璜侯．諾維拉 Juanjo Novella
About the Artist
Juanjo Novella was born in 1961 in Basque Country, Spain. He is an autodidact and good at painting, sculpture, mural painting and various models of performance in public spaces. He was awarded at many international public sculpture competitions, collaborating campaigns for the improvement of the urban landscape, such as the street art of Bilbao City Council, improvement of the urban landscape at Vitoria.
Novella is dedicated to sculptures in public spaces, concerning the relationship between place and works. In his conception, the work should be considered as a place and not just one thing, it should be a public work that closes to people. The light has special effects on his works, especially with the important presence of shadows. For him, the combination of landscape, buildings and human beings are fundamental to his works. His sculptures remain large but very light; people can feel warm and protective through interacting with his works.
Unlike any other mode of operation in the past, I did not have to communicate with onsite staff through language during this residency program; we could rely solely on “steel” as our medium of communication. I indulged fully in the creative moments, and tried my best to give the chosen steel scraps best expressions. To me, these materials had their own expressive power, and were not just bland and ordinary raw materials. I used seemingly imperfect steel scraps as creative elements and attempted to search for the beauty and harmony within them.
Juanjo Novella: “Rediscovering the Beauty of Steel Scraps with Tung Ho Steel,” Extraordinary Relation 4.0: The Tung Ho Steel International Artist Residency Program, Tung Ho Steel Foundation, 2017.