1 Eduardo Guelfenbein Matteo Sbaragli
2 Preface In a fusion of technique and styles, Opera Gallery Dubai presents an exhibition that will appeal to most, delivering the first ever face to face between abstract painter Guelfenbein and figurative portrait artist Sbaragli. Loyal to the abstract genre, Eduardo Guelfenbein displays an overflowing passion with his fluid lines and swirls filled with explosive energy. In doing so, he conveys the deepest parts of one s nocturnal dreams and how they influence us as an engine that drives our natural instincts. It is not rare for us to observe viewers and visitors lose themselves inside the elaborate shapes and spins that he depicts through the thickness of paint. Guelfenbein, whose style has much evolved over the years, admits that his soul finds instant expression in the latest liquid abstractions paintings. Facing him is Matteo Sbaragli, born in 1980, who paints almost exclusively large-scale portraits. The latest years of his young career have seen him paint on aluminium and other metals, which only brings added depth to the expressiveness of his portraits. Sbaragli says that his artistic research is all about finding the balance between reality and imaginary: it s not the subject which has to have strength in itself, but the art of painting. Sbaragli also states that he paints heads not portraits ; and his complex work on flesh and surface makes this statement a certainty. Placing Guelfenbein and Sbaragli face to face allows the encounter of abstraction and figuration. And by listening to what each artist has to say about their inspiration and artistic research, it becomes clear that the association is a collaboration and not an opposition of two different genres: Sbaragli depicts the flesh, the head, the surface of the human; while Guelfenbein represents the dreams and deep thoughts within the individual. We are proud to give our clients and visitors an opportunity to discover the works of two very talented artists; and we are pleased that the association of these artists takes us all a step deeper into the understanding of how artistic genres challenge and complete each other. Gilles Dyan Founder and Chairman Opera Gallery Group Mariam Thani Hodge General Manager Opera Gallery Dubai
3 Eduardo Guelfenbein My soul has instant expression in my latest liquid abstractions. The creative emotional satisfaction brought by the liquid technique, is always a new experience, much is a process of discovery, whilst carving through thick textured acrylic, and letting myself flow with music, the joys of the inner child emerge whilst brushed lines travel across the canvas, morphologically binding colours. 03 Technically I have evolved over the years, but my aim today is to create interesting acrylic texture, where light refracts strongly, with contrasting carved gestual strokes, and mostly, a full colour palette. Potentially the liquid transformations and twisting patterns are infinite, much like a cosmic creation, generating different feelings and never-ending forms. Whilst as a figurative painter, I was painting abstractions within the figure, today freed from the silhouettes, the liquid abstractions create in me the same emotional feelings of Love, Beauty, Truth and Goodness, infinite emotions that have no limit, like an abstract painting open to the imagination. Delice, x 130 cm x 51.2 in.
4 05 06 Wishful, x 60 cm x 23.6 in. Sudden, x 100 cm x 39.4 in.
5 07 08 Land, x 81 cm x 31.9 in. Sol, 2011 D: 160 cm - 63 in.
6 09 10 Andante, x 162 cm x 63.8 in. Foresight, x 130 cm x 51.2 in.
7 11 12 Urbano, x 130 cm x 51.2 in. Scent, x 60 cm x 23.6 in.
8 13 14 Depth, x 81 cm x 31.9 in. Probable, x 146 cm x 57.5 in.
9 15 16 Mankind, x 116 cm - 35 x 45.7 in. Luminous, x 114 cm x 44.9 in.
10 Biography Eduardo Guelfenbein Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1953 Lives and works in Paris, France Education Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy 17 Selected solo exhibitions Liquid Portraits, Galerie Sit Down, Paris, France Retrospective, University of Brest, Brest, France Pavillon de la Faisanderie, Chantilly, France Portraits d Attitudes, Espace Hérold 07, Paris, France Parsons School of Design, Paris, France Col di Lana, Milan, Italy French Cultural Centre, Milan, Italy Collages, Instituto Cultural de Israel, Santiago, Chile Revelación, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile Galleria Kennedy, Santiago, Chile Galerie Michel Reymondin, Geneva, Switzerland Australian Embassy, Paris, France Galerie Suisse de Paris, Paris, France Zeus-Trabia Gallery, New York, USA Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, Australia Galleria Boccioni, Milan, Italy Selected group exhibitions Viviane Cisinski & Eduardo Guelfenbein, Opera Gallery, Singapore Thierry Bisch, Mauro Corda & Eduardo Guelfenbein, Opera Gallery, Singapore Crazy Colours, Opera Gallery, Paris, France In the Mood for Art, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong Johanne Corno & Eduardo Guelfenbein, Opera Gallery, London, UK The Coaster Project, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France Artisti Cileni, Instituto Latinoamericano, Rome, Italy Galerie du Musée, Geneva, Switzerland Paris Biennial, Palais Royal, Paris, France French Revolution, Australian Embassy, Paris, France Street Art, New York, USA Venice Biennial, Parasit Art, Venice, Italy Galleria Fiori Chiari, Milan, Italy Others Artvideo The part 7 minutes (eco-social animation) DVD My painted life Artvideo Inner Life 18
11 Matteo Sbaragli 19 Although my paintings depict faces almost exclusively, my intent is to go beyond the portrait, transcending the classic portrait format. I believe it is more appropriate to refer to them as heads rather than faces. In fact, this definition, more clearly represents their value as a vessel. Furthermore, describing the work as a head connotes more of a three-dimensional visual, rather than simply a surface. As simply a face, or a portrait, there is a limit to what can be represented. The head allows for an entire interpretation, interconnected with its external environment. Without the three-dimensional references, the portrait only allows one to construe a limited aspect of the face. My fascination and torment of the task, in this case, is the inability to understand the corresponding interpretation that the spectator, the viewer, attributes directly to the painting. Clearly my attempt is to convey, as much as possible, my point of view on the image I create through painting, but I am aware of the narrative limit in a single painting: it would be like trying to fit an entire movie into a single frame. For this reason, I have created series of ten to fifteen paintings which are not exactly alike but have the same intent. 20 The history of art and painting has been a slow process. Especially, when one goes into the specific and individual cases, it takes time for great changes to transpire. Sometimes those changes are so minute, they are insignificant to the external eye; therefore you have to dedicate yourself entirely to it. Portrait of porcelain no. 4, 2010 Oil on brass 50 x 44 cm x 17.3 in.
