Her work is about to make a revision of the figurative painting through the photographic image, to place people in the way of this technique, stressing the new pictorial areas that arose at the end of the 20th Century. She faces different experimentation fields that deal with court painting and the figure-background, expanding this technique and her work style towards a new exploratory perspective. She wants to dig into the image from a painting perspective in a non-linear process and flexible, which expands the plastic possibilities. She applies the idea of laboratory, knowing the error and the discovery as a research method; with these works she tries to stress the nature of painting, everything gets simplified until the painting itself. Therefore, the purpose does not become programed, it turns out to be a sequence of a gradual fight for the autonomy of art, considering every decision made since the beginning of the process from the essential: the choice of painting as a mean.
The drawing is one of the central structures of the creative process of Felipe Ortega Regalado. Multidisciplinary artist, in 2001 he completed his "licenciatura" of Fine Arts at the University of Seville, where he carried out a research work, and he obtained the D.E.A. in 2007. He combines his artistic work with the curatorship of exhibitions and the organization of different cultural proposals. Ortega Regalado explores with his drawing the periphery of ornamental and the limits of the figurative structure, suggesting narratives that get assemble from intermittent stories that give to his work a deep dreamlike nature of surreal origins; which are responsible for the shapes that insinuate stems, roots, seed, bulbs, nervation and other vegetables. Occasionally, the drawings work as starting point for the elaboration of short videos, that explore other narratives, where the shapes mutate and their reflection get displayed showing their proximity to the natural order, until certain point.
He belongs to a new generation of Sevillian painters. His production is focused on painting, proposing the work of the painter as a conscious game of chance not free from fate and reason, that studies the limits between natural and built. What once was real, and the selection that memory makes, as Einstein said. The game is the more elevated shape of research and since its creation, the painting is understood as playful setting that absorbs everything that comes, and it is permeable to its interest and attentions, and putting ahead of the freedom to the limitations of style or speech. His works happen in a indefinite period, difficult to set, and they follow to be a revealing view. This circumstance invades his process in a constant activity of selection. Placing himself at that inaccurate line that is at the edge of the setting, the moment and the speed in which things have to happen, organizing haphazardly every environment, so every painting is unpredictable, the method or the project is the own exercise of the painting.
José Miguel Pereñíguez is "licenciado" of Fine Arts", specializing in painting, at the University of Seville. Throughout the last decade he has received different scholarships, like the project "Generación de Caja Madrid" in 2006, "Premio Velázquez de Pintura" granted by the Ministry of Culture in 2007, "Premio Lissone" in 2010, the last being considered as one of the emergent values of the Spanish art. The drawings gathered under the epigraph “Restos/Lugares”, made with pencil and charcoal on cardboard, represent different places that give context to life, real or imaginary. Although he has developed a noteworthy activity as a painter and illustrator, J.M. Pereñíguez expresses himself essentially through drawing and sculpture, using historical and cultural referents that build, reproduce, deform, refute or celebrate, through a continued work at the workshop that constitutes the base of his work.
Juan del Junco studied Fine Arts at the University of Seville, where he has developed most of his career. The photography is a key element in his work, which deals with the conflicts between rational logic, scientific logic, the emotional order and the symbolic order. His most recent works ("El sueño del ornitólogo II" for instance, specific project that he made for the CAAC) show his concern for the relation of the human being with nature, and the way we gather, order and archive the information we have about it (the way we interpret it, and we try to control it). There must be taken into consideration that Juan del Junco has had, since his infancy, a close relation with the world of natural science, specially with biology, due to his father is an ornithologist.
Always working on paper, Miki Leal develops a very personal abstract figuration with pop colours and dreamlike. As if it were a fantasy, the scenes he creates with a pictorial refined technique are daydreams of shapes and colours taken directly from the artist's tribulations. His working method uses the association to find discoveries to develop with energy, strength and versatility, which characterised his painting. "I have been through different creative processes, although there always was an own process of abstract painter, due to I always start from white. The most important is to continue until something is formed, and alludes to things you have in your mind, present at that moment." The variety of topic represented are immense. One may said that he expresses all his personal universe through music, cinema, literature, travels or people close to him. Miki Leal has a Sevillian optimism, he faces his work as an artist. He knows that his art is authentic and he says unashamedly. His recent works are focused on landscape and watercolours, a technique that he controls very well, as he demonstrated in several occasions through different exhibitions in and out of Spain, in a way more consolidated every day.
Written by María de Corral