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press kit 2015
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PRESS KIT 2015
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Ripollés (Castellón, Spain, 1932) is an artist with an inexhaustible imagination, sensitive to his
surroundings and with a unique talent for reinterpreting his environment through painting, sculpture
and etching. Ripollés, who did born in Castellón (Spain) and is considered one of the most
international stars of contemporary Spanish art, has exhibited his works throughout Europe, America
and Asia for more than 50 years. Over the course of his brilliant career, he has acquired great
prestige and recognition outside Spain for his audacity and the fantasy he creates with shapes,
colours and materials.
Over the years Ripollés has also continually redefined himself and has always been open to change.
This rejuvenation has taken place in the form of calm transitions, which, today, clearly show the
evolution of pictorial and sculptural work that evolves with each period, but which has one common
and essential characteristic: it is all the work of a genius
Ripollés is one of the greatest contemporary spanish artists of international acclaim, and also one of the most complete in terms of
artistic disciplines: painting, sculpture in bronze, iron, resin or crystal, and engraving. In 1958, David Drouand the prestigious french
gallery (Paris) in which Picasso or Chagall did exhibit their paintings, opted by present and show Ripollés works, and from that
moment the young spanish artist began an artistic path that leads him to the U.S., Mexico or Japan and that did captive gallerist,
dealers and artists as the famous Leon Amiel or the mexican Siqueiros.
As good descendant of european surrealism, his iconic ”look” has become an international recognizable figure, symbolizing the
power of creativity and the liberty of the artist and his art.
BIOGRAPHY
Creative, naturalistic, independent and humanistic. Any definition of Ripollés must include adjectives such as these when describing
one of the great artists on Spain’s contemporary art scene in the 20th and 21st centuries.
A painter, sculptor and unique etcher, he developed his creative side in France and Spain. Ripollés overcame a traumatic childhood
before discovering art. When his mother died during labour, he was adopted by a family from a poor neighbourhood in Castellón
and, in grey post-war Spain, had no choice but to work from a very young age. During his childhood he did not have time to dream
of becoming a footballer. Whilst his friends played and chased each other through the streets, he collected dung to sell as manure,
took care of animals in stables, looked after his siblings at home, and did the household chores.
Several years went by in poverty, until, still young enough to wear short trousers, Ripollés started working in an industrial painting
workshop. It was there that he discovered the range of colours, their infinite combinations and the types of paintbrushes. That
experience mesmerised Ripollés. He did not neglect his duties whitewashing and painting the walls of warehouses and workshops,
but at night he stayed awake, discovering a new language of shapes, curves and representations. In the solitude of a dark room,
night after night he slowly became the artist, the genius. Once he had finished his day's work he attended drawing classes in the
afternoons at the Ribalta Institute in Castellón; the classes nurtured Ripollés’ artistic interests.
In 1954, his cultural career took a spectacular turn with a trip to Paris. He filled his suitcase with dreams and the little money he
managed to save during a time of hardships in post-war Spain and discovered, beyond the Pyrenees, a new world of freedom and
creativity; however, in France he was struggling and had to work as an industrial painter to make ends meet. The definitive
emancipation, the breakaway from the scaffolding and overalls, took place when he joined the Drouand David gallery, one of the
most prestigious in the world in 1958.
A very personal style, the independence of shapes, the complicity of the colours and a strong inspiration drawn from nature and
man allowed Ripollés' art to open doors throughout the world. First together with the Drouand gallery and later independently, he
projected his recreation of vital and intense settings, rich in hues and emotions, all over Europe, in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy
and France, before embracing other continents, such as America, with exhibitions in the USA and Mexico, and even Japan. As one
of the reference points of Spanish figurative expressionism, Ripollés has since then completed an extensive journey through
different stylistic trends, before settling down, today, in a period marked by the vitalism of his scenes, evoking an active pulse and
an emotional and expressive existence.
Ripollés is a revolutionary, a lifelong rebel in times of international economic, cultural and political alliances. A defender of liberties
during the Franco regime, a constant guardian of plural thought with a bunch of paintbrushes in his hand, for a few years he
radically shut himself away in a farmhouse without electricity, running water or a telephone. He isolated himself like the anchorites
until he developed a private habitat, rich in creativity, inspiration and idealisation. It was this cosmos of private sentiments and
soliloquies that forged the "Blessed Ripo", atavistic and ascetic, the same one the prestigious spanish writer Manuel Vicent
portrayed in one of his most famous books.
A Mediterranean artist with an greek profile and a florid, franciscan monk beard, within his perennial cotton aesthetic live both the
creator and the man. Ripollés is a unique painter and sculptor, but also someone who identifies with his native land and people,
who lives surrounded by nature. Hospitable, kind-hearted, accessible, humble and independent. That is the genius of Ripollés art
and life
PAINTINGS
As a painter Ripollés has a very recognizable style-print. From the first paintings,
strongly influenced by the european middle twenty century avant-garde (as Picasso,
Miró, Chagall, etc) to his current style, with a very personal and easily recognizable
way of painting, Ripollés has found his own artistic way, even by creating a new
method of painting. He puts powder pure pigments, paste colours and varnish on the
canvas and use water as a paintbrush to spread the colours stains and paint.
Still lifes, bullfighting scenes, rural or coastal landscapes, scenes of love-making and
fantasies dominated by surrealism have all inspired Ripollés' pictorial work in different
periods. Ripollés, in his most contemporary form, shows great vitality on canvas. Not
only because he uses a range of very intense and vivid colours, but because his
characters display active attitudes. The artist acts as a sorcerer with colour and
formulates astonishing chromatic combinations.
