Third Time Lucky by Javier Calleja




Etching using a copper plate with unique hand-finished elements in pencil and watercolor on 300gr off white Arches Velin paper


31.5 x 23.6 in


Unique variant from the edition of 70, sold as a set of three




Third Time Lucky by Javier Calleja

Javier Calleja was born in Málaga, 1971 and completed a 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.

Calleja has presented 5 solo museum exhibitions and 22 solo gallery exhibitions in several international cities, including Hong Kong, Greece, Germany, Tokyo, Spain, Rome, London. The artist also shows at many museums and art fairs such as ARCO Madrid, Art Basel Hong Kong, ZONAMACO, Art Brussels. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Hypebeast, and other international art publications. The artist now lives and works in Málaga, Spain.

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