Between September 23 and October 3, I take part with this work in a collective exhibition which takes place in Círculo de Bellas Artes. I am glad to have been selected, along with other great artists, in my home town (Madrid) in one of the main cultural entities of Spain.
Arrea is a personal project of a non-existent musical band. It started a few years ago with the idea of creating a group without having any ability for music or the intention of acquiring it, dedicating myself exclusively to the visual aspect and ignoring the musical one: I designed the cover of a CD and distributed several boxes in whose interior only there were blank CD-R disks, I made the design of several posters with performances planned in non-existent places and I pasted them in walls of different cities, I printed half a hundred shirts with the image of the "group" and made stickers that I placed in the public space.
Little by little I have been expanding the project trying to be loyal to this aesthetic and the idea of keeping it without content, members, recordings or performances, existing only as a concept. The last work for Arrea has been the creation of this video clip:
Círculo de Bellas Artes
A few months ago I returned to Madrid after a few years abroad, so I have recently resumed the life drawing sessions with models in Círculo de Bellas Artes, where I regularly attend.
As a small personal challenge I have made 100 portraits in 10 days. For this I have taken as references to relatives, friends and people of my environment that I have drawn in my sketchbook. You can see the process in this video:
From 18 December 2018 to 20 January 2019, are exposed in the Printing Museum of Tartu (Estonia) the works that I have developed in the last 3 months. Currently more than 20 paintings are exposed in a solo show under the title "Before the absence"; here you can see a little video of the work in progress of some of the first paintings I did in he studio:
I am very pleased to have been selected as the last long-term artist for TAiR’s program 2018, organiced by the Printinting Museum with the support of the City Council of Tartu (Estonia). I just started working on a personal project that I will develop during the next 3 months, in a wonderful studio placed in the Tartu Art House
Recently I have finished the work of this model installed inside a box (10x14x14 cm), as part of my personal project "Hierophany". The materials used in the construction of the model have been wood, cardboard and styrofoam, painted with acrylics.
I have recorded and edited this video from the model, for which I have also made the ambient music.
In this video I combined symbols that refers to the idea of "the road as a ritual", theme of the art residency of Gorna Lipnitsa (BG).
The design and the animation of those figures are based on elements that refers to different ideas related to the road: triangles (directional arrows), continuous and discontinuous lines (passable and transited roads), circles (seasons and cycles) and dots (current locations and destinations).
The idea of the road is shown as an unknown ritual using recurring forms generated without an explicit meaning, lines that unfold in different ways and directions, figures that expand and contract to generate new geometries; all mixed harmonically to evoke and stimulate different feelings in the viewer.
Work made for the 2017 edition of The Old School Residency.
The sound for the video was created by the bulgarian artist E.U.E.R.P.I.
The Old School
For the second time I am lucky to take part in The Old School Residency (Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria), this year connected to the theme "The Road as a ritual". Apart from the workshops the residence includes performances, lectures, and cultural activities around the region which make it an authentic experience based on a particular way of understanding, doing and living the art, far away from the conventional artistic circuits.
For this edition I am working in 2 audiovisual pieces, and also I took the opportunity to make a painting in a wall from my series Redefining spaces.
Among my favorite design assignments are those of making posterism. From time to time I have opportunities as stimulating as this one for the next concert of Russian Circles, that will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The poster has just been presented and I am quite happy with the acceptance that the design is having, also chosen by the band as the image of its European tour.
In this link you can see a selection of some of my posters for concerts, exhibitions, theatre plays, festivals and other events, as well as some album covers.
The design and layout of this publication is my latest work for the Spanish Youth Council. Since the end of last year, I have made different graphic and multimedia works for this organization and its associated entities: logos, layout of all types of documents, infographics and illustration, scenography, web design and interactive projects. It has been a very interesting and enriching challenge to meet the demands of such diverse tasks throughout this time.
Solidary poetry and illustration to Syria
I'm working in an illustration for the publication "Solidary poetry to Syria", which will be submitted on July 16 at the solidary event to be held in the municipality of Robregordo (Madrid). The book, in which we participate five poets and five illustrators, will go on sale and the money raised will go to Proactiva Open Arms, an NGO working on the island of Lesbos (Greece) helping migrants from drowning.
My image illustrates one of the protest poems of Victor Reloba entitled "The Religion of the Market".
Acrylic on board.
Círculo de Bellas Artes (CBA)
Since starting this year 2016 I am a member of Circulo de Bellas Artes, a major multidisciplinary centre with one of the most active cultural programmes in Madrid (Spain). Besides having access to events and exhibitions, I often go to the workshops of drawing and painting with models to take notes from life.
Graphic Design at Youth Council of Spain
Recently I started working as a graphic designer for the Youth Council of Spain, an organism of coordination, training and cooperation of institutions and organizations which shapes the youth associative movement statewide. It is going to be an honor which will let me stay in my home city (Madrid) after 10 years living outside.
