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Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús, Barcelona 1966, studied jewelry at the Massana School in Barcelona, Spain. From 1992 he presented his work in galleries and museums in Europe, United States, Canadá and Japan. From 2013 he lives and works in Maó, Menorca island, Spain. He combines his artistic activity with the educational task. He has given workshops and lectures in schools in Spain, France, England and Italy. He has also curated exhibitions in England and Spain. His work is represented in numerous catalogs and books of jewelry. His work can be seen in the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation, the Netherlands and the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona HUB of Barcelona, Spain.

Xavier on his work:
My work has changed since 2010, and this is clearly visible if we observe my practice in the twenty years that preceded this shift. The narrative that so identified my pieces is gradually receding. Whilst retaining an element of figurative reference, my line of enquiry is now focused on a more direct geometric simplicity as well as a tendency towards minimalism. Narrative compositions have been replaced by forms that allude more to the inherent qualities of materials. I am now more interested in representing the materials that buildings are made of rather than narrating what happened inside them, as I used to do; to use geometric fragments that evoke the texture and colour of stone as well as of wood. Fragments speak of a whole; almost abstract in character, they can be in themselves a complete composition.
Animals have not disappeared from my work, not in the least. They are still there as messengers of our own selves, except now they are turned to stone. Petrified so that their memory stays with us forever.
I am now surrounded by the vernacular and the Bronze Age, Talayotic architecture of Menorca. Menorca is where I live now and where I should like to die: a small Mediterranean island, where one is always in contact with its ancestral core.
I love this island; I chose it, I represent it….

Xavier Monclús, 1966, Barcelona. Catalonia, Spain.

1986-92 Jewellery studies. Escola Massana, Barcelona.

Jewellery Collection. Museu del Disseny. Barcelona, Spain | Foundation Françoise Van Den Bosch, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2018 JORGC Design Award

Solo Exhibitions:
2016 Silent Architectures
. Klimt02 gallery. Barcelona, Spain
2015 Narrativo o essenziale. Fondazione Salvatore Romano. Florence Jewellery Week. Florence, Italy.
2011 The Penguins van Amsterdam. Galerie Rob Koudijs,Amsterdam, Holland
2006 Galleri Hnoss. Göteborg, Sweden.
2004 El zoo fabulat. Galeria Hipòtesi, Barcelona, Spain.
2003 El petit univers. Oxida joies, Lleida,Spain.
2002 Everyday Nature. Zijsprong gallery. Antwerpen, Belgium | Galerie Louise Smit. Amsterdam, Holland.
2000 Galeria Magari, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. | Haraka Island, Helsinky European City of Culture, Helsinki, Finland
1998 In den Gärten. Galerie Eva Tiller, Viena, Austria.
1994 Carin Delcourt van Krimpen Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.

