Maestro Juan Ripolles was born in Valencia, Spain in 1932. He attended the School of Industrial Arts and Crafts F. Ribalta in Spain before settling in Paris from 1954 to 1963. His works were exhibited at the prestigious Drouand Gallery in Paris which established Maestro Ripolles as an important artist. His paintings were then also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. From 1969 to 1971, he held major exhibitions in the United States. Finally, in 1972, he settled back in Spain.
His artistic style cannot avoid being compared to and influenced by one of the giants of 20th century art - Picasso. Although he admits his admiration for artists such as Picasso, Goya, and Velazquez, he delivers his own dreamy and ironic way to characterize the figures in his works. His artworks range from the sublime to flamboyant that creatively incorporate colours and shapes that make his work distinct and recognizable at first glance. Maestro Ripolles simultaneously develops volume, size, proportion, sense of touch, resistance and light in his works. He offers a recreational world based on humour and irony and his works present a wide range of nuances, suggestions, atmospheres, built over interlaced line dualities, over chromatics, ranging from serious to loud, from soft to happy.
Maestro Ripolles is the first Spanish artist invited to exhibit solo in museums around China. Entitled “Universe Ripolles” the exhibition opened in 2012 at the Beijing World Art Museum and then travelled to museums in Jinan, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The exhibition featured 86 artworks comprising oil painting, glass, grabados and sculptures that showcased the artist's versatility. This exhibition was part of the cultural programme offered by the Embassy of Spain in China commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and the People's Republic.
Maestro Ripolles’ artworks are the product of the master’s imagination; they reflect Picasso’s instinct and the linear grace of Matisse, preserving their originality with a personal interpretation that results in a free expression.
Galerie Belvedere Singapore represents Maestro Ripolles, exhibits several of his paintings and sculptures, and undertakes commissions for large sculptures.