Lídia Masllorens’ current project is to create the archetypal, contemporary portrait. Her large, confrontational works radiate a strong presence and demand attention. They exude dynamism and a remarkable vitality. Remarkable in part because these works are made on paper, using a subtractive technique, rather than additive.
The portraits are painted with black acrylic, which is then removed and washed with a mixture of water and bleach. This technique allows for the beautiful colour palette that sets her work apart; with shades from pink to white and from black to grey. Lídia’s strokes are sharp and quick, which causes many losses and failures when paired with the destructive nature of bleach and the unpredictable behaviour of water. Lídia embraces her unique spin on the watercolour technique. She wants the paper to suck up the water so it can warp and bend, the water to run down the canvas, the paint to degrade and her strokes to crumble under the bleach.
About the artist
Lídia Masllorens Vilà °1967 – Caldes de Malavella, Spain
BA in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona in the specialty of painting (1991) and also specialized in photography, sculpture and engraving. Her work has evolved towards closeup human faces, always revealing the most intimate emotions. This process has been reflected in the different exhibitions held so far in Girona and Barcelona, and in different art fairs in Paris and Brussels.
2022 – Leonhard’s Gallery – Rostres/Faces
2021 – Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2021 – Galerie 100 Kubik, Cologne, Germany
2021 – Palau de Casavells, Baix Empordà, Spain
2019 – Leonhard’s Gallery, Antwerp
2016 – Galerie Arcturus, París (France) 2016 – L.A Art Show, Los Ángeles. (U.S.A) 2015 – Palau de Casavells – Galeria Miquel Alzueta, La Bisbal d’Empordà (Spain) 2015 – Manzana Mahou 360, Madrid (Spain) 2014 – Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona (Spain) 2010 – Fundació Valvi, Girona (Spain) 2008 – Sala Municipal, Cassa de la Selva (Spain) 2007 – Centre cultural Can Costa i Font, Taradell (Spain) 1997 – Sala Llorens, Barcelona / Sala Municipal, Cassà de la Selva (Spain) 1996 – Sala Llorens, Barcelona (Spain) 1995 – Galería Nostrart, Girona (Spain) 1994 – Obra ceràmica, Santuari dels Àngels, Girona, (Spain) 1993 – Casa de Cultura Tomas Lorenzana, Girona (Spain) 1991 – Local municipal, Caldes de Malavella (Spain)
Group Exhibitions & art fairs
2016 – Eurantica, Brussels (Belgique) 2016 – Affordable Art Fair, Brussels (Belgique) 2016 – Art Madrid, Madrid (Spain) 2015 – Art Elysees, París (France) 2015 – Antica Namur, Namur (Brusells) 2015 – Art Madrid, Madrid (Spain) 2010 – Sala Municipal, Caldes de Malavella 2009 – Can Costa i Font, Taradell 2008 – Sala Minyons, Terrassa 2003 – Can Ginebreda, Banyoles 1993 – Salón Siglo XX, Marbella / Casa Elizalde, Barcelona
2013 – Premi de pintura, Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona 2013 – Menció Honorífica al premi de dibuix Ynglada Guillot, Barcelona