Maritxu Juantorena

Maritxu Juantorena is from Baigorri (1969).

At the end of her studies in Applied Arts at the Departmental School of Gironde, she decided in 1992 to devote herself to painting, a path that she pursued as an autodidact under the name of Maitxu (who would later become Maritxu).

After a few years in Paris, she chose to return to the Basque coast, and in 2006 she set up her studio in her native village.

Driven by a need for expression, and guided intuitively by her desires and feelings, she explores different avenues, working in series.

As her work has evolved, the naked figures of her first paintings, and then their outlines, have gradually faded in favor of a trend towards more abstraction.

Colour thus becomes the guiding and dominant element, giving each series its specific note.

Imposing on their own, from one form to another, the colours take their place, opposing and blending together on the canvas. From strata to strata and day after day, they reveal themselves to make visible an entire interior universe, a world rich in proposals and suggestions, that everyone will be free to interpret or perceive according to their sensitivity and imagination.

Maitxu Juantorena received the prize for young artists at the Salon d'Automne des Beaux-Arts in Pau in 1999, a mention from the jury at the "Salon des Indépendants de St Jean de Luz" in 2002 and the 1st prize of the "Rencontres Artistiques des Coteaux de Blaye " in 2008.

In 2020, she decided to reappropriate her original R: Maitxu phases out, in favour of MaRitxu Juantorena.

Eaux divines


92 x 73 cm

Geographie d'un paradis


92 x 73 cm

Las animaux


50 x 50 cm

izenik gabe


50 x 50 cm

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Maritxu Juantorena

Baigorri, 1969

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