José Manuel Navia

07.06.2011 in12:49 in Documentary -->



Spanish. Born in 1957. Lives in Madrid.

José Manuel Navia works with a rare and subtle range of colour combining deep blacks with delicate monochrome colours or strident pure colours to create his real colour. While he has had a long relationship with the press, he has always been committed to – and enforced – his approach to colour. Especially since this great literature lover (Lusitanian among others) has suggested literary voyages, either in the company of great contemporary authors or in their tracks, for writers ranging from Roa Bastos to Sallinger and García Márquez to Pessõa. Whether his subject is architecture, landscapes, street scenes, crafts, portraits of towns, technology or traditional fishing, he doesn’t mind as long as he has the time to find the ray of light that will best illuminate his subjects and make the colour paramount.