N.Y., USA

Icastica - Arezzo


La Inauguración: El instinto disfrazado de concupiscencia - Exhibición de apertura de la nueva sede con obra de lso artistas Javier Marín, Emilio Rangel y Francisco Esnayra. Terreno Baldío Arte Gallery, Città del Messico, Messico


Preview Berlin 2012 - Terreno Baldio Arte, Berlino, Germania

Congratulations from the World - Exhibition for the World art treasures, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China.


Vancouver Biennale - Vancouver, Canada


Expo Shangai - Shanghái, Cina

Planeta alterado - Expo parque Silao, Guanajuato, Messico

Vancouver Biennale - Vancouver, Canada


Vancouver Biennale - Vancouver, Canada


Beijing International Art Biennale - Pechino, Cina


From Calder to Bolla - Galería Nohra Haime, New York, USA


Cuerpos terrenales: escultura en barro - Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Ciudad de México, Messico

Six Mexican Contemporary Sculpturers of Clay, the Dream of Earth - Galería José Clemente Orozco del Instituto Cultural de México - Washington, USA


Il Cuore, Arte, Scienza e Tecnologia - Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta, Instituto de Cultura Visual, La Postería, Milano


Arte en América Latina - Museo Malba, Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Muestra de arte mexicano, Bienal de Arte de Venecia - Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venezia


Soleils mexicains - Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Parigi, Francia


Forma y figuración. Obras maestras de la Colección Blake-Purnell - Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spagna


Re-presenting Representation III - Arnot Museum, Elmira, New York, USA


The 59th Exhibition of the Japan Print Association - Tokio Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokio, Giappone


En tiempos de la posmodernidad - Museo de Arte Moderno, Ciudad de México, Messico


Encuentro de ceramistas contemporáneos de América Latina. Mostra itinerante: - Sala Nacional de Expositores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo de Arte Moderno - Río de Janeiro, Brasile

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - Caracas,Venezuela

Museo de la Universidad Nacional - Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Bellas Artes - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Museo de Arte Everson - Siracusa, New York, USA

Museo de Arte Hispánico Contemporáneo - New York, USA

Museo de Arte de Ponce - Ponce, Puerto Rico

Museo de Arte Moderno - Ciudad de México, Mexico