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ARTIST STATEMENT

I’m an artist from Madrid, Spain.  For the last six years I’ve been working under sponsorship from Andrew Weissman, a collector from Washington DC.  He discovered me while I was having a solo show at Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco.  While under sponsorship, I’ve been living in Sausalito and Santa Monica.  Prior to moving west, I spent three years in New York.  I originally came to the United States by receiving a grant to attend Cooper Union in New York.

My works are mostly life-sized figures.  They range from 10″x10″ to 103″x61″.  I work on paper that is laid over canvas, and mounted on wooden frames.  I use acrylic, graphite, inks, and resins to create my images.  I would define my work as Abstract – Realism, with a Conceptual emphasis.

I focus on humanism, inspired by the Renaissance, where the principal attention was on the figure. I like to work on life size paintings or larger. Usually I choose nakedness to avoid any social reference, dealing with existential issues that can be related to anyone.

The purpose of representing people is a way to magnify their existence and their values. I treat these images as sacred forms, almost as Icons. I try to avoid any social element to make a more universal statement.  These are confrontational pieces that face the viewer with the experience of the inner self.

The work describes the constant battle of the senses, the tension inside. The duality that exists in our physical condition: spirit and material, perishable and eternal. Sometimes I draw a line over the person on the paper to reproduce an almost exact image. The individual and the sense of individuality, appears and then disappears with the current loss of identity.  The head remains open, without a limit line.  In this way, I integrate in the image the abstract nature of the mind.

Time is always present. The image is situated in a timeless space, though you can feel the constant motion of time trough it.  With every moment comes death and renewal.  I think of infinities and limits.

I go from working in a very minimal way to a more detailed and complex. I use very few elements to create my work. Always trying to avoid excess by constructing and washing out the image.

RESUME

EDUCATION
1997 The Cooper Union School of Art – New York City (Grant)
1996 School of Fine Arts  – Lisboa, Portugal (Grant)
1990/95 Complutense University (Bachelor of Fine Arts) – Madrid, Spain
1990/95  Arjona School of Art – Madrid, Spain
1989 ENP Graphic Design School – Madrid, Spain

EXHIBITIONS
2010 Launch@5900 Wilshire – In and Out of the Body – Los Angeles, Ca
2010 Launch@5900 Wilshire – LAUNCH Lounge – Los Angeles, Ca
2010 Tracy Park Gallery – Malibu, Ca
2009 Lawrence Asher Gallery – Los Angeles, Ca
2009 Fellini Gallery- “Visionaries” – Shanghai
2009 Fellini Gallery- Beijing
2009 Tracy Park Gallery – Malibu, Ca
2009 Arena 1 Gallery- Los Angeles, CA
2008 Lawrence Asher Gallery – Los Angeles, Ca
2008 Arena 1 Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2008 Tracy Park Gallery- Santa Monica, CA
2007 Tracy Park Gallery – Los Angeles, Ca
2007 LA Art Show International Art Fair – Galley C. Los Angeles, CA
2006 LA Art Show International Art Fair – Gallery C- Los Angeles, CA
2006 Gallery C. “Drawings” – Hermosa Beach, CA
2006 Tracy Park Gallery – Los Angeles, Ca
2005 Epoxy-box Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2005 Flash Art Fair – Bologna, Italy
2005 Intergallery Milan – Bologna, Italy
2005 Tracy Park Gallery – Los Angeles, Ca
2004 Hamilton  Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
2003 XI Estampa Art Fair. Tentaciones – Madrid, Spain
2003 Premio Adaja de Pintura. Palacio los Serranos – Avila, Spain
2003 Jorge Albero Gallery – Madrid, Spain
2003 Dolbi Chadwik Gallery – San Francisco, CA
2001 Juan Manuel Lumbreras Gallery – Bilbao, Spain
2000 Egizio’s Project Gallery – New York, NY
1999 Weinstein Gallery – San Francisco, CA (solo show)
1998 Weinstein Gallery – San Francisco, CA (solo show)
1997 473 Gallery – New York City
1997 The Cooper Union School of Art – New York City
1997 Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts – New York City
1996 A.G. Torres Gallery – Bilbao, Spain
1996 María de Oliver Gallery https://launchla.org/artists_bhowe.html- Madrid, Spain
1996 Universidad Complutense – Madrid, Spain
1995 María de Oliver Gallery – Madrid, Spain
1995 Ayllon Museum – Segovia, Spain
1995 Biosca  Gallery – Madrid, Spain
1955 Complutense University – Madrid, Spain
1995 El Foro Cultural Center – Madrid, Spain
1995 Santa Bárbara Gallery – Madrid, Spain
1994 Grupo Tres  (Artist group formation)
1994 Astarté Gallery – Madrid, Spain
1994 El Foro Cultural Center – Madrid, Spain

AWARDS
2000/09 Sponsorship in California – Andrew Weissman, Washington, DC
1997 Grant – Cooper Union School of Art – New York City
1996 Grant – Art School of Fine Art – Lisboa, Portugal
1995 Grant – painting – Ayllon, Segovia
1995 First Prize Gredos de Pintura – Avila,

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Ayllón Museum – Segovia, Spain
Arenas de San Pedro Museum – Avila, Spain

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