Trained in the field of design, in which he also worked as Art Director for various studios and publicity agencies, and after a few moments in his youth when he came into contact with street art in a way that was more rebellious than professional, Javier de Riba has now managed to turn his passion for graphical language into his “modus vivendi”.
His personal interests led him to research the behaviour of different materials and to find within them the best means of conveying the necessary message for each project. In addition to working as a creative, artist and designer, De Riba is also part of the collective Rescate Arts & Crafts, with whom he develops graphic communicative projects linked to sustainability and humane treatment.
“Over the years I’ve done many different things using many different techniques, as for every project I always searched for the best way in which to express its essence,” he explains. That’s why the designer thinks back with fondness, and a certain degree of nostalgia, to his teenage years when he began to play around with the materials he found in his father’s workshop.
Skilled in many techniques, Javier doesn’t consider himself a specialist in any particular one, especially as he says, “my work is characterised by my embracing every discipline and being ready to satisfy any project with what is needed.” A dreamer, like any artist, he nevertheless shares the idea that art forms an inherent part of a person, and that with artistic education one can learn to master and discover the tools to communicate correctly.
One of his latest projects, in which he was immersed for almost a year, is “Floors”, which involves placing flooring in abandoned houses, in which he recaptures the aesthetic of cement tiles to give a facelift to these spaces. From these compositions, a geometric island forms within neglected surroundings.
His two most recent projects are highly curious pieces of work: in “Varnish” he explores the possibilities offered by a material such as varnish on abandoned doors, while with “Harreman” he uses photoluminiscent paint on various walls, a project developed together with Rescate Arts & Crafts.
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