Juan Manuel Cossio was born in Madrid, Spain in 1960. He received academic training in Art and History at the Complutense University of Madrid. From 1980, Cossio worked as a Copyist at the Museo del Prado, where he studied from close observation and reinterpreted classical works of art. He studied under Spanish realist Antonio López García and also became a student of Manuel Franquelo, one of Spain’s leading hyperrealist painters from the New Realism movement of the 1960s.
Cossio works in mixed media. He combines toner photo transfers with acrylic and oil. Cossio’s principle tool for painting is an airbrush, which sprays the paint onto the canvas and allows for seamless blending of pigments. This blending allows Cossio to achieve high detail and precision found in his elaborate works. By using an airbrush instead of a standard paintbrush, Cossio changes the function of a tool originally designed to retouch photographs into the primary means of creating a photorealistic image.
In each of his compositions, Cossio experiments with the human form and its ability to convey emotion in functional, minimalistic interiors. Many of his works echo those of the New Realism movement, conjuring an atmosphere in which the figure is derived from reality but the other elements are fabricated, obscure, utilitarian yet unexpected. Cossio pares down the environment in which the figure is placed so as to direct all concentration on the figure.
Though Cossio works in a hyperrealist style, his scenes are set apart from the reality of day-to-day living. Cossio states, “I create images starting from a contradiction. I am a painter who does not want to paint reality. I want to interpret it with all the means that are at my reach.” His interpretation of reality is one of appreciation for the beauty, the emotion, and the paradoxes of everyday life.
Cossio currently lives and works in Madrid and his work has been exhibited internationally in countries such as Spain, Italy, the UK, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States.
Having exhibited a natural vocation early on in a life as an adept draughtsman and showing a keen visual sensibility for the pictorial and photography, Juan Cossío went on to study Fine Art at the Complutense University of Madrid. Actively involved in the explosive Spanish art scene of the Eighties, Cossío's tireless research and experimentation into pushing the boundaries of pictorial techniques led him to what is now more commonly known as 'New Realism'. Relying on photography as his main means of support and using the timeless airbrush as his preferred tool, Cossío's work continues to evolve through an openness to approach and his continual curiosity in employing whatever new techniques are at hand in order to achieve his unique contemporary aesthetic which look to the female figure as its main subject.
1997 .Collective exhibition "Classic and Modern of the reality". Heller Gallery.Madrid.
1997.Works in the Confederación de Cajas de Ahorro de Madrid
1999.Participates in the Latin American Art Fair of Caracas .Heller Gallery
2000. Collective exhibition " Forms and Volumes".Heller Gallery
2001.Exhibition Clave Gallery . Murcia
2002.Participates in the International Contemporary Art Fair of Seville .Puchol Gallery . Valencia.
2003.Participates in the Feria DeArte of Madrid .Gema Lazcano Gallery
2003.Collective exhibition "Arcanes Contemporaries" . Clave Gallery
2003.Collective exhibition "Small Format" . Gema Lazcano Gallery
2003.Participates in the Commemorative Exhibition "XXV Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution". Museo Casa de la Moneda
2004.The Spanish Post Office chooses the painting "Nativity" for its reproduction on stamp.
2005.Solo exhibition Sammer Gallery . Marbella.
2005.Participates in the Palm Beach Art Fair. Miami. Sammer Gallery
2005.exhibition Vazquez Kunst Gallery.Holland.
2005.exhibition collective "What is realism?".Albermale Gallery.London
2006.Collective exhibition "The Female Poser" . Sammer Gallery
2006.Works in the "Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes".MEAM of Barcelona
2007.Participates in the Fair "Luxury Please". Vienna
2007.Collective exhibition "Realism". Sammer Gallery
2008.Solo exhibition Albermale Gallery.
2008.Participates in the Fair Art Nocturne Knocke.Belgium
2009.Collective exhibition "Realism Redefined".Cuadro Fine Art Gallery.Dubai.
2009.Collective exhibition. Plus One Gallery. London
2010.Collective exhibition "Winter Show" .Plus One Gallery.London.
2011.Collective exhibition.Galerie Archange.Paris
2011.Collective exhibition. Plus One Gallery. London
2011.Collective exhibition."15th Anniversary Exhibition".Everard Read Gallery.Cape Town.
2011.Collective exhibition ."Corpi esposti".Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art Gallery.Milano.
2012.Participates in Art Greenwich.Anthony Brunelly Fine Arts.Binghamton,NY.
2012.Participates in Waterfall Mansion Art of New York.Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts.Binghamton,NY.
2013.Participates in Art Palm Beach 2013.Waterhouse&Dodd gallery.London.New York.
2013.Participates in "Salon 2".collective exhibition.Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts.Binghamton,NY.
2013.Participates in Art Wynwood 2013-Miami.Waterhouse&Dodd gallery.London.New York.
2013.Participates in Scope New York 2013.Waterhouse&Dodd gallery.London.New York.
2013.Group show."The naked truth".Plus one gallery.London.
2013."Hyperrealism today"-Museu del Tabac.Andorra.
2013."Lapada".Art&Antiques Fair.Plus One gallery.London.
2013.Group show"The naked truth".Plus One Gallery.Londres.
2013.Group show"Hyperrealism today".Sant Juliá de Lória.Andorra.
2013.Group show."Celebration of 100 years of Everard Read".Cape Town.
2014.Solo show."Debajo de tu piel vive la luna".El Quatre gallery.Barcelona.
2014.Winter collective.Albemarle gallery.London
2015.Realism 2015.Albemarle Gallery.London
2015.S R.Brennen galleries.USA.
2015.R Alexander Fine Art.USA
2016.Works at Count Ibex Collection.
2016.Winter collective.Albemarle gallery.London
2016.Group show.S.R.Brennen Galleries.Santa Fe.New Mexico.USA.
2016.Group show.Mary Martin gallery.Florida.USA
2016.Group show.Spanish Art Exhibition.Hangzhou.China
2016.Group show.R. Alexander Art Gallery.Atlanta.USA
2017.Group show.Thornwood gallery.Houston.Texas.
2017.Group show.Galeria K.Palma de Mallorca.
2017."Reality Check".Everard Read Gallery.Cape Town.
2017.Galeria K.LUXEMBOURG ART FAIR
2018.ARCO .Clorofila Digital.Madrid
2018.GABINETE ART FAIR.Clorofila Digital.Madrid.
2018.Collective photography exhibition."The same in rights" organized by Spanish lawyers association, Madrid