Coderch + Malavia

Coderch and Malavia’s figurative work follows the tradition of the great European sculptors. If we were to draw a line of time we would meet its natural predecessors; Maillol, Rodin, Marini, Bourdelle. Classical dance, myths and literature are the sources used by Coderch and Malavia, which are embodied in the human figure as a pretext for representing beauty. The material they use for this is bronze. The center of his aesthetic discourse is the human being.

Sharing the creation of a work of art is complicated, there must be a predisposition that allows two personalities to fit together artistically. A single voice without ego, two sensibilities that dialogue; four hands, those of Joan and Javier, capable of developing pieces that move between dreams and reality. The project that unites these two artists is unusual, as honest and authentic as their works.

Joan Coderch was born in Castellar del Vallés, Barcelona (1959) and graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona in 1984.

Javier Malavia was born in Oñati, Guipúzcoa (1970) and graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos, (Valencia) in 1993.

Their individual career as sculptors led them to meet in the workshops of a large company dedicated to artistic production. There they discovered their affinities and coincidences both in the artistic field and personally. And, finally, in 2015, they decide to embark on this project that will lead them to approach different reference masters in the world of figuration, such as Maillol, Rodin, Marini and Bourdelle.

Thus, the center of his aesthetic discourse is the human being, his material bronze and his search for excellence. From natural models, the sculptural pieces are shown not only as a figurative result, but also as the exploration of different human attitudes towards life. The viewer of the works of Coderch & Malavia will be fortunate to enjoy the encounter between these two concepts, figure and attitude, always making the artistic experience unique and special.

Despite of their short history, Coderch & Malavia have participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions, obtaining various selections and awards in both national and international competitions. Their works are part of museums and private collections in different countries of more than five continents.

Joan and Javier currently live and work in Valencia.