NEW Biography

Xavier Toubes (Francisco Javier Toubes Vilariño)  


Born in A Coruña, Spain, 1947. He worked in an international Bank in Spain and London. He attended Goldsmiths, University of London. He worked at Winchcombe Pottery, Gloucestershire. He spent a year in residency at the Seminario de Estudios Cerámicos de Sargadelos (factory) Spain. He attended the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. After graduating with the Master of Fine Arts, he taught in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until 1991.

In 1989 he became involved in the creation of the European Ceramics Work Centre in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, and was the Artistic Director from its opening in 1991 until the autumn of 1999 when he started teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Present: Professor Emeritus)

He has exhibited frequently in the USA, Europe and Asia and lectured in numerous Universities and international forums. He is a member of the International Academic of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. His awards include a grant from the Ministry of Culture, Spain, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a Southern Center for Contemporary Art Individual Artist Fellowship. His work is in private and public collections in USA, Europe and Asia.


Solo Exhibitions

2018     Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago

             Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam

             Galerie Metzger. Johannesberg. Germany

2016      Kunstforum. Solothurn, Switzerland

2016      James Harris Gallery. Seattle.

2015      Suburban. Oak Park, Chicago.

2014      Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam

              Figures with Shadows. Patricia Rieger, Xavier Toubes. Sky & Earth Ceramics.

                      Macau. China.                                                                            catalog & leaflet

2012     Kunstforum, Solothurn, Switzerland

             Perimeter Gallery. Chicago

2011      Factoría Compostela. Santiago de Compostela                                           catalog                                                    

2010      Sala Luzán. Zaragoza, Spain                                                                     catalog 

2009      Instituto Cervantes. Chicago 

2008      Perimeter Gallery. Chicago                                             

              Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Chicago                                                  leaflet

2007      Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea.Santiago de Compostela               catalog

2006      Kunstforum, Solothurn, Switzerland

2005      Fundación Luis Seoane. A Coruña                                                           

2004      Perimeter Gallery. Chicago

              IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary, Indiana

2001      Materia, Scottsdale, Arizona

1999      Galería Marisa Marimón, Ourense. Spain                                              catalog                                                                 

              Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam

1998      P. Rieger, X. Toubes. Galería Sargadelos. Santiago de Compostela            leaflet             

1997      Casa da Parra. Santiago de Compostela                                                  catalog                                                    

              P. Rieger, X. Toubes. Galeria Sargadelos. Madrid                                      leaflet

1996      Galería Pardo Bazán.  A Coruña

  R.A.I. Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam

              Galería Abel Lepina, Vigo. Spain

1995      Casa de Cultura y Juventud, Manises, Valencia.                            

1993      VB Galerie/Kunstuitkijk, Deventer. The Netherlands

              Galerie van Mourik, Rotterdam

1991      Helen Drutt Gallery, New York

1990      Galerie van Mourik, Rotterdam

1989      New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, New York

1988      South-Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1985      Palacio de Exposiciones Kiosko Alfonso, A Coruña. Spain                          catalog                              

1982      Galería Sargadelos, Madrid 

1980      Galería Sargadelos. Madrid

1979      Galería Sargadelos, Madrid


Group Exhibitions

2018       Unconscious Continuum (Jacob Foran, Xavier Toubes) Eutectic Gallery.

                          Portland. Oregon

               Galicia Universal. A Arte nas coleccións de Fundación ABANCA e Afundación.

                         GAIÁS. Cidade da Cultura, Santiago de Compostela                                   catalog               

               Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Kunstforum. Solothurn. Switzerland.

2017        Recent work. Galerie De Witte Voet. Amstedam

                Laxeiro en conversa. Un diálogo con artistas galegos contemporáneos.

                      Fundación Laxeiro. Vigo

                Modelo x armar. Arte en Galicia na colección CGAC. Centro Galego de Arte 

                     Contemporánea. Santiago de Compostela.

