Spanish painter Ferran Garcia Sevilla is a collector of images. His eclectic pictorial style draws on his travels in the Middle East, and on comic books, urban graffiti, philosophy and Eastern cultures, resulting in great sensuous open spaces in which everything blends together, both in terms of iconography and ideas.
His raw, colourful, primitive canvases are often peppered with caustic, hand-scrawled commentaries on life and politics. These paintings display the use of automatism, playfulness and flat symbols, and figures floating over solid ground. Turning to ancient and non-Western sources, he has long employed religious symbols – the hand, circle, tree, triangle and cross. His aim is to empower and also challenge these charged forms, not to trivialise them. The exhibition includes major bodies of work including the Deus series, 1981, works previously shown at Documenta VIII, 1988, alongside new works from the artist’s studio.
Born in Palma de Mallorca in 1949, Ferran Garcia Sevilla lives and works in Barcelona. Major international exhibitions include Foundation Cartier, Paris, 1997; IVAM, Valencia, 1998; Malmo Konsthall, 1998; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Renia Sofía, Madrid, 2001; and more recently exhibitions at Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona, 2007, and Galería Fúcares, Madrid, 2008.