BEJAS

Juan Vallet Martínez, better known as Bejas, was born in 1963 in the city of Orihuela. Nowadays, he lives in Cullera, where he has his studio. He is the father of 8 children, leather’s artisan by profession and artist by passion.

More than academic training, he states that he has been hardened by every experience lived. That’s why his style is very personal, almost impossible to classify, savagely intuitive. As the own artist explained “my self-taught situation has the privilege of understanding art as a research with no limits, with a passion that demolishes every taboo that an academician is used to face, learning with every new project”.

 

He does not consider himself as an artist, but a researcher that combines tradition and new technologies in a chameleonic way.

He is Francisco Salina’s nephew, with whom he shared a lot of moments of his adolescence. This is due to (or “this is the reason of”) his early vocation for poetry, being “Elogio al cante (1975) his first known work.

 

Moreover, he comes from a puppeteer family, the Montoya’s family, and since childhood he has been attracted to theatre.

He has worked with Joaquín Hinojosa and Vicente Genovés, participating in the shows “Can’t pay! Won’t pay!” by Darío Fo, “A respectable wedding” by Bertolt Brecht and “King Ubu” by Alfred Jarry. .

 

They performed these shows between 1987 and 1992 for all the Valencian Community. Amongst these years he worked in the Rescue Society team of its city, too

Between 1998 and 2000 he made a lot of works of clothing and setting for the museums of Cullera.

Museum of Rice, inspired in XVIII century.
Cave-museum of Dragut pirate, in XVI century.
Marenyet’s tower-museum, in XVII century.
In May of 2015 he had an exhibition in Zieglerhof Gallery, in Lüneburg.
Moor Queen Tower-museum, in XI century.
Castle complex and History and Archaeological Museum of Cullera.
He has also made some works for the designer Pepe Cabrera, which has been exhibited in his gallery in the city of Dénia.

And the thing is his painting also laughs of the expression pictura poesis; his paintings are not based on or are like poetry, but they born of reciprocity, they are poetry and they are pieces of his life. Because a painting without poetry is silent; a poetry without life, is dead; a life without Love, has no sense and beauty.