Gloria Manzanares Romero
About the artist
Gloria Manzanares Romero 1987 born in Madrid, Spain
2005 – 2009 Bachelor of Arts at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid
2012 – 2019 Düsseldorf Academy of Arts.
2018 Meisterschülerin Prof. Siegfried Anzinger
Lives and Works in Cologne, Germany
For an up to date CV including exhibitions, please visit the artist's website
About the work
When I paint, the most important thing to me is the relationship between the elements of the picture.
The human figure is the basic tool I use to build my paintings, my alphabet. I use it practically as an excuse to allow me to paint a corner here, a spot there... or to create volume or emptiness.
But through the use of human figures, new themes and narratives start to emerge.
In case of the sexual thematic, this happens in the following way: I start by painting a figure, and then I start looking for an abstract form that will go with it, in a way that will create either tension or release, and will make the journey of the eye interesting.
In the theme of the orgy, the formal tension is enhanced by other new tensions (sexual ones, perhaps) creating a situation of richness and interest. It is very amusing to imagine what the next shape or figure will be that fits into the form I want.
Working with the human figure also implies the emergence of social and community themes. In my paintings about women, these themes are also interesting to me, since they carry their own tensions.
I am therefore interested in the spatial and psychological relationships within a group, which express things such as hierarchies of power, a sense of belonging, pre-established tasks and responsibilities... In the case of the picture of the mothers and babies, the "air" within the room, the space, takes on a certain density, creating a charged atmosphere despite the light colors to express the figures ́ limitation of movement. In that sense, the spatial relationships are transformed into psychological ones.
Text provided by the artist
Artist website: www.gloriamanzanares.com