José Luis PUCHE

“My work is growing at the same time it is destroying itself”

José Luís Puche is considered nowadays one of the most acclaimed international spanish artists.


Self-taught. There are very important in his work the drawing and the creative process. His mark is the experimentation with materials as oil charcoal and water, to achieve a brand mark ‘Puche’.


José Luis Puche (SPAIN, 1976) has a PhD in art history. His career as an artist took off in 2005 when he held his first solo show in his home city. By 2008, just three years later, he was able to break into the international scene. Drawing is the pivot around which his work revolves, and he evidences a truly astonishing technical skill in this respect, considering that he is self-taught but perhaps also because of his uninhibited approach.

As a draughtsman, his learning is the slow result of a fierce determination from early childhood, and both his technical knowledge and stylistic evolution owe everything to the selective voracity of his gaze and the insistent exercise of the trained hand.

In his mimetic drawings he uses the colours demanded by the drawing itself, sometimes just black and white, sometimes very colourful tones that catch the spectator's eye.

The alleged emotional indifference of the colour grey is offset in his work by a very physical touch of the pencil that turns the drawing into a passionate corporal dance.
Equally patent is the artist's natural tendency to experiment with materials up to the point, for example, of using oil charcoal to achieve a watercolour effect.

His inclination to represent reality as fiction is plainly obvious. The exploration of reality that Puche practises ultimately elevates the value of the apparent to the status of real. His works distinctly evoke uncertainty, generating a sense of disquiet.

During his career, Puche has exhibited at prestigious venues like Centre PompidouCAC Málaga, the Sydney Opera House, where he was the only European artist invited to take part in the group show 9 Hours Underground, and at fairs like the YIA Art Fair (Paris) and Basel Scope Art Show in New York and Switzerland. In the last year Puche had exhibited in Madrid (Spain) a solo show in Madrid Xavier Fiol gallery and in Palma de Mallorca and a solo show in MERKUR gallery in Istanbul (Turkey) in December 2018.

He has also won several prizes and distinctions, including the International Emerging Artists Award in 2016(Dubai).

Antonio Banderas has commissioned his last big solo project for Soho Caixabank theatre in 2019. His latest work has been made for a collective exhibition at the Nannda Hobbs gallery in Sydney “Collection of contemporary works from around the world”, curated by the Australian collector and patron Kate Smith, where this selection is nourished by an exceptional artistic talent from Spain, Belgium, New Zealand and Australia.

Solo Exhibitions

2020 “Video-recommendations for COVID19”. United Nations asked for a video from José Luis Puche, explaining how to take care of ourselves during COVID19 and quarantine. (April 2020).

Poster for the Holy Week 2020 in Málaga.

2019 Specific project: “All possible worlds” (Soho Caixabank theatre) ordered by Antonio Banderas.

2018 ‘The rivals of the sea’. Merkur Gallery. Estambul (Turquía).

‘Lo que vieron los vientos del sur’. Nit de l’Art. Galería Xavier Fiol. Palma de Mallorca.

‘Como nieve que baila’. CAC Málaga.

‘Nit de l’Art’. Galería Xavier Fiol. Palma de Mallorca.

‘En el nombre de los pájaros’. Galería Madrid XF Proyectos. Madrid.

2017 Centre Pompidou Málaga. Intervención producida para MAF Málaga.

2016 Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Marte. Espacio Nuca Castellón.

2015 Feria Arte Contemporáneo ‘Arte Santander’. Solo Project “Presente lo ausente”. Galería Yusto-Giner. Santander

‘Never Before’. Galería Yusto-Giner. Marbella/Málaga

2014 ‘La natura y el éxito’. Galería Xavier Fiol. Palma de Mallorca.

2012 ‘Hueso diminuto’. Sala UNICAJA. Antequera. Málaga.

2011 ‘Infidelidad icónica’. La Sala de Blas (personal gallery). Archidona. Málaga

2009 ‘Plug & Play’. Centro de Iniciativas Universitarias. Universidad de Málaga.

2008 ‘Next Stop’. Saint Martin’s Church. Birmingham (England). Comisaria: María Regla García Bernal

2007 ‘Underword’. Sala Moreno Villa. Concejalía de Cultura. Ayuntamiento de Málaga.

Collective Exhibitions

2020 “Collection of contemporary works from around the world”. International online group exhibition curated by Kate Smith. May 2020 (Sydney).

2019 ‘30 II part’ Galería Xavier Fiol. Palma de Mallorca.

2018 ‘Manuel de sabotaje’ Galería Punto. Valencia.

 ‘Máxima recorre abismos’ Sala El convent, Spai D’Art. Villa-Real.

 ‘Madre’ Casa Sostoa. Málaga.

 ‘Art Marbella’. Galería Xavier Fiol. Marbella/Málaga.

 ‘Art Karlsruhe’. Galería Victor Lope. Karlsruhe (Alemania).

 ‘Extraña Varsovia’. Diputación de Málaga.

 ‘World Neighbours’. Fundación Valentín de Madariaga. Sevilla.

2017 ‘9 hours Underground’. Opera House Sydney (Australia)

 ‘Scope New York Art Show’. Galería Victor Lope. New York (USA).

