Self Portrait
40 cm X 70 cm
Oil on linen

Collection of the artist




Junier Bolivar was born and raised in Costa Rica. He received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Costa Rica in 1993 but he considers himself a self-taught artist. Over the years he has mainly worked in graphic design and 3d motion design. In the past year, however, he has rediscovered his love for drawing and painting.

He calls his style Fantastic Art (also known as Fantastic Magic Realism, Imaginative Realism or Imaginary Realism or Creative Realism). He would actually say that what he does is Contemporary Fantastic NeoRomantic Art. He tries to create interesting pieces of fine art in the style of realistic representational art. Finally, his goal is to create an emotional dramatic story in the form of fine art or illustration. In 1989 he had his first solo exposition at Banco de Costa Rica. In 1985 he won First Prize at the Art Competition "Building Bridges" organized by ONU and AFS in New York. His works are owned by private collectors in Costa Rica, USA, and The Netherlands. He has taught and given workshops at Universidad Nacional de Heredia, Costa Rica. He is a member of the NABK (Nationale Associatie voor Beelden Kunstenaars of the Netherlands). His work has been in publications by AFS International U.S.A., James Buchanan HS U.S.A., Iriria Tsochock Foundation (Reserva de la Biosfera la Amistad) Costa Rica and Friends of the Earth Costa Rica.

Art Statement:

His purpose is to create art projects which collectors will enjoy having as much as he enjoys creating them. He wants to create pieces that produce an emotional dramatic engagement on their audience when they see the specific mood, location, figures and action represented in the scene. He hopes that through his art he can bring awareness to values which are important to him including deforestation, ecology, protecting wildlife, nature and human rights. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam from where he would like to bring his vision of the wonders of nature; from its beauty to its conservation, from its animals to that wonderful machine called human being with its flaws and its greatness.

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