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Omar Arráez

Biography

Art was waiting at home for Omar Arráez when he was born in Elda, Alicante, in 1982. This art has taken him to produce bodies of work in mixed materials which draw strongly on his past and landscape. His work is inflected with wit and marked with a profound sense of humanity and awareness of the body. There is a subtle presence of intertextuality through his use of medium and location.

Arráez first created with drawing, like every young boy, dipping frantically between sketching, comic illustration and graffiti. He honed his skills commercially working as a shoe designer, but quickly realised the importance of creativity over commerce and made the uncertain leap to studying Fine Arts in Altea. In the heady learning environment of University, Omar pooled every resource to his creative advantage. Opening his mind to text, criticism, his mentors and his peers he began to carve his formative style in Sculpture and Painting while maintaining his experimental roots in non-canvas, site specific urban expression.

He was awarded a scholarship to Rome (Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, 2004), where his hands, fired by the ancestry and heritage of art around him, were applied to portraiture through oil painting.
This experience galvanized his application to Painting, which he graduated with a degree from Barcelona University (UB) in 2006.

Feeding his creativity from everyday shapes, textures, media and encounters, a slow evolution of experimenting with material, colour and process is crucial to his articulation, especially when “you can always go back to white.” Location is the keystone to his shifting expression in his exhibited works. From Ibiza, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid to Edinburgh, the body and layout feed from the space. Using obstacles as opportunities, Arráez allows his exhibition environment to translate his work, much as his earlier site-specific work had transformed his urban surroundings.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Solo Exhibitions
2015
Light & Shadows. Rimonim Art Gallery. Miami. USA
Anonymous, curated by Jesús Clavero Rodríguez. Instituto Cervantes. New Delhi. India
2012
Paper Portraits, curated by Carlos Redondo. Axolotl Gallery. Edinburgh. Scotland
2009
Buscando Nosequé. drawings & writings. Can Tixedo. Ibiza. Spain
2008
No Son Nadie (They are Nobody). Montana Shop & Gallery. Valencia. Spain
Non son Nessuno, curated by Luca Freschi. Galleria Michelacci. Meldola (Forlí). Italy
No Son Nadie. Casino Eldense. Elda (Alicante). Spain
2007
“ON SALE”. La Boca, espacio de cultura. Madrid. Spain
“La pintura sin papeles”, Self-promotion in ARCO 2007. Madrid. Spain
2006
Del uso al abuso (From use to abuse), vs. Carlos Martínez. Centro 14. Alicante. Spain

Group Exhibitions / Fairs

2016
Art 4 U. Rimonim Art Gallery. Miami. USA
Los artistas vuelven a clase (Artists back to school). Centro 14. Alicante. Spain
Art Palm Beach. Miami. USA
2015
Art Palm Beach. Miami. USA
Treasures. Rimonim Art Gallery. Miami. USA
Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair. Miami. USA
2014
Karuna en papel (Karuna on paper). Colaboration project with Streets of India. Espacio en Blanco. Barcelona. Spain
Concept Art Fair. Miami. USA
Crossing the Sea, curated by Rick Rofe. Rimonim Art Gallery. Miami. USA
Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair. Miami. USA
2013
HFAF. Houston Fine Art Fair. Houston. USA
Summer 2013 at Rimonim Art Gallery. Miami. USA
Spring 2013 at Rimonim Art Gallery. Miami. USA
Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair. Miami. USA
2012
XXVI BMW Painting Award. Casa de Vacas. Madrid. Spain
Ynglada-Guillot International Drawing Award. Espai VolArt, Fundació Vila Casas. Barcelona. Spain
2011
Meninas Asesinas (Killer Meninas), curated by Ramón Rico Carpena. Casino Eldense. Elda (Alicante). Spain
2009
Eldado. Casino Eldense. Elda (Alicante). Spain
2008
SpainTour, curated by Evelyna Podjapolskaja. Atelier Las Meninas. Brusels. Belgium
2006
Propuestas 10, Centro 14, Alicante. Spain
2005
Dialogai & Gincai. Art Academy Museum of Vilnius. Lithuania
2004
Mostra 04.  Accademia di Belle Arti. Roma. Italy
2003
Huellas en Blanco y Negro (Footprints on BnW). Facultad BBAA de la UMH. Altea. Spain
VI Encuentro de Arte Joven (Young Artists Encounters). Alicante. Spain
XXX  Bancaja Painting & Sculpture Award. IVAM. Valencia. Spain

