Rafel Joan’s landscapes are contemplative, poetical and almost symbolic. They are about solitude and quietness, the passing of time, the cycle of the seasons, the changes of light from dawn to dusk and the rain or the wind transforming fields, trees and plants. The light in his paintings is always natural, beautiful and bathing the atmosphere with a distinctive sense of peace.
As the art critic Enrique Juncosa states ‘The atmosphere in his paintings is always dense, with earthy tones that are never bright or primary colours. He is a painter of light who represents shadows, sunrises and sunsets, moments of transition. In his artwork there is always some tension arising from the impossibility of embracing the whole from a motionless point of view. This evokes a slightly disquieting feeling’.
He depicts the endless diversity of the atmospheres created by the Mediterranean luminosity. He pictures it like fragments of light breaking into moving particles which float among the tree leaves and branches or at the bottom of the sea. On the canvas, these flecks of light translate into mysterious tiny shapes which look almost alive. He calls thembellumes, a Mallorquian name that defines the fleeting lights seen when closing your eyes after an intense light.
His creations are not realistic but subjective, crowded with almost abstract images which are the artist’s interpretation of what he sees after spending long periods contemplating nature. The focusing in his paintings quickly moves from close-ups to general views, from the particular to the general, and because of that they remind us of the cinematographic language.
Recently he has been exploring new ways of capturing nature by taking notes as he flies in a microlight aircraft. From the distance the shapes of the landscape dissolve, the surface becomes almost flat, the vision almost abstract and his artwork becomes aerial and floating.
He has also dressed in a wet suit staying on the sea bed and capturing the light filtering down from the surface. The way it reflects on fish and seaweed constantly moving in the marine currents. This is a liquid world, chromatically rich, where everything floats and which he translates into almost hypnotic images, abstract and full of detail, painted from memory.
Rafel Joan agonises over his painting, tirelessly wrestling with the images, again and again until the last brushstroke. Then he returns because a tiny spot is not exactly where and how he would like it to be. This is the secret of his creations. He questions his own skills and is greater for doing so. The struggle behind each painting passes unnoticed though. We only see the outcome, the light radiating from the paintings, the fullness and calm emanating from them is pure and sincere; there are no concessions, no lies.
Rafel Joan has been exhibiting in prestigious galleries in Mallorca and Valencia since 1983. In Barcelona he used to show his works at the galleries Metronom and Dau al Set. Since 1993 he regularly holds solo exhibitions at Trama and Sala Parés. He has participated in important shows worldwide and recently the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Mallorca organized a retrospective of his productions at Es Baluard. His creations have been commented by important writers and poets.
Glòria Muñoz is very skilful when it comes to capturing and revealing beauty in everything she paints.
Her still life compositions express the emotional connection that she establishes with books, prints, clothes and flowers in her studio. Even when these items appear only sketched, there is a spiritual atmosphere surrounding them. Her paintings exude a rich and evocative cultural background.
The landscapes express her experiences, intuitions and sensations in a natural environment. Sometimes she depicts nature’s power through the wind, the rocks or a transparently intense blue sky. On other occasions she captures scenes of serenity and beauty that invite us to let our imagination fly.
Her art-work is the result of continuous research that leads into new topics and expressions. However, she displays a mature yet accessible language that proves her communicative skills. She obtains her inspiration from reality but, instead of subordinating her art to it, she appropriates the theme and transforms it.
Her gestural brushwork has been gaining more fluency and freedom and responds to an internal impulse that finds its form in incisive and assertive dots and brush-strokes that often are very close to the abstract. Having a high command of the technique has enabled her to use it intuitively. Her language has become synthetic, essential, almost mystic.
Glòria Muñoz is PhD in Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona, where she teaches painting. Her art-work has been exhibited in many Spanish art galleries and further afield, e.g. London, Geneva, Bologna, Strasbourg, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She has regularly presented individual shows at Sala Parés since 1988.
