Artist: Javier Calleja

Javier Calleja (Spanish, b. January 26th, 1971) graduated from the Universidad de Granada in 2000 with a fine art degree. Having apprenticed for several years for celebrated Japanese pop minimalist Yoshitomo Nara, the influence on Calleja’s aesthetic is obvious; though where Nara explores cynicism, Calleja utilizes cartoonish portrayals to spread optimism. Having since been the subject of over a dozen solo exhibitions, as well as numerous group shows, Calleja has long expressed an interest in art toys though it wasn’t until 2017 that he had one of his own produced.

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