Juan Bautista Nieto
Juan Bautista Nieto was born in Seville (Spain) in 1963.
There he pursued his childhood studies and guided by his father (doctor in medicine) was encouraged from a very early age to become a doctor. However, everyday on his way to school he passed a professional painter’s studio and through the window observed the artist at work. Thus began his secret fascination for painting and drawing which he suppressed because of the family’s pressure to follow his father’s profession.
He studied at the Faculty of Medicine in Seville where as part of his tutorial programme he came into daily contact with inert and anonymous bodies. In later years this was to prove a formative influence on his understanding and appreciation of the human anatomy.
On the death of his father, Nieto made a milestone decision giving up medicine in favour of his secret passion for painting and drawing. In earnest he began to draw and paint initially studying privately on his own but then embarked on a series of studies at the Fine Arts Faculty of Seville.
His work presents an exaggerated obsession with recreating a reality which reaches beyond the precise representation of a photograph. He transcends the theme and concept of hyperrealism using it as a vehicle to take us onto another level wherein he achieves an extraordinary kind of intensity which paradoxically creates a distinct feeling of unreality.
His technique is equally obsessive and both demanding and exhaustive. Every facet of his subject is depicted with a minute and impersonal exactitude of detail. His materials are oil and acrylic combined to build an accumulation of delicate and continuous layers of shades and multiple tones of light, shadows and density.
In common with other hyperrealist painters he produces very few paintings each year. His large works take between six to nine months to complete. With some justification Nieto is regarded within Spanish Art circles as one of the foremost exponents of hyperrealism in Spain today.
His first solo exhibition takes place in 1985.
From this moment his works are exhibited in the most renowned Internationals arts fairs as Art America (Miami. USA), Art Miami (Miami. USA), ArtExpo NewYork, ACAF-5 Australia (Melbourne), ANEX Museum (Japón), TAF-96 (Taiwan), EUROPART (Ginebra. Suiza), INTERART (Valencia. España), SAN FRANCISCO ART FAIR (San Francisco. U.S.A) etc.
His works have participated on itinerant exhibitions as “The Nude´s Secrets” exhibited in the Provincial Museum of Vigo (Spain) and the Provincial Museum of Jaen (Spain) etc.
In December th 2003, the Spanish Government choose one of his paintings “Impossible Certainty” for the Constitution’s 25 th Anniversary, celebrated with the making of an special stamp edition by the Post Office.
JBNieto also participated at this time in collective exhibitions as “Hidden Beauty” San Hermenegildo Palace, Seville (Spain) or “Contemporary Arts in Private Colections” Columbus House, Huelva (Spain).
In the period 2004/2010 he exhibites his work in “ALBEMARLE GALLERY” (London), “NAXICA GALLERY” (Mexico) both solo Exhibitions. “SOKOA GALLERY” (Madrid), “FORNI GALLERY” Bologna and Milan (Italy), “CUADRO FINE ART GALLERY” (Dubai), “MEDIEVO PROSSIMO VENTURO” Palazzo Pretorio (Florence) etc.
Juan Bautista Nieto has also worked in the illustration of literary texts and he is the author of a couple of technic books “Advanced Drawing Techniques” and “Supports, backgrounds and mediums”