Madrid, Spain, 1953.
In the 70's he travelled to England to study at Croydon College. Later, he attended the Central School of Art and Design. There he met his wife, the sculptor Cristina Iglesias. In 1982 he travelled to the United States to study, thanks to a scholarship for the Pratt Centre in New York. His first exhibition was in 1984 in the Fernando Vijande Gallery in Madrid. Since then, his work has been presented both in Europe and in other parts of the world.
At the beginning of 1990, Juan Muñoz started to create pieces of a "narrative" character, thus breaking the limits of traditional sculpture. His installations invite the spectator to relate to them. They no longer feel like spectators, and discreetly form part of the installation. Muñoz dominates the spectator's feelings, creating tension between the illusive and the reality. His figures, installed in a group, evoke the loneliness of the individual in society. He considers himself to be a narrator with a great talent for offering new forms of contemplation and reflection.
Muñoz also showed interest in creating works of an auditory nature, creating some pieces for the radio.
He was awarded the National Prize for Plastic Arts in 2000.
Juan Muñoz died suddenly due to cardiac arrest at 48 years of age when on holiday in Santa Eulalia del Río, Ibiza, on August 28th 2001. At the time of his death, his work Double Bind was being exhibited in the Tate Modern in London. He has been internationally recognized as one of the most interesting sculptors from the 80's and 90's.
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