Experienced traveler since his teen ages, Joaquin combines in his illustrated Travel Journals his passion for travel and his skills as watercolour artist. He changed his camera for a blank notebook and a travel box of watercolours and reflects in its pages the landscapes, peoples, buildings and details of the 5 continents that he has already visited. Probably the toughest handicap in his task is capturing the essence of the countries he visits in a 2D media, where he mixes drawings, wrtings, sticked material, leaf, sand… whatever helps the reader to make a virtual trip through his pages.
He likes to travel as light as possible, in a very tight budget, trying to get as close as possible to the ground and the everyday life of his destinations, and enjoying every minute of his relatively short travels, no more than 30 days each.
Joaquin has exhibited his work in many exhibitions in the Spanish gallery Supermercart (2005 and 2006), Jean Richepin Centre Clermont -Ferrand ( “Watercolors of the World, 2011”), Altaïr Bookstore (Ethiopia in watercolors, 2008) and in SDI exhibition centre (Watercolors of the World, 2016). In 2002 and 2004 he won the 1st prize at the Annual contest Diaries organized by Ambar Travel Agency (Madrid) and his work appeared in an article about travel diaries in the Sunday edition of El País Semanal of August 4th, 2002 . in November 2005, he was invited for the first time to the 6th Biennal International of Travel Diaries of Clermont-Ferrand (France), international fair that he has attended in 8 occasions so far.
He has been invited on 9 occasions to the “International Notebooks Biennal of Travel” that is celebrated in Clermont-Ferrand (France), participated in the 1st & 2nd editions of “Compostela Ilustrada” (Spain) and in the 2nd Festival of Travel Notebooks of Carcassonne (France). He has taught courses on travel notebooks at the International University of Malaga, at “Compostela Illustrada” and at the Casa del Lector (Matadero, Madrid) and gives monthly workshops on the streets of Madrid.
2005 & 2006. Exhibitions at Supermercart. Madrid
2007. Exhibition in Altaïr Gallery in Barcelona
2005, 2008 2009, 2010 & 2011. Exhibition at the Biennal du Carnet de Voyage de Clermont-Ferrand. France.
2011. Exhibition in Bertrand bookshop, Barcelona.
2011. Exhibition “Aquarelles du monde” at Jean Richepin Centre. Clermont-Ferrand, France
2015. Exhibition “La Plaza” with the original watercolors used for the book “La Plaza de Santiago de Compostela”, published in 2015 by El Patito Editorial
2016. Exhibition “Watercolors of the world” at the SDI Hall in Madrid.
2016. Exhibition “Watercolors: from Madrid to the world” at La Paloma exhibition hall, Madrid.
2017. Exhibition “Travel watercolors” at Juana Francés exhibition hall, Madrid.
2017. Exhibition “Madrid en acuarelas” at the Coslada Central Library, Madrid.
2018. Exhibition “De Madrid al papel” at the Sara Montiel Cultural Centre, Madrid.
ETIOPIA, 2010, editorial Blur (Madrid).
GRECIA, 2011, editorial Geoplaneta / Lonelyplanet.
AUSTRALIA, 2011, editorial Geoplaneta / Lonelyplanet.
CHINA, 2011, editorial Geoplaneta / Lonelyplanet.
CROACIA, 2011, editorial Geoplaneta / Lonelyplanet.
PERÚ, 2011, editorial Geoplaneta / Lonelyplanet.
MADRID, 2012, editorial La Librería (Madrid).
CÁDIZ, 2012, ediciones Torre Tavira.
VENICE, 2013, Amazon (USA)
TURQUÍA, 2013, Boyut Publishers (Turkey).
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, 2014 El Patito Editorial (Spain)
SEVILLA, 2014. Ediciones Tébar (Sevilla)
BILBAO, 2015, Temporae (Madrid)
GRANADA, 2015, Temporae (Madrid)
LA PLAZA DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, 2015 El Patito Editorial (Spain)
BRASIL, 2015 Amazon (USA)
PARIS, 2016, ediciones 19 (Madrid)
TOLEDO, 2016, Temporae (Madrid)
INDIA, 2017 Amazon (USA)
TURQUÍA, 2017 Amazon (USA)
IGLESIAS DE SANTIAGO, 2017 El Patito Editorial (España)
MARRUECOS, 2018 Amazon (USA)
I participated as a guest in the following international festivals:
2005 6 éme Biennale du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia)
2008 9 éme Biennale du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia)
2009 10éme Biennale du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia)
2010 11 éme Biennale du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia)
2011 12 éme RendezVous du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia)
2012 13 éme RendezVous du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia) y 11º Matite in Viaggio en Mestre (Italia)
2014 15 éme RendezVous du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia)
2015 5º Matite in Viaggio en Mestre (Italia) y Festival Diari di Viaggio en Ferrara (Italia)
2016 17 éme RendezVous du Carnet de Voyage Clermont-Ferrand (Francia) y 1º Encontro de cadernos de viaxe “Compostela Ilustrada” Santiago de Compostela (España)
2017 2º Encontro de cadernos de viaxe “Compostela Ilustrada” Santiago de Compostela (España) y 2º Festival de Carnets de Voyage de Carcassonne (Francia)
2018 1º Festival de Carnets de Voyage de Provence (Lourmarin) y Taller de Cuadernos de Viaje en Torrecampo (Córdoba)
Biology at Sevilla University.
Graphic arts studies in the TAI (Taller de Artes Imaginarias) of Madrid
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