2016       Miscellaneous. Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam

               Fuera de Serie. De la provocación a la ilusión. Museo de Cerámica. Valencia.        catalog            

               Biennale Internationale de la Céramique Saint-Cergue, Centre Culturel du Vallon
                         Saint-Cergue. Suisse. Switzerland.                                                       catalog 

2015        40 Jaar, 40 Years. Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam.

               Body Language: New Acquisitions of Figurative Art. Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

               Taking Form. James Harris Gallery, Seattle.

               Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Rotterdam.

               Evoking Spirit. Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Chicago

               Seattle Art Fair, James Harris Gallery

              “The Documentary Exhibition of International Ceramics: Art Exchanges” 

                      Dongcheng District, Beijing, China. Project coordinators: Guangzhen 

                      Zhou, Stéphanie Le Follic-Hadida, Jacques Kaufmann

              Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam. Netherlands

2014       Kunstforum. Xavier Toubes.  Second Space. Solothurn. Switzerland.

               Auga Doce. Installation Augas 1997. Museo Centro Gaiás. Cidade da Cultura de Galicia.

                       Santiago de Compostela. Spain.                                                                catalog            

2013       ArtWorks. Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, Chicago

               Escultura extensa. Un percorrido complexo e vital. Centro Social

                        Novacaixagalicia, Ourense 2013.

              Elena Colmeiro, Maestros de la Cerámica. Taller Escuela Cerámica Muel,Zaragoza  catalog

              Faculty Projects. Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, Chicago 

              Galería Pardo Bazán. 25 Navidades. A Coruña. Spain. 

2012       Reflection IV. Station 8. Zuzwill. Switzerland

               Evanston Biennale. Chicago.

               100 Projects for Peace. Salón Luna Pizarro. Congreso de la Republica del Perú. Lima

               No Rules: Contemporary Clay. Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Chicago

               Earth & Alchemy, Bakalar + Paine Galleries,

                        Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston                                        catalog

              Sofa Chicago. Perimeter Gallery                                                                           catalog

              Red Dot Art Fair. Perimeter Gallery. Miami

2011       Reflectie. Galerie Bianca Landgraaf. Laren, The Netherlands

                        Curated by Melissa Muys

               Espacio Atlántico. Vigo. Factoria Compostela

         Art Chicago. Perimeter Gallery

           Ceramics: The World's Most Fascinating Pastime. Julius Caesar Gallery. Chicago.

               Praesent. Galerie Christoph Abbühl. Solothurn. Switzerland

2010      Galerie de Witte Voet. Favorites/Favorieten Amsterdam

         Espectral. Obras das Coleccións do Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea.

                  Santiago de Compostela

               Cerámica Española para el Siglo XXI. Cao-Tun, Craft Museum. Taiwan.

                        Traveling: Kaohsiung Museum (2010) Yingge, Ceramics Museum (2011).   catalog


               Sèvres Museum. Paris. Académie Internationale de Céramique                          catalog.

               Kunstforum , Reflection 2,  Solothurn, Switzerland

                          Traveling: Gallery Artworks, Belgium 

             Second European Triennial of Ceramic and Glass, Mons, Belgium                       catalog       

2009            Miradas. Realidades, Exprexións, Tramas. Arte en Galicia desde 1975

                           Curator: Iria Candela. Fundación Caixa Galicia. Ferrol.

                           Travel Exhibition.                                                                            catalog

                   Between the Ears- 3D portraits. Stedelijk Museum, Kampen, NL

                   Our Objects: Contemporary Ceramics in Context. The Glasgow School of Art,

                         Traveling Exhibition: Hillsborough, Northern Ireland; the British Ceramic Biennial,

                         Wedgwood Institute, Stoke–on-Trent, UK

                   Kunstforum, Solothurn, Switzerland.

                   Tussen de Oren, Stedelijk Museum Kampen, Kampen, The Netherlands.

                   Gresol. Madremanya. Girona

                   Collection Selections. Elmhurst Art Museum. Elmhurst. Chicago

                   Reflection, Kunstforum. Solothurn, Switzerland.

