Carmen Calvo

Serie paisajes, 1979

València, 1950

Born in Valencia in 1950, Carmen Calvo studied at Escola d’Arts i Oficis and in Fine Arts, finalizing her studies in 1982. A training that she will end up avoiding along her trajectory, evidencing the disagreement with the academic paintings and being influenced by Valencia’s pop art, represented by artists like Rafael Solbes or Manolo Valdés, included in Equipo Crónica. Afterward, she lived for almost two years at Casa Velázquez of Madrid, and then, when ended her residence, in 1985, she moved to Paris through a scholarship from the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores of Spain. Finally, she returned to Valencia in 1992, where she lives and works up until now.

Her pictorial work highlights the intervention of the mud and the ceramic thanks to her interest in archaeology. This distinctive fact will be the icon of her work becoming a big contribution to international contemporary art. Later she includes the photograph in her compositions, as well as on works that go further of painting, such as interventions at public edifices. Often her pieces are full of nostalgic connotations, splitting from the fragment like an element that remits us to the conceptualization of daily life. The build-up and the repetition are present in a work that seeks to appeal to the object’s emotional content.

She excels in her participation in exhibitions in reputed places like Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Biennale de Venezia, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, or Guggenheim Museum of New York.

List of artworks

Recopilación de formas , 1997

Serie paisajes , 1979

Estantería , 1990

Estantería , 1990

Recopilación de formas , 1997

Serie paisajes , 1979

Estantería , 1990