The Foundation

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The Javier Marin Foundation is a non-profit association working in the world of culture and the arts, researching, linking up and professionalizing the visual arts.

Javier Marín has always had a social commitment that transcends his artistic proposal.

He has invited several artists to collaborate in his workshop or has supported them in disseminating their work. He also promotes various charitable causes by donating his own work or participating directly in different projects with social impact.

The Javier Marín Foundation has taken up these activities and proposed a conceptual and strategic structure for fostering and concretizing these ideas.


We are aware of the importance of creating collaborative networks among professionals in the artistic milieu. That is why we promote activities leading to the approximation to, professionalization of, experimentation with, and discussion about the visual arts, as well as their dialogue with other disciplines.

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Our aim is to consolidate ourselves as a national and international reference point in the professionalization of, experimentation with, knowledge of, and dialogue about contemporary artistic thought and practice.

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Javier Marín

Born in Mexico in 1962, from 1980 to 1983, Mr. Marín studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s National School of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Although best known for his sculpture, Javier Marín has also worked in other media, such as painting, engraving, and costume design.

One characteristic of his work is that he researches different materials. As the starting point for any modeling work, clay marked his first years as an artist. When he explored casting his work in bronze, he decided to make polyester resin pieces to generate a lighter work memory. That was how he discovered his liking for this material for final pieces, which he sometimes mixes with organic and inorganic materials. His most recent work uses parts of his own sculptures as the base material.

In recent years, Javier Marín has developed monumental works for public spaces to establish a dialogue between his pieces of art and the space itself. This dynamic fosters alternate readings of urban living and its physical and human context.


The foundation has two closely related programs: the Educational Program and the Collections Program. Both turn around three fundamental axes:

  • Research
  • Knowledge
  • Experimentation


This Glossary is intended to build a grammar that allows us to establish the common and fundamental principles that define our foundation.

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  • Aproximación / Approach

    ESP: Se refiere al contacto que se establece entre las personas del gremio de las artes plásticas y visuales y su acercamiento alrededor de los grandes temas que las definen.

    ING: The contact established among people who are part of the visual arts and their ways of dealing with the great issues that define them.

  • Asesor / Advisor

    ESP: Especialista que presta consejo sobre algún tema. Un asesor es aquella persona que habla sobre su experiencia y de alguna manera acompaña a otra persona por un camino profesional.

    ING: Specialist who gives advice on a particular topic. An advisor is someone who talks about his/her experience and in that way accompanies another through his/her career.

  • Condición contemporánea / Contemporary condition

    ESP: Se refiere al tiempo presente en el que vivimos y desde el cual pensamos, actuamos y decimos. El artista hoy en día se ve obligado a pensar y desarrollar su obra desde este tempo.

    ING: The present day, in which we live and from which our thoughts, actions, and speech spring. Today, the artist is forced to think and develop his/her work from this time.

  • Conocimiento / Knowledge

    ESP: Se centra en compartir los saberes, a través de intercambiar experiencias, ideas y proyectos.

    ING: Centers on sharing capabilities and wisdom through the exchange of experiences, ideas, and projects.

  • Conocimiento significativo / Meaningful knowledge

    ESP: Es decir que aquello que se conoce, que se investiga, que se dialoga y que se experimenta, representa para todos algo que transforma, que nos transforma. Este conocimiento surge de la aproximación que se convierte en experiencia, una experiencia donde las preguntas, las ideas, los diferentes temas a tratar, generan a su vez otras preguntas y otras ideas.

    ING: That which is known, researched, dialogued, and experienced. It is something for everyone, which transforms the world and us. This knowledge comes from an approach that becomes an experience, an experience in which questions, ideas, the different topics to be dealt with in turn generate other questions and other ideas.

  • Creación / Creation

    ESP: Todo lo relacionado con el quehacer del artista , crear es construir a través de un ensayo que permite la búsqueda dentro de un proceso artístico.

    ING: Everything related to an artist’s work. Creating is building through trial and error, making it possible to search within the artistic process.

  • Diálogo / Dialogue

    ESP: Será un instrumento fundamental donde la escucha, el intercambio y las ideas contribuirán en esta experiencia educativa.

    ING: A fundamental instrument in which listening, exchange, and ideas will contribute to this educational experience.

  • Difusión / Dissemination

    ESP: Dar a conocer a través de diferentes mecanismos y medios de comunicación, el producto creativo y artístico.

    ING: Using different mechanisms and media to make known the creative, artistic product.

  • Educación no formal / Non-formal education

    ESP: Es un espacio (no físico) no escolarizado, no controlado, no cuantificable, no opresor, no calificable; pero si placentero, enriquecedor y sobre todo creativo; un espacio donde se comparte la experiencia estética y se posibilita el enriquecimiento, crecimiento y expresión de todas aquellas personas que están involucradas de una u otra forma en el proceso, y que les permite a todos los implicados aproximarse de una u otra manera al arte.

    ING: A non-physical, non-classroom, uncontrolled, unquantifiable, non-oppressive, indescribable space for education; it is also pleasant, enriching, and, above all, creative, a space where aesthetic experience is shared, making possible the enrichment, growth, and expression of everyone involved one way or another in the process, allowing them all to approach art in different ways.

