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Facing towards life and its contingencies, in art, in her conquest of light. Facing away, in her icon, in her images, well she always paints feminine figures with printed, coloristic fabrics, between pop and spring, bright and illuminated, ludic and deep, between classic and the future. Alejandra Atarés (Zaragoza, 1987) studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, widened her knowledge in Bristol and deepened her studies in Art and Design at the Massachussets College. She started to exhibit her work in 2009 and she participated in several group shows and four solo shows in Barcelona. She has participated in the art fairs Art Karlsruhe, Art Madrid and SWAB.

She seems very confident because she fights. A young person can do whatever they want, but Atarés isn´t in a common position, searching with her heart and soul what she doesn’t know. She confesses: “I don’t know what I am looking for and I hope I’ll never find it, this way I will always keep searching”. Her spontaneity, her lack of artistic temperament, her naturalness, boost her artistic talent, which she undoubtedly possesses. She paints nature, gardens, figures with their backs turned which she does neatly and accurately. The subject is not determinent, what´s important is the how, what´s beneath. She doesn’t hide her ability of composition and her ability to make the color stronger, striking, without being kitsch. In the same way, it could be a poster, an illustration, but it is not, what she does is a new “japanism”.

She says her colleagues are her teachers and the people she learns the most from. Among her references are: Francesca de Mattio, Rosson Crow, Beatriz Milhazes, Vicky Iranzo and Laura López Balza. “To live I need the most thoughtful part of a human being. To spend hours in my studio thinking about what does or doesn’t interest me. I find myself, I lose myself, I wonder why I do this, and other things. All of it, is expressed through painting. There are calm moments in which I examine and then find myself, so I get to know myself a little better”. Her work crowns her elegance and her disdain proclaims the possibilities of her ambition and her innocence.

 

Tomás Paredes

(President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics /AICA Spain)