2008           Art 5 WORK, Gallery 2. Chicago

                    Outra xeografia. Arte desde Galicia. Habana. Cuba                                    catalog

                   Smaak en Kraak, Pottenbakkersmuseum/Centrum voor hedendaagse

                           keramiek, Tegelen, The Netherlands

                   SOFA Chicago. Perimeter Gallery

                   Station8, Zuzwill, Switzerland

                   De Nova Materia: Escultura Contemporánea na colección Caixanova            catalog

                           Centro Cultural Caixa Nova. Vigo, Travel:

                           Centro Social de Caixanova, Ourense.

2007              Kunstforum, Solothurn, Switzerland

                    Escultura Cerámica Ibérica. Pazo da Cultura. Pontevedra                          catalog                       

                           Travel: Centro das Artes. Caldas da Rainha. Portugal

                                       Museo do Azulejo, Lisboa

                     Shy Boy She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft. Selections from the

                            Wornick Collection. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston                             catalog

                    Coverings 07. McCormick Place. Chicago

2006           Crossing Over: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture and

                     Techno-Science. The Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas 

Art Chicago. Perimeter Gallery. Chicago.

Santa Fe Clay. Santa Fe. New Mexico                       

                      La Cerámica Española y su integración en el arte                                     catalog

                          Museo Nacional de Cerámica. Valencia                                                                   

                     Betty Rymer Gallery. The School of The Art

                            Institute of Chicago

                     Art Salamanca. Salamanca.  Galería Marisa Marimón                                catalog                                            

                     Forosur. Cáceres. Galería Marisa Marimón                                               catalog

                    SOFA Chicago. Perimeter Gallery                                             

2005            Galerie De Witte Voet. Amsterdam

                     Northern Clay Center. Minneapolis                                                               catalog

                     Santa Fe Clay. Santa Fe. New Mexico

                     Perimeter Gallery. Chicago

                     Evansville Museum. Indiana                                                                         catalog

                     Gallery Pahk, New York

                     Chicago Cultural Center. Chicago Tourist Center

                     Musée Ariana. Genéve. Switzerland       

2004             Künstlerinnen und Künstler des Kunstforums. Kirchberg. Switzerland          catalog

                     Perimeter Gallery. Chicago.

                      SOFA New York. Loveed Fine Arts

                      Santa Fé Clay. Santa Fé. New Mexico

                      International Academy of Ceramics, Icheon

                               World Ceramic Center, South Korea                                              catalog

                     Patricia Rieger, Xavier Toubes. Track House. Oak Park (Chicago)

2003              Espais Sagrats. Gresol Festival D’art. La Bisbal d’Emporda. Girona, E        catalog

                     Spanische Keramik, Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany                       catalog

                     SOFA NY, Loveed Fine Arts & Perimeter Gallery          

                     NOW & NOW World Contemporary Ceramics.

                         The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale 2003 Korea. Invitational Exhibition        catalog

                         Icheon World Ceramic, Icheon. South Korea.

                     Augenblicken. Kunstforum Kirchberg, Kirchberg, Switzerland                      catalog

         SOFA Chicago. Perimeter Gallery & Dubhe Carreño Gallery                           catalog

2002        Artists/Educators. Lill Street Art Center. Chicago. ILL.

                ARCO International Art Fair. Galeria Marisa Marimon. Madrid.                      catalog       

                Escultura Contemporánea Gallega. La cerámica como punto de partida.

                       Casa de Galicia. Madrid                                                                    catalog

                Evidence. Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Kansas City. MI.

                       Escultura Galega Contemporánea. Fundación Llorens. Ferrol                 catalog       

                 SOFA. New York. Galeria Materia.

                 SOFA. New York. Loveed Fine Arts.

                 Perimeter Gallery. Chicago

                     European Ceramics Work Centre. ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The Netherlands.

2001         Reunion. The Clay Studio. Philadelphia.

                 ARCO International Art Fair. Galeria Marisa Marimon, Madrid.                    catalog

                 Heethhofden. Princessehof. Leeuwarden, NL

                SOFA.  New York.

