Ivana Flores (Barcelona, 1974) is a whimsical artist with a diversely realistic side. This difference in perspective is also present in her work and it´s her trademark. She incorporates immense symbolism throughout her work because she doesn’t want to leave out any fragments of imagination from her enormous creative mind.
The fictional characters in her work are based on her reality, drawing and painting are her languages. Too much fairy tale like as it may seem, they bring viewers like us into believing in this poetic magician. Her footprint is channelled through female characters of young age and eventually undergo transformations as though of that of a Lewis Carroll tale. Throughout her life she has had an immeasurable passion for art, a primary need for human happiness. Her first steps began in the Born district of Barcelona, exhibiting at La Santa.
For Ivana art is life, it has guided her to know what she wants and how to say it. The artist speaks to us through the eyes of her precious characters which stare through windows overlooking wonderlands. The places where her art transports us is a colourful one but it’s also a fantastic one, filled with mythological creatures that are symbols of her vast imagination. Her delicate creatures evoke a critical attitude towards the establishments of social structure, they’re children who don`t go through an aging process and surely don`t want to assume the responsibilities of a corrupted world. This is the artist’s imagination on canvas and paper.
How do memory and reality coalesce when it comes to painting and the portraiture of subjects? Through a convoluted imaginary, effervescent with symbolism, Ivana Flores inhabits in her work different fields of simultaneous experience: Reality, dream, everyday life and imagination merge at a turning point of boundless consciousness of self-image and world. Under a singular theme –the inner reality of things, whimsical forms travel back and forth between solid representation and more primary aspects of the human experience, liberating the censorial and the visible from opaque abstractions and locating vulnerability.
Taking cue from the epic grandeur of historical painting, Flores constructs her body of work as a timeless primeval story with archetypes –both anthropomorphic and zoomorphic, juxtaposing eras and configurations. Her critical realism, inflected with magic, blurs the thin line between the representable and the imaginable, expanding artistic practice to direct utterances directed at the viewer, by means of reducing the visual distance. Always warm and inviting, the women-centric paintings take on the harshness of a homeless world, by creating in it a safe yet fluid place for joy and happiness, for expectation and hope.
2016 Seven Floors to Heaven, Plastic Murs, Valencia SPAIN
2015 The Milky Way of the Mice, The Mine, Dubai UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
2013 Princess & Queens, El Bigote del Señor Smith, Barcelona SPAIN
2013 I wish you a good trip, Convent de Sant Agustí, Barcelona SPAIN
2013 Paintings & Pinturas, Pati Manning, Barcelona SPAIN
2016 “The Coaster Show”, La Luz de Jesus, L.A., USA
2016 “Startrek Show”, Gristle Art Gallery, New York USA
2016 “The Ultimate First Experience”, HS-LAB , Hiroshima Japan
2016 Lápiz, papel o tijera, Plastic Murs, Barcelona SPAIN
2015 Welcome Home, Plastic Murs, Barcelona SPAIN
2014 Ego, WEART Festival, Barcelona SPAIN
2014 Catching butterflies with hands, Victor Castillo & Ivana Flores duoshow, La Atomica SPAIN
2014 Barcelona Drawing City, Wallrus, Paris FRANCE
2013 Subversión, WEART Festival, Barcelona SPAIN
2002-2010 Various group shows in La Santa, Barcelona SPAIN