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Meet the Residents: Leonora Pardo standard

Leonora Pardo is a sculptor working on figurative pieces themed around childhood. She has travelled from Chile to do the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art. Why did you decide to do this Residency? What were you doing before? I studied Fine Arts at university so my profession is visual artist, specialised in sculpture. Before coming to Barcelona I worked like many artists – I gave sculpture classes in a university in Chile and I also had my studio where I worked every day on my own work. I decided to come here in order to travel, to see more art. I always felt that my art would not work as well if I just stayed in Chile; I needed ...

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Discovering the Genius of Velázquez standard

  Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez most commonly known as Velázquez is the most seminal Spanish painter of the 17th century and universally recognized as one of the world’s greatest painter. Thomas Eakins said Velazquez’s painting The Weavers was the most beautiful piece of painting he had seen in all his life. Though he began his career painting genre scenes that were often redolent with religious undertones, when he moved to Madrid, he was commissioned to paint King Philip IV, on the recommendation of the Count-Duke of Olivares. Upon seeing the finished portrait, the King decided that no one else would ever paint him and appointed Velazquez as his court-painter.     Although Velazquez was paid to create work for royalty, he maintained ...

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Meet the Residents: Joakim ‘Flash’ T.S. Bergström standard

Joakim Flash T.S. Bergström is a Swedish landscape painter. He is currently doing the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art and teaches landscape painting at the Academy during the Spring Term and the Landscape workshop in the Summer. Why did you decide to do this residency? What were you doing before the Residency? I’m from Sweden but before I came here I was living in Norway, painting and living as an artist. I wanted to come here to Barcelona since my girlfriend is studying here and then I found out that it was possible to do the Residency just for a few months. I thought it would be good to do the Residency because I can work on what I ...

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At Peace (or Experiencing Tranquility and Endless Melancholy) with Vilhelm Hammershoi standard

I went to Copenhagen, Denmark to visit some museums with my peers when I was a student in Sweden and left with an obsession for a lot of Scandinavian painters. A couple of paintings of still, silent interiors remain indelible. They were all by the same artist a Danish painter called Vilhelm Hammershoi.  He is best known for his genre-painting of quiet, poetic interiors, in which light and time seem to stand still. Hammershoi was born in 1864 in Copenhagen, Denmark; son of a well to do merchant. He studied drawing from the age of eight before pursuing an education in arts at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He made a debut in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1885, one ...

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Meet the Residents: Raffaella Freyre standard

  Raffaella Freyre completed the Drawing and Painting Program at the Florence Academy of Art before joining the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art.  She is currently working on a series of paintings exploring her own past and also teaching part-time on the Drawing Program at the BAA.   Why did you decide to do the Residency? What were you doing before? After graduating from the Florence Academy of Art I worked for the artist Nick Devereux for six months in Paris and then from there I went home to Mexico and spent a year working in my studio alone. It was lonely in a way because there aren’t many artists in the figurative scene there and all my ...

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Women in Art History standard

I believe it is important to recognise the pivotal role of women artist in the making of art, but due to gender biases many women artists have been excluded from credit or forgotten from the narrative of history. They often faced significant barriers in obtaining training by being banned from drawing classes or selling and gaining recognition for their work. Things are still far from perfect but, it is necessary to understand the impact this bias has had on the art world and how do we go about telling the stories of women artists buried by a misogynist society. There are no records about who the artists were of the prehistoric eras, but studies suggest that a woman was the ...

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Meet the Residents: Bernat Burgueño Barris standard

  The Barcelona Residency of Art aims to be the place where the resident can find his/her own artistic voice and can therefore make a living as a professional painter, sculptor or digital artist. The programme seeks to establish a community of figurative artists, thus strengthening the current trend towards contemporary realism, a movement led and supported by the European Museum of Modern Art . Bernat Barris is currently doing the Residency programme at the BAA and is also a support teacher for the Expressive Drawing class at the Academy.   Why did you decide to do this residency? What were you doing before? I decided to do the residency because I was finding it impossible to work at home, I was doing very ...

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Why Master Copies matter? standard

Making master copies is a very important aspect to learning to draw. It's the fastest way to absorb technique. The more copies you make the better you will get and the faster you will get towards your goal. These copies teach you what we might call the language of drawing. Other reasons are they allow you to analyze in extreme detail all fundamental concepts: drawing, values, colour and even composition and, unlike models, these don't move. The old masters truly observed and have figured out over centuries the best way not only to draw but interpret the forms you're looking at.  They also have an exceptional sense of design. Personally, studying the masters and studying from the model is the ...

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Grzegorz Gwiazda standard

The Barcelona Academy of Art will be welcoming Grzegorz Gwiazda as a guest professor this Winter Term 2018. His tenure with us will last from January to March where he will be instructing students in the Sculpture Program.     Born in Lidzbark Warmiski, Poland in 1984, Grzegorz Gwiazda is considered to be among the best contemporary sculpture artists. A glance at any one of his breathtaking pieces reveals the reason behind his moniker as the ‘Rodin of the 21st Century’. Much like the revered sculptor, Gwiazda channels into his art a sense of surreal progression, as if each piece is in the process of becoming greater than the sum of its parts. While Grzegorz Gwiazda usually casts in bronze, he’s ...

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Final Critique: Fall Term 2017 standard

The sun rises on Barcelona but students have been awake since before dawn this brisk 15th of December. It's Final Critique day which means it's time for all of our students to SHOW US WHAT THEY'VE GOT! Final touches are added, nerves are settled, and game faces meet war paint this morning. For their part, faculty have been gearing up for the day, offering advice, helping out wherever they get a chance. Each student will, throughout the day, be reviewed by their mentors and teachers while surrounded by the art they've created this trimester. This is a key moment of each term. To be seated surrounded by your own creations while your improvements and weaknesses are discussed creates an atmosphere that ...

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