      2000   Illinois Ceramic Invitational. Parkland College. Champaign. ILL                   catalog                  

                   Pesado y Liviano, Galería Pardo Bazán. A Coruňa                                                    

                     25 Jaar . De Vitte Voet. Amsterdam

                     Escultura Contemporánea Gallega. La cerámica como punto de partida

                     Centro de Artesania y Diseňo, Lugo, E                                                     catalog

             Posada del Potro, Cordoba, E

             Auditorio Principe de Asturias. Oviedo                                                           

                      Ceramics in Chicago. ARC Gallery. Chicago

                      Arte Twente. Galerie De Witte Voet, Hengelo. NL

                      SOFA, New York

                      Kunst RAI, Amsterdam

                      SOFA. Chicago

1999              European Ceramics99.Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Hohr-Grenzhausen.D.  catalog      

                      The Garden of Delight. Vlaardingen. NL

                      Frans Halsmuseum. Haarlem. NL

                     Foro International de Arte Contemporáneo, Pontevedra                           catalog

                     Cerámica Internacional Contemporánea. Posada del Potro. Cordoba         catalog

                     Loveed Fine Arts, New York

                     Art Twente. Galerie De Witte Voet, Hengelo, NL

1998              ARCO 1998 Madrid. Galería Marisa Marimón. Ourense                           catalog   

                      AR-TV. Televisión de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela                           catalog   

                      Galerie De Vitte Voet. Amsterdam

                      Coleccion Permanente. Novas Incorporacions. Centro Galego

                              de Arte Contemporánea. Santiago de Compostela

                      Novas adquisicións 96-98.Colección de Arte Caixa Galicia.                      catalog

                               Estación Maritima. A Coruña

                      The 5th International Ceramics Festival'98 Mino, Japan.                        catalog   

1997              Colección Permanente Arte Galega, 1980-1997. Centro

                              Galego de Arte Contemporánea. Santiago de Compostela.

                      Garden of Delight 97, Vlaardingen. NL.                                               catalog    

                      Brandend Zand. Museum Beelden aan Zee. Scheveningen NL.              catalog    

                      De Asorey a los 90. Escultura Moderna en Galicia                                catalog     

                             Auditorio de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela.                                               

                      Galicia Terra Única- Galicia Exterior, Estación Marítima. Vigo                catalog

                      Galicia Terra Única- Galicia 1900-1990, Hospital da Armada. Ferrol.      catalog                                                             

                      Orte-Plätze-Gegenden" Magdeburger Museen. Magdeburg, Germany     catalog    

                      The Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seoul. South Korea                                  

                      KLEI. Witte Zaal. Gent. Belgium                                                          catalog

                      Colección de Arte CaixaGalicia. Casa das Artes. Vigo                             catalog   

1996             Cousas. Casa da Parra. Santiago de Compostela

                 Garden of Delight 96, Vlaardingen. NL                                                                               

                  K'96- International Ceramic Art, Etela-Karjalan Taidemuseo                     catalog          

                              Lappeeranta, Finland

1995          Biennale de Chateauroux, Chateauroux. France.                                    catalog            

                  I Foro Atlantico de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Compostela           catalog            

                  Galeria Abel Lepina, Vigo

                  De Vlaardingse Boomgaard, Vlaardingen, NL.

                  Bienal de Vilanova da Cerveira, Vilanova da Cerveira, Portugal

                 Bienal Europea de Cerámica. Museo de Cerámica de Manises. Valencia      catalog

1993          Taipei International Exhibition of Ceramics 1994, Taipei Fine

                        Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan                                                           

1992         Keramik Europas 1993, Westerwald Keramikmuseum, Höhr-                   catalog             

                     Grenzhausen (D); Museum het Princessehof, Leeuwarden (NL);

                     Maison de la Ceramique, Mulhouse (F); Bornholms Kunstmuseum,

                     Guchiem (DK)

1991       National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts                                catalog               

                     Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe.AZ ;Ohio State

                     University, Athens, OH; North Carolina State University, Raleigh

                Helen Drutt Gallery, New York

1990       UNC Faculty Artists, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro.NC

                     Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

1989       Presente de la Cerámica Española, Keramion Museum, Frenchen           catalog

                    Germany; Academia Española de Roma, Rome; Museo Gulbenkian,

                     Lisbon; Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Museo de Arte

                     Contemporáneo, Mexico; Demarko Gallery, Edinburg (GB);

                    Casa de España, Paris.

                Southeastern Seven, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art           catalog                

                      Winston-Salem NC; Knoxville Museum of Art, TN; The Virginia

                      Beach Art Center, V; The Norton Gallery and School of Art,

                      West Palm Beach, FL. USA

                North Carolina Artists, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

                Art on Paper, The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC,

1988       Tampa Triennial, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL                              catalog

1987       East-West Contemporary Ceramics, The Korean Culture and Arts

                      Foundation. Seoul. Korea.                                                            catalog                

                The Coastal Exchange, Arts Council, Richmond;

                      The Athenaeum. Alexandria                                                          catalog                

                Big Clay, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh;

                     St John's Museum, Wilmington, USA                                              catalog

1986       Ceramica Galega Actual, Casa da Parra. Santiago de

                      Compostela. Travel: Galeria Duran Loriga, A Coruña                       catalog               

                II World Triennial Exhibition of Small Ceramics, Zagrev                         catalog               

                North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, Mint Museum, Charlotte            catalog               

1986       First Internacional Ceramics Contest 86, Mino. Japan   

                VIII Bienal de la Escultura Ibérica Contemporánea, Zamora                     catalog             

                Litoral, Palacio de Exposiciones Kiosko Alfonso, A Coruña

                     Sociedad Nacional de Bellas Artes, Lisboa                                         catalog              

                Dimensions 86, Lenexa, Kansas

               Panorama de la Cerámica Española Contemporánea. Museo Español        catalog

                      de Arte Contemporáneo. Madrid. Travelling: Ayuntamiento de Valencia. Valencia

               Ceramistas para la Academia (International Academy of Ceramics) Centro

                      Cultural de la Caja de Ahorros de Valencia, Valencia.                        catalog              

               Clay USA 86, Radford University. Virginia

                Celtic Vision, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid                                 catalog             

                     Kiosko Alfonso, A Coruña; Espace Culture, Graslin, Nantes (F)          

                     The Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Llandudno (GB); The Chapter

                     Arts Center Cardiff (GB); The Bede Gallery, Jarrow (GB); The

                     Hewlyn Orio Art Gallery, Penzanze, Cornwall (GB)

1985       "The Fifth Biennial Paper and Clay National" Memphis State University, Ten.      

1983       Preleminar. I Bienal Nacional de las Artes Plasticas,                          catalog

                     Museo Provincial de Zaragoza, Zaragoza; Caja de Ahorros de

                     Sevilla; Instituto Carlos Maside, A Coruña; Museo Municipal de

                      Bellas Artes, Santander; Palau Meca, Barcelona

                 University of North Carolina, Faculty Art Exhibition

                     Ackland Art Museum. Chapel Hill USA

1982       Galicia Panorama del Arte Moderno, Banco de Bilbao, Madrid                  catalog              

                Escultura Galega 82, Palacio Municipal, A Coruña  

1981       Ceramistas Españoles Contemporáneos, Casa de la Cultura, Zamora              catalog       

                Medio Siglo de la Cultura Galega, Galeria Altex, Madrid                                 catalog

                Ceramistas en Madrid, Museo Municipal de Madrid, Madrid

  The Haystack Tradition: Art in Craft Media". Bowdoin College of Art, Brunswick ME;

       William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs (CT); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University,

       Waltham (MA); Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (RI); Sterling and

                     Francine Clark Institute (MA),                                                                                                                             

1980       Cerámica Actual Española, Escuela de Artes Aplicadas, Sevilla                       catalog       

1977       Qualifications, Midland Group, Nottingham, UK