From painting, I have always been attracted by the fact that with simple materials such as a brush, pigments and a canvas, one can create a space charged with its own soul/energy.
I have been experimenting with different techniques, being encaustic (virgin wax with resin of Damar worked in hot) together with oil and on canvas, with which I identify myself more and I have worked in my work. I started painting portraits of friends and self-portraits. After passing through the University of Fine Arts, with all the theoretical and technical content it entailed, I started the series Cuadrados as a need to simplify, so that the simple forms and color, invited to clean the look of so much visual and conceptual information with which we live.
The works of Landscapes and Volcanoes arise from a longing for horizons and distance, since in the city our eyes travel very short distances.
The series Collars and Spiders was born after being a mother and moving to the country: the care, the patience that develops when caring for a baby, the company of nature, together with the silence of living there, led me to paint these paintings that invite us to become absorbed in their small beads and plots so that we can rest, even for a moment, from ourselves.
Braids and Pollen are series that I painted aware that the theme I had chosen was difficult to transfer to the canvas: the communion of the human being and nature, of the earthly and the cosmic, of the visible and the invisible... of that intimate and necessary connection between all this that generates and feeds the creative and life itself and we tend to forget in the midst of our contemporary hustle and bustle.
In 2015, the EnMaLa Gallery in Lanzarote proposed me an individual exhibition and as I love that wonderful volcanic island, I painted Magma dedicated to it, where the sea, volcanoes and flowers are intermingled as a metaphor of creativity and Art.
Synchronies and Circles are two series that are again based on colour and simple forms. I am working on them in the hope of transferring to the canvas the sensation of flow, of continuous movement, of encounters and losses, of dark moments and bright moments that make up a life.
My work is not linear, I go and come back to these themes again and again through time, which makes them intermingled and thus complementary. That is why the presentation of the work on the web does not follow a chronological order nor is it grouped by series.
Cristina Barrera is a Spanish painter. In 1981 she began her studies of Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid and continued at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca where she graduated. In 1990 she creates the publishing house of art texts +-491 together with her partners of the artistic silk-screen printing workshop El Elefante Rojo.
Over the years he has had numerous individual and group exhibitions and his work has been exhibited in several editions of the ARCO Art Fair with the Moriarty Gallery.
He has lived in Madrid, Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona, Lanzarote and Lisbon.
In 2004 she moved with her daughter to a 19th century country house in a small town in Guadalajara, where she set up her painting studio.
In 2014, parallel to his artistic work, he develops the project of transforming part of the house into a rural hotel, La Casa Gavira: www.lacasagavira.com
She currently lives and works between Madrid and Guadalajara
Sala de exposiciones del Teatro Alcazar.
Espacio de Arte Nab Room.
NECKLACES AND SPIDERS
Espacio 0034 LAB.
ARCO'01.Moriarty Gallery. Madrid.
DEARTE. Spanish Galleries Fair. Blanca Soto Gallery. Madrid, 2001
ARCO'00. Moriarty gallery. Madrid ARCO'98 . Moriarty Gallery. Madrid.
ARCO´97 . Gallery of Art Moriarty. Madrid, Spain
Modus Operandis Gallery
Antonio Perez Foundation
Diputación de Cuenca. Cuenca, Spain.
Art Co Gallery
San Sebastián, Spain
“XIII edition Premio Nacional de Pintura ADAJA”.
”Museo Portátil “
(II talleres internacionales de Arte Contemporáneo).
Fine Arts Cercle
"Homenaje a Fernando Múgica".
Madrid, Spain. 2001
”Gráfica Contemporánea 2” Almería, Spain
Comte Guell Palace
la Kabala Gallery
“III Mostra Unión Fenosa” (Catálogo).
La Coruña, Spain
Paola Verrengia Gallery
“Dove ti porta il cuore?”
la Kabala Gallery
“IV Premios de Artes Plásticas Castilla –La Mancha “
”La Nada de la política-la Política de la Nada”
"Exposición colectiva José Arpa “
Fine Arts Cercle
"Exposición talleres de Arte Actual".
Cultural Centre de la Villa
”Madrid-Madrid-“ (Catalogue). Madrid, Spain.
VICERRECTORATE of the UNIVERSITY of castilla la Mancha. Cuenca, Spain.
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ELECTROGRAPHY. Cuenca, Spain.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Zaragoza, Spain.
PRESS AND OTHERS
ARTICLE in ART TODAY
ARTICLE in NEO2 magazine
INTERVIEW in the program " la Otra" of channel 4
ARTICLE IN THE ABC MAGAZINE "EL CULTURAL