Bakerhouse Gallery
Graz / Berlin

Javier Calleja

Biography

Javier Calleja was born in Málaga, 1971 and completed bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Granada University in 2000. Before he completed his artistic training at the age of 31 he was a gymnastics athlete training for the Olympics. Calleja's work seems to be a simple aesthetic, but he creates surprising and humorous art-pieces through ingenious changes in everyday events. In his paintings, drawings and sculptures he deploys the aesthetic conventions of cartoons and the illustrations of children’s books, in his search for simplicity and immediacy.

In addition to the comics, pop art and surrealism both influence the work of Javier Calleja; the artist invites the viewer to form part of playful scenes, and to interact by participating in his ironies or by reacting to the disproportionate sizes that evoke the worlds of Alice.