Ripollés has arranged art exhibitions all around the world; in World Economic Forum
(Davos, Switzerland, 2008), Valencia (IVAM Museum, 2007), The Committee of the
Regions of UE (Brussels, Belgium, 2009), Estoril (Portugal, 2009) and recently he
has shown his paintings at the Andorra Government Art Space and in Beijing (China
2012) and other Chinese cities.
LARGE PUBLIC SCULPTURES
Ripollés' sculptural creations, spread across different countries, invariably entail an
arbitrary, unpredictable volume and a wide range of materials and sizes. In his
sculptural work, inspiration comes from man and nature. Totems, animal and
human forms that could only exist in the imagination of a creator come to life in his
collection, in a naive and carefree existence, far removed from dramatism. Since
the 80s, Ripollés has dedicated himself to large-scale work. His sculptures of such
large proportions pay tribute to the greatness of life.
Ripolles’ large scale public sculptures collection has visited a lot of countries since 2005. Large scultures, maded in bronze, iron or
glass fiber, has been in parks, main avenues and streets all over the world.
This Ripolles’ sculptures collection tour began in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) in 2006. After this successful experience, Ripollés took
them to other Spanish cities as Valencia (2008 and 2010), Córdoba (2008), Sevilla (2009), Madrid (2009) or Alicante (2009). Ths
big sculptures has been also in another countries as Italy (Verona and Venice, 2007), Portugal (Estoril and Lisboa, 2009) and
recently Andorra (2011).
The most important exposition was in Venice (Italy), where only the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero and the Spanish
artist Ripollés has been authorized by local government to install public big sculptures all over streets and squares.
ETCHINGS
Ripollés dignifies paper with his etching. Every painting and
sculpture is developed in a preliminary, embryonic phase, in which
the artist releases a universe covered in genius onto the paper, with
simple, schematic strokes. Paper is the substratum of art. Everything
begins with a blank page, virgin to the impulses of ingenuity.
Ripollés increases its value with a distinctive, very dynamic etching,
displaying the strong personality revealed by the vigour of all of his
creations.
MURANO GLASS
Ripollés has made the biggest Murano glass chess in the world. An exclusive
interpretation of the popular game. Ripolles’ chess has been installed in Valencia (2007
and 2011), Udine (Italy) and Estoril (Portugal) since 2007. A chess legend, Karpov, has
admired Ripolles crystal soldiers, horses, towers or kings.
But not only chess. Ripollés has also maded theater masks for ‘Proserpina rapte’,
played in the prestigious international classic theater festival of Merida (Spain), one of
the biggest in all the world dedicated to classic theater.
EXHIBITIONS
2015
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Knokke (Bégica). Gallery Art-Up. Exposición de pintura, escultura y grabado
París (Francia). Art Elysees con Galerie Ange Basso.
Lille (Francia). Artup Foire d’ Art Contemporani, with Ange Basso Gallery.
Laussanne (Suiza). Art&Emotion Gallery. Sculptures and canvas exhibition.
Maastrich (Holanda). Galerie Post- Garcia. Groupal Exhibition.
Maastrich (Holland). Art Space. Bronze sculptures Exhibition.
Breda (Holland). Art Breda Fair, with Tom Okker Gallery.
Hasset (Belgica). Desserts Gallery. Groupal Exhibition.
2014
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Moffat Beach, Queensland (Australia). Holloway Galery. Etchings and Murano crystal sculptures.
Castellón (España). Ripollés designs the scenography of Mozart’s 'Magic Flute'.
Alcira (España). Cultural Center. Etchings, canvas and sculptures Exhibition.
Lille (France). Artup Contemporary Art Fair, with Ange Basso Gallery.
Cieza (Murcia). Efe Serrano Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and prints.
Valencia (Spain). Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and engravings to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of El Corte Inglés
Paris (France). "Une vie en colors", in Ange Basso Art Gallery.
Singapore (Singapore). "The colors of life", in Belvedere Art Gallery.
2013
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Tai’an, Shangong Province (China). Tai’an City Hall, exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings, iron, bronze,
fibreglass and resin sculptures.
Maastricht (Holland). Post-Garcia Gallery. Joint exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Valence (France). Chromalies. Exhibition of sculptures.
Lausanne (Switzerland). Art& Emotion Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Knokke (Belgium). Art-Up Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Spa (Belgium). Azur Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Veldhoven (Netherlands). Hans Persoon Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures.
Gouda (Netherlands). Arti Legi Cultural Space. Retrospective exhibition.
Chicago (USA). 20th Sofa Art Fair edition, with Berengo Studio Art Gallery.
2012
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Paris (France). Ange Basso Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Peking (China). Beijing World Art Museum. Exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings, as well as iron, bronze,
fibreglass and resin sculptures.
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Jinan (China). Shandong Museum. Exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings as well as iron, bronze,
fibreglass and resin sculptures.
Cannes (France). Terre des Arts Gallery. Paintings and sculptures. Gran Hotel de Cannes. Exhibition of large-format
sculptures.
Wuhan (China). Wuhan Museum. Exhibition of large-format sculptures, paintings, etchings as well as iron, bronze, fibreglass
and resin sculptures.
Liege (Belgium). Liehrman Gallery. Exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Portocolom (Spain). Simon Nolte Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures, etchings and gouache.
Valencia (Spain). IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art). Retrospective exhibition “Las musas de Juan Ripollés” (Juan
Ripollés and his muses). Paintings, sculptures, etchings, gouache and large-format sculptures from 1945 to 2012.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart , Art-up Gallery, Azur Gallery, Berengo Studio.
2011
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Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery. Joint exhibition (Alechinsky, Appel, Cobbaert, Ripollés).
