Juan Miguel Palacios
Palacios' artistic creations revolve around the concept of the range of human emotions, through his powerful techniques and abstract brushstrokes. This technique of using broken walls as his surface, creates an extra dimension in his work that blends reality with dreamlike worlds.
Juan Miguel Palacios' journey started at the School of Decorative Arts of Madrid which gained him the opportunity to join the studio of renowned Spanish artist Amadeo Roca Gisbert for six years. These years were crucial for Palacios' artistic flair and this training is visible in every artwork he creates. Concepts such as mourning, restlessness and inequality are vital in Palacios' work as they allow him to explore a range of human emotions. His powerful and modern techniques involve almost abstract brushstrokes and a strong use of colour to create a feeling of decay and abandonment. Driven by his search for new forms of expression, Juan Miguel Palacios created series such as Wounded, where the artist has used broken walls as the surface for his works. This technique has created an extra dimension in his work which he allows the viewer to dissect. His works blend reality with dreamlike worlds, with his subjects seeming to escape their two-dimensional invisible cages and become tangible parts of reality. Canvas, vinyl, meth-acrylate, aluminium and drywall surfaces are where Juan Miguel Palacios presents his work.
While his work has a clear figurative language, the large-scale paintings of Juan Miguel Palacios contain a strong conceptual load, where his work developed in series, has a constant wandering of the individual's identity and its relationship with the environment. Concepts such as mourning, duel, luxury, restlessness, and beauty are constants vital in his work.
As far back as the series “Abandonos”, Palacios makes a profound reflection on the lack of mourning for loss, both physical and emotional. As if a theatrical stage, he generates scenes where elements of everyday use have been abandoned and left to themselves.
Through large-scale paintings, architectural spaces are recreated, like a warehouse’s deterioration over the years through lack of use, with broken chairs and tables. Machines with no more purpose, utensil remain turned into trash. A tribute to death with no tears, funerals or goodbyes.
Building on his interest in current social behaviors, in the series “Uneasiness”, Juan Miguel Palacios reflects on how welfare societies, following a continuous flow of uncontrolled and irrational consumerism, tend to constantly search for higher socioeconomic status, which will allow the individual to be distinguished from the average. This relentless pursuit of being different, through the acquisition and possession of goods, generates an endless uneasiness.
In this case, and following the same compelling exploration of interior space to set up the scene, Juan Miguel Palacios, metaphorically presents magnificent palace halls, indulgent in their own right, that reached their maximum splendor and nowadays left devastated and abandoned to an uncertain fate. Disturbing scenes of these lounges, with usual elements in his work, crumbling tables, and chairs, ravaged pianos, a fireplace that will no longer bring heat and comfort, are now a refuge of trash, a lair of waste. A metaphor of our wealth battered by our incessant search for opportunity. Magnificence abandoned in silence.
The unrest that Juan Miguel Palacios presents in his “Abandonos” and “Uneasiness” series comes back in “Dermis”, where he analyzes and rethinks the concept of beauty. The relentless pursuit of eternal youth, the ultimate beauty, unwilling to confront the passing of time. Palacios paints beautiful and emotional female faces that afterwards he will destroy, erase and scratch, like our disregard for the used, doomed to abandonment.
Large-scale paintings, developed as Palacios habituates, with a free and powerful technique, always modern, driven by the search for new forms of expression, as it happens in his “Epidermis” series, where the superposition of transparent layers creates a 3D effect. Canvas, vinyl, methacrylate, aluminum, marmol,… surfaces where Juan Miguel Palacios presents his shocking and extensive work.