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The IB Isabel Bilbao Galería de Arte Shows New Works by Cristina Guerrero

artwork: Cristina Guerrero - "La Transformacion II" - Oil on canvas - 100 x 200 cm. - Courtesy the IB Isabel Bilbao Galería de Arte, Alicante, Spain. On view in "Cristina Guerrero: An Instant and its Equivalence" from August 12th until August 30th


Alicante, Spain.-  The IB Isabel Bilbao Galería de Arte is pleased to present “Cristina Guerrero: An Instant and its Equivalence”, on view at the gallery from August 12th through August 30th. “An Instant and its Equivalence”, consists of series of painted diptychs that create the visual effect of a shape and its apparent counterpart. In this exhibition, the Spanish artist continues to develop her “Semjanzas (Similarities)” cycle, work that has brought her national and international recognition since 2004. Cristina Guerrero (born in San Sebastian in 1979) graduated from the University of the Basque Country in 2002 with a degree in fine arts. In the “Semjanzas” series she combines objects and everyday personal life with details of her or her partner’s or even their children’s’ body.

During this process she determines a connection, between shapes, colours and appearances, which serves to create new associations. Owe to this, Guerrero prefers to create well realistic and representational oils, devoted to detail and an accurate use of light and shadow. Clothing, food, jewellery and other accessories are gathered by the artist herself and collected both from her trips and her everyday’s shopping in Renteria, where she lives. However, the young painter deprives these items of their essential characteristics and transfers the observer’s interpretation to them while maintaining the relationship with herself, with her own life and atmosphere; and establishing a link between the object and her anatomy. Cristina Guerrero creates images that, at first glance, give the illusion of a reflection, but in fact they show analogies not entirely clear from the start. It is the artist’s vision that reveals the link between life and the environment, character and object, body and nature. So diverse and heterogeneous connections emerge ranging from logical objects, their dramatic interpretation and a bold overstatement of the images. Cristina Guerrero’s work is presented, in galleries in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and San Sebastian in Spain; New York and Chicago (USA); Berlin, Frankfurt, and Kaarst in Germany; and in international fairs in Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy and the United States.

artwork: Cristina Guerrero - "En Que Hora Vivo III" - Oil on canvas - 100 x 200 cm. Courtesy the IB Isabel Bilbao Galería de Arte, Alicante, Spain.

The IB Isabel Bilbao gallery was founded by the artist Oscar Bento in December 1989 as Atelier Uno, located at the port of Jávea (in Alicante, Spain). In June 1990 Isabel Bilbao became the director of the gallery. In the spring of 1993 the gallery moved to a three story old building at the old town in Javea. From 1996 to 1998 this gallery ran alongside a second gallery space in Denia (also in Alicante, Spain). Both spaces were named as IB Isabel Bilbao – Galería de Arte. The Javea space shut down in December 2008 due to the intense renovation works in the old town in Javea. In 2004 the gallery opens a new space, ‘Collection’, in Moraira (Alicante, Spain) and in 2007 the gallery opened IB Isabel Bilbao Galerie, a new space in Berlin. The gallery is committed to the selection, exhibition and promotion of the contemporary arts and seeks to create a direct channel of communication between artists and society. Visit the gallery’s website at … http://www.isabelbilbao.com