Francisco Javier Toubes Vilariño

Pseudonym: Xavier Toubes
Category: Sculptor
Birth Date: In 1947
Birth Place: A Coruña


He worked in an international Bank in Spain and London until 1974. He attended Goldsmith’s College University of London (1974-77). In 1977-78, he worked at Winchcombe Pottery, Gloucestershire. In 1979 he spent a year in residency at the Seminario de Estudios Ceramicos de Sargadelos, Spain. From 1980 to 1983 he attended the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. After graduating with the Master of Fine Arts, he taught in the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until 1993.

 Work & Activities

In 1989, he became involved in the creation of the European Ceramics Work Centre in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, and was the Artistic Director from its opening in 1991 until the autumn of 1999 when he started teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He has exhibited frequently in both USA and Europe and also in Asia, and lectured in numerous Universities and international forums. His awards include a grant from the Ministry of Culture, Spain in 1983, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1986 and North Carolina Arts Council 1986 Artist Fellowship. In 1988 he received a Southern Center for Contemporary Art Individual Artist Fellowship and in 1993 the first prize in the Bienal Europea de Ceramica, Museu de Ceramica de Manises.