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Jose Cobo
b. 1958, Santander, Spain.

<<The figures represent children inspecting the physical world for the first time. They measure the space with the span of their own bodies, bodies that become the main reference for the size and shape of “reality”. Their colorfulness, swift movements and interactions with each other and with the surroundings hints to an active and playful learning process.

The integration of the piece in the space, the lighting that floods it, the form of the exhibition galleries and their walls become part of the installation. The children are life size. Even if smaller than we are, we recognize them as our own. The same human scale, a shared early experience of the world while defying gravity as they crawl on the wall.>>



The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (USA), MFA Sculpture Dept. (1985)
SAIC Graduate Certificate in Art History, Theory and Criticism (1995)
Stone carving and mural painting , Facultad de Bellas Artes San Fernando, Madrid (Spain)
Printmaking, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture Dept. (1993-1997)

Member of the Academic Council of the CESINE University, Santander (2014)

Visiting Artist

Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao (Spain)
Indiana University Northwest, Gary, (USA)
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, (USA)
SAIC-Ox-bow, Michigan (USA)
Vermont Studio Center (USA)
Desvelarte, Festival de Arte Publico, Santander, (Spain)
MAS, Museo Arte Santander,(Spain)
Casino de Madrid, (Spain)

Solo Exhibitions

Galería Emilio Navarro, Madrid, (Spain)
Maya Polsky Gallery, Chicago (USA)
Galería Buades, Madrid, Galería Alejandro Sales, Barcelona, (Spain)
Galería Fernando Silio, Santander, (Spain)
Galeria Juan Silio, Santander, Galería Ferran Cano, Palma de Mallorca y Barcelona, (Spain)
Jon Oulman Gallery, Minneapolis (USA)
Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Palacete del Embarcadero, Santander, Fish Tank Gallery, New York (USA)
Sala de Arte Robayera, Miengo, Cantabria, (Spain)
Arnes + Röpke, Madrid, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne (Germany)
Galería Juan Silio, Santander. Galería Vértice, Oviedo (Spain)
Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich(Germany)
Galerie Solo, Antwerp (Belgium)

Group Exhibitions

2022  Rarity Gallery Group Show , Greece

LiebmanMagnan Gallery, New York, (USA)
Allene Lapides Gallery, Santa Fe, (USA)
Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, (USA)
Gallery Northwest, Indiana University Northwest, Gary
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Museu d’Art de Girona (Spain)
Museo Cruz Herrera, La Linea, Cadiz (Spain)
Museo de Navarra, Pamplona (Spain)
Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid, Space Gallery, University of Illinois, Chicago
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, (USA)
Sazama Gallery, Chicago, Frumkin & Struve Gallery, Chicago, Superior Street Gallery, Chicago, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Fundación Jesús Otero, Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, Asamblea de Extremadura, Mérida, (Spain)
Galería de Arte Mexicano, Ciudad de México, Loyola University Museum of Art LUMA, Chicago, Palacio de Sástago, Zaragoza (Spain)
Urbanea’ 11 Inca, Mallorca, Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Madrid
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum-Sun Valley (USA),

Art Fairs 

ARCO (Madrid)
FIAC (Paris, France)
MACO (Mexico DF)
Art Cologne (Germany)
Art Brussels (Belgium)
Art Cologne (Palma de Mallorca)
SCOPE, Nueva York, (USA)
ARTE FIERA, Art First Bologna, (Italy)
Art Chicago, (USA)
Arte Santander, (Spain)
San Francisco International, Art Exposition, (USA)
Art Miami (USA)
Arte Santander, (Spain)
SCOPE, Basel, (Switzerland)
KIAF, Seoul, (Korea)
Art Madrid, (Madrid)
Art Karlsruhe, (Germany)
Kunst 12 Zurich, (Switzerland)
PULSE, New York, (USA)
Preview Berlin, (Germany)
Estampa, Madrid (Spain)
Context Miami (EEUU)

Selected Collections

Colección Banco de Sabadell, Barcelona
John and Ronnie Shore, Cincinnati
Césare Médici, Milan, Italy
Laurans and Arlene Mendelson, Miami
Emilio Bordoli, Cuomo, Italy
Ignacio Muñoz e Irene Cábeza, Madrid
Colección Marqués de la Romana, Avila- Madrid
Colección de Arte Contemporaneo los Bragales, Cantabria
Fundación Fran Daurel, Barcelona
“Testimonio” Caixa de Pensiones, Barcelona
Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander
Caja de Ahorros de Santander y Cantabria
Fondo de Arte Internacional, Madrid
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Santander
Consejería de Educación y Cultura de Cantabria
Banco de Santander
Colección Capa, Madrid
Museo del Quijote, Méjico D.F.
“Colección Norte de Arte Contemporáneo”, Cantabria
Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona.

Permanent Outdoor Sculptures

“Monumento al Incendio y Reconstrucción de 1941”, Marble 650 x 400 x 250 and 7 figuras a tamaño natural en bronce, Santander, 1989.
“Dos Toros”, Bronce, 320 x 420 x 148 y 260 x 500 x 150, Vista Alegre, Madrid, 2000. “Raqueros”, Bronce, 152 x 670 x 220, Santander,2000.
“Bañistas”, Bronce, 330 x 270 x 150, Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, 2001.
"Sulero con medio mundo”, 550 x 400 x 350 aprox. Santoña, Cantabria, 2006.
“Hermanos Tonetti”, circulo de 8m. de diámetro. “ figuras de 200cm. 2007
“Seve Ballesteros”, San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria.
“Wächter” Arche Nebra, polished bronze, 5 elements of aprox. 270 x 60 x 30cm, extension of the site aprox. 300 x 100cm, Nebra Unstrut, Germany 2021.


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“Child leaning on the wall” (Orange)
Epoxy resin and acrylic paint
32 x 48 x 82 cm (unique)

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“Child Crawling on the wall” (Pink)
Epoxy resin and acrylic paint
108 x 52 x 22 cm (unique)


“Child Crawling on the wall” (Blue)
Epoxy resin and acrylic paint
104 x 49 x 22 cm (unique)

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