Münster (Germany). Simon Nolte Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Knokke-Zoute (Belgium). Artup Gallery. Exhibition of paintings sculptures and etchings.
Florida (USA). Art Naples. Murano glass with the Berengo Studio.
Valence (France). Chromalies. Paintings and sculptures with the Valence Dauphin Lions Club.
Paris (France). Ange Basso Gallery. Joint exhibition.
Valencia (Spain). City of Science and Arts. Chess set by Ripollés made using Murano glass. 8x8m in the Príncipe Felipe
Science Museum. Officially opened by Anatoly Karpov
Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra). Exhibition of large-format sculptures “UNIVERS RIPOLLÉS”. Government of Andorra
Exhibition Rooms. “Emoción Viva” (Living Emotion). Curator: Pilar Gimeno.
Venice (Italy) Biennale. Totemcity. Scuola Grande de San Teodoro.
Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra). Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures in the Art al Set Gallery.
2010
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Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculptures entitled 'Homenaje a las víctimas del terrorismo' (Homage to the victims of
terrorism).
Spa (Belgium). Exhibition in the Azur Gallery of etchings, sculptures and paintings.
Valencia (Spain). Exhibition of 'Ripollés, jugando con la materia' (Ripollés playing with matter) at the La Colomina Palace.
Organised by the CEU Cardenal Herrera University.
Alicante (Spain). Positioning on land donated by the Alicante Port Authority of a large-format sculpture entitled 'Adivinadora'
(Fortune teller). Sponsor: CAM.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculpture in bronze for the city in Plaza del Rey.
Madrid (Spain). Arco 2010 Art Fair and Madrid Trade Fair with the Berengo Studio.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculptures in bronze for the city in Plaza de las Aulas.
Veldhoven (Holland). Hans Persoon Gallery. Joint exhibition of the works of Cobra and Ripollés
Kars (Germany). Spanish Art Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and prints.
Maastricht (Holland). Post-Garcia Gallery. Joint exhibition of works by Alechinsky-Lataster-Ripolles.
‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland). Antiques Art Fair with the Post-García Gallery
Miami (USA). Miami Art Fair with Berengo Studio.
Palm Beach (USA). Art Palm Beach Contemporary with Berengo Studio.
Orense (Spain) Visol Gallery. Joint exhibition entitled 'El Gato' (The Cat) with the matter etching by Ripollés.
Vigo (Spain). Art-Next Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). City of Science and Arts. Exhibition of large-format sculptures (bronze and Murano glass)
Atzneta (Castellon). Exhibition of resin and bronze sculptures and etchings.
Utrecht (Holland). Open Art Fair 2010 Post-Garcia Gallery.
Veldhoven (Holland). Hans Persoon Gallery: Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Post-Garcia Gallery.
New York (USA). The Affordable Art Fair AAF, Minsky Gallery.
2009
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Seville (Spain). Plaza del Triunfo. Exhibition of large-format sculptures . UNIVERSO URBANO. Sponsor: CAM, NOSDO,
Seville City Hall.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery. Exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Ede (Holland). Launch of two large-format sculptures in coloured bronze in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento of Ede donated for
HVA Funds.
Paris (France). Minsky Gallery. Exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Rotterdam (Holland). Primavera Art & Antiques Fair 2009. Berengo Studio. Murano glass.
Madrid (Spain). Retiro Park (Paseo de Mexico) Exhibition of large-format sculptures. UNIVERSO URBANO Sponsor: CAM
and Madrid City Hall.
Estoril (Portugal). Estoril Casino. Exhibition of large-format sculptures. UNIVERSO URBANO. And Murano glass chess set in
the foyer of the Casino carried out by the IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art).
Merida (Spain). Inauguration Gala of the play entitled The Rape of Proserpine. Characters from the play brought to life by
Ripollés.
Lisbon (Portugal). Lisbon Casino exhibition of the Murano glass chess set. Exhibition carried out by the IVAM (Valencia
Institute of Modern Art)
Annecy (France). Forum Bonlieu Expo. Paintings, sculptures and Murano glass.
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre (Belgium). Woluwe-Saint-Pierre City Hall Exhibition of matter etchings, classic etchings and resin
sculptures.
Brussels (Belgium). Committee of Regions, Matter etchings and Murano glass sculptures.
Alicante (Spain). Seafront promenade. Exhibition of large format sculptures. UNIVERSO URBANO. Sponsor: CAM, Alicante
City Hall, Alicante Port and IVF.
Chicago (USA) Sofa Chicago Art Fair with Berengo Studio.
Alicante (Spain). Diarío Información Club. Exhibition entitled “Matter etchings”
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). Valencia Furniture Trade Fair presents a piece of furniture painted by the artist.
Venice (Italy). Joint sculpture exhibition on Berzosa Island as part of the official Biennale programme.
Eindhoven (Holland). Contemporary Art Fair. Murano glass sculptures with the Berengo Studio.
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Montevideo (Uruguay). Teaching exhibit entitled ‘Ripollés entre dos continentes’ (Ripollés between two continents) at the
Club Español de Uruguay.
Benidorm (Spain). Exhibition of four fibreglass sculptures covered with Murano glass shreds at the Spain versus Serbia
Davis Cup.
Annecy (France). Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures at the Forum Bonlieu.
Utrecht (Holland). Art Fair with the Berengo Studio. Murano glass sculptures.
Brussels (Belgium). Exhibition of etchings and sculptures at the headquarters of the EU Valencia Community Foundation.
Chicago (USA). SOFA Art Fair with Berengo Studio.
Asnières (France). Exhibition of Moruno-glass sculptures at Asnières Chateau.
