Simón Arrebola uses painting and drawing to express events through an unusual way of conceiving space and time. These elements are essential in every act of telling stories. To build the arguments, Arrebola starts from those memories or experiences that live in our mind or arrive to us as a product of a foreign stimulus. Memory and its mental images are the origins of these stages and coexist with traditions and mythical legends. His conception of landscape is a kind of nature with an evocative character where the spaces talk about people and other times and the characters hybridize with the space that exists around them.
Simón Arrebola was born in Spain in 1979. He studied Painting, Engraving and Design at the University of Fine Arts in Seville. He received his MFA from Seville University in 2011. Arrebola has exhibited his work at Isabel Ignacio Gallery, Seville and Ángeles Baños, Badajoz. He also took part in the 3rd Mediterranean Biennal in Tunis. Arrebola won the Focus Abengoa Painting Award in 2008 and received an Iniciarte grant by Junta de Andalucía in 2009. He is one of the 2013 recipients of the “Sevilla es Talento” Grant, sponsored by Valentín Madariaga Foundation and ICAS. His work is in the collections of the Valentín Madariaga Foundation, Seville University and Focus-Abengoa Foundation.
Residents from Spain
Mircea Nicolae has developed a body of work researching the economical and socio-political structure of Bucharest. Through anonymous interventions in public space, he reflects on the social consequences of consumption, urban legislation and architectural production. In