Barcelona is a city filled with culture, with a history that goes back to the Roman empire and works of arts by legendary names like Picasso and Gaudí. Eduardo Arranz-Bravo is now part of that list.
Who is Eduardo Arranz-Bravo
Born in Barcelona in 1941, Arranz-Bravo work on his technique at the San Jorge Fine Arts School for 3 years, until 1962. His works in plastic art began by being abstract but, over time, the artist moved to a more figurative type of painting, culminating in a style that mixes abstract, color, and figurative work.
The artist’s main attribute is his desire to take on new challenges and find new ways to express himself. Arranz-Bravo lived at a time where artists would represent the postwar with dramatic themes in their paintings, but he chose a different path. The artist’s paintings are colorful, positive and always have a touch of meaningful and metaphorical abstraction.
The artist was inspired to experiment other techniques during a time when Spain was transitioning its political terms to democracy. Besides painting, the artist started experimenting with sculpture and drawing, performance and film.
His main influences came from his involvement with a group of artists between 1968 to 1970. The group included the figurative style of Rafael Bartolozzi, the surrealism painting of Robert Limós and the abstract creations of Gerard Sala.
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What he chooses to represent
The subject-matter is one of the most important aspects of any artist. For Arranz-Bravo, the goal is to represent the daily man, the one who falls in love, who gets angry, the goal is to represent and express the problems, fears, worries, frustrations, isolation and repressions which swallow the modern day man.
But themes aren’t just something that the artist chooses to draw: they’re also something he wants to give to the people; it’s about making people see something that he believes in. In this matter, Eduardo doesn’t just paint on the screens that hang on walls, he is regularly invited to paint public and private murals that he fills with colors. The artist says that he paints true art when he empties himself from the noise, people, and reality. He describes it as a gymnastic movement that comes from within, thus his hand becomes the messenger from his gut, claiming the walls with his creativity.
Today, his exhibitis can be visited all over the world, including in China, Russia, USA, and Europe.
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