Xavier Monsalvatje

With a broad and distinguished international career recognized for the use in his projects of different traditional ceramic techniques, Xavier Monsalvatje (Valencia, 1965) offers us a critical and disenchanted vision of contemporary consumer society, the story of power and his philosophy of fear. on the impact of modern development on a post-industrial, dehumanized landscape, which is the memory of our own evolution and recent history. Without any victimhood and with absolute clarity, vases, plates, drawings, canvases and other sculptural pieces are the support for careful but acid visual narratives where Monsalvatje displays a particular world of complex images in which the aesthetics of the clear line comic are combined. with a certain baroque vacui horror and the influences of expressionism, futurism or metaphysical painting, of the reflections of Italo Calvino or Paul Virilio and of all the science fiction that has become reality, from Verne to Orwell and more. In his work, the work of a ceramist stands out and the exact definition of the drawing line, the narrative element and the montage of different scenes on the same plane. But above all it is the critical and direct discourse that captures the viewer.

Xavier Monsalvatje has carried out artistic residencies at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, at the Bornholm Kunstmuseum in Denmark, at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei or the University of Wisconsin, among others. His work has been exhibited internationally, highlighting the exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris as part of the Biennale Internationale Métiers d’Art & Création Revelations.