While his work has a clear figurative language, the large-scale paintings of Juan Miguel Palacios contain a strong conceptual load, where his work developed in series, has a constant wandering of the individual’s identity and its relationship with the environment.
In his deeply disturbing works, with a wild brushstroke and an unmatched use of color that demonstrate an exquisite technique, Juan Miguel Palacios jumps from the industrial, architectural spaces to the palatial interiors always in a state of decay and abandonment, immersing us in vital issues of the human being. Concepts such as mourning, luxury, restlessness, and inequality, are constants vital in his work.
With an overwhelming production, with the human being the epicenter of his personal imagery, Juan Miguel Palacios, continually explores the complex range of human emotions, with a free, powerful and always modern technique.
He is constantly driven by the search for new forms of expression and fuses sociopolitical themes with personal experiences and historical antecedents of art, creating a unique and modern environment of the most outstanding and controversial issues of contemporary society.
Series such as „epidermis“, the overlapping of transparent layers generates an astonishing 3D reality. The incorporation of broken walls as a surface for his works of the series “wounds” is a clear proof of his incessant search for new forms of representation that place Juan Miguel Palacios as one of the essential keys of the new XXI century figuration.
Born in Madrid in 1973, pushed by the instinctive impulses of his mother, Juan Miguel Palacios began to paint at the early age of 6, an activity that develops until today compulsively.
After a long journey with many art professors and fine art schools, such as the School of Decorative Arts of Madrid, at the age of 12, he joined the studio of the renowned Spanish painter Amadeo Roca Gisbert (disciple of Joaquin Sorolla) for six years. During those years, he was educated and formed in a strict academic training that will always be present in his work until he joined the faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1991.
When he completed his college degree, in 1997, he founded the Laocoonte Art School, one of the most active art centers in Madrid. During this period, he combined mentoring and teaching with the development of his artistic career with exhibitions in different cities of Spain and Europe.
Working as a muralist, theater scenographer, and film poster painter brought him through these years while completing his training as an artist.
Currently, he resides and works in NY since 2013.