Exhibition Ritual Art - Time & Space
I participate with this assemblage-mechanism in the traveling exhibition around the main cities of Bulgaria to present the Ritual Art project. This November 13 will be the opening in the "Art Salon" of Varna city, in which will be exhibited the works of the international artists who participated in the sixth edition of The Old School Residency (Gorna Lipnitsa, BG).
Previous exhibitions of "Ritual Art":
13/11-ongoing  "Art Salon" (Varna)
16/10 - 10/11   "House of the Arch. Dimov" (Stara Zagora)
02/10 - 14/10   "Cosmos" (Plovdiv)
22/08 - 24/08   "The Old School" (Gorna Lipnitsa)
I participate in the egyptian zine "CHAOS" of Risha Project, with this double page of illustrations, of which I could see this preview. It features works by over 80 international artists, and will be presented at Transeuropa Festival from 2nd to 5th of October in Belgrade (Serbia)
Concert Poster Designs
Lately I am working on the design of some music posters for the agency Buba (Slovenia), engaged in concert booking and record promotion. I have had the honor to make the graphics for the performances of such a bands as The Soft Moon or A Place to Bury Strangers.
PUPPET THEATER - Design
I leave Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) after 12 months living there. Among all the projects in which I have taken part, the most frequent and intensive have been the work in the State Puppet Theatre.
There I could discover from inside the magic behind the stage, learned about the process of making puppets (some of them little masterpieces), participated in the scenography works and contributed with my designs to give an aesthetic to some of the amazing performances carried out there.
Definitely staying there has been one of the most valuables and enriching experiences for me.
◄ Poster design for the performance for adults CTPAX ("fear")
winner of 3 national awards Icar.
Series of portraits
I am working in the series of portraits "Some bulgarians still alive", based in the local bulgarian tradition of showing their dead relatives in black and white obituaries, openly exhibited in the public spaces.
Oil on canvas
Art Residency "The Old School"
I am glad to take part in "The Old School Art Residence" (Gorna Lipnitsa, BG), in which I am working on lately. The next week will be displayed the multidisciplinary works made during the residency related to the issue "Ritual Art - Time and Space".
In the picture are the plans for a mixed media mechanism I am doing combining natural elements from the environment with mechanical recycled components. You can watch a video of the work in progressin this link.
THE CABINET - Exhibition
I am very pleased to curate this exhibition of the good artist and friend Agata Szymanek (Poland), which will take place in the Association of contemporary art Razlichniat Pogled (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria).
It took a lot of effort, but finally everything is ready for THE CABINET, a spectacular exhibition with LED light panels that will open on July 20.
Art exhibition of Agata Szymanek Digital prints on LED light panels
"The fight between nature and technology occurs obviously on the battlefield of Time, the suspension made by the fusion of two “oppositions” creates an space indefinite and uncertain, where anything can happen. My wish is to invite the viewer to this strange land, which ambiance overwhelms me." (A. S.)
*Cabinet: A place which sets out a collection of curious objects or those associated with the study of any science or art.
Agata Szymanek is a young artist graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in the 2009-2014 with distinction, currently pursuing doctoral studies. She has a large artwork production and a wide artistic experience, having held numerous exhibitions in Poland -where she lives and works- and abroad.
WATER TOWER ART FEST
For the second year I participate in the Water Tower Art Fest (BG). This 9th edition of the Festival will take place between the cities of Sofia and Pernik, from 20 to 28 June, and will count with around 60 contemporary artists from all over the world.
My work for this edition is a video-installation exhibited in Lavele Gallery (Sofia); titled "In the wheel", is presented as a particular showcase of the urban environment using different objects and situations to highlight the link between the cities and the identities.
Working in STATE PUPPET THEATRE
Since I arrived to Bulgaria almost a year ago, apart from my regular work in the contemporary art association I collaborate every day with the State Puppet Theatre of Stara Zagora, doing mainly graphic design tasks and developing plastic works, like this head in extruded polystyrene I am working in.
I am in the Contemporary Art Association Razlichniat Pogled (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) doing works of graphic design and audiovisual as well as assisting in the organization and management of cultural events for a period of 12 months, thanks to an EVS - Erasmus + grant.
Digital illustration for the Association of the place where it is sited - House of the Arch. Dimov
Exhibition - Povas Prie Dvaro
I participate in the exhibition "Povas Prie Dvaro", celebrated in the Manor House of Žeimiai, with the works done during the residency: from my part eight reliefs, some paintings and a series of small portraits, to which belongs this two:
*In this link you can watch the video of an intervention I performed there.
Art Residency "YO-YO" (LT)
I have been selected in the Yo-Yo Art Residency (Lithuania) to develop some artworks related to the issue of this edition: "Mysteries of Organisms". I am already working -in a series of reliefs- in one of the most magical environments I have ever been, which atmosphera I tried to capture in this short clip: