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Javier Arizabalo

  • Born in San Juan de Luz, Spain (1965)
  • Lives and works in Irun, Spain


  • 2015 Exposicion “Otra Realidad”, Dentro Cultural La Vaguada, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2012 Centro Cultural AMAIA, Irun, Spain.
  • 2011 Asamblea de Extremadura, Mérida, Spain.

Javier started learning drawing and painting from a very young age, receiving formal art education and training at the art academy of his Basque hometown Irun and the University of Bilbao.

For a long time, Javier used his creative skills as a graphic designer, while also making forays into photographer and computer graphics. Overlapping with the later years of his design career, he taught at the art academy of Irun. Since 2006, his calling as a painter has been his main occupation.

Javier is very focused on technique, as he believes that strong technique is crucial to conveying the theme and message of a painting. As his technique has matured—his brushstrokes are amazingly fine and his treatment of light is a delight!—the visual eloquence of his paintings has deepened and the earlier symbolism in his work has retreated to more modest role.

He mainly paints in oil on canvas of small to medium size in a style that ranges from realism to hyperrealism, sometimes with a touch of surrealism and often exuding serenity, harmony, balance—all the good stuff that seems missing from our modern lives.

“Any object, action, or experimentation involves infinite actors and factors that interact in an open-ended journey to recombine the DNA of our reality… What a richness it is to contemplate, beyond words or shapes, that infinite process of becoming,” Javier once told art blogger Sylvia.

In this worldview, a treatise, a protest banner, or a Guernica do not change the world, but our myriad everyday actions, words, and even thoughts do. Artists, with their insanity (“to counterbalance society’s excess sanity”) and sensibility offer us views on this reality and the realities possible.

A kind and generous person, Javier makes his models and photographers very comfortable, so we can expect more works to keep flowing from his studio.