Adrián Navarro

Adrián Navarro

Artist selected by Fernández, Horacio at 2010

Navarro´s creative processes pursue expanding the visual vocabulary, researching new intervention mechanisms on the medium of painting tools including own architecture.

Navarro's work explores the paradox between physical confinement and expansive freedom inherent in organic paint and, by extension, to humans. 


Adrián Navarro
Boston, 1973.
Vive y trabaja entre/Lives and works between: Madrid, London.

Formación Académica/Education
2007 - 2008
Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London.


1992 -2000
Arquitecto por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

Exposiciones Individuales (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions
Espacio Rojo, Galería Pilar Serra, Madrid.

Reflections, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin.
In & Out, Hammerson Art Space, London.
Loop, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin.


Ciclo Anillos, Galería Pilar Serra, Madrid.


Ring Cycle, VJB Arts, London.


Implosión, Hammerson Art Space, London.
27 Ojos, Galeria Charpa, Valencia.


Common People,  Ada Street Gallery, London.


Galaxia, UBS Bank, Madrid.


Hombres y salvajes, Galería Artificial, Madrid.


Fuente, Espacio F, Madrid.


De Diario, Centro de Arte de la Comunidad de Madrid.


De Diario, Taller estudio Alfiz, Madrid.


Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions
The Collection, Eastmen Gallery, Hasselt. Bélgica.

Premiere, Maerz Contemporary,  Berlin.
Complices del arte español, Fundación Canal, Madrid.

Colectiva I, Galería Pilar Serra, Madrid.
Sagacity, Smoke House Gallery, London.


Pintura y Escultura, Galería Pilar Serra, Madrid.
La Perruque, Hackey Wicked Festival, London.


Illumini, Crypt Gallery, London.


SALON 07, Seven Seven Contemporary, London.
ART UNWRAPPED, Mother Studios Building, London.


Todos mis amigos han muerto, Galería Casa Borne, Antequera, Málaga.


Generación 2004, Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid.


Hernández, Navarro, Mastretta, Heinrich Ehrhardt Gallery, Madrid.


Jóvenes creadores, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia.


Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
Obra 2011, Premio de Artes Plásticas Caja Extremadura.


Generación 2004, Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid.


Generación 2001, Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid.

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museum and Collections
Colección Circa XX (Colección Pilar Citoler)
Colección Fundación AENA
Colección Caja Madrid.
Colección UBS BANK.


Vivanco, Eduardo, "The ground is the figure is the ground", Reflections, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin.
Doctor, Rafa, "Cómplices del arte español contemporáneo", Fundación Canal, Madrid.
Maderuelo, Javier. El País.30/04/2011
Viejo, Breixo y Navarro, Adrián: "Pintar más allá de la Pintura".Catálogo de la exposición Implosión, Hammerson Art Space, London, 2009.
López Munuera, Iván, "Retratos exóticos, garajeros, distraídos", Common People, London, Ada Street Gallery, 2008.
Montes, Javier, "Pintar pintura, Madrid", Galaxia, UBS Bank, 2007, Cat. Exp.
Vivanco, Eduardo, "El viaje a ninguna parte. Una sucesión de palabras sobre las primeras obras de Adrián Navarro", Madrid, Galaxia, UBS Bank, 2007, Cat. Exp.
Montes, Javier, "Pintar de vuelta", Hombres y salvajes, Madrid, Galería Artificial, 2006, Cat. Exp.
AA.VV, "Cuatro ediciones en un libro", Madrid, Doméstico'04, 2005.
Shelby, Karpov, "Todos mis amigos han muerto", Los amigos muertos, Antequera, Málaga, Galería de Arte Casaborne, 2004.
Valle, Agustín, "Mancharse o no", De Diario, Madrid, Centro de Arte Joven, Comunidad de Madrid, 2001, Cat. Exp.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I wanted to use plastic experimentation to resolve questions that I ask myself.

2. How would you define your work?
A visual autobiography combining portraits and self-expression through movement with rhythm and space.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
The energy field of a look and the human body; painting as an organic and expansive expression of nature.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Superimposition and creating heterogeneousness through layers in space and processes in time.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My life and physical experiences are the ingredients for my work and its reality.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art? To obtain knowledge and enjoyment.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? In all different ways possible. What audience are you aiming at?
A universal audience.

8. What qualifications have you got? Architecture. What do you value most from your time in education?
Vision, representation and control of space.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? Fluid continuity in subjects and processes. And in the future?
I have an open mind on the future.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
Economic considerations are the Sword of Damocles hanging over the head of most artists. This has a bearing on everything except creativity.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I expect professionalism and the freedom to carry out my work.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
Madrid has a vibrant and open local scene. On a global scale, though, it is peripheral, as it gets very little international attention.