XAVIER GUARDANSAmerican, born Spanish b. 1954

XAVIER GUARDANSAmerican, born Spanish b. 1954

An avid traveler and explorer, Xavier Guardans is a Spanish photographer who captures the beauty of his surroundings with a gifted skill for composition. Born in Barcelona in 1954, Guardans received his education at the Bournemouth College of Art in England, graduating with a degree in photography in 1982. Shortly thereafter, Guardans began exhibiting across Europe at such prestigious museums as Whitechapel Gallery in London (1981); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de EspaƱa, Madrid (1986); and Museo Contemporaneo de Ibiza (1998).

Due to his extreme fascination with nature and light, Guardans has traveled the world seeking out and elucidating the exquisiteness of the natural world through his lens. His artistic pursuits have taken him to such far-flung places as Kenya, Japan, China, Patagonia, and California, to name only a few. During these journeys, Guardans utilizes his impressive technical and aesthetic skill to reveal the rare splendor latent in all parts of nature, whether that be in rock outcroppings in Utah or exotic trees in Chile. And throughout his photographic process, Guardans continually provides a humanistic touch to his subjects, casting his surroundings in a distinctive, compassionate light that makes whichever corner of the world that he portrays in his photos seem concurrently surreal and approachable. In this way, Guardans subtly reveals his own artistic style, while simultaneously exposing universal truths about natural beauty and our relationship to our surroundings.

Guardans ceaselessly continues his artistic pursuits, with his most recent portfolio, Nudes, exceptionally and cleverly highlighting the beauty of the human form and its connection to the natural world.

Guardans currently lives and works in New York City. His work is included in the collections of several venerable cultural institutions, including The Center of Creative Photography in Tucson, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.