2008
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Davos (Switzerland). World Economic Forum with Berengo Studio. Totem with Murano glass.
Grao de Castellon (Spain). 12m fibreglass sculptures for the Gran Casino in Castellon.
Grao de Castellon (Spain). Large format sculptures for the façade of the Sol building.
Valencia (Spain). IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art) launches the large format chess set (8m x 8m) in Murano glass to
coincide with the book launch of “Ripollés 1980-2006”.
Valencia (Spain). Gran Via Marques del Turia exhibition of great sculptors; Valencia City Hall exhibition rooms. Paintings and
sculptures. Sponsor: CAM, I.V.F; Lametro Gallery. Exhibition of classic etchings as well as matter etchings. Sponsors:
Valencia Regional Railways, Vossloh and Metro Valencia.
Ibiza (Spain). Miguel E. Young Gallery. Exhibition of Murano glass sculptures.
Brussels (Belgium). Delegation of the Regional Government of Valencia in Brussels. Exhibition of classic etchings from the
1980s.
Valencia (Spain). The Valencia Government awards Juan Garcia Ripolles the Order of Merit for Culture.
Cordoba (Spain). Paseo de Cordoba. Exhibition of large-format sculptures: Sponsored by CAM, the Sánchez Ramade
Foundation and Azahar.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2008. Post-Garcia Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts.
Veldhoven (Holland). Hans Persoon Gallery. Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Strasbourg (France). Feria ST-Art with Berengo Studio.
Chicago (USA). SOFA Art Fair. Murano glass sculptures.
2007
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Murano (Italy). A Murano-glass chess set with large-format sculptures.
Klagenfur (Austria). Joint exhibition of Murano glass. Contemporary Art Museum.
Grenoble (France). Large-format sculptures for a private collection.
Venice (Italy). Exhibition of large-format sculptures. Sixteen bronze and iron sculptures along the Gran Canal, as well as
fibreglass sculptures on the islands of Murano, Burano, Lido and Pallestrina. Sponsors: Azhar Viveros Molina.
Münster (Germany). Michael Nolte Gallery - paintings and sculptures.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery - joint exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
Maastricht (Holland). Post-Garcia Gallery. Paintings, bronze and resin sculptures, and etchings. Book launch of “Ripollés a
su manera” (Ripollés à la Ripollés).
Alicante (Spain). Sculpture for the Breitling Med-Cup 2007 awards ceremony.
Verona (Italy). Exhibition in the city centre of large-format bronze and iron sculptures. Book launch of “Ripollés in Venice”.
Sponsor: Azahar Viveros Molina.
Castellon (Spain). Logo for the 2008 Special Olympics.
Castellon (Spain). Castellon Provincial Hospital pays homage to Ripollés.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2007. Post-Garcia Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts.
2006
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Maastricht (Holland). European Art Fair 2006. Luis Elvira Gallery. Iron sculptures.
Vall d’Uxó (Spain). Large-format sculptures in fibreglass for a private company - MAGALIBEL.
Mainz (Germany). Exhibition of paintings, etchings and sculptures at Mainz City Hall’s exhibition rooms.
Valencia (Spain). Relocation of large-format bronze sculptures from San Miguel de los Reyes to the roundabout located
between the Palau de la Música and the City of Arts and Sciences.
San Juan de Moró (Spain). Official opening of a public square in honour of Ripollés with a bronze statute entitled “Humanity”
- 220x130x150 cm.
Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Exhibition of large format sculptures. Sponsor: Azahart, Vivero de Ideas.
Castellon (Spain). Commissioned to create a unique bronze sculpture for a private company (LUBASA)
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.
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Veldhoven (Holland). Kader Art Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). Designs a poster for the First Congress of the Federation of Fallas.
Aix-les-Bains (France). Grand Cercle Casino.
2005
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Innsbruck (Austria). Internationale Kunsnstmesse 2005. Pieter Post Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
The Hague (Holland). Holland Art Fair 2005. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano glass sculptures.
Amsterdam (Holland). Kunst Rai 2005. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano-glass sculptures.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2005. Artemas Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts
Maastricht (Holland). European Art Fair 2005. Luis Elvira Gallery. Iron sculptures.
Valencia (Spain). Las Provincias Award (Valencian Awards for the 21st Century)
Valencia (Spain). Creates a bag to be auctioned off to raise funds for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Castellon (Spain). Designs the scale model for the El Sol building. Developer: Paco Molina.
Castellon (Spain). Castellon Auditorium and Convention Centre. Inaugural exhibition in Spain of Murano-glass sculptures.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery, paintings, etchings and sculptures.
2004
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Amsterdam (Holland). Kunst Rai ’04. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano-glass sculptures.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Gent 2004. Artemas Gallery and Berengo Fine Arts.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculptures. Sponsor: Paco Molina-Azahar.
Maastricht (Holland). European Art Fair 04, Luis Elvira Gallery. Iron sculptures. Post-García Gallery. Paintings and
sculptures.
Hasselt (Belgium). Dessers Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Amberes (Belgium). Antelope Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Castellon (Spain). Creates the Nativity Scene for the façade of the Castellon Auditorium and Convention Centre.
Innsbruck (Austria). Internationale Kunstmesse 2004 with the Pieter Post Gallery.
The Hague (Holland). Holland Art Fair 2004 with Berengo Fine Arts.
Castellon (Spain). 1st Prize for the Cadena SER Plastic Arts Awards.
2003
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Innsbruck (Austria). Internationale Kunstmesse 2003. Pieter Post Gallery.
The Hague (Holland). Holland Art Fair 2003. Pieter Post Gallery. Chiefs and Spirits Gallery.