  • Encuentro / Encounter

    ESP: Acto de coincidir en un punto… resolver o preparar algún asunto… dar con algo sin buscarlo… opinar diferente…conformar convenir, coincidir…hallar algo que causa sorpresa… confrontar. Un encuentro siempre nos confronta con la otredad, salir de nuestra percepción, de nuestros sentimientos y de nuestras conclusiones es salir para escuchar la voz del otro, en el mejor de los casos establecer un dialogo resulta incómodo, las ideas de los otros se vuelven amenazadoras y al mismo tiempo nos atraen, se unen con nuestras percepciones y así logramos formular nuestras propias preguntas y por ende un conocimiento significativo.

    ING: the act of coinciding at a point . . . resolving or preparing something . . . come upon something without looking for it . . . having a different opinion . . . shape, agree upon, concur . . . find something surprising . . . confront. An encounter always brings us face to face with the other, leaving behind our perception, our feelings, and our conclusions means going out to listen to the voice of the other. In the best of cases, establishing a dialogue is uncomfortable; the ideas of others become threatening and at the same time attract us, join with our perceptions, and, thus, we manage to formulate our own questions and therefore significant learning.

  • Experimentación / Experimentation

    ESP: La experimentación en el arte es un proceso de búsqueda, donde el artista realiza diferentes acciones que lo conducen a la definición de su propio lenguaje.

    ING: In art, a search in which the artist takes different actions that lead him/her to the definition of his/her own language.

  • Experimentación / Experimentation

    ESP: Es la parte práctica que desarrolla un artista, experimentar implica la búsqueda de formas y fondos, es decir de lenguajes y técnicas, con el fin de llegar a un producto que se comparte.

    ING: An artist’s practical activity. Experimenting implies searching for forms and content, that is, languages and techniques, to arrive at a product that is then shared.

  • Investigación / Research

    ESP: Por un lado, se refiere a la búsqueda de información que dé sustento a diferentes proyectos generados desde la fundación. (vs. investigación que tiene por fin ampliar el conocimiento científico, sin perseguir, en principio, ninguna aplicación práctica.) Y por otro, este eje alude a la búsqueda de información cualitativa y cuantitativa relacionada con el arte; con la intención de apoyar la discusión y la reflexión alrededor del discurso del arte en la contemporaneidad.

    ING: On the one hand, the search for information to substantiate the different projects generated by the foundation, as opposed to research whose aim is to broaden scientific knowledge without in principle seeking any practical application. Here, it also alludes to the quest for qualitative and quantitative information related to art in the interest of contributing to the discussion and reflection around the discourse of art today.

  • Lenguaje artístico / Artistic language

    ESP: El lenguaje en el arte se refiere a la búsqueda que el artista hace de su propio decir, está búsqueda se da a partir de conceptos, técnicas y materiales. La obra de arte exige ser identificada directamente con el artista que la crea. El lenguaje es una búsqueda que se desarrolla en todo el proceso creativo y que va siendo modificado según las vivencias, las preguntas, las reflexiones y los conceptos que el artista elabora.

    ING: The artist’s quest for his/her own voice, carried out based on concepts, techniques, and materials. The work of art requires being directly identified with the artist who creates it. Language is a search carried out throughout the creative process and which is changed in accordance with experiences, questions, reflections, and concepts that the artist develops.

  • Participantes / Participants

    ESP: Alguien que interviene activamente en algún suceso, actividad o proceso de conceptualización artística.

    ING: Someone who actively intervenes in an event, activity, or process of artistic conceptualization.

  • Planteamiento metodológico / Methodology

    ESP: Parte de una línea horizontal donde todos aprendemos de todos, cada quien desde su experiencia y conocimiento.

    ING: Using as a starting point a horizontal line along which we all learn from each other, every person from his or her experience and knowledge.

  • Procesos artísticos / Artistic processes

    ESP: Se refiere al camino que debe transitar un artista en la búsqueda y construcción de su propio lenguaje, con la intención de saber traducir su decir en el desarrollo práctico de su obra.

    ING: The path an artist must take in the search for and construction of his/her own language with the intention of knowing how to translate what he/she wants to say in the practical development of his/her work.

  • Profesionales / Professionals

    ESP: Persona que realiza su trabajo con aplicación, seriedad, honradez y eficacia, también un profesional es un experto que ejerce su oficio con destacada capacidad.

    ING: Someone who does his/her work in a dedicated, serious, honorable, effective way. A professional is also an expert who exercises his/her craft with outstanding ability.

  • Profesionalización / Professionalization

    ESP: Es saber moverse en el ambiente laboral; la profesionalización permite el movimiento consciente a través de las dificultades y de las oportunidades, a través de ella se conoce un oficio y se crean redes de interacción e interconexión.

    ING: Knowing how to move through the world of work. Professionalization makes it possible to negotiate with awareness the difficulties and opportunities found there, becoming familiar with a craft and creating networks of interaction and interconnection.

  • Técnica / Technique

    ESP: Relacionada a las diferentes acciones y aplicaciones prácticas en la elaboración de las diferentes obras de arte. Acciones específicas que se ejecutan en los diferentes procedimientos que llevan a la realización de una obra de arte.

    ING: Involving the different actions and practical applications used in developing works of art, specific actions carried out in the different procedures that lead to the creation of a work of art.

  • Venta / Sale

    ESP: Se refiere al proceso de compra – venta de la obra de arte, y esto trae consigo el sentido de valorar la obra, ponerle precio y pagar los impuestos correspondientes. La venta se refiere a todo lo que determina el precio para la adquisición de una obra de arte.

    ING: The sale of a work of art brings with it the need to place a value, a price, on it and pay the corresponding taxes. Sale refers to everything that determines the price of acquiring a work of art.