HISTORICAL ART LEGACY
With works in the permanent collection of the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, The Museum of Malta, Museo Gilabert, Arboles, ES amongst others, over 50 solo shows over his career and 20 group shows, winner of the gold medal of the Grolla D'rollo art competition in 1975,Venice and with a string of successful exhibitions following Juan Antonio Guirado's passing in 2010, the Guirado Estate's most recent Museum & University shows in 2018 at the Coral Gables Museum, Miami (alongside Carlos Cruz-Diez), and at the University of Jaén have proven Guirado to continue to be an artist of International acclaim and interest.
With Juan Antonio Guirado being included in a new UNED Mooc university course for Spanish speaking students successfully launched in 2017, the interest in the artist proves that the themes of his paintings, Spirituality, environmental issues and politics, resonate with a fresh contemporary audience.
Having recently been curated into the Cesario Rodriguez- Aguilera Foundation, belonging to the University of Jaén, Guirado was curated alongside Spanish masters Picasso, Miro, Tapies amongst a whose who of Spanish art. The exhibition 'Parallel Visionaries' was curated by Laura Revuelta, Art Critic, Curator and Editor in Chief of ABC Culture, as part of an education program on Guirado and his historical relevance in Spanish art. ( See essay by Laura Revuelta)
Art Critic, Curator and Editor in Chief of ABC Culture, Laura Revuelta commented: "In ‘Parallel Visionaries’ we see a dialogue between Juan Antonio Guirado and the great artists of Twentieth Century Spanish art - Picasso, Miró, Saura and Tàpies - which revolves around the dominant issues and conflicts of the twentieth century through to the present day. Visions and parallel discourses of differing pictorial personalities that reflect on the world and its eternal conflicts: crises, wars, famines, nature and its desolate landscapes. Art implicated with reality. Expressions and parallel visions incriminated by man, with art at the forefront of creation and humanity. "
President of the Guirado Estate
As the daughter of Juan Antonio Guirado, it is my duty to raise awareness of my father's art and philosophy.
In the early 1970s Guirado was described by Carlos Arean, ex-Director of the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, as 'An artist with an eye on the future'. His belief in Guirado as an artist resulted in a work being purchased fo the museum which is now the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. He may not have realized at the time how my Father's vision of the destruction of the planet, Man's greed and the displacement of humans from war-torn countries would have become such a reality.
With our shared beliefs in metaphysics, spirituality, and environmentalism I am bound by a heartfelt passion to continue the legacy and help raise our consciousness.