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Travelling exhibition of latest large-format sculptures organised by the “Museum
Consortium” of the Regional Government of Valencia.
Trento (Italy). Trentini Palace. International Sculpture Exhibition.
Maastricht (Holland). European Art Fair 03. Luis Elvira Gallery
Amsterdam (Holland). Kunst Rai 03. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano-glass sculptures. Pan 03. Hüsstege Gallery. Paintings and
sculptures.
Oropesa (Spain). Iron Museum. Exhibition of matter etchings.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Gent 03. Artemas Gallery - paintings and sculptures. Berengo Fine Arts. Murano-glass sculptures.
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format fibreglass and bronze sculpture for the Castellon Provincial Hospital.
2002
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‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland). Kunst Rai ’02. Hüsstege Gallery. Berengo Fine Arts.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart Ghent 2002 with the Artemas Gallery. Lineart 2002, with Berengo Fine Arts.
Valencia (Spain). “Homenaje al libro” (Homage to books). Twelve-tonne bronze sculpture commissioned by the Regional
Government of Valencia for the square in front of the Valencia Library.
Oropesa (Spain). Iron Museum. Exhibition of recent iron sculptures.
Castellon (Spain). Homage to Ripollés for his artistic career at the Castellon Fine Arts Museum
Amsterdam (Holland). Art Works Gallery. Paintings and sculptures. Kunst Rai 2002 with the Hüsstege Gallery and Berengo
Fine Arts.
Leon (Spain). Sardon Gallery - paintings, etchings and sculptures.
Castellon (Spain). Bronze and fibreglass sculpture-fountain “Homenaje al filador y Menaor”, entitled Les Cordeliers. Fourteen
metres tall with a sixteen metre diameter commissioned by Castellon City Hall.
Castellon (Spain). Large-format sculptures for Castellon Port as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations.
2001
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Valencia (Spain). Muro Gallery.
Ostend (Belgium). Presentation of Murano-glass sculptures.
Lido (Italy). OPEN 2001. 4th International Sculpture and Installation Exhibition. Sponsor: Berengo Fine Art Gallery and
Azahar.
Murano (Italy). Travelling Murano-glass sculpture exhibition funded through the European Parliament.
Valencia (Spain). 1st Prize for the Valencia Regional Government’s Plastic Arts Award.
Soria (Spain). Historic Centre. Fourteen large-format, open-air sculptures. Sponsor: Azahar. Organised by Soria City Hall.
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Ibiza (Spain). International Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Calpe (Spain). Calpe Cultural Centre. Exhibition entitled “Entre dos Milenios” (Between two Millenniums).
Amsterdam (Holland). Kunst Rai 2001 with the Hüsstegge Gallery.
2000
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Cologne (Germany). Kunst Köln 2000-Fischerplatz Gallery.
Zürich (Switzerland). Bilderrahmen Gallery.
Amsterdam (Holland). Art-Works Gallery.
’s-Hertogenbosch (Holland). Exhibition of large-format sculptures organized by the Hüsstege Gallery.
Valencia (Spain). Almudin Palace. Exhibition of the latest large-format sculptures. Organized by the “Museum Consortium” of
the Regional Government of Valencia. Travelling exhibition through the Valencia Region and then on to South and Central
America.
Valencia (Spain). Thema Gallery. Paintings and sculptures
Ghent (Belgium). Linearte Ghent 2000 with the La Aurora Gallery.
1999
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Ulm (Germany). Fischerplatz Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
München (Germany). Prannerstrasse Gallery. Etchings.
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Singapore. Singapore Arts Festival ’99.
Salou (Spain). Sculpture Walk: Fourteen large-format sculptures in the open air.
Alicante (Spain). Alicante University Museum exhibition entitled “La Memoria Que Nos Une” (The memory that unites us).
‘s-Hertongenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery. Joint exhibition.
Amsterdam (Holland). Kunst Rai ‘99 with the Hüsstege Gallery.
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery
Villarreal (Spain). Villareal City Museum. Joint exhibition. Iron sculptures.
1998
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Vall d´Alba (Spain). Bronze statues measuring 123x300x137cm and weighing 600kg.
Bremen (Germany). Kühn Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Marbella (Spain). José Palomo Exhibition Rooms. Paintings and sculptures.
Münster (Germany). Schnake Gallery.
Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Casal Solleric. Paintings and sculptures. Paseo del Born. Fourteen large-format sculptures in the
open air. Sponsor: Azahar.
Dusseldorf (Germany). Art – Multiple ‘98. Fischerplatz Gallery. Matter etchings, bronzes and resins.
St Tropez (France). Le Savoir “ Charles Vasseort”
‘s-Hertongenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery joint exhibition.
Amsterdam (Holland). Art Works. Paintings and sculptures.
Villafames (Spain). Large-format, bronze sculptures.
Amsterdam (Holland). PAN ‘98 with the Hüsstege Gallery.
1997
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Paris (France). Dionne Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Ulm (Germany). Fischerplatz Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Geneva (Switzerland). Cigarini Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.
‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Berlín (Germany). Kühn Gallery. Etchings.
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Bordeaux (France). Imagine Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Amsterdam (Holland). Pan ’97. Hüsstege Gallery.
‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Lausanne (Switzerland). Catherine Niederhauser Gallery. Matter etchings.
Dusseldorf (Germany). Art Multiple ‘97 with the Fischerplatz Gallery.
Utrecht (Holland). Laimböck Gallery.
1996
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Amsterdam (Holland). Pan ‘96 Hüsstege Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Düsseldorf (Germany). Art-Multiple with the La Aurora and Dionea Galleries. Matter etchings and bronzes.