 ‘Scope Miami Beach’. Galería Víctor Lope (USA).

 ‘Yia Art Fair Paris’. Galería Victor Lope. París (Francia).

 ‘Art Bassel Scope’. Galería Victor Lope. Basilea (Suiza).

 ‘Art Bodensee’. Galería Victor Lope. Dornbirn (Austria)

 ‘Yia Art Fair’. Galería Victor Lope. Bruselas (Bélgica)

 ‘Amics de la paraula’. Galería Xavier Fiol. Palma de Mallorca.

 ‘Capital Animal’. Centre del Carme. Valencia.

2016 ‘Equus’. Galería Olsen Irwin. Sydney (Australia)

  Galería TAG. Bruselas (Bélgica)

 ‘UNDER 1000’. E.M.A. Dubai (Emiratos Árabes)

 ‘Imago Mundi’. Fundación Cini de Venezia (Italia). Benetton Fundation.

 ‘Superstición y manipulación’. 13ª Bienal de Arte Fundación Martínez Guerricabeitia. Valencia

  Feria Art Marbella. Galería Xavier Fiol. Marbella/Málaga.

 ‘Dibujos Ilustrados’. Shakespeare y Cervantes. Curator: Concha Hermano. Cuarto Real de Granada.

 ‘Golpe y dejadez’. Casa Sostoa. Málaga.

2015 ‘Espejos en la sombra’. Galería Factoría del Arte y Desarrollo. Madrid.

  Feria Arte Contemporáneo ‘Estampa’. Galería Xavier Fiol. Madrid.

 ‘Nit de l’Art’. Museo Casal Son Tugores. Alaró/Mallorca.

  Feria Arte Contemporáneo ‘Art Marbella’. Galería Yusto-Giner. Marbella/Málaga.

 ‘Apaños’. Galería Crótalo Triángulo. Sevilla.

2014 ‘Neighbors’. CAC Málaga. (Colección permanente del CAC de Málaga). Comisario: Fernando Francés.

‘SUMMER HOURS’. Galería Xavier Fiol. Alaró. Mallorca.

‘Acción’. Gravura. Programa MAF (Málaga de Festival)
. Málaga.

2013 Nord Art. Centro Arte Contemporáneo Kunstwerk Carlshütte de Büdelsdorf (Alemania). Final del Certamen Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Nord Art.

‘KM 0’. Galería Yusto/Giner. Marbella/Málaga).

‘Sinergias’. Espacio Pipoca. Barcelona (Por convocatoria internacional)

‘Okupart’. Proyecto Maus/Soho Málaga. Comisariado por Fernando Francés

‘Mundo Mínimo’. Gravura. Málaga.

 ARCO MADRID. Galería Xavier Fiol. Madrid

“La vida. El momento es ahora y será después”. CUC Unicaja.

 FACBA’13. La Sala de Blas. Facultad de Bellas Artes. Granada

2012 ‘TRAMA’. Sala 59 Rivoli. Paris. (France).

 Exposición colectiva ‘Amathing, Amathink, Amazing’. Xavier Fiol Gallery. Palma de Mallorca

2010 ‘ESPACIOATLANTICO’. AM Gallery. Vigo.

2010 Arte Gira City
2010 Galería MECA. Almería

2008 Final del concurso provincial de Málaga. Sala Diputación de Málaga
. Málaga.

 Final MALAGACREA. CAC Málaga. (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo)
. Málaga.

2006 Final del concurso de Arte Contemporáneo de Almería

 Final del concurso IAJ . Palacio Episcopal de Málaga. Jóvenes artistas andaluces. Málaga

 Centro Arganzuela de Madrid. Muestra de jóvenes artistas. Madrid


2017 Primer Premio Internacional de Arte Manuel Ángeles Ortiz. Universidad de Jaén.

2016 Final 13a Bienal Martínez Guerricabeitia. Valencia. 2016 Premio Emergent Artist Awards. (Dubai).
2014 Finalista International Emergent Artist Awards. (Dubai).

2013 Finalista Certamen Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo ‘North Art’. Büdelsdorf (Alemania).

2008 Mención especial Malagacrea 08. Ayuntamiento de Málaga.

2006 Primer Premio Arte Contemporáneo “Ciudad de Almería”. Ayuntamiento de Almería.

2006 Finalista del Certamen Artes Plásticas del IAJ. Consejería para la Igualdad y Bienestar Social. Junta de Andalucía.

2004 Primer Premio “Arte Joven”. Junta de Andalucía. Sevilla.

2004 Premio por adquisición Arte en la UMA, Universidad de Málaga.

2004 Mención de Honor Vol-Art, Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

2004 Mención Especial Malagacrea.

2004. Ayuntamiento de Málaga.

2003 Primer Premio Cajamar. Málaga 2001 Finalista Málagacrea. Ayuntamiento de Málaga.

1999 Mención de Especial Asociación La Coracha. Málaga.

1993 Segundo Premio cartel anunciador fiesta en Grecia y Roma del mundo clásico. Universidad de Málaga.

Next Projects

Collective exhibition, April 2020 (Sydney)

Solo show, December 2020 (Sydney)

Solo show, Contemporary arts center of Seoul 2021 (South Korea)

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