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“The great experiment of consciousness” by Juan Antonio Guirado: 

Human evolution is now at a precipice created by itself  

This same awareness that fought for millions of years to ensure human survival 

Finds itself at the threshold of exhausting the planet's resources 

Of making its environment once again uninhabitable and of creating the instruments of its own destruction. 

Ultimately the serious need for material and abuses of human evolution 

Converge to create a situation which, in the long term, 

We are required to do nothing more than make changes. 

We are in a race between self-discovery and self-destruction 

The forces which may converge for our destruction are the same that can incite 

social and self-discovery… 

“El gran experimento de la conciencia”, de Juan Antonio Guirado: 

La evolución humana se halla ahora ante un precipicio creado por si misma 

Esta misma conciencia 

Que lucho durante millones de a(n)os para asegurar la supervivencia humana  

Se halla actualmente al umbral de agotar los recursos de su planeta 

De volver inhabitable su entorno y de crear los instrumentos de su propia aniquilación. 

En definitiva la grave necesidad material y las prevalidas de la evolución humana  Convergen para crear una situación en la que a largo plazo 

Estamos obligados a no hacer menos que realizar cambios 

Estamos en medio de una carrera entre el autodescubrimiento y la autodestrucción 

Las fuerzas que pueden converger para nuestra destrucción son las mismas que pueden fomentar  

El descubrimiento social y el propio  

Juan Antonio Guirado 1932-2010

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When asked how he would describe his own painting, Guirado replied, “I would describe it as Intrarealist painting. It is the type of painting that one has to see with the third eye, the eye of the mind."


Regarded as a visionary painter beyond his time with his visions of apocalyptic landscapes, environmental disasters & man's quest for spiritual enlightenment Guirado's philosophy on the fate of mankind is divided into the following categories with much of the estate's most poignant work dating from 1972 - 2009. Having been part of the Essentialist movement of artists in the 1970's he re-branded himself an Intrarealist artist identifying with the movement that started in 1966. He is now considered by academics as the Spanish master of the movement.

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