Xavier Rodés has chosen to express his painting skills and judgement in a realist style, yet in a personal manner. His art-work is always evocative, showing great ability in portraying light, which he shades accordingly to describe a close up in a still life or a landscape atmosphere.
Alejandro Quincoces’ current art-work focuses on urban landscapes, mainly those of New York, Chicago and Bilbao. His interests are street scenes, rivers, industrial spaces, panoramic and vertical views from the top of skyscrapers.
Through his paintings the artist demonstrates the power of the painted image when representing either a fleeting moment of people and cars hectically progressing in the streets, or dusk igniting a cloud made of fog and smoke. His romantic gaze looks for light effects: lamps, shadows and reflections in the cool illumination of dawn and the warmer light of the afternoon.
Quincoces captures in his unmistakable personal language the poetry of beauty hidden in scenes of everyday life, even in the tougher aspects of reality.
Each painting is distinguished by his use of only a few colours through diversifying them into many shades. This reduction is intentional, inviting the spectator’s attention to concentrate on the overall mood thus avoiding distraction from details. In order to achieving a forceful statement he applies layers of material before painting, which creates textures and highlights expression. The style of some of his works reminds us of Romantic painters, even of the late Turner.
Quincoces is a Bachelor in Fine Arts by the University of the País Vasco. He has exhibited individually in many capitals of the Spanish regions and has participated in art fairs and museum displays in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and United States. He has obtained many prizes and his work is represented in important museum and art foundation collections. His art-work has been widely reviewed in newspapers and art magazines.
Albert Vidal’s paintings mainly depict urban themes that illustrate the intervention of human beings in large spaces. However, he approaches landscape in an individual manner that is apart from traditional.
He prefers presenting aerial views of big cities, those showing the rational structure of the metropolis’ layout and of buildings, as well as the more chaotic sights of a settlement undergoing transformation. He even looks at towns that were destroyed by bombs in Germany and Japan and rebuilt afterwards, painting both views from the same angle.
His repertoire also includes natural landscapes where there is no, or only a slight imprint of humanity activity, such as vast deserts or surfaces of seawater. He is a well travelled man and a meticulous observer, which comes across in his wide range of panoramic views from around the globe alongside his most recurrent topic which is Barcelona.
Albert Vidal keeps both a physical and emotional distance with the reality he depicts. It seems as if he wanted to draw a map of what he is seeing and a record of his feelings, allowing the audience to perceive the mystical and serene enchantment of the open spaces and, at the same time, the questions that the artist is posing. Vidal does not get carried away by the experience of reality; he contemplates it and makes it his own by painting it through the language of synthesis.
Each painting utilises a reduced range of colours diversifying them into many tones. The vibration of the colour is restrained as it would be the atmosphere of a big city.
The artist intention is to keep the spectator’s gaze flying over the whole composition without inviting to look at details or chromatic effects. Although his short brushstroke creates small stains in an abstract manner, the overall result comes across very realistically.
Albert Vidal has shown his work in individual and group exhibitions across Spain, in France, Japan, Switzerland and United States. In Barcelona he has exhibited at Sala Parés since 2001. He has also presented art installations at some Barcelona’s public spaces. He has received several art awards and prizes.
ANNA MIQUEL, Barcelona 1949
20/4/2017 – 16/5/2017
Anna Miquel (1949-2015) has been one of the most representative artists of Galeria Trama. Her works pay testimony to her vitality, energy and enthusiasm for the world that she was involved with, painting.
With extraordinary technical skill, Anna Miquel’s paintings transport us to very different worlds; worlds apparently disconnected to each other, but which the artist manages to connect through her work; pop art, animations, Vanitas, Velázquez, the sea, the references hidden behind her paintings are as varied and as extensive as her production and they transmit the desire she had to go beyond herself day after day, exhibition after exhibition. Her world always surprised us, as much for its innovation in the subject matter as in the techniques she used, hat aside from paint included very diverse materials, such as acetate, shellac and cement.
