‘Consequences’ is a reflection on what Palacios has experience during the Global pandemic, and how his work has evolved through this period. The works presented focus on ‘inequality’; not only on a physical level, but a psychological and therefore social one, and how aggression plays a leading role in our socio-political and cultural landscape. His series of works titled ‘Wounds’, is a tribute to women, and this constant aggression that they are still undergoing nowadays. This series intends to place the viewer in the face of the consequences of having suffered profound pain and damage.
His work also explores the idea of devastated and destroyed imaginary cities. Through this, he plays with the juxtaposition of beauty and vigour, life and injury, vivacity and demolition, all opposites that place you in front of an unattainable harmony. The works he presents are a reflection of the impact that our actions have, both on a personal and political level and the consequences they could bring.
‘I remember the first mornings walking to my studio, through complete empty streets, I had the feeling that New York, the city in which I have lived for 8 years, had suffered another terrorist attack. But this time it was a silent one. No crashing planes or exploding bombs. It just seemed that we were paying again the consequences of something that we had done wrong and which, in my opinion, we did.’ - Juan Miguel Palacios, 2021
Spanish artist Juan Miguel Palacios graduated from the school of Decorative Arts, Madrid, where he received his formal training. For the following six years he worked in the studio alongside renowned artist, Amadeo Roca Gisbert. These years were crucial for Palacios' artistic flair and this training is visible in every artwork he creates.
Concepts such as mourning, restlessness and inequality are vital in Palacios' work as they allow him to explore a range of human emotions. His powerful and modern techniques use abstract brush-strokes, and a strong use of colour to create a feeling of decay and abandonment. Some of his works are created three-dimensionally, using a decaying base of broken wall. This technique has created an extra dimension in his work which he allows the viewer to dissect. His works blend reality with dreamlike worlds, with his subjects seeming to escape their two-dimensional invisible cages and become tangible parts of reality.