Jesús Borra Arto is a Spanish sculptor born 1976 in Zaragoza, who decided to embark a new life in Barcelona, where he came into contact with the world of art in the year 2005. Before he worked ten years in metal workshops. He took drawing and painting courses, and set up his first workshop in the hall "La Escocesa", where his first iron sculptures were born.
Jesús Borra Arto (Zaragoza 1976) decided in 2005 to embark on a new vital stage in Barcelona, after ten years working in metal workshops. In the city he comes into contact with the world of art: he takes courses in drawing and painting and he sets up his first workshop on the ship La Escocesa, where his first sculptures are born.
From 2005 to 2010 the city of Barcelona allows him to exhibit drawings and sculptures in different places of the Gracia neighborhood at cultural events, such as the independent theater festival of the "Nau Ivanov" and at the counterculture days in Zaragoza.
In 2007, he creates - together with other artists - the cultural association "Ali Bei 114", where an industrial building was revitalized, hosting different workshops in which multiple artistic and artisan disciplines were mixed such as concerts, theatre plays, recitals of poetry and more.
The consolidation of his professionalization as a sculptor occurs in 2008, when he collaborates with the sculptor Miguel Herrero in the "Mutterton project", making a sculpture that would be located on the banks of the Ebro where the river passes through Zaragoza. Together with Miguel Herrero he participates in two collective exhibitions, one in Barcelona, and another in Andorra and continues with his performance project "Po-ethics" which includes poetry, audiovisuals and music. In this same year Jesús Borra Arto publishes his first book of poetry "Regalos por abrir" (Presents to open).
After participating in a collective at the cultural center "Pere Pruna", he decides to move to live in the forest (Sant Cugat), where he will soon move his workshop. From there, he projects his work abroad to the "Niu Gallery" in Vienna and also to different areas of Sant Cugat, where he also performs a live performance with "The Guitar Circle of Europe", consisting of the crating a musical wall while a group of 16 guitarists develop their repertoire.
In 2011 he continues to participate in several small fairs in the area, and comes into contact with the photographer Jaume Cendra, with who he will begin to realize small projects that mixes photography and sculptures. He continues to write, but with no intention of publishing or acting.
In 2012 he moves back to the workshop, this time he will occupy a hall in the group "Les Naus de l'Art de Can Trabal" in the same forest. In this new space he manages to have his own place where he mounts his permanent exhibition, as well as participating in "Day of the open doors" and other common projects. It is also a year where he develops the concept of "Feeding the phoenix", an exhibition between several artists: Barbara Zimmermann, Rafael Priego, Jauma Cendra, Canen Gracia and Jesús Borra Arto, where the main thread is a nucleus of short stories and poems, which speak of the rebirth of the phoenix: the common sense. Unfortunately the materialization of the project at an exhibition in Cologne (Germany) fails due to a failure in the mechanics of the vehicle carrying the artwork. The exhibition would finally be presented at the "Matas y Ramis Cultural Center" in Barcelona in July of the same year.
A year later, he continues his artistic activity, participates in the art fair of Pulheim (Germany), performs a sculpture commission for the Nodos moda brandering agency located on Paseo de Gracia, and manages to finish his second catalog "Tierra Gravity-Heaven" where he combines poetry and sculpture, giving form and coherence to the whole work of his art; It is also an open project where further exploration and formalization of a future book. At the time, he collaborates in the radio "La Floresta" where he participates in a two programs, spreading literature and directing interviews.
Already in 2014 he realizes his first exhibition in the "Ateneo" of his city of birth, Zaragoza. This allows him to appear on the cover of the cultural supplement of the newspaper "Heraldo de Aragón". At the end of March, he exhibits in the gallery "Nodos" del Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, where he announces his website. In addition to these two exhibitions he participates in the "Jocs Floral de la Floresta" and in the "Festival la Floresta En-Sings".
In 2015, he begins a new adventure in the world of performances, bringing together a team from different art disciplines, creating the multidisciplinary show "Trichromia between lights and shadows" where painting, music, dance and sculpture converge live in the same space on a stage, merging into a unitary visual proposal. The following year they would repeat with the same team to create another show, this time called "Latidos", inspired by the drama of the Syrian refugees, where instead of painting they would projected photo slides. The live sculpturing creates the sound and melodies with dance two dancers dancing to the rhythm. All with the music as a thread and then a fragment of "Ulises", a play directed and performed by Horacio Ganem, with whom also begins the project OMO, a video-art film in which Jesús is still working as writer and stage designer.
Today, after having been exhibiting during the months of August, September and October at the "Mariano Mesonada Cultural Center", "Orte de Utebo Museum", he has been in transit to occupy a new exhibition space in the metropolitan area of Barcelona; And of course, starting and finishing new projects, always open to new fields and artistic disciplines to continue with his particular studies.
Self-taught and art lover from very early ages, he seeks the spontaneity and richness offered by materials and words in his activities. He is considered a researcher, who turns away from his freedom by finding a single expressive line, believing in the constant development of life, its ways to manifest and the way in which we perceive it. His statement: "I like books that explain words and not words that explain books," he summarizes in a concise way his way of understanding art.