another fascinating artist for you this week, Julio Bauzá who was born in 1936
in Montevideo, Uruguay, and whose ancestors were from Mallorca.
architecture in Montevideo, whilst working in the family's building company
and also studied art, geology and archaeology.
the River Plate estuary at the start of the 1970s and came to Europe to continue
his studies with his wife and his son and daughter (Alfredo and Virginia). Their
third son (Pablo) was born in Barcelona, where Julio was working in archaeological
projects, after travelling and working in different European countries.
they arrived on the Island where Julio was employed in a new project with the
new "Archaeology Museum of Ibiza" in the Punic Necropolis of "Puig
des Molins," one of the most important sites of the Phoenician-Carthaginian-Punic
stepped on the Island he says it was in a way like coming back home.
He was completely captivated by it and its style of living and where
he was going to establish and start a complete new life. Even though it was
quite hard at the beginning, he never left Eivissa apart from very short periods
working in archaeology, especially with the Punic ceramics and terracotta and
for the museum of Eivissa. He started reproducing - at full size - the original
Punic (Carthaginian) terracotta, made of local clays, that he himself had to
look for and prepare, using the local and ancestral techniques, producing figures
and symbols of the local Punic God "Bess" and Goddess, Queen and Mother
hot out of the oven to be sold in the museum's shops. (There are two: the Archaeology
Museum in Eivissa, at the top of the Old Town, inside the big walls, by the
cathedral, and the "new" one in "Puig des Molins", by the
artwork was a big success and still is, but not as much as another of Julio's
most commercial creations, another decorated model of a standard "Don Quijote"
windmill. It has been a big success at the "Hippie Markets" and in
the ceramic shops.
soon opened his own ceramic shop, "Es Mulí", where he also has his
workshop, to sell exclusively his own productions, in the little village and
artisans' centre of Sant Rafél.
of geology most probably helped him to produce his own personal ceramics, incorporating
new materials and different techniques of enamel in them His models were also
almost revolutionary at the time, at least on this Island, with an abstract
concept in his compositions, very much appreciated by ceramic lovers and collectors.
an old, solid tradition of very good local ceramists on the Islands ("Gabrialet"
and "Toniet" from Formentera, "Daifa" "Kinoto"
"Can Negre" and others in Eivissa).
Julio Bauzá has no doubt increased the number of local ceramist masters.
His personal techniques and style can be distinguished from them all, because
of its strong personality, artistic feeling and very well elaborated technique.
was going fine, he bought a plot of land, on which he designed and built his
own house, a mixture of a traditional Ibicenco "casa payesa" and a
functional modern house, with a very good final result.
It is indeed a pretty house, where he lives with his new family, Estrella
and Julia, their charming seven-year-old daughter, a real gift from God into
built a new and much larger workshop by the side of the house, almost a little
factory, with three new ovens for the ceramics and industrial machinery to work
on his new projects. Here, I must say that Julio is an extraordinary worker,
his life is his workshop, his art and his family. He doesn't have much time
for social life, only visiting some of his friends' exhibitions and now and
then, a private dinner with close friends.
as he had the time for it, Julio started with his sculpture and paintings, rather
collage, that the experts have described as "Dadaismo" style, using
simple natural elements for it, such as seaside rolling stones, iron and metals,
and all types of wood and rubbish that appears by the beaches after storms.
In his hands, all this "rubbish" transforms itself into beautiful,
balanced sculptures in colourful and geometric collages demonstrating mixed
techniques of painting skill that reminds me of his architectural past.
working potential and his large artistic talent have allowed Julio to participate
in quite a few different artistic and public events, such as the creation of
the Santa Antonio "Big Egg" (the Columbus Egg) and the project for
two monuments in Eivissa Town, together with Toni Hormigo and Luis Ojeda.
also been proudly responsible for several murals, such as the one he did in
the school of Buscastell with the local children, or in the building of the
popular "Fallas Valencianas," the artistic works for San José's night
which the Valencian community of the Island have celebrated in Sant Antoni de
Portmany for the past two years.
the reasons that Julio can be involved with so many projects is that he has
teamed up with a young and very talented local artist, Pedro Juan Hormigo, who
started almost eight years ago as a pupil in his ceramic workshop. Since then,
Pedro has been by his side, helping him in most of the big artistic projects,
like the "Fallas", part of the museum ceramics, or the Christmas decoration
that you can see this year, in "Vara de Rey" the main square of Eivissa
City, created and installed by Julio and Pedro.
to Pedro, another of Julio's talents is his great quality as a teacher, as a
master in most of the Arts, basically because of his knowledge of the materials
and all the techniques to work with them, as well as his calm and educated character.
In fact, Julio is one of the Balearic jury that gives the title as "Master
Artisan" to the local new craftsman. So, as we can see, we have in Julio's
person a complete artist, always learning, always ready to teach.
Private and Collective Exhibitions
Galería 1748, Barcelona
Sala del Museo Arqueologico, Eivissa
Escuelas Nacionales de Sant Rafél
VIII Semana cultural de Eivissa i Formentera
V Salón de Primavera del M.A.C. Eivissa
Sala La Caixa, Eivissa
VI Salón de Primavera del M.A.C. Eivissa
Galería Skyros, Eivissa
I Premio Universidad del Mediterráneo. (Sculpture)
s'Hort, Sant Miquel, Eivissa
Escultura para la escuela de Sant Rafél
Galería Maloney, Eivissa
Aniv. Carlos III Fundación Dudek. Eivissa
Aniv. Carlos III, Ayuntamiento de Eivissa
Seleccionado en "Premio Valladolid de Escultura"
Galería C'an d'Aifa, Santa Gertrudis, Eivissa
Mural en hierro "Residencia Friese" Es Cubells. Eivissa
Finalist "VIII Premio Vázquez Díaz de Escultura"
Finalist "IV Certamen de Escultura Ciudad de Burriana",
Proyecto Monumento a Colón, Sant Antoni, Eivissa. Colaboración,
Proyecto de dos monumentos para la ciudad de Eivissa. Colaboración.
Inaguración del monumento a Colón, Sant Antoni, Eivissa
Galería Es Llimoner, Sant Antoni, Eivissa
Sala Ayuntamiento Sant Josép, Eivissa
Berri, Sant Agustí, Eivissa
Art, Sant Josép, Eivissa
Galería Berri, Sant Agustí, Eivissa
Indiana Café, Sant Rafél, Eivissa. (escultura aire libre)
Galería Alhadros (collective) Eivissa
Ayuntamiento de Sant Josép, Eivissa, (collective)
Galería Alhadros, Supermercado del Arte. Eivissa.
Ayuntamiento de Sant Josép, Eivissa, (collective)
Galería Alhadros, "Homenaje a Goya" Eivissa
Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza,"Homenaje a Goya" (collective).
"Artes y Oficios" "Mon Punic" Eivissa
Galería Alhadros, Supermercado del Arte. Eivissa
Feria Internacional Arte Sur, Granada. Spain
Alhadros, (collective) Eivissa
Galería Van der Voort, Eivissa. Supermercado del Arte
Galería Can Tixedo, Sant Antoni, Eivissa
"Art Ibiza 1999"
2000 - l
"Falla Comunidad Valenciana de Eivissa"
Galería Can Tixedo, Sant Antoni, Eivissa. (Colectiva)
2001 - II
"Falla Comunidad Valenciana de Eivissa
Can Tixedo, (collective)
courtesy of Julio Bauzá