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Rómulo Celdrán develops his work within the fields of drawing, painting and sculpture. He had his first solo exhibition at the age of 16. His early introduction into the professional artistic world led him to consolidate his artistic training in a self- taught way.
His curriculum vitae includes solo exhibitions like Rómulo Celdrán at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York in 2014, Macro in 2013 at Arthobler Gallery, Zurich (Switzerland) or Zoom at Raquel Ponce Gallery in Madrid in 2010;
group exhibitions at an international level featuring his participation in Sketchy at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York in 2013, the ONCE Foundation IV Contemporary Art Biennial at the Conde Duque Cultural Centre in Madrid in 2012 or Realismus – das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit. Courbet-Hopper-Gursky (Germany), a touring exhibition through Germany and The Netherlands in 2010.
He has also participated in Awards such as the Francesco Messina Foundation Premio Internazionale Giovane Scultura, the Sovereign European Art Prize or the Mapfre Foundation Penagos Drawing Prize.
He has taken part in international art fairs including ArcoMadrid, JustMad, Arte Lisboa, Munich Contempo, Art Cologne, Kunst Zurich, The Solo Project Basel, Swab Barcelona, Bloom Colonia or Contemporary Istambul.
His works can be found in institutional and private collections like the Art Collection HypoVereinsbank (Germany), Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art Artium (Spain), Artphilein Fundation (Liechtenstein), Caja Madrid Collection (Spain), La Caixa Testimonio Collection (Spain), Genty Latimer Collection (London), Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (Florida, EEUU) or Biedermann Museum (Germany), amongst others.
REALISM OR THE CONCRETION OF THE ABSTRACT
Reality does not exist. What we know as real is the physical-chemical mental process that enables us to perceive what is external as we do. We decode the vibration of light and call the end product “reality”.
Even so, faced with the artistic-creative phenomenon, I perceive the way in which mental gears work as a major abstract collage of decomposition, not just of colours, but of elements that shape perception. Thus, the realist artist (an expressive that, despite being a misnomer, constitutes a convention that we recognise) reinterprets that mental abstraction and materialises it, by means of the appropriate technique, as an artistic object that is no longer a copy of that fragment of reality, converting it by a process of decoding, analysis, reinterpretation and subsequent moulding of what will necessarily be, for all the aforementioned reasons, a product of the subjectivity of what is, by its very nature, subjective.
For me, the real and unreal, the concrete and the abstract are confused dualities. An abstraction, although abstract, is a real object and a realist painting is, seen from the appropriate distance, a beautiful mixture of material, brush-strokes and texture that makes it something akin to a plastic abstraction.
I have seen wonderful abstractions on a cement wall, on the rusty bodywork of a car in a scrap yard and on a dirty plastic bag at the end of a rainy day. I have seen beautiful shapes in marvellous abstract works, like someone who sees concrete shapes in a cloud or in Hermann Rorschach’s ink stains.
In some sense, I believe that all thought, including artistic thought, is based on what we take to be real. Everything we imagine, dream or invent has a reference in reality that is deformed to a greater or lesser extent depending on the whim of creative thought. Even those forms that appear to be more abstract and incomprehensible stem from a brain that is full of real references and memories, natural or artificial textures and shapes, of which even the artificial ones are inspired by their natural counterparts.
I think that the human creative-imaginative universe is built by absorbing real images, understood in its broadest sense. The way in which each artist transforms them into a work of art is what we call artistic language and this is, just like the human being, multiple and diverse. There in lies its grandeur.
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