Núria Guinovart, Garikoitz Cuevas, Lourdes Fisa i Guillermo Fornes

17.11.2013 - 10.01.2017

Núria Guinovart

The personal technique of this painter, based on the use of materials such as industrial cement and the occasional use of tar, responds to her desire to articulate a poetic discourse of strength, and at the same time with a subtle and profound warmth. With heavy materials of little aesthetic character, Guinovart constructs a world of refined elegance, formed of light and even lyrical spaces.

Extracting materials from the smooth, waxy and cold surface of the grey cement, Núria Guinovart makes her incisions, a delicate trace, highlight with tar. It is a delicate moment, marked by the time the cement takes to set, one in which the personal affirmation of the artist, her sensitivity and capacity for expression has to take place. So, with a language of simple and abstract forms, silent spaces arise, often with allusions to landscapes.

She uses neutral tones, different hues of grey and more recently, greens, blues, yellows, pinks and purples. But she always works with tenuous and soft hues.

The natural cracking of the cement brings a sensation of fragility and reinforces in this way the touch of tenderness that Guinovart transfers to a cold material without life. Her painting is charged with emotions and feelings that manage to make the material itself speak.

The work of Núria Guinovart links in with contemporary Catalan abstraction in a way that also evokes the murals of prehistoric art and even the Romanesque.

She has exhibited in many prominent galleries in Catalonia, and her painting today forms part of collections across various countries and is received with growing interest by professionals, critics, and art lovers.


Garikoitz Cuevas

The talent of Gari Cuevas lies in the combination of his technical skill and ability to capture in his works concepts and emotions with a great poetic and narrative content. The particularity of Cuevas lies in his language, a unique technique elaborated over more than twenty years of career. His décollage, which consists in the progressive superimposing of canvases stuck onto the painterly support, where he later intervenes selectively tearing away fragments of different canvases of the composition.

Cuevas has presented his work continuously in different Spanish Galleries, Visual Arts Biennials and International Art Fairs, such as MACO in Mexico D.F., MiArt in Milan and ARCO in Madrid. He has been awarded grants by the Col·legio d’Espanya in Paris and the Residència d’Estudiantes in Madrid. In 2006, he received First Prize for Painting, from the Fundación Focus-Abengoa in Seville. His work forms part of museums and collections such as MNCARS in Madrid, Fundación Focus- Abengoa, the Fundación Cajasol in Sevill, Fundación Provincial de Cultura de la Diputació of Cadiz, the Unicaja Collection, the Collections of Caja de Extremadura and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, amongst others.


Guillermo Fornes

Guillermo Fornes is heir to the painterly traditions of contemporary art, but his painting develops its own language that liberates itself from the weight of tradition. The canvas becomes for him a field of experimentation, the support for gestures that bears witness to the passing of time, and memory.

If much of the art of our time has become strident and obviousin the endeavour to capture our attention and distract us from the screen of a mobile phone, some artists, like Guillermo Fornes, have opted for the opposite path. One where painting is proposed not as a frenetic display, so much as the silent testimony to alchemy, to the passing of time and dreams.

His work is based on two pillars, the creation of his own personal iconography, where the power of his gesture and the emphatic nature of his narrative stand out, transmitting in each work subtle strokes of emotion. On the other, innovation in the creative process, he experiments with techniques as much as with materials (dust, pressurised water, varnishes, fire..) that reinforce his discourse and desire for synthesis.

To the new series “Origen”, Guillermo Fornes places in action the formulation of a new proposal that continues with his personal language, with which he transmits all its emotional charge in the execution. The results of this series denote a continuation of his work of synthesis, conserving a symbolic charge as an aesthetic principal.

The aesthetic and theoretical foundations that can be recognised in this new series are based on the value of colour and symbolism. The technique is sustained by the selection of pure pigment and water as primordial elements.

Fornes was born in Bilbao in 1964. Since 1991 he realised his studies in Fine Art at Kings College of Art in London, a city where he established his first studio during seven years. Beforehand he had studied psychology at the Cardenal Cisneros Universidad de Madrid (1986-1990). Since his return to Spain, he has been investigating and experimenting with new painterly techniques and printmaking, developing his work at the Fundación Bilbao Arte. He has collaborated with the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao (2004-2005) and currently develops his activities between Madrid and Ibiza.


Lourdes Fisa

The works ofFisaare rich and varied, overlaying multiple layers of matter, as if depositing memories that weave together her symbolic imaginary. She breaks and tears away to rebuild, engraving with the idea of exploring and delving into the depths. Not unlike a Russian nesting doll, each one of her works incorporates much more in its interior, as it combines printmaking techniques with painting, creating the contrast of gesture and material that characterises her work.

Through her abstract language, Lourdes Fisa has achieved her own architectural graphic language, a personal iconography and a singular methodology. Her painting is a universe full of symbolic registers. The colour, agility of gesture, textures and collage, are resources to be read with depth and complicity, as they enable the artist to capture abstract concepts, feelings, sensations and everything that flows within her rich and full interior world.

Lourdes Fisa has a degree in Fine Art from theUniversitat de Barcelona, specialising in printmaking, and had an Erasmus grant to extend her studies at the HochshulefürBildendeKünste, Braunschweig,Germany. She received a cultural grant from the Generalitatof Catalonia, to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in the United States. She has done printmaking residencies in England at Wilkey’s Moor workshop. Her stays in these cities have enriched her and enabled her to develop her career on both a national and international level. She has exhibited in solo shows in different institutions and numerous galleries in Catalonia, Spain, abroad, such as Portugal, Luxemburg, Holland, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, the United States, Indonesia, etc. and regularly in international art fairs. Her work is present in prestigious private and institutional collections in Catalonia, Spain and abroad.


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