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Maria Sola Barcelo

A Spanish artist, Maria has always been attracted to art. From 1995 to 1999, she studied painting and printmaking at the Massana School in Barcelona. In 1998, she spent a year at the Aki de Enschede School of Fine Arts in the Netherlands as part of the Erasmus exchange program between universities. Back in Spain, she continued her studies at the Massana School and collaborated with an art project at Poble Español, an open-air museum situated on the edge of Barcelona. In 2000, she completed her studies in France at the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. In 2001 she completed her formal training with an internship at the School of Fine Arts in Marseille. She currently lives and works in El Masnou, a town in the Catalan province of Barcelona. She has participated in exhibitions since 1997.
Maria works with a variety of techniques (oil, acrylic, pigment, engraving, wax, varnish, enamel...) on different media (cardboard, canvas, metal, industrial material, plastic, wood, paper...) Her artistic influences are many and varied: Henri Matisse (French painter nineteenth - twentieth centuries), Paul Klee (German painter, twentieth century), Alexander Calder (American sculptor, twentieth century), Brice Marden, Sean Scully (American painters), Anish Kapoor (English artist of Indian origin). Her painting style is rooted in American abstraction, following in the footsteps of Mark Rothko and Ad Reinhardt (American painters, twentieth century). Her clean and geometric compositions resemble works of her contemporaries Peter Krauskopf and Anke Blaue (German painters).
Maria is inspired by everything that surrounds her. A light, a colour, a particular shape gives rise to a pattern ready to invade the canvas. The colours of her childhood (turquoise, yellow, deep blue) are present in her abstract works, tinged with mysteries.
Beyond words and ideas, for Maria artistic expression is her preferred mode of communication. Colour is a universal language for her, without borders. The frame of the canvas is no longer seen as a barrier to creation, but as a gateway to the world.