Juan Antonio Guirado exudes a visionary feel with his paint strokes as he began to focus on environmental concerns and the consequences of climate change well before they occupied so many pages of our media. His relationship and understanding of the natural environmental plights were radical from his early landscapes.
The sensibility of Juan Antonio Guirado is shown in full bloom through his works of the daily degradation of the natural environments of land, sea, and air and thereby denouncing man's not always praiseworthy actions. Overflowing rivers, dying forests, seas that are black from oil, polluted skies are all subjects covered over a 50-year career as an acclaimed international artist whose fears for the future of the planet were evident far before it was fashionable.
The 2017 'Environmentalism' exhibition with RoomMates Oscar Hotel in Madrid, curated by Laura Revuelta and Wanda von Breisky showed a collection of paintings selected to show man's communion with nature.
Living Things vs All Things Obsolete
Gaia is a scientific name for a theme that is deeply connected to man and his origins: Man in communion with Nature, or in an open war against it; the abuse to which Nature is being subjected by man and its daily inhumane and unnatural exploitation. Seas, volcanoes, fields on fire, signs of life and of animals and earthly death; endless landscapes inhabited by light, by hope, by the search for an essence between the earth's luminous fire and the sky; these are some of the scenes that are all depicted in this category. Guirado's landscape gaze is also centred on Lanzarote, where he lived for a while, and it dives into the ocean; at the bottom and on the surface; among its rough waves and its black tides. Between the demise and desolation of the ecosystem; life and death. "Living Nature" and "All Things Obsolete" are the blocks into which this line of thought is divided.