Magí Puig

08.02.18 — 06.03.18
Bàsics, oil on canvas, 61 × 151 cm
545, oil on canvas, 89 × 170 cm
28, oil on canvas, 89 × 146 cm
Rua da Madalena, oil on canvas, 60 × 92 cm
La cita, oil on canvas, 97 × 130 cm
Alfama imposible, oil on canvas, 61 × 81 cm
Viatge al centre, oil on canvas, 97 × 130 cm
Animas, oil on canvas, 54 × 60 cm
The thin ice, oil on canvas, 60 × 81 cm
Steer your away, oil on canvas, 73 × 157 cm
Amgam, oil on canvas, 81 × 223 cm
Protecció total, oil on canvas, 50 × 116 cm
Carabelas nada, oil on canvas, 97 × 146 cm
Beach girls, oil on canvas, 81 × 81 cm
Line, oil on canvas, 116 × 116 cm
Blue line, oil on canvas, 33 × 46 cm
Blue & red, oil on canvas, 50 × 116 cm
Piruletes, oil on canvas, 50 × 54 cm
White line, oil on canvas, 116× 116 cm
Big fràgil white, oil on canvas, 89 × 89 cm
Big fràgil blak, oil on canvas, 89 × 89 cm
La llanterna màgica VIII, oil on canvas, 60 × 92 cm

Magí Puig

Magí Puig’s paintings find inspiration in his travels and scenes of daily life. His themes represent pieces from different landscapes, e.g. Senegal, Vietnam, or cities such as Venice and Havana. He also depicts figures on the beach, in the market, circus performers and others.

Each painting has a principal element, which the artist has worked intensively and meticulously. They stand out against the flat, uniform surface that represents the sky, the ground or water. He often uses close-ups in order to obtain vivid images of the people and objects represented. Then, the buildings, items or persons depicted in dark colours emerge dramatically from brighter backgrounds, acquiring volume and sculptural appearance. Other times he arranges the scene with high and low angles (as if he was looking at it from either above or below) creating unusual, vertiginous, eye-catching perspectives.

He utilises powerful colours to convey the essence of reality, going beyond the appearance. Intense luminosity is almost a constant feature in his creations. He approaches it into the bright glaring light, playing with its distorting influence on colour and creating backgrounds that combine both dense and translucent effects. Frequently, light and water merge into a bright and impenetrable atmosphere, like a shimmering haze. On other occasions, the light effects are set in the foreground and convey a feeling of distance and mystery to the painting.

The people he portrays are mostly women isolated in solitude, idealized, bathed in intense Mediterranean light. Recently he has introduced his children into his repertoire; they are represented in the intimacy of the family life, sleeping, jumping or playing on the tablet. The artist has the ability to capture moments and characteristic movements by “freezing” them in time, and turning them into special, almost spiritual moments.

Magí Puig, well-regarded by many collectors, has been exhibiting at Sala Parés, Barcelona, since 2003. He has displayed in other prestigious galleries and art fairs in Madrid, London, Paris, Geneva, New York, Toronto and Montpellier.

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