Jaime Hayon

Spanish artist and designer, born in Madrid in 1974. As a teenager, he plunged into the worlds of skateboarding and graffiti, passions that, in the years ahead, would lay the groundwork for his art. He studied Industrial Design in Madrid and Paris. In 1997, he joined Fabrica, the design and communication academy founded by Benetton, where he moved from being a student to head of the Design Department. Eight years later he branched out on his own, making his debut with Mediterranean Digital Baroque, at the David Gill Gallery in London, an exhibition that revealed his altogether unique vision, blending irony and surrealism primarily through the use of ceramics. It was followed, first, by Mon Cirque, seen in Frankfurt, Barcelona, Paris, and Kuala Lumpur; by a solo show at the Aram Gallery in London; and appearances at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the Museum of Design in London, the Vivid Gallery in Rotterdam, the Gronginger Museum as well as Art Basel. He has won numerous awards including “Best Installation” (Icon Magazine), “Breakthrough Creator” (Wallpaper Magazine), and, in 2006, the Elle Decor International Award. Jaime was the guest of honor at the 2008 Interieur Biennial in Belgium, becoming the youngest person ever to receive this honor.

 
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