(b. 1960 Spain)
Juan Manuel Cossio was born in Madrid, Spain in 1960. He received
academic training in Art and History at the Complutense University of
Madrid. From 1980, Cossio worked as a Copyist at the Museo del Prado,
where he studied from close observation and reinterpreted classical
works of art. He studied under Spanish realist Antonio López García and
also became a student of Manuel Franquelo, one of Spain’s leading
hyperrealist painters from the New Realism movement of the 1960s.
Cossio works in mixed media. He combines toner photo transfers with
acrylic and oil. Cossio’s principle tool for painting is an airbrush,
which sprays the paint onto the canvas and allows for seamless blending
of pigments. This blending allows Cossio to achieve high detail and
precision found in his elaborate works. By using an airbrush instead of
a standard paintbrush, Cossio changes the function of a tool originally
designed to retouch photographs into the primary means of creating a
In each of his compositions, Cossio experiments with the human form and
its ability to convey emotion in functional, minimalistic interiors.
Many of his works echo those of the New Realism movement, conjuring an
atmosphere in which the figure is derived from reality but the other
elements are fabricated, obscure, utilitarian yet unexpected. Cossio
pares down the environment in which the figure is placed so as to direct
all concentration on the figure.
Though Cossio works in a hyperrealist style, his scenes are set apart
from the reality of day-to-day living. Cossio states, “I create images
starting from a contradiction. I am a painter who does not want to paint
reality. I want to interpret it with all the means that are at my
reach.” His interpretation of reality is one of appreciation for the
beauty, the emotion, and the paradoxes of everyday life.
Cossio currently lives and works in Madrid and his work has been
exhibited internationally in countries such as Spain, Italy, the UK,
South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States.
Jones & Terwilliger
Galleries exclusively represents Juan Cossio is California.