Javier Arizabalo

Javier Arizabalo Painting

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Javier Arizabalo Painting

Javier Arizabalo, born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France) in 1965, studied with a number of different local artists in the Bidasoa region and at the Municipal Academy of Drawing in Irun before attending the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lejona (1983-1988), where he earned a degree in graphic design. From 1989 to 2004 he worked as a graphic designer with minor incursions into the fields of photography and synthetic imagery, teaching also at the Irun Municipal Academy of Painting and Drawing from 1997 to 2001.

In 2006 he turned his attention exclusively to painting, working mainly in a kind of meticulous realist style, studying the effects of light on the human body. He also explored the sensitivity and repose of his models, which allow themselves to be contemplated in order to create a feeling of tranquillity in the viewer.

Javier Arizabalo is passionate about hyperrealism. He carries out his works with different techniques, but it is in oil where he finds the most expressiveness, since it allows him to work in maximum detail, understanding the light and the structure of the human anatomy.

Individual Expositions

  • 2012 AMAIA Cultural Center, Irun
  • 2011 Assembly of Extremadura, Mérida
  • 1989 “La Pecera” Gallery, Irun

Group Exhibitions

    • 2019: Two Art Gallery, Murcia; Exhibition “Habbility” Palacio de Congresos Estepona, Málaga; Pakistan Art Forum Collectors Soire⁣, Pakistan; Masters links, Singapore; Master links Hong Kong; Artelibre Gallery, Exhibition “20×20”, Zaragoza
    • 2018: Galerie Artmundi, Paris; Two Art Gallery, Murcia.
    • Galerie Artmundi, Paris; Two Art Gallery, Murcia.
    • 2017: Galerie Artmundi, Paris; “New Reality” Exhibition, Emilio Varela Room, Alicante; “Toledo, Art without Borders” San Clemente Cultural Center. Santana Art Gallery, Madrid.
    • 2016: Galerie Artmundi, Paris; Exhibition “Another Reality”, Ateneo de Madrid; Actual Mexican Art, Monterey (Mexico).
    • 2015: Galerie Artmundi, Paris; San Sebastian Aquarium; Exhibition “Another Reality”, La Vaguada Cultural Center, Madrid.
    • 2014: Galerie Artmundi, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid), Mexican Modern Art, Monterey (Mexico), Perez & Ortiz Fine Art, Santiago de Chile.
    • 2013: Galerie Archange, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid); Art Santa Fe, Gaudí Gallery, (United States).
    • 2012: Galerie Archange, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid); Art-Karlsruhe, Gaudí Gallery, Karlsruhe (Germany); ARTEANDO Fair, Gaudí Gallery, Irun; “Something more than realism VI”, Aragonese Artistic Group; ST-ART 2012, Gaudí Gallery, Strasbourg (France).
    • 2011: Galerie Archange, Paris; Mellado Gallery, San Lorenzo del Escorial (Madrid); Selected in the Premis d’art Autocugat, cloister of the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat; ARTEANDO Fair in Irun; Alexander Gallery, Shanghai Art Fair; Gaudi Gallery, ARTi11, The Hague
    • 2010: Galerie Archange, Paris; Gaudi Gallery, Madrid
    • 2009: Galerie Archange, Paris; Puroarte Fair, Vigo; Glasgow Art Fair (Great Britain); Art Open Fair, Utrecht (The Netherlands); “Something more than realism III”, Aragonese Artistic Association, Colors Gallery, Edinburgh; “Something more than realism III”, Aragonese Artistic Association
    • 2008: Gaudí Gallery, Madrid; Galerie Archange, Paris; Kunstart08, Bolzano (Italy); Art Open Fair, Utrecht (The Netherlands); DE-Fine Art, Atlanta (USA); Zantman Art Galleries, California (USA); David W. Streets Gallery, California (USA); Clave Gallery, Cordoba; “Something more than realism II”, Agrupación Artística Aragonesa, Zaragoza; Lineart 08, Ghent (Belgium)
    • 2007: Galerie Archange, Paris; Art Pur & Fer Creations, Paris; Artz Art Fair, Zaragoza
    • 1986: Exhibition Hall of the Municipal Savings Bank of San Sebastián
    • 1985: Exhibition Hall of the City of Portugalete

Work In Collections

Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Spain, United States, France, Holland, India, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, Russia and Kuwait


    • JAVIER ARIZABALO, Galerie Archange Éditions, 2008
    • YEARBOOK ARTELIBRE, ART AND FREEDOM IV and V, Editorial Comuniter, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
    • POETS AND ARTISTS, December 2010, Editor Didi Menendez
    • POST-MODERN TIMES, Volume 1, Number 1, Founding Editor Stephen Smith
    • JAVIER ARIZABALO GARCIA, Edits Assembly of Extremadura, 2011
    • JAVIER ARIZABALO, Edita Irun City Council, 2012
    • MASTERS OF PAINTING, Edit Art Galaxie, 2017


    • 1996/1999: Professor of painting at the Municipal Academy of Irun
    • 2014: Brotherhood of honor in the Salmon Brotherhood, Irun


Hyperrealistic Hand Paintings are So Supple They Look Like Photos

Expressive Hyper-Realistic Hand Paintings Highlight the Personality at Our Fingertips.

Given their complex anatomy, hands are often considered one of the most difficult subjects to draw. Artist Javier Arizabalo Garcia, however, manages to capture the expressive language of hands in his hyperrealistic paintings. On each canvas, he renders a posed hand so supple that you’d think it was a photograph.

Based in Spain, Garcia received formal fine art training in his Basque hometown of Irun and at the University of Bilbao. After careers in both graphic design and photography, the artist decided to pursue painting full-time in 2006. His successful creative practice focuses on traditional figurative subjects such as people and still lives and emphasizes strong realism techniques. Thanks to a keen understanding of light and shadow, Garcia renders three-dimensional models using only oil pigment. But you might not realize this fact; his brushstrokes are so fine and precise they appear invisible to the eye.

In his depictions of isolated hands, Garcia recalls classical figurative painting. Each work is set against a plain atmospheric background, typically black or gray, wherein the only focus is the gesture of the hand. While in some pieces the light source is unknown, in others there is a staged candle that illuminates the fingers and palm.

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Artist Javier Arizabalo Garcia creates hyperrealistic paintings of hands. He masterfully renders the suppleness of skin in oil paint. Some pieces are staged with a candle to illuminate the palm.



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Posted by Javier Arizabalo on Monday, February 10, 2020



Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. Hyperrealism is considered an advancement of Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures. The term is primarily applied to an independent art movement and art style in the United States and Europe that has developed since the early 1970s. Carole Feuerman is the forerunner in the hyperrealism movement along with Duane Hanson and John De Andrea.  


Spanish Artist Javier Arizabalo Painting
Spanish Artist Javier Arizabalo Painting

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