12 21 22 Keep on sleeping, I will wake you up when it is the right time no. 4, 2012 Oil on aluminium 220 x 170 cm x 66.9 in. Keep on sleeping, I will wake you up when it is the right time no. 6, 2012 Oil on aluminium on wood 66 x 49 cm - 26 x 19.3 in.
13 23 24 How wavering are these praying hands, 2010 Oil on plexiglas 130 x 100 cm x 39.4 in. Burns more quickly than a straw no. 2, 2009 Oil on aluminium 180 x 150 cm x 59.1 in.
14 25 26 Portrait of any woman saint after having cried no. 3, 2010 Oil on aluminium 220 x 160 cm x 63 in. Onsen, 2009 Oil on wood 90 x 80 cm x 31.5 in.
15 27 28 Where are you thinking to go? 2010 Oil on plexiglas 50 x 70 cm x 27.6 in. Now it is my turn to live under your shadow, 2010 Oil on aluminium 180 x 150 cm x 59.1 in.
16 29 30 Keep on sleeping, I will wake you up when it is the right time no. 8, 2012 Oil on aluminium 66 x 49 cm - 26 x 19.3 in. Keep on sleeping, I will wake you up when it is the right time no. 5, 2012 Oil on aluminium on wood 180 x 150 cm x 59.1 in.
17 Born in Forlimpopoli, Italy, in 1980 Lives and works in Forlì, Italy Education Fine Arts Academy, Bologna, Italy Biography Matteo Sbaragli Selected solo exhibitions Matteo Sbaragli, Graffio Gallery, Bologna, Italy Matteo Sbaragli, D.I.D Club, Rimini, Italy 31 Selected group exhibitions Yim Tae Kyu and Matteo Sbaragli, Opera Gallery, London, UK La Materia del Segno, Grafique Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy roncaglia Biennale d Arte, XXX Edizione, Modena, Italy Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy Artverona, Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, Verona, Italy Contemporanea Art Fair, Forlì, Italy Nel Cibo, Castrocaro Terme, Forlì, Italy Transiti Orizzontali, Santa Sofia, Forlì, Italy Racconti della Sedia, Castello Agolanti, Rimini, Italy Interazioni, Galleria Baricell Arte, Baricello, Italy Gemine: Muse - Young Artists in European Museums, Oratorio San Sebastiano, Forlì, Italy Premio Giorgio Morandi, Giorgio Morandi Museum, Bologna, Italy Dovadola e i Giovani Forlivesi, Dovadola, Forlì, Italy River, Palazzo Albertini, Forlì, Italy ARTE, Padiglione dei Congressi, Castrocaro Terme, Forlì, Italy Giovani Proposte, San Rocco Gallery, Cento, Ferrara, Italy River, Palazzo Albertini, Forlì, Italy Premio Felice Castrati, Pavarolo, Torino, Italy Vernice, Art Fair, Forlì, Italy Anteprima G.A.M, Fine Arts Academy, Bologna, Italy Tecnomorfismi, Baraccano Museum, Bologna, Italy Anteprima G.A.M, Fine Arts Academy, Bologna, Italy Sguardi Anomali, Russi, Ravenna, Italy Allucinazione Perversa, Diagonal Club, Forlì, Italy Paradisi Artificiali, Rocca di Ravaldino, Forlì, Italy 32 Portrait of any woman saint after having cried no. 1, 2010 Oil on aluminium 220 x 160 cm x 63 in. Special projects with Mandra Collective Group Versus - I dubbi dell occidente, Box Shock - Self Storage, Forlì, Italy Il mio curatore è il mio dottore, Ipercorpo Festival, Ex Warehouse ATR, Forlì, Italy Quanto la sera, Ipercorpo Festival, Ex Warehouse ATR, Forlì, Italy Quando la neve diventa latte, Ipercorpo Festival, Magazzini Interstock, Forlì, Italy Itigno Male, Contemporanea Art Fair, Forlì, Italy Sonni Tranquilli, Human Rights Festival, San Domenico Museum, Forlì, Italy Inmenteniente, Small Festival of Contemporary Art, Fabbrica delle Candele, Forlì, Italy
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