José Antonio Sarmiento (b. 1956, León – Spain). He trained from a very early age as an artist with his mother, Alicia de la Puente, and in the School of the web known Leonés painter, Alejandro Vargas. Between 1974 and 1980 he devoted his efforts to painting, and worked as an illustrator in an advertising agency. In 1980, he moved to the country and began to work in ceramics using wood-fired kilns, inspired by the concept of bowls as objects of art; the work of Artigas, Miró, Bernard Leach, Hamada, and the tea bowls made by the Raku family, formed important points of reference for him during these initial phases of study.

Between 1980 and 1987, he travelled and worked on acquiring the technical experience necessary in order to be able to express himself freely: Hikidashi, salt-, soda glazing and wood-firing (1300ºC); He built his own kilns, seeing this as an inseparable part of the creative process.

In 1988 he set up his studio in San Cibrián de Ardón (León), and built a noborigama kiln. Between 1980 and 1992 he undertook various commissions for murals (Luna sube y baja mareas, 1984, glazed ceramic removed from kiln while still red hot (3.5m x 1.5m), pine logs and smoke; Diputación de León Grant. For years he has continued to further his knowledge in the field of bowls (art/life), his over-riding interest in the present: a perspective which he shares with some Japanese artists.

In 1999 he met the prestigious artist Ryoji Koie (Tokoname, 1938), and this meeting confirmed him in his direction; the maestro became his mentor, introducing him to fellow artists in Japan during his stay in 2000. He returned to San Cibrián and built an anagama-noborigama kiln (combining the principles of both types of kiln), the only one of its kind in use in Spain.

In 2008 he established in Gothenburg (Sweden).

With a style close to abstract neo-expressionism, the character and personality of his work reflects the independence of his expression and the concepts he works with, unmoved by passing trends. He has worked towards a formal deconstruction of symmetrical volume, inspired by the natural daily evolution of his work and by the materials he handles. Starting from a sculptural perspective, he looks both to the purest roots of ceramics and to nature in order to then express himself from an informed position in contemporary art. It should be added that in relation to the pictorial nature of his work, he uses oxides and brush applied or expressionist dripped glazes, where the direct intervention of controlled white fire, air and ash can be fully appreciated. As a result of this expressive synthesis –inspired by the nature of the landscape in which he lives and works – his work has aroused the interest of some of the most respected art critics, both in Spain and abroad.

He currently lives and works in Gothenburg (Sweden) and León (Spain).

María Jesús Sarmiento

José Antonio working in his studio in San Cibrián


2018 ”Landskapsmåleriska vaser och fat”; Gallery Lerverk, Gothenburg, Sweden

2016 ”Fuego blanco/Vit eld”; Gallery Kaolin, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 ”Arte y Mística” – Auditorio San Francisco, Avila, Spain

Curator: Kosme de Barañano, Spain

Reversibles, paisajes-objeto” – Galería Cuatro Diecisiete, Madrid, Spain

2007 «White Poplar”; Galería Azul, San Cibrián de Ardón, León, Spain

2005 ”Después del Invierno;” Centro Hispano Japonés, Palacio San Boal,

Salamanca, Spain

”Chawan de verano”; Galería Azul, San Cibrián, León, Spain

2004 ”Yakishime”; Obra Cultural Caja España, León, Spain

”Hikidashi”;  Galería Azul, San Cibrián de Ardón, León, Spain


2021 Vadstena Konstgalleri, Vadstena, Sweden

2020 Bladhska Galleriet, Skara, Sweden

2019 Saab Art Gallery, Linköping, Sweden

2018 Gallery Sigma, Växjö, Sweden

2017 Konsthallen Kajutan, Henån, Orust, Sweden

Varabygden´s artclub, Vara, Sweden

2016 ”Verk”; Gallery Ålgården, Borås, Sweden

Gallery Hova, Hova, Sweden

2015 Gallery KAZ, Västerås, Sweden

Lerum´s artclub, Lerum, Sweden

”Nära havet”; Gallery Moment, Ängelholm, Sweden

Götene artclub, Götene, Sweden

2014 ”A la sombra del árbol. Otro Arte”. Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, Spain

”Everyday ceramics”; Konsthantverkarna i Ysta, Sweden

”Kontemplationer”; Konsthantverkarna, Karlstad, Sweden

”Landskap för kontemplation”; Gallery Kraftverk, Mjölby, Sweden

”Tabletop”; Arvika Konsthantverk, Sweden

2013 ”International invitational functional ceramic exhibition”; Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum, Hjørring, Danmark

Konstfrämjandet, Västerås, Sweden

2012 ”Wood fired landscapes”; The Röhsska Museum. Design, fashion and decorative arts. Gothenburg, Sweden

Gallery Sigma, Växjö, Sweden

2011 Gallery Anna H, Bovallstrand, Sweden

2010 ”Konstslöjdsalongen”; The Röhsska Museum. Design, fashion and decorative arts. Gothenburg, Sweden

”blås&knåda 35 years”; Gallery Nivå 125, Båstad, Sweden

”Kopp på Kaolin”; Gallery Kaolin, Stockholm, Sweden

Baltic wood fired”; Bornholm´s Museum, Rønne, Denmark

2009 Gallery Sigma, Växjö, Sweden

2008 ”Nordic wood fire”; NCECA, Pittsburgh, USA

”Nordic wood fire studio exchange”; Gallery Nääs Konsthantverk, Nääs slott, Floda, Sweden

2007 ”Aproximación al Paisaje”; Galería Cuatro Diecisiete, Madrid, Spain

Regalarte”; Galería Cuatro Diecisiete, Madrid, Spain

”Nordic Wood Fire Marathon”; Børglum Kloster,Vrå, Denmark

2006 ”La Cerámica Española y su integración en el Arte”;

Museo Nacional de Cerámica González Martí, Valencia, Spain

”Regalarte”; Galería Cuatro Diecisiete, Madrid, Spain

2005  Gallery Besson, London, England

2000 Mashiko, Japan

1999 ”Posada del Potro”, Córdoba, Spain


2012 Invited artist – Woodfired Landscapes: International Woodfire Symposium, Gothenburg, Sweden

2008 Invited artist – Escuela de Arte de Vic, Vic, Spain

Foacal Asociación de Artesanas de Castilla y León, Valladolid, Spain

2007 Invited artist – Nordic Woodfiring Marathon, Horne, Denmark

2006 2° Jornadas de Arquitectura y diseño, Lugo, Spain

2002 Invited artist – Agrupación de Ceramistas de Asturias, Spain

2000 Invited artist – Asociación de Ceramistas de Murcia, Spain

1999 Invited artist – Escuela de Artes y Oficios, Mateo Inurria, Córdoba, Spain


2014 Konsthantverkets Vänners stipendium

2011   Estrid Ericsons stiftelse

Wilhelm och Martina Lundgrens stiftelse

1984 Diputación de León, Municipality of León, Spain


1982 Bienal Esplugues de Llobgregat, Barcelona, Spain


Municipality of Gothenburg, Higab, Sweden

Municipality of Orust, Sweden

Municipality of Ängelholm, Sweden

Municipality of Karlstad, Sweden

Architects Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

Fundación Vela Zanetti, Municipality of León, Spain

Municipality of Ciudad Rodrigo, The provine of Salamanca, Spain

Municipality of Zaragoza, Spain