Arte Informado, 23/10/2018

Article published in the digital magazine Arte Informado about the solo show by Alessandro Tofanelli, Spazi nella memoria“.

You can read here (only available in spanish).

Bonart, 23/10/2018

Article published in the digital magazine Bonart about the solo show by Alessandro Tofanelli, Spazi nella memoria“.

You can read here (only available in catalan).

La ventana del arte, 23/10/2018

Article published in the digital magazine La ventana del arte about the solo show by Alessandro Tofanelli, Spazi nella memoria“.

You can read here (only available in spanish).

La Vanguardia, 6/10/2018

Publication wrote on October 6, 2018 in the printed edition of Cultura/s of La Vanguardia about “Frida, a sangre” from the artist Pedro García Villegas.

 

Translation, press review 

Frida Kahlo and the paper (By Sònia Hernández, art critic)

The work of Pedro García Villegas, who was born in Albacete in 1961 but lives in Catalonia since 1967, exemplifies that nostalgia that has been pointed out as a prominent feature of the collective thought or imagination of our time. His nostalgia gives off optimism and seeks the recovery of some of the glamour of times now perceived as more splendid. He himself assures that he feels “more identified” and that “aesthetically I am very attracted to the 50s and the 60s: the yellowish photos, the fashion, the aesthetics of the people, the furniture …”. Marilyn Monroe, Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn or the Beatles are some of the icons whose portraits he has reproduced.

To compose his collages, he uses sheets of old magazines, especially Paris Match, found in French markets. The yellowish paper, some cut out phrases, the graphics and the typographies of the time increase the information with which one wants to almost always reconstruct a face: “The human figure is what interests me the most; and it’s been like that since I was little”. The painting occupies a secondary position or, even, sometimes disappears leaving space to numerous layers of paper. The technique caught his attention when he worked as a lawyer with an art dealer who represented an artist who used it. He tried to do it himself and turned it into his artistic language.

Now he has focused on Frida Kahlo; her figure attracted him for its aesthetic value and her symbolic status. After learning to compose a thematic series, he found in her “a fascinating character, full of contrasts, who knew how to overcome all calamities”. García Villegas has never made a self-portrait, although he recognizes that, as in any artwork, in all the pieces in which he has recreated different life stages of Frida Kahlo, he can hide some of his own traits; “There are people who have told me that I look like Frida,” he laughs. I believe that I am a much more contained person than her, but in any case, there are things in which I would like to be like her, for her vitality. For continuing to be an artist, living and loving above all, regardless of who you want, when you want or how you want. This is what fascinates me the most”.

The keys

THE AUTHOR. From law education, he considers himself self-taught. He is particularly interested in the aesthetics of the 50s and 60s. His work is part of collections such as the Bassat and the Vila Casas Foundation.

THE WORK. He uses paper from old magazines on wood because the canvas would not resist the pressure of the paper layers. Since the beginning he has specialized his work in portraits, often cultural icons.

PHOTO CAPTION Pedro García Villegas among several of his works inspired by Frida Kahlo

El Periódico, 21/9/18

Publication wrote on September 21, 2018 in ON Barcelona in El Periódico about “Frida, a sangre” from the artist Pedro García Villegas.

Online version available here (spanish).

Translation, press review 

Piece by Piece

(by Natàlia Farré, art critic)

The art of Pedro García Villegas attends to the ‘collage’ technique and the portrait genre. The Barnadas gallery shows its latest pieces, a tribute to Frida Kahlo

Collage, characters and Pedro García Villegas are an inseparable trio. Not in vain the Albacete artist has always worked with paper cut outs. First from any kind, then only with Paris Match sheets of the 50 and 60, specifically. The reason of his preference for the French magazine has a casual provenance («somehow it came to my hands», he says) and an aesthetic reason: «I was attracted by its colors, its shades, its graphics, and by the poetical of the French words». And «the patina given by the years», or what is the same: the yellowish white of the pages that is ideal to represent the skin.

The skin of his protagonists, since Garcia Villegas makes famous portraits with collages: David Bowie, Woody Allen, Katherine Hepburn … and now Frida Kahlo. Fourteen works dedicated to the Mexican artist in the last two years. Why her? «She has always fascinated me, as a person and as an artist, for its exceptional way of overcoming adversities and continuing to fight». Not only that: «She was a very beautiful woman. She was full of light! ». A light that shines in the Barnadas gallery. –

STAR

Portraits of Frida Kahlo, all made with the technique of ‘collage’, from photos of the artist (F.K.)

WITH CHAVELA

The exhibition, in addition to portraits, presents the painter (Frida Kahlo) with Chavela Vargas (singer) and Diego Rivera (Frida’s husband).

Bonart, 5/6/2018

Article published in the digital magazine Bonart about the solo show by Leo Wellmar, “Spaces, emotional constructions“.

You can read here (only available in catalan).

Bonart, 8/4/2018

Article published in the digital magazine Bonart about the solo show by Didier Lourenço, “High fidelity“.

You can read here (only available in catalan).

El núvol, 23/11/2017

In digital media Núvol, they have written a review about Keiko Ogawa’s exhibition “Temps aturat”.

You can read it in the link below:

https://www.nuvol.com/noticies/keiko-ogawa-temps-aturat-galeria-barnadas/ (it’s in catalan).

La ventana del arte

Article published in the digital magazine La ventana del arte about solo show by Keiko Ogawa.

You can read the article here.

Bonart, 13/11/2017

Article published in the digital magazine Bonart about solo show by Keiko Ogawa:

You can read here (it’s in catalan)

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