Group Exhibitions (selected):
Invited International Exhibition in the USA with the 29 participating countries. KCDA Korea International Designer Association 2018, KM Art Center Gallery, Annandale. USA .
2018 From Barcelona to Melbourne. Hannah Gallery Hosted by NGV. The National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne, Australia.
2015Art Jewelry Today.  Mitsubishi Art Museum. Fukuoka, Japan | L´ètica de les petites coses.  Museu del Disseny. Barcelona, Spain
2014 Papallona/ Mariposa/ Butterfly, Museu de Ciències Naturals de Granollers, Spain | Menorca Contemporània. La Mirada Expandida, Barcelona , Galeria Artara, Maó i Espai Xec Coll, Ciutadella, Menorca, Galeria Aram, Palma de Mallorca. Spain.
2013 Art Fair Tokyo. Deux Poissons gallery. Tokyo.Japan.
2012 Flourish. Kath Libbert gallery. Salts Mill. Saltaire. U.K | L´Aparença sòlida de la materia buida. Galeria Dterra. Sant Cugatdel Vallés. Spain.
2011 Fantastical. Kath Libbert gallery.Salts Mill. Saltaire. U.K | Toys and Dreams. Galeria Dterra. Sant Cugat del Vallés. Spain.
2009 A-FOTO.Sa Fàbrica. Maó,Menorca island..Spain. | Pensieri Preziosi 2009. Oratorio di San Rocco.Padova,Italia. | Sieren met Dieren. CODA museum.Apeldoorn.Holland.| Jumble and Jewellery.Didsbury Arts Festival.OXFAM. Manchester.
2007 Hnoss Depended..Röhsska museet. Göteborg, Sweden. | New Horizons..Galerie Rob Koudijs.Amsterdam.The Netherlands. | Bite the Bullet..Ars Ornata Europeana Manchester 2007, Harvey Nichols Manchester.U.K
2006 BUE-BOG-BCN. Gestos sobre el cuerpo. CCEBA Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires..Buenos Aires,.Argentina. | Contemporary Jewelry from Barcelona.Galerie Noel Guyomarc´h, Montreal,Canadà.
2005 BCN Jewellery Factory. Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Bluecoat Display Centre.Liverpool,England | Maker,Wearer,Viewer. Contemporary Narrative European Jewellery.
Glasgow Schooll of Art, Glasgow, Scotland. The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scottland. Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands | Lucca Preziosa.Oreficeria europea contemporanea .Villa Botini,Lucca,Italy. | Jaume Mercadé i la joia d´Art., Caixa de Tarragona, Tarragona,Spain | Limited Edition. Craft and Design Centre. Manchester.U.K | De Rebus Naturae, Le Arti Orafe Gallery, Florence, Italy.

From 1992 to 2004 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the following countries:
The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Finland, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, France, U.K, Switzerland, Japan, USA and Portugal.

As a curator: (Exhibitions).
-With Sarah O´Hana: BCN Jewellery Factory. Manchester Craft & Design Centre | Bluecoat Display Centre.Liverpool,England. 2005
-With Heidi Schechinger: 7 de València. La Mirada Expandida, Barcelona, 2011.
-With Heidi Schechinger: Con-decorados. Museo Nacional de Cerámica. Valencia 2012 and Klimt02 gallery. Barcelona, 2013.
-Menorca Contemporània. La Mirada Expandida. Barcelona. 2013. Galeria Artara, Maó. Menorca. 2013. Espai Xec Coll. Ciutadella, Menorca.2014. Galeria Aram, Palma. Centre de Cultura Contemporània Octubre, València

Lectures and seminars:
Seminar Creative Jewellery: Form, texture, colour. Le Arti Orafe school. Florence, Italy.
1997 Lecture Seminar hosted by Orfebres FAD for Kultasepänanlaitos school. Lahti. Foment de les Arts Decoratives.FAD. Barcelona, Spain.
1999 Lecture.Symposium “Arts Ornata Europeana’99”. Auditorium, Museu Marítim de Barcelona. Spain.
2000 Lecture. Helsinki European City of Culture 2000. Harakka island.Helsinki, Finland
2002 Lecture. Zijsprong gallery. Antwerpen, Belgium | Seminar, Yorkshire Crafts Centre, Bradford, UK.
2003 Lecture, City College Manchester. Manchester, U.K. | Seminar City College Manchester, UK.
2005 Lecture,City College Manchester.Manchester,U.K. | Seminar Playing with colours,playing with pictures. City College Manchester,U.K.
2006 Seminar Jugant amb colors,jugant amb imatges. Escola Arsenal. Vilafranca del Penedès. Catalonia, Spain | Seminar Jugando con Formas/Jugando con Colores/Jugando con Imágenes. Fabrika 12.Valencia,Spain.
2007 Seminar Playing with colours,Playing with pictures.City College Manchester. Manchester.U.K
2008 Seminar Narrative Jewellery; An Introduction. Ecòle AFEDAP. París.France. | Seminar Joieria Narrativa: Una Introducció. Fabrika 12. Valencia,Spain.
2010 Seminar Objet Trouvé.Fabrika 12. Valencia ,Spain. | Seminar Joieria Narrativa: Una Introducció. Escola d´Art de Menorca. Maó. Spain.
2014 Seminar Objet Trouvé. Fabrika 12. Valencia, Spain.
2014 Narrative Jewellery: An Introduction. Le Arti Orafe. Jewellery  school.  Firenze. Italy.
2015  Seminar and Lecture Objet Trouvé. Escuela de Arte nº 1. Puente San Miguel. Cantabria, Spain
2015 Objet Trouvé. Le Arti Orafe. Jewellery school.. Florence Jewellery Week. Florence, Italy

