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Adrián Navarro

Esfera #10, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm.

Esfera #10, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm.

Loop #01, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 185 x 232 cm.

Loop #01, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 185 x 232 cm.

Loop #02, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 185 x 232 cm.

Loop #02, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 185 x 232 cm.

Loop #06, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 185 x 232 cm.

Loop #06, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 185 x 232 cm.

Loop #04, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 153 x 122 cm.

Loop #04, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 153 x 122 cm.

Fragment #39, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 75 x 50 cm.

Fragment #39, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 75 x 50 cm.

Fragment #36, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

Fragment #36, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

Fragment #38, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

Fragment #38, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.

LOOPS

Galería Maior – Pollença

 

The paintings of Adrián Navarro are product of a dialectical reflection and a careful execution. After conceptualism, thought is inevitable in the process of artistic creation, therefore the problem lies in guessing what is reflected and what the method is. The artist uses a logical dialectic to think his paintings, as in his pictures he shows a number of elements that can usually be considered antithetical, facing gesture to geometry, background to figure, disorder to order, the virtual to the real, two-dimensional to volumetric. The game is attractive and paradoxical, since the viewer’s perception is subjected to an unusual exercise in painting, which generally responds to mere instinct or seeks immediate pleasure before an attractive combination of shapes and colors. An apparently informalist background made of gestural brushes and colourful patterns covered by a milky glaze functions as an illusory landscape. On that plane-background a powerful geometric figure emerges which seems perceptually rendered by a uniform grid of white dots that let you glimpse the inside, creating the effect of permeability and detachment on the viewer.

 

The artist’s training as an architect becomes apparent in his approach, showing architecture’s ultimate function: creating habitable spaces. Navarro’s visual exploration celebrates the dichotomy among physical confinement and expansive freedom in painting. This struggle between opposites symbolizes the pulsation of life that plays tensely with the role of our body in the artificial world.

 

Adrián Navarro lives and works in London. He started his artistic activity in New York in 2001, after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, School of Architecture.  In 2008 Navarro completed his art studies in Central Saint Martin´s College of Art & Design.

Recent solo shows include Espacio Rojo, Galería Pilar Serra, Madrid, 2013; Reflections, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin, 2012 and In&Out, 60 Threadneedle Street Art Space, London, 2012. He has been featured in group shows such as The Collection, Eastmen Gallery, Hasselt, Belgium, 2014; Geometry of Chance, Mirus Gallery , San Francisco, 2013; Premiere 2013, Maerz Contemporary, Berlin, 2013 and Cómplices del arte español contemporáneo, Fundación Canal, Madrid 2012.

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Galeria Maior, Pollença, Mallorca.

2013
Espacio Rojo, Galería Pilar Serra. Madrid.

2012
Reflections, Maerz Contemporary. Berlin.
In&Out, 60 Threadneedle Street Art Space. London

2011
Ciclo Anillos, Galería Pilar Serra. Madrid.

2010
Ring Cycle, Hammerson Art Space. London.

2009
Implosion, Hammerson Art Space. London. 
27 Ojos, Galería Charpa. Valencia.

2008
Common People, Ada Street Gallery. London.

2007
Galaxia, UBS Bank Exhibition Hall. Madrid.

2006
Hombres y Salvajes, Galería Artificial. Madrid.

2004
Fuente, Espacio F. Madrid.

2001
De Diario, Centro de Arte de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Group exhibitions

2014
The Collection, Eastmen Gallery. Hasselt, Belgium

2013
Geometry of chance, Mirus Gallery. San Francisco.

2012
Premiere 2013, Maerz Contemporary. Berlin.
Complices del arte español, Fundación Canal. Madrid

2011
Colectiva Galería Pilar Serra. Madrid.
Sagacity Forman´s Smoke House Gallery. London. 

2010    
Pintura y Escultura. Galería Pilar Serra. Madrid.
La Perruque Hackey Wicked Festival. London.

2008
Illumini Crypt Gallery. London.

2007
Salon 07, Seven Seven Contemporary. London.
Art Unwrapped Mother Studios. London.

2005
‘Todos mis amigos han muerto’ Galería Casa Borne. Antequera.

2003
Hernández, Navarro, Mastretta Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt. Madrid.

2002
Jóvenes Creadores, Galería Luis Adelantado. Valencia.