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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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Understanding Art: Contrapposto standard

Contrapposto (‘counter-pose’) is the position of a standing human body takes when it is relaxed and naturalistic. If you think about the way you stand, you realize that you generally favor one leg, putting more weight on one side of your body over the other and switching occasionally. This causes the figure’s hips and shoulders to lean in at opposite angles. This stance is first seen in sculptures such as Kritios Boy, made around 480 BCE but it is, of course, quite possible that this realization may have existed before this time and been in use. Before this more natural style of depicting the human form, the statues that dominated Greece were of the archaic Kouros (male) and Kore (female) ...

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BAA Visits | Hell According to Rodin – Fundació MAPFRE standard

François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917) known as Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor who worked during the 18th and 19th century, was always more interested in representing the human form in a fragmented, rough-hewn style even though he was trained classically and took a very academic approach to his work. This begs the question – How do we determine when a piece of art is complete? If Rodin could take a decade to complete a piece of art that a viewer might, at first glance, consider incomplete, then surely it cannot be so. What would art be if it didn’t challenge your notion of what is or isn’t right? Rodin’s work was often judged brutally by the masses and ...

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In Conversation with Jordi Diaz Alamà : #ClásicosDesollados and more. standard

"But there is no way past it, and it turns to the world again. Always turned towards creation, we see only a mirroring of freedom dimmed by us" - R.M Rilke (1923)   Jordi Diaz Alamà breaks all boundaries and rules in his new exhibition #ClásicosDesollados (“Skinned Classics”) in Museu Can Framis (Barcelona). He recomposes some iconic pieces from the History of Art and studies the landscape of a tradition that is unfathomable. Alamà delves into the depths of what has already been painted, renews his understanding and leads us to a timeless experience. This comprises of a conscientious selection of works by, among others, Velazquez, Goya, Géricault, Friedrich, Manet and Degas forming the basis of an unexpected coupling of aesthetic mechanisms from different ...

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Katsushika Hokusai, Creator of The Great Wave standard

Towards the end of my second year of art studies, one of my teachers introduced me to an inspirational quote by Katsushika Hokusai - a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printmaker of the Edo period. "From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist,  from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I ...

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