International Exhibition in the USA with the 29 participating countries. KCDA Korea International Designer Association.
201510 anni di pensieri preziosi. La voce degli artisti.
2014 Papallona/ Mariposa/ Butterfly.
2013 Pendientes | Menorca Contemporània.
2011 The Ring. Jewell For Ever.
2009 Pensieri Preziosi 5. La Llibertat De La Joia.
2007 Hnoss Depended. | El Laboratori De La Joieria.
2005 De Rebus Naturae. Flora E Fauna Nel Gioiello Di Ricerca. | Bcn Jewellery Factory. | Lucca Preziosa . Oreficeria Europea Contemporanea. | Jaume Mercadé I La Joia D´Art. | El Jardí Fantàstic. Joieria Modernista A Les Col.leccions Europees.
2004 Jewellery Unlimited. | El Zoo Fabulat.
2003 Ojo! An Exhibition Of Contemporary Spanish Jewellery | Luxe Interior. Joieria Contemporània Internacional.
2002 Distinto-Distinct.
1998 Jewellery Moves.
1996 The Capture Od Europe. | Un Art Íntim. | Schmuck´96.
1995 Orfèvrerie Et Bijou Contemporains.
1993 La Joia De La Joia.

2014 Éclat. Maestros de la joyería contemporánea.
2008 500 Pendants And Lockets.
2004 Nueva Joyería.
2001 Orfebrería.



 Sa Pedrera i dos hostals  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Sa Pedrera i dos hostals, 2016.
Silver and Enamel painting..
5 x 3.5 x 1 cm.
Price: 1000 €.
 Arquitectura menorquina I  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina I, 2015.
Silver and Enamel painting..
5.5 x 6 x 1 cm.
 Cas fuster  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Cas fuster, 2015.
Brass, silver, wood, plastic, acrylic, enamel painting.
5.4 x 4.8 x 1 cm.
Published at: Sacrés Outils! Éditions Arketip, Paris.
Price: 1000 €.
 Arquitectura menorquina II  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina II, 2016.
Silver, Oxidated silver, Brass and Enamel painting..
4.5 x 3.7 x 1.5 cm.
Published at: Miniarchitectures. Argumentum, Lisbon, 2017.
 Arquitectura menorquina III  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Arquitectura menorquina III, 2016.
Silver and Enamel painting..
5.5 x 5.3 x 1 cm.
Price: 1000 €.
 The Gate  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: The Gate, 2016.
Silver, Wood, Acrylic and Enamel painting..
6 x 3 x 1.7 cm.
Price: 1000 €.
 Podium  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Podium, 2016.
Silver and Enamel painting..
4.7 x 5.7 x 1.2 cm.
 Encontre sobtat  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Encontre sobtat, 2016.
Silver, Oxidated silver, Plastic and Enamel painting..
7 x 4.5 x 1.3 cm.
Price: 800 €.
 Maison de la charité  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Pendant: Maison de la charité, 2016.
Silver, Oxidated silver, Wood, Plastic, Acrylic and Enamel painting.
6.7 x 2 x 1.2 cm.
Price: 800 €.
 Basic Computer  by Xavier Monclús
Xavier Monclús.
Brooch: Basic Computer, 2003-2018.
Silver, oxidased silver, platic foil, enamel painting.
1.7 x 10 x 0.7 cm.
Photo by: Xavier Monclús.
From series: Images.
Published at: Sacrés Outils! Éditions Arketip, Paris.
Price: 500 €.
Multiple edition.