Lausanne (Switzerland). Catherine Niederhauser Gallery – paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Dortmund (Germany). Ante Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Leon (Spain). Sardón Gallery.
Amsterdam (Holland). Art Works Gallery. Sculptures, etchings and paintings.
Utrecht (Holland). Laimböck Gallery.
1995
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Lausanne (Switzerland). Paul Valloton Gallery, Catherine Niederhauser Gallery and the Olympic Museum.
New York (USA). Art-Expo ‘95. Dione Gallery. Paintings and sculptures.
Amsterdam (Holland). Art-Works Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and etchings.
Murcia (Spain). La Aurora Gallery. Paintings, sculptures and prints.
s‘-Hertongenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery.
Veere (Holland). Delta-Cultural Foundation.
Ghent (Belgium). Line-Art 95 with the Laimböck Gallery.
1994
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Amsterdam (Holland). Art-Works Gallery-Biennale. Sculpture.
Miami (USA). Art 94 Kass Meridian Gallery
Evian (France). Club Royal. Rostropovich Room. Exhibition of matter etchings.
Dusseldorf (Germany). Art Multiple ‘94 with the Bosquet and Dione galleries.
‘s-Hertongenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery.
1993
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Chicago (USA). Kass Meridian Gallery. Paintings.
Dusseldorf (Germany). Art Múltiple 93 Hüsstege Gallery. Matter etchings.
Paris (France). Saga 93 with the Dionne Gallery.
Gandía (Spain). Gandia University. Exhibition of etchings.
Amsterdam (Holland). Arts Works Gallery
Meribel (France). Antares Hotel and the Banque Populare Savoisienne de Crédit.
Maastricht (Holland). The European Fine Art Fair with the Hüsstege Gallery
‘s-Hertongenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery. Joint exhibition.
1992
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Amsterdam (Holland). Art Works Gallery Paintings and etchings.
Miami (USA). Miami Art ’92, Convention Center (Art Deco District) with the Bosquet Gallery (paintings) and Kass Meridian
Gallery in Chicago (matter etchings).
Amsterdam (Holland). Art Works Gallery.
Stockholm (Sweden). Art Fair ’91 Spanish Pavilion.
Brides-les-Bains (France). Gallery at the Thermes Grand Hotel.
Barcelona (Spain). Dube Gallery. Prints.
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Paris (France). Interart ‘92 with the Dionne Gallery.
1991
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Paris (France). Fiac Edition with the Bosquet Gallery in Paris.
Amsterdam (Holland). Art Works Gallery.
Talavera de la Reina (Spain). Municipal Cultural Centre. Joint exhibition of prints by Saura, Tapies, Chillida & Ripollés.
1990
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Castellon (Spain). Nineteen metre tall, 42 tonne sculpture for the Castellon Planetarium.
Paris (France). Saga ‘90 (Fiac Edition) Grand Palais.
Stockholm (Sweden). Art-Fair with the Bosquet Gallery in Paris.
Maastricht (Holland). Art-Fair ‘90. Hüsstege Gallery.
Valencia (Spain). Viciana Art Gallery. Prints.
1989
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Paris (France) Saga ‘89 (FIAC Edition) Grand Palais. Presentation of matter etchings with the Estiarte Gallery in Madrid.
Basel (Switzerland). Art’89 with the Estiarte Gallery.
Salamanca-Valladolid-Avila-Zamora-Palencia (Spain). Travelling exhibition. Caja de Ahorros de Salamanca.
Madrid (Spain). Estiarte Gallery. Prints.
Valencia (Spain). Viciana Gallery.
‘s-Hertongenbosch (Holland). Hüsstege Gallery.
1988
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Granada (Spain). Madraza Palace. Exhibition of paintings.
Amsterdam (Holland). Kooring Gallery. Iron sculptures.
Granada (Spain). Madraza Palace and Granada University.
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Madrid (Spain). Conde Duque Cultural Centre. 100 classic Spanish etchings.
Valencia (Spain) Interarte ‘88 with the Val i 30 Gallery.
Ghent (Belgium). Lineart ‘88 with the Val i 30 Gallery.
Bilbao (Spain). Ederti Gallery.
1987
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Castellon (Spain). Commissioned by the Valencia Regional Government. A 50m2 ceramic mural in Borriol.
Veere (Holland). Schotse Huizen Museum.
Leon (Spain). Sardón Gallery.
1986
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Palencia (Spain). Caja de Ahorros and Monte de Piedad exhibition rooms in Salamanca
1985
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Madrid (Spain). Estiarte Gallery. Classic etchings.
Valencia (Spain). Theo Gallery. Classic etchings.
Brussels, Amberes (Belgium) Europalia ‘85-Spain. Ripollés is invited and sponsored by BP (British Petroleum) and exhibits
at the “BP Gallery”.
Bilbao (Spain). Ederti Gallery. Canvasses, etchings and drawings.
Roosendaal (Holland). “Tongerloohuys” Museum.
Amberes (Holland). Europalia in BP Gallery.
1984
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Madrid (Spain). Arco ’84 with the D’Eendt Gallery from Amsterdam.
Eindhoven (Holland). Philips Foundation exhibition rooms.
Valencia (Spain). Cuatro Gallery, Estudios Avanzados Foundation.
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Madrid (Spain). Estiarte Gallery.
Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Joaquin Mir Gallery.
Middelburg (Holland). B. Witte Gallery.
Castellon (Spain). Vermell Gallery. Etchings.
1983
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Castellon (Spain). 200m2 mural along C/ Mayor no. 34 in Castellon. 400m2 mural in the Plaza de la Paz, also in Castellon.
Bilbao (Spain). Ederti Gallery.
Tarragona (Spain). Arimany Art Gallery.