Awards
2012
Ynglada Guillot Foundation International Drawing Award. (selected). Barcelona. Spain
2011
XXVI BMW Painting Award (selected). Madrid. Spain
2007
Baronía de Polop (honour mention). Alicante. Spain
2006
II  Mobiauto Painting Award (1st prize). Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona. Spain
Propuestas 10 (selected). Centro 14. Alicante. Spain
Font d'Art (honour mention). Ontinyent (Alicante). Spain
2005
I  Mobiauto Painting Award (1st prize). Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona. Spain
III Bienal de Pintura Gabriel Poveda (1st prize). Elda (Alicante). Spain
9th  Certamen Internacional de Escultura en Nieve (2nd prize). Pas de La Casa. Andorra
2004
II Bienal de Pintura Gabriel Poveda (2nd prize). Elda (Alicante). Spain
2003
XXX Bancaja Painting & Sculpture Award (selected). IVAM. Valencia. Spain

Education
2016
“Art & Society”. Antoni Miró Contemporary Art Cathedra. UA University of Alicante. Spain
Photo-engraving techniques. Taller de grabado” Eusebio Sempere”. Instituto Alicantino de Cultura Juan Gil-Albert. Alicante. Spain
2008
C.A.P University of Alicante UA. Alicante. Spain
2006
BFA in Fine Arts (Painting sp.)  UB. Barcelona. Spain
2004
Séneca Grant, UB. Barcelona. Spain
2003
Erasmus Grant, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. Rome. Italy
2003
I Alabastro carving Simposium. Zaragoza. Spain
2003
1st  degree of Fine Arts. UMH, Universidad Miguel Hernández. Altea (Alicante). Spain

Collections
Fundació Vila-Casas, Barcelona
Instituto Alicantino de Cultura Juan Gil-Albert, Alicante
Ayuntamiento de Alicante
Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona
Private Collections in Spain, Italy, France, UK, USA, Mexico, India, China.

 

Press / Publications
PAC. Omar Arráez Pérez interview by Jose Luis Martínez Meseguer. 19-10-2015   http://www.plataformadeartecontemporaneo.com/pac/entrevista-a-omar-arraez-perez/
Wall Street International. Spring 2014 at Rimonim. 07-04-2014    http://wsimag.com/art/8439-spring-2014
XtraArt. Omar Arráez y sus retratos de papel en el Cervantes de Nueva Delhi. 24-01-2014
http://www.xtrart.es/2014/01/24/las-caras-arrugadas-de-omar-arraez-en-el-cervantes-de-nueva-delhi/
Diario Información. De Alicante a la India con sus dibujos escultóricos. Alicante 14-02-2014
Hindustan Times. The art of making picture-perfect Paper Portraits. Mahim Gupta. New Delhi. 29-1-2014    http://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/the-art-of-making-picture-perfect-paper-portrait/story-uyzc35wx0ClhsKGcuuYq2M.html
El Confidencial. Omar Arráez eleva en la India la arruga a arte con sus "dibujos escultóricos". EFE. 28-01-2014    http://www.elconfidencial.com/ultima-hora-en-vivo/2014-01-28/omar-arraez-eleva-en-la-india-la-arruga-a-arte-con-sus-dibujos-escultoricos_157844/
XXVI Premio BMW de Pintura.  Ed. BMW Ibérica, S.A. 2011
No Borders Magazine. Francesca Basenguer.  Jan. 2011
Spanish Film & Arts Festival Magazine. Cinemaattic. Dec. 2010
Del uso al abuso. Ayuntamiento de Alicante. 2006
Propuestas 10. Arte Joven. Ayuntamiento de Alicante. 2006
XXX Premio Bancaixa Pintura y Escultura. Fundación Bancaja, 2003. I.S.B.N.: 84-8471-051-3