(Spanish, b. 1979)
Miquel Gelabert graduated from the University of Barcelona, Spain in 2005 and has subsequently been awarded many honors. He has been selected to participate in numerous group and public exhibitions throughout Spain, in locales including the Museu de Granollers, Fundació Cuixart and Fundació Valvi (Barcelona) and the Fundació Àngel Planells, Blanes, Spain.
In his paintings, Gelabert succeeds in gathering many of the main features of his pictorial corpus: the austerity of forms, his search of the essence, the mystery and the importance of colour, of space and textures as the backbone of composition. He has reﬁned the forms of landscape in nature and artiﬁcial geometry by harmoniously blending them together. Small geometric volumes, fascinating and enigmatic, are set in large surfaces of colour." – Germán Sierra
In 2013, Miquel Gelabert was invited to create a monumental sculpture for public display in L’Hospitalet’s Plaça Europa, a hub for international business in the center of the city. Gelabert’s creation is a five meter contemporary totem titled, Esperança (Hope). The city leaders scheduled the installation and inauguration in February 2016 to coincide with the World Mobile Congress, an annual event In L’Hospitalet which draws over 100,000 people from all over the world.
Esperança is carved from a single massive cedar tree. The cedar, native to Syria, was chosen by Gelabert as a symbol representing the circle of life and death; it is a call to pray for the end of the war in the Middle East and thus also symbolizes hope. The totem is painted in vibrant colors in long sinuous lines drawing the eye ever upward.
This project is the first public installation of a major sculptural work by Miquel Gelabert, which was on view February 19, 2016 through July 29, 2016
at Plaça Europa in L’Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain.