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  • Writer's pictureCharlotte Lydia Stace

METANOIA - 04 September through to 02 October, 2020

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

Upcoming Exhibition

Bien Cuadrado is proud to announce Metanoia, the upcoming exhibition of Juan Carlos Valdiviezo Ramirez's provocative sculptural work.

Comprised mainly of figurative pieces, this exhibition presents the basic elements of humanity and confronts some of the major issues facing society today, such as violence, sexuality and freedom of thought and expression.

Juan Carlos is often thought of as an Urban Shaman, a practice characterized by belief in an unseen world of gods, demons, and ancestral spirits responsive only to those able to communicate with it. It often involves reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into the physical world.

In Metanoia Juan Carlos explores the physical, spiritual and emotional phases of the shamanic cosmovision of the consciousness.

Taking on a mythological quality of their own, Juan Carlos' works offer a spell-binding and deeply thought-provoking visual experience. His sculptures are intended to help bring about a gentler, more understanding society and to help neutralise negative energy. These are spiritual works that are not attached to any one religion, but which have universal resonance.

(above) La Liberación del Alma (The Liberation of the Soul) by Juan Carlos Valdiviezo Ramirez.

This sculptural ceramic work expresses a deep-seated necessity for the liberation of emotional burdens of the unconscious. It represents the disconnections of the mind and body and the need for individuals to reach a state of emotional balance. Presenting society with a wake-up call, it reminds us that we are capable of finding balance within our emotional and spiritual nature. This must be done in order to reach peace and harmony.

The exhibition runs from 02 September to 04 October, 2020.

Due to restrictions during the pandemic, the exhibition will be by appointment only, please contact the gallery directly at


about the artist:

Hailing from Machala, Southern Ecuador, Juan Carlos Valdiviezo Ramírez has become the Urban Shaman of the streets of Barcelona. His artistic training began in Barcelona in 2010, at the School of Applied Arts, La Llotja, where he obtained a Higher Degree in sculpture. Since then he has produced numerous works that have been exhibited by Barcelona City Council, civic centers, galleries and numerous locations across Catalunya.

Growing up in a rural area, Juan Carlos quickly became fascinated with the cultural heritage and the indigenous pre-hispanic art. This genre, mostly consisting of objects such as figures, artefacts and sculptures, radiates a sense of mystique, portraying spiritual ceremonies and gods interacting with humans, as examples. The artwork from this era presents its culture, full of flavour and history, through the use of symbolisms and story-telling in the pieces.

Juan Carlos’ work, heavily influenced by this pre-hispanic art, borrows certain lines and concepts from the tradition infusing a modern reality with the character of his ancestral roots. He seamlessly combines a mix of indigenous traditions and Western conventions to set out his interpretation of modern society.


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