Large disproportional objects often occupy her creations. Everyday elements like a shoe, lipstick or a flower have at the hands of the artist become contemporary vanitas, inviting us to reflect on the passing of time and the importance of taking full advantage of it at every moment.
Anna Miquel was professor emerita at the Faculty of Fine Art of the Universitat de Barcelona. Her extensive artistic career is compiled in various monographs and publications. She realised numerous solo and group exhibitions and biennales, both nationally and internationally. It is worth also pointing out that her films from the early stages of her career: in Super8 and 35 mm received various prizes for animated films and as a writer, she also published several books for young people.
Antoni Mas’ paintings are created at a slow pace, meticulously and with perfectionism. They are made of minuscule brush-strokes, almost invisible.
Among his preferred subjects is the sea in Mallorca, which he approaches in various ways. Sometimes locating it in the foreground, where the transparency of the water allows you to see the seabed full of colours and volume. On other occasions he depicts it from a distance, where the peaceful movement of small waves lapping against a flat rock is bathed in many shades of the afternoon sunlight giving it the appearance of a sculpture. Quite often the ocean is stretching towards the horizon where an island surrounded by a mysterious light emerges. Other times the sea only represents the background to a forest where each tree and leaf are depicted with touching realism.
Antoni Mas expresses his feelings through landscapes or still lifes. He beautifully composes the latter with fragile and translucent flowers which talk about an ideal and fleeting reality that is subtle and delicate. On other occasions the main subject is a selection of fruits highlighted by a shaft of light that becomes magical, almost in baroque style, against the background of a rich range of ochres and greys which blends into an atmosphere of differing shades.
Each painting offers a reality willingly idealised by the artist with the aim of getting us to dream about a universe full of serenity and beauty.
Antoni Mas has exhibited individually in various Spanish towns and has also participated in group shows presented in Rome, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Geneva and other cities. His art-work has obtained several art prizes.
Josep Moscardo’s artistic maturity enables him to select places with interesting views which show his natural talent to depict them in masterful perspective.
He has a wide range of topics, being able to move from night-time scenes, where artificial illumination plays with darkness, to the brightest and most transparent atmosphere in daylight. We find many elements from daily life in his paintings which assist him in providing a sense of proximity as well as making them attractive, e.g. streets with cars and people moving, aerial perspectives and bar interiors. His scenes are bright and colourful, depicted without any symbolism or grandiose aim, but in a very casual and straightforward manner. Nevertheless, there is a degree of idealisation in them. The artist highlights the essential features and emphasises beauty, harmony and optimism.
In his creations colour is always lively and attractive. Each painting responding to a particular chromatic balance that he develops by incorporating many tones. He is able to synthesise many features in a single, free and successful brush-stroke. His aim is not an accurate description of reality, but to address the core of what he wants to express.
Josep Moscardó studied at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona and at School of Llotja. He has been exhibiting regularly at Sala Parés since 1978. His work has been shown in many individual and group shows in United States, also participating in shows organised in Japan and several European capitals.
Són escenes lluminoses i coloristes, tractades sense cap afany simbòlic o grandiloqüent, sinó d’una manera desenfadada i directa. Josep Moscardó idealitza els temes i en ressalta els trets essencials, apostant per la bellesa, l’harmonia i l’optimisme.
En la seva obra, el color és vital i suggestiu; cada quadre respon a un determinat acord cromàtic que desenvolupa amb infinitat de variants. És capaç de sintetitzar moltes coses en una pinzellada, lliure i encertada… Josep Moscardó no pretén descriure meticulosament la realitat, sinó anar directament al gra, al nucli del que ell vol expressar.
Va estudiar a l’Escola de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi i a l’Escola de Llotja de Barcelona. Exposa a la Sala Parés des de 1978, i també ho ha fet als Estats Units en moltes ocasions, així com al Japó i a algunes de les principals capitals europees.