Biography

Javier Riera (b. 1964) is a Spanish installation artist who works with geometrically shaped light projections, struck directly onto vegetation and landscape.  He uses photography as a means of documentation and expansion of his installations, without digital manipulation whatsoever.  His work is focused on an experience of real intervention related to “the space and time of the landscape.”  Something that approximates to the LandArt proposals.  For Riera, “Everything that happens in the landscape could be described and explained in terms of mathematics, physics and geometry, just the same as in the aspects of invisible but quantifiable energy.” 

 

Riera finds the relationship between geometry and nature, giving his work a meditative character.  He searches for a coexistence between his viewers and the landscape modification they are witnessing.  His installations aspire to expand the viewer's perception by pursuing attributes and dimensions that are hidden within their environment.  Riera understands geometry as a natural language previous to substance, and is able to establish with it a sort of subtle and revealing resonance.  His work is present in numerous public art collections such as the Museo Nacional y Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Fundación Príncipe de Asturias and the Banco de España Collection. 

 

Born in Spain, Javier Riera has been making exhibitions in the most well-regarded museums of his country.  Riera has also performed numerous interventions in public spaces. His most recent installation was held in October 2017 at the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid,  this event held more than 6,000 spectators.  

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2018   A Slight Shift, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York, NY

2017   Gráficos Paramétricos, Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid

              Ciervo Vulnerado, Plaza de Feijoo, Oviedo

              Impermanencias, Adora Calvo Gallery, Salamanca

2016   Garden in Development, Karlovo Námestí Park, Prague

              Caminar, descansar, preservar., Ana Serratosa Gallery, Valencia

              Performance in Photoespaña, Plaza de los Carros, Madrid

2015   Performance in León, MUSAC, Puente de San Marcos, León

2014   Luz vulnerada, Niemeyer Center, Avilés

              Configuraciones y resonancias, Adora Calvo Gallery, Salamanca

              Sincronicidad, DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca

2013   Fronteras de lo visible, Gema Llamazares Gallery, Gijón

2012   Alameda Llum, Jardines del Turia, Valencia

              Performance in El Retiro Park, Open Studio, Madrid

2011   Está sucediendo, Ana Serratosa Gallery, Valencia

2010   Secuencias, Museo Barjola, Gijón

2008   Noche Áurea, Museo Reina Sofía