José Quintanar (Madrid, Spain, 1984) lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. With a background in comics, and architecture, José Quintanar explores and experiments the possibilities of the drawing as a game. The ways that the drawing appears as a primary method to establish processes and protocols from rudimentary rules.

José has released several full-length comics and artists´ books including Conociendo a Jari, Grundfunken, Fartlek and Culto Charles. His drawings have been published in The New York Times, Nieves, Fantagraphics, Vice, Esquire, kuš! Komikss, Fulgencio Pimentel, Editions Misma, Fosfatina and many more. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Paris, London, Rotterdam, Madrid, Porto, and Berlín.

He founded an independent publishing house RUJA PRESS, together with Chinese artist Ruohong Wu.

Teacher at Willem de Kooning Art Academy of Rotterdam. The Netherlands.

Ph.D. Student at UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA MADRID, where he is actually researching about narrative structures and artist´s books.

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Teaching:

  • Professor at Willem de Kooning Art Academy. Rotterdam. 2017- currently

  • Tutor and External consultant at Instituto Europeo de Diseño de Madrid. 2018 - currently

  • Visiting professor. China Academy of Art. Hangzhou. 2017-2018

  • Professor at Instituto Europeo de Diseño de Madrid. 2016-2018

Selected Exhibitions:

  • Playing with tradition. Group-show. Gur at Gallery 3F, Tokyo. Japan. Apr 2019

  • Plaatjes & Praatjes. Group-show. Kunstruimte Willem Twee. Den Bosch. The Netherlands. Mar 2019

  • The Reading Room. Group-show. Bard Graduate Center Gallery. New York, USA. Feb 2018

  • Realm II. Group-show. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery. Saskatoon. Canada. Jan 2018

  • La Pachanga. Group-show. Aires de Jeux. Jungle festival. Centre Culturel Les Chiroux. Liege. Belgium. Apr 2018

  • MAD libro SHOW1. Group-show. MAD IS MAD Gallery, Madrid. Oct 2017

  • CLUBHOUSE 6. Group-show. ACUD Gallery Berlin. Aug 2017

  • INK 2#. Group-show. Fotokino Gallery. Marseille. France. Jul 2017

  • JOSE JA JA JA. Solo Show. Rotopol Gallery. Kassel. Germany. Jun 2017

  • MAZIPOS. Group-show. Itinerant exhibition curated by Kush! Komiks. Riga, Latvia. 2017

  • JUST MAD ART FAIR MADRID. Group-show. Mincho Mag. COAM. Madrid. 2016, 2017

  • GRUNDFUNKEN. Solo Show. Het Wilde Wetten Gallery. Rotterdam. The Netherlands. Nov 2016

  • CHEAP IS CHEAP. Group-show. Kevit Galleri. Copenhaguen. Denmarck. Jul 2016

  • FUN FUN FUN. Fanzines Festival 2015. Group-show. Médiathèque Marguerite Duras. Paris. France. Oct 2015

  • JUST MAD ART FAIR MADRID. Group-show. Studio 119, Roberto Vidal. COAM, Madrid. 2015

  • Bomba Gitana. Solo-show. Installation at MATADERO. Madrid. Aug 2015

  • La Ciudad en Viñetas. Solo-show. CENTRO CENTRO. Madrid. Oct 2014

  • SILENT MANIFEST. Sholo show. Urban Installation at Cuenca. Zarajos Deluxe. Sep 2014

  • Ningún día sin una línea. Group-show. Galería MAD IS MAD. Madrid. Sep. 2014

  • Culto Charles. Solo-show. DAMA AFLITA Gallery. Porto. Portugal. Jun 2014

Education:

  • B.A. + M.A. Architecture. School of Architecture of Madrid. ETSAM. UPM. 2002-2010

  • P.h.D Student. School of Architecture of Madrid. ETSAM. UPM. Currently.

