To share an artwork creation is a complicated thing. It is necessary to have a “predisposition” to fit artistically. Joan Coderch and Javier Malavia have unified two sensibilities in a single voice, working by four hands, forgetting about ego to concentrate on the quality of a final result. Two independent artists work together to create a joined work in every project.
Joan Coderch was born in Castellar del Vallès (Barcelona) in 1959, starting his education in Barcelona Fine Art University in 1979 and graduated in sculpture discipline. Javier Malavia was born in Oñati (Guipuzcoa) in 1970, and graduated in fine Arts San Carlos University of Valencia in 1993. Both artists met as they joined the Lladró porcelain company sculptors’ team, where they learned the language of this noble material while demonstrating their work traveling around the world. In 2015, they decided to start up their own project.
Fascinated by the figurative sculptures made by great sculptures like Maillol, Rodin, Marini or Bourdelle, they took the human being as the core element of their aesthetic speech. They start by having a live model pose in the studio. Their artworks, made in bronze, explore different attitudes in life that the viewer should be able to decode according to his or her own background. Establishing a unique relationship that provides a personal experience.
Despite their short history as an independent artists’ collaboration, Coderch and Malavia have participated in more than 20 collective and individual exhibitions, they have been selected for numerous contests and have won many prestigious prizes. Their sculptures can be found in private and (semi-)public collections in various countries in Europe, Asia and America.
Joan and Javier are currently living and working in Valencia.