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MIQUEL GELABERT Biography

 

Miquel GELABERT  (Spanish   b.1979)

 

Miquel Gelabert graduated from the University of Barcelona, Spain in 2005 and has subsequently been awarded many honors. Selected to participate in numerous group and public exhibitions throughout Spain, including the Museu de Granollers, Fundació Cuixart and Fundació Valvi (Barcelona) and the Fundació Àngel Planells, Blanes, Spain; he was the first emerging artist to inaugurate the New Artists’ Space at the Fundació Arranz-Bravo in Barcelona in 2009.

In a short time, Gelabert has distinguished himself among contemporary Spanish artists and their famous ancestors:  Miró, Dalí, Chillida, and Tàpies.  He is by trade and vocation - a painter.  Not a multidisciplinary artist or a multi-conceptual artist. He is a painter, period, with no other pretense. Inspired by the international minimalism of Mondrian and Malevich and invigorated by the abstract expressionism of Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt, he is not a purist painter in the sense in which modern abstract painting evolved over the course of the twentieth century.   Rather than follow the trend of all-encompassing aesthetic distillation, Gelabert  achieves his purpose, like all great artists, by finding support in a great tradition, one that exists in Catalan twentieth-century painting.  Modern Catalan abstraction avoids abstract formalism thanks to its intimate connection with the landscape and nature; Miró is perhaps the clearest example of this relationship.  Nature has been an enormous influence on Catalan artists’ conception of form and colors; in addition, because of the gentle luminescence of the region, colors are perceived sharply and clearly.  The art critic and curator, Albert Mercadé, feels that this connection to both land and sea has added a humanity to the abstraction of the Catalan artists and has stated that Gelabert “restores poetry to geometric abstraction in contemporary painting.“


Solo Exhibitions

2018       Permanent public sculptures installed at Mar I Murta Botanical Garden, Blanes, Spain

2016       Esperança sculpture displayed in public square, L’Hospitalet, Spain

2015       Casa Saladrigas, Blanes, Spain

2010       Alibert, Caunes, France; GaleriaPèrgamon 4, Barcelona

2009       Arranz-Bravo Foundation, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

2008       Galeria 4SPAIS D’ART, Lleida, Spain; Varennes Fine Arts Ltd., London, UK

2007       Escoles Velles Cultural Center, Begur, Spain; Centre d’ArtMarçóVell, Centelles, Spain; Espai El Pati, Cambrils, Spain

2006       Galeria Aritza, Bilbao, Spain; Galeria Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain; Galeria Les Roselles, Roses, Spain; Casa Saladrigas, Blanes, Spain

2003       Galeria Sargadelos, Lugo, Spain

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017       Barcelona art diffusion, Barcelona, Spain; Arranz-Bravo Foundation, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

2016       Barcelona art diffusion, Barcelona, Spain; Arranz-Bravo Foundation, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

2015       Barcelona art diffusion, Barcelona, Spain; Arranz-Bravo Foundation, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

2014       Galeria Pèrgamon 4, Barcelona; Arranz-Bravo Foundation, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

2013       Janzen Galerie, Wupperthal; Galeria Pèrgamon 4, Barcelona

2012       Janzen Galerie, Wupperthal; Galeria Pèrgamon 4, Barcelona; Arranz-Bravo Foundation, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain

2011       FAXINATION JAPAN, XYZ collective, Tokyo; Galeria Pèrgamon 4, Barcelona; Berger Gallery, Barcelona

2010       Galeria Aritza, Bilbao

 

2010-2011 Itinerant show Honda la Garriga Painting Awards in Biblioteca Pública de Lleida, Fontana d’Or (Girona), Centro Cultural Cortijo de Miraflores (Marbella) and Palau Moja (Barcelona)

 

2009       GaleriaPèrgamon 4, Barcelona, Spain; GaleriaAritza, Bilbao, Spain

2008       Itinerant exhibitions La Mútua Painting Award at Museu de Granollers (Barcelona), FundacióCuixart (Barcelona) and FundacióValvi (Girona); GaleriaPèrgamon 4, Barcelona, Spain; Galeria Aritza, Bilbao, Spain

2007       GaleriaAritza, Bilbao, Spain; GaleriaPèrgamon 4, Barcelona, Spain; Galeria 4SPAIS D’ART, Lleida, Spain; Art al Cel, Badalcel’07, Badalona, Spain

2006       GaleriaAritza, Bilbao, Spain; Galeria Les Roselles, Roses, Spain; Galeria Fidel Balaguer, INART’06, Girona, Spain

2005       Galeria Les Roselles, Roses, Spain; Crit d’Art, Blanes, Spain; Galeria Fidel Balaguer, INART’05, Girona, Spain

2004       Fine Arts University, Barcelona, Spain

2003       ÀngelPlanells Foundation, Blanes, Spain; Fine Arts University, Barcelona, Spain

2002       Critd’Art, Blanes, Spain

 

Awards

2010       2nd Prize on XII International Painting Awards Honda La Garriga, La Garriga, Spain

2009       selected on 3rd Biennal Torres-Garcia Ciutat de Mataró 2009, Mataró, Spain

2008       selected on La Mútua Painting Awards, Granollers, Spain

2007       1st Prize on LXIV edition  Centelles Painting Awards, Centelles, Spain; 2nd Prize de la 26th Edition Vila de Cambrils Painting Awards, Cambrils, Spain

 

Selected Museum Exhibitions, Public and Private Collections

Arranz-Bravo Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

Centre d’Art Marçó Vell, Centelles City Hall, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Saladrigas, Blanes, Spain

Centre Cultural Cambrils, Cambrils, Spain

Centre Cultural Escoles Velles, Begur, Spain

La Garriga City Hall, Barcelona, Spain

The Lawren Harris House, Toronto, Canada

Quest Group, London, U.K.