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Jordi Santacana

At fifteen years of age, Jordi discovered the world of painting by integrating the Barcelona art and drawing school, La Massana. There he studied the works of the great masters whilst learning about the different “official” pictorial techniques bestowed by the academic teaching. But upon contact with the works of the landscape painters Joaquim Mir (1873-1940) and Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), the young budding artist pushed the boundaries of the workshop to begin drawing outdoors and practising painting nature as it is.

The painter is inspired by nature and all organic elements that inhabit it. A true creative driving force, Jordi always likes to immerse himself physically to feel it better and thus to attempt to represent it as faithfully as possible. The architectural productions of AntoniGaudí (1852-1926) and the paintings of Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) or even Claude Monet (1840-1926) are for the artist references that feed his work.

His oil paintings are executed directly on the support, without any drawing beforehand, permanently aware of this need to offer light, figurative and richly coloured works to the viewer. By adding cadmium pigments that he uses on a daily basis, the Spanish artist sometimes resorts to charcoals to draw on the still damp pictorial matter. Deeply sentimental, Jordi likes to frequently return to visit the places where he has good memories, where he is attached and tries his hand at re-transcribing on the canvas this forever perennial emotion.