Manuel Álvarez Junco is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Design & Image, Faculty of Fine Arts, Complutense University of Madrid. Previously was Director of that departament. He is currently at charge of General Direction of Complutense Summer Courses at El Escorial. Member of the Jury of the Spain National Design Prize, has published graphic work and held solo exhibitions in the USA, China, Kuwait, Italy, Colombia and Mexico. He has written several articles and books. His last book is El Espejo y el Martillo (Hammer and Mirror), Turpin Ed, Madrid 2017.
"Humor is indeed a daily instrument of real life, of the concrete world. Its direct function is to relativize the abstract, the formal, the "mental exactitude”. Comicality is perhaps the most social of all the spiritual functions aimed at achieving pleasure. Therefore, it is elaborated under the condition that the others understand the proposed game because, if they do not, then it has no reason to exist. Graphic humor fulfills a questioning role of apparent reality, which does not imply that its goal is not one of “truth”. Instead, its role is —and it is not a minor one— a calling to order of a mess of forms in this poorly structured world."
Vídeo | El País Digital | Scoopnest
Vídeo | El País | Youtube
Exhibition in Faculty of Psychology. November 2013
Imprescindibles | La 2 de TVE | Mingote: el humor es una cosa muy seria
Emitido el 17 de Junio de 2012
Interview by Angels Barceló | Hora 25 | Cadena Ser Radio
Viernes 9 de enero de 2015
Entrevista IBE TV Television Latinoamericana
July 27th 2016
Exhibition Biblioteca Pública de Cuenca
February 23rd 2017
Entrevista | Hoy por hoy | Cadena Ser Cuenca
20 de febrero de 2017
El mundo que queremos | Interview Peridis-Junco
Conductor: Fernando delgado. Tenerife, noviembre 2017
La aventura del saber | RTVE 2018 (go to minute 33)
LINKS ABOUT JUNCO ARTWORK
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La noche de Max Estrella
April, 7th, 2018
El humor. Arte y literatura.
Litoral, art review. Graphic collaboration. ART. 2018.
Workshop on Junco´s artwork by six PHd professors
Faculty of Geography and History. Universidad Complutense Madrid. October 3rd-4th 2018
La Universidad para Mayores analiza la obra gráfica de Junco | Cursos El Escorial
3 y 4 de octubre de 2018