La Residencia’s dedication to art is not a new phenomenon, the hotels onsite Tafona Art Gallery displays work by over 85 artists, all of whom have lived and worked in Deià or the north of Mallorca in the past four decades. Juan’s workshop is in the old and atmospheric ‘caves’ by the gallery and it is here the experienced sculptor creates his masterpieces. An expert in Mallorcan art and having exhibited in the USA, Puerto Rico and Palma there can be no one better to teach guests the secrets of sculpting.
Juan’s current project is a very special mural designed in homage to the famous poet Robert Graves who spent his latter life in the local area. The design has been formally approved by William Graves, Robert’s eldest son by his second marriage, and executor of the Graves estate. Guests are invited to participate in its production by sculpting a square of the design under the instruction and watchful eye of the Master. It is an exciting and innovative project, which when finished and displayed in the entrance of the hotel, will enhance the art already present at La Residencia.
As a resident sculptor Juan offers sculpting classes and consultant services. A knowledgeable teacher, he welcomes students of all ages and standards to join his classes or to simply pass by for an informal chat. Juan joins Alan Hydes, La Residencia’s ‘Artist in Residence’ whose work has been displayed in the National Portrait Gallery and whose high profile sitters have included Sir Edward Heath, Jilly Cooper, Ricky Tomlinson and Sir Bernard Ingham. Alan is also available for group and private lessons.