Selected publications:

  • Realms II. Jon Vaughn. Jan 2018

  • NOW #6. Fantagraphics. 2019

  • NOW #5. Fantagraphics. 2018

  • NOW #3. Fantagraphics. 2018

  • Smoke Signal #28. Desert Island Brooklyn. 2018

  • RAFI. Lyriads. VICE USA. 2017

  • Clubhouse 6. Colorama & Aisha Franz. Aug 2017

  • Kush Komiks! #26. Dadá. Oct 2016

  • Kush Komiks! #19. Mathematics. Dec 2014

Books:

  • “A book with sixteen drawings of sixteen lines”. Nieves. 2019

  • “A book of twenty pages with twenty drawings of twenty lines”. Ruja Press. 2019

  • “Grundfunken”. Fosfatina. 2018

  • “Gran Premio”. Ruja Press. 2018

  • “33. Ten shoots, five assits and one number.” Ruja Press. 2018

  • “Conociendo a Jari”. Fulgencio Pimentel. 2017

  • “The shortest distance between twoo ideas” Ruja press. 2017

  • “Grundfunken I”. Ruja Press. 2017

  • “Grundfunken II ”. Ruja Press. 2017

  • “The Drawing could never have happened”. Ruja Press. 2017

  • “1997. Hot Summer”. Fosfatina. 2017

  • “Fartlek”. Fulgencio Pimentel. 2016

  • “Dyamond Gym”. Ruja Press. 2016

  • “Landscapes”. Ruja Press. 2015

  • “Magic Box”. Ruja Press. 2016

  • “Pum!”. Ruja Press. 2016

  • “Culto Charles”. Fulgencio Pimentel. 2015

  • “God Box”. Ruja Press. 2015

  • “Small Stories”. Ruja Press. 2015

Selected Lectures/Screenings:

  • “Telling stories from pieces of memory”. Art Acdemy of latvia. Riga. Latvia. Apr 2019

  • “Telling stories from pieces of memory”. Fine Art School LUCA. Gent. Belgium Mar 2019

  • “Sampling Ideas”. Architecture School of Madrid. ETSAM. Spain. Feb 2019.

  • “RUJA PRESS”. Bananafish books. Shanghai. China. Feb 2018.

  • “Making Things”. Ilustres 2016. La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Spain. Sep 2016.

  • “Jose Ja Ja Ja”. Festival NAM!. Palencia. Spain. Nov 2014

Selected Workshops:

  • “Making Things”. Art Academy of Latvia. Riga. April 2019

  • “And Johnny got his gun”. Fine Art School LUCA, Gent. Mar 2019

  • “No hay ideas, sino en los objetos”. IED Madrid. Feb. 2019

  • “Grundfunken”. No Tengo Mamá. Vigo. Sep 2018

  • GRAF Madrid 2017. Matadero de Madrid. Nov 2017

  • “Safari City”. Achitecture School of Universidad Europea, Madrid. May 2016

  • “Your building is a Fucking Killer”. Architectural Association, London. Oct 2012

  • “Wacky Trycicle Race”. Architectural Association, London. Nov 2011

  • “How to be a Super Hero”.

Collaborations projects:

  • ILUSTRES 2016. Curator. La Casa Encendida & IED Madrid. Madrid. 2016

  • ANDRES JAQUE. Wall painting at Restaurante Ojalá. 2014

  • AMID.CERO9. Cristina Díaz Moreno-Efrén García Grinda. Architecture office. From 2006-2016

ART BOOK FAIR SHOWS

  • ELCAF | London | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

  • FANZINES! | Paris | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

  • TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR | Tokyo | 2016

  • LA ART BOOK FAIR | Los Angeles | 2016

  • MISS READ | Berlin | 2016 | 2017

  • GRAFIXX | Antwerp | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

  • LIBROS MUTANTES | Madrid | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

  • CENTRAL VAPOEUR I Strasbourg I 2019

  • BOLOGNA ART BOOK FAIR I BOLOGNA I 2018

  • DUBLIN ART BOOK FAIR I DUBLIN I 2017 I 2018

  • MAGICAL ART BOOK FAIR I MAASTRICHT I 2018

  • CULTURE MAISON I BRUSSELS I 2018

  • ZINE CAMP | Rotterdam | 2016