Javier Marín was born in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico, in 1962. With an acclaimed career spanning more than 30 years, the Mexico City-based artist has been featured to date in more than 90 one-person exhibitions and has been curated into more than 200 group exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, as well as in countries in Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Javier Marín’s work speaks to the concept of an integrated human being. At the basis of his creative process is the construction and deconstruction of three-dimensional forms of the human figure. In addition to sculpture, he now includes the media of drawing and photography within his celebrated practice.
During the past two decades, significant venues presenting Marín exhibitions have included Place du Louvre, in Paris (2018); The San Diego Museum of Art in California (2018); MUDEC, Museo delle Culture in Milan (2018); Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca, in Locarno, Switzerland (2016); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma Testaccio, in Rome (2013 –2014); Les Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, in Brussels (2010); Museo di Palazzo Reale, in Milan (2008 – 2009); Bass Museum of Art, in Miami Beach (2006 –2007); Museo Colonial and Museo Santa Clara, both in Bogota (2006); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (2006); Museo Amparo, in Puebla, Mexico (2005); Espace Pierre Cardin, in Paris (2000); Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City (1996); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (1993); and the Museo de Arte Álvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, in Mexico City (1990), among many others. The artist’s 30-year retrospective, the exhibitions “Corpus” and “Terra” were presented respectively in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso and Palacio de Iturbide, in Mexico City (2015 – 2016).
Marín’s work is collected by major public museums and institutions, as well as notable private collections in Mexico and abroad. These include the Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, both in Mexico City; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey; Museo del Barro, in Caracas; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, in California; Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston; Boca Raton Museum of Art and Miami’s Latin American Art Museum, both in Florida; the Blake-Purnell Collection, in New York; Costantini Collection in the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Ersel Collection, in Turin; and the collection of the Prince of Monaco. The artist’s public projects and exhibitions have been held in such singular spaces as the Plaza Lange Voorhout, in The Hague (2010); Piazza del Duomo, Chiesa e Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, in Pietrasanta (2008); Casa de América in Madrid, on the main facade of which he created the monumental work, Chalchihuites (2007); Convento de San Francisco de Asís, in Havana (2006); Plaza Juárez and the Ex Templo de Corpus Christi, in Mexico City (2005); Church of Santa Catarina, in Lithuania (2003); and the Espace Bellevue, in Biarritz (2001). Marín has also been invited to participate in prestigious international exhibitions, such as the opening exhibition of the China Art Museum, Shanghai, which showcased the world’s art treasures (2012).
Most significantly, Marín’s sculpture has been chosen twice for the Venice Biennale: exhibited on the Larga Ascensione at the entrance to the Piazza de San Marco, in the 49th Biennale (2001); and at the Sala Santo Tommaso, Campo dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, in the 50th Biennale (2003).
Marín has been honored with important prizes and recognitions, including the First Prize at the Third International Beijing Biennale (2008). In 2010, he was selected from a juried list of talents, and awarded the commission to create the main altarpiece and presbytery for the Zacatecas Cathedral basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which has become one of the calling cards of his career, and a masterpiece example of a contemporary artist creating a
work for a historic sacred space.
In recognition of his traveling solo exhibition “De 3 en 3,” which toured to seven cities throughout Europe (Pietrasanta, Milan, The Hague, Brussels, La Baule-
Escoublac, Luxembourg, and Rome), the Queen of the Netherlands bestowed upon Marín the title of Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau (2009).