Benidorm (Spain). Velásquez Gallery.
Santander (Spain). Sur Gallery.
Gijón (Spain). Tioda Art Gallery.
Saragossa (Spain). Odile Gallery.
1982
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Amsterdam (Holland). D´Eendt Gallery.
Alicante (Spain). “Mediterránea” Visual Art Centre.
Castellon (Spain). Simultaneous exhibitions at the Terra, Canem and Vermell Gallery and the El Campanar Gallery.
Logroño (Spain) West Room of the former tobacco factory (Tabacalera).
Valencia (Spain). Theo Gallery.
Barcelona (Spain). Lassaleta Gallery.
1979
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Valencia (Spain). Valle Orti Gallery.
1978
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Barcelona (Spain). Layetana Gallery.
Madrid (Spain). El Coleccionista Gallery.
Castellon (Spain). Nonell Gallery.
1973
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Mexico City (Mexico). Miranda Gallery.
Castellon (Spain). Derenzi Gallery.
Barcelona (Spain). La Pinacoteca. Paintings.
1972
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Madrid (Spain). Anne Barchet Art Gallery.
1971
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New York (USA). Leon Amiel Gallery.
1969
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New York (USA). “The William Haber Art Collection”
Madrid (Spain). American Women´s Club
1967
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Seville (Spain). La Pasarela Art Gallery.
1966
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Madrid (Spain). Don Quixote. Exhibition of figures and landscapes of Andalusia.
1964
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Joint exhibition at associate galleries in Europe, the United States and Japan of the “Drouand David” Gallery in Paris.
1963
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Seville (Spain). Pasarela Gallery. Paintings.
Paris (France). Epona Gallery. Joint exhibition.
1962
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Barcelona (Spain). Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum.
Castellon (Spain) Castellon Savings Bank.
1960
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Nievre (France). Art collector Albert Achdjian commissioned him to paint 12 works of art for the “St. Paul de Tigran de
Chaulgnes” Church in Nievre.
Paris (France). Chirvan Gallery.
1958
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Paris (France). Part of a group of painters exhibiting at the Drouand David Gallery in Paris.
CATALOGUES
JUAN RIPOLLÉS AND HIS MUSES. 1945-2012. Retrospective catalogue Ripollés Exhibition at the IVAM (Valencia
Institute of Modern Art). Valencia, 2012
The exhibition highlights the career of Juan Ripollés between 1945 and 2012, a period in which he delved into what would
traditionally be termed paintings, sculptures and etchings. But although Ripollés initially towed the line regarding mainstream
techniques, it did not take him very long to stray from the path, providing a number of new facets that throughout his career have
became more and more intricate in nature.
MOMENTS. Retrospective. Exhibitions by Ripollés. Published by Arte+Arte. Castellon, 2010.
The forms created by Juan Ripollés, far from showing any signs of his detachment from reality, provide a new angle, an
alternative perspective of the daily life that goes on around him. Whether it be canvass, a sculpture, or any of the artistic
disciplines with which he deftly works, his imagination projects an open and vibrant thought process which frequently breaks
away from more established social concepts. The artist’s emotive vision, originating from an abstractive approach to reality,
through due artistic process comes to an incalculably original conclusion.
RIPOLLÉS. Palace Colomina Exhibition. Valencia, 2010
The exhibition is the result of months of creative work by the Master's Degree in Cultural Management CEU San Pablo students.
A project carried out to provide a different aspect of a so important figure in our cultural heritage such as Juan Ripollés. This
exhibition contributes to the dissemination of contemporary art from a different perspective, highlighting and bringing the work of
Juan Ripollés to citizens.
RIPOLLÉS UNIVERSE. Exhibition catalogue from the Peking World Art Museum, (China). Peking, 2011
The forms created by Juan Ripollés, far from showing any signs of his detachment from reality, provide a new angle, an
alternative perspective of the daily life that goes on around him. His imagination projects an open and vibrant thought process
which frequently breaks away from more established social concepts. The artist’s emotive vision clearly comes to the forefront at
this singular exhibition being housed at the Peking World Art Museum, and contained in this catalogue.
RIPOLLÉS. 1986-2006. Retrospective catalogue published by the IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art). Valencia, 2009
The Fusion between art and life has been meticulously documented throughout the career of Ripollés. Any of his creative
manifestations, regardless of the technique used, have always been ground-breaking. In his very distinctive and self-defined
productions, he has known how to amass the footprints of daily Mediterranean life, converting them into shapes, mere outlines
that firstly diverge before building up on the surface, in a constant dialogue about materials or metal – in the case of his
sculptures – and their limits, with the spectator.
UNIVERSO URBANO. Large-format sculptures. Madrid, 2009
It is wonderful that the people of Madrid were able to enjoy the “Universo Urbano” exhibition by Ripollés, hosted at one of
Madrid’s most emblematic venues, the Retiro Park. Few locations could have made such a perfect backdrop for works of art such
as these, created to be on display, out in the open, viewed daily by thousands of people who are able to interact, reach out and
touch them. Only in a venue such as the Retiro Park could the sculptures truly come into their own. They remind us of our
childhoods and transmit a certain vitality and optimism, things that are sometimes written off as being ingenuous or naïve, but
which contain a wisdom that only a genius like Ripollés can possess.
RIPOLLÉS TAKES THE METRO. Prints and Sculptures in the Valencia metro. Valencia, 2008
The incredible etchings by Ripollés on exhibit at the Lametro Gallery are part of a much larger exhibition that the city of Valencia
is hosting in a number of different venues. On this occasion, the Ripollés exhibition leaps from the walls of Lametro, making its
way to the very underground stations that form the Metrovalencia network, and here commuters will be able to find some of his
characteristic sculptures. Ripollés presents a collection encompassing different formats and styles that includes etchings from
different periods. The exhibition is rounded off with a series of four sculptures that bring the artist’s creative universe to the heart
of the metro, the Colón metro station.
HOMO LUDENS. Large-format sculptures, Murano glass pieces and preparatory works on paper. Venice, 2007
This catalog includes an exhibition of large-format sculptures in bronze and resin held in various venues in the city of Venice:
Lido, Murano, Burano, Santa Maria del Giglio or Pallestrina. It also includes small-format sculptures in bronze and Murano glass,
as well as sketches of the same works on paper.
PUBLICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
1977 Holland: Creates and prints a series of 12 etchings for the book entitled “Homenaje a los 80 años de Josep Pla - un viatge
fustrat” (Homage to 80 years of Josep Pla – a frustrated journey). 250 copies. Publisher: Enebro from Madrid.
1978 “Ripollés y su obra” (Ripollés and his art) by Cesáreo Rodríguez Aguilera. Art critic. Publisher: Editorial Ebro - Madrid.
1980 Manuel Vicent writes “Ángeles o neófitos” (Angels or Neophytes) a novel about the metamorphosis from “Beato Ripo” into the
Ripollés, the artist. Publisher: Ediciones Destino. Book 546.
1981 A short film is made about Ripollés. Directed by Imanol Uribe. Script written by Jorge Berlanga, with Ripollés playing himself.
Sponsor: Guillermo Caballero de Luján.
1982 “Ripollés Obra Reciente” (Ripollés’ Latest Works). Text by Vicente Aguilera Cerni. Publisher: Editorial Mas Ivars - Valencia.
1988 “Arte español contemporáneo” (Contemporary Spanish Art) no. 21 featuring Ripollés. Text by José Garneria.
1996 “Ripollés grabado materico” (Ripollés on matter etchings). Text by Juan Ripollés.
“Ripollés envie de vivre” (Ripollés – desire to live). Text by Gerard Xurriguera.
1997 “Pintores de Castellon” (Painters from Castellon). Text by Antonio J. Gascó Sidro. Levante newspaper for the Castellon
region.
1998 “La memoria que nos une” (The memory that unites us). Catalogue from the exhibition of the same name. Alicante University
Museum.
1999 “Sculptures en hierro” (Sculptures in iron). Catalogue of the Villarreal 2000 exhibition.
2000 “Ripollés entre dos milenios” (Ripollés - between two millenniums). Book-catalogue from the exhibition organised by the
Valencia Regional Ministry of Culture.
2001 “Ripollés por Soria” (Ripollés in Soria) Soria City Hall. Sponsor: Azahar.
2002 “Ripollés, el color de la poesía” (Ripollés, the color of poetry) CD published by the Castellon Regional Council. Sponsor:
Quimicer de Costur (Castellon).
2004 Juan Ripollés “TowardsGlass” patrocinado por Diputación de Castellón, Azahart Vivero de Ideasy Berengo Fine Arts. Editado
por Marsilio.
2004 “Conversaciones con Ripollés.” (Conversations with Ripollés) Text by Pedro Asín. Publisher: Castellon Regional Council.
2004 “Ripollés Esculturas Gran Formato” (Ripollés - large-format sculptures”. Sponsor: Castellon City Hall coordinated by Azahart
Vivero de Ideas.
2005 Madrid (Spain). Presentation of the short cartoon entitled “Sculpture Club” at the Circle of Fine Arts.
2007 “Ripollés a su manera” (Ripollés à la Ripollés) produced by the Post-Garcia Gallery from Holland. “Juan Ripollés Homo
Ludens” (Juan Ripollés, the man at play). Sponsor: Azahar, Berengo Studio, Castellon Regional Council, Municipality of Verona,
Province of Venice, Region of Veneto.
2008 “Ripollés 1980-2006” a book that contains 26 years of work, produced by the IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art).
Sponsor: Guillermo Caballero de Lujan.
2008 “Ripolles” Catalogue of matter etchings and classic etchings. Publisher: Valencia Regional Railways.
2008 “Ripolles Grabados de los años 80” (Ripollés – etchings from the 80’s). Publisher: Castellon Regional Council.
2008 “Ripollés Universo Urbano Valencia” (Ripollés’ Urban Universe - Valencia). Publisher: Valencia City Hall
2009 “Ripolles Universo Urbano Cordoba” (Ripollés’ Urban Universe – Cordoba). Publisher: Emece3
2009 “Ripolles Universo Urbano Sevilla” (Ripollés’ Urban Universe – Seville). .Publisher: Emece3
2009 “Ripolles Universo Urbano Madrid” (Ripollés’ Urban Universe – Madrid). Publisher: Castellon Regional Council.
2009 “Ripolles Universo Urbano Casino Esoril” (Ripollés’ Urban Universe – Esoril Casino). Publisher: IVAM (Valencia Institute of
Modern Art).
2010 “Ripollés Universo Urbano Alicante” (Ripollés’ Urban Universe – Alicante)
“Ripollés, jugando con la materia” (Ripollés, playing with matter). Publisher: CEU.
2011 “Emocio Viva y Univers Ripollés” (Living emotion and the Ripollés Universe). Principality of Andorra.
2012 “Canto a la vida” (Seranading life) produced by Ange Basso Gallery.
“Momentos” (Moments) produced by Artemasarte.
“Las Musas de Ripollés” (Ripollés and his muses) produced by the IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art).
2015 Castellón (España). Atrezzo and wardrobe design for “The Magic Flute” Opera. Castellón Theatre

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