His work evokes a certain nostalgia, showing the inevitable impact of the fall, the defeats, the sadness, influencing the way in which we face and perceive things and life, succumbing to archetypes. In some of his works he takes advantage of the literal to insert commentary; Javier uses declaration as a strategy.
He is interested in the critical ferocity of contemporary art but also in its potential to remember how good we can be. He believes in the political capacity of art, constructing spaces that allow us to imagine from elsewhere, whether that be from a position of longing, or wanting to become, or utopia, not fearful to include hopefulness.
Javier Calvo is the recipient of the 2018 Random Institute Travel Award.Javier Calvo has had solo shows at MADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de Costa Rica (San José), Galería Nacional (San José), Kiosko Galería (Santa Cruz de la Sierra), and Réunion (San José). His works have been on display at LAXART (Los Angeles), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf), Despacio (San José), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam (Havana), Teor/éTica (San José), Bienal de Curitiba (Curitiba), Bienal de Pontevedra (Pontevedra), Central American Biennial (Limón), and Bienal Internacional de Asunción (Asunción). He won the Random Institute Travel Award, the Salón Nacional art prize at the Museo de Arte Costarricense and the National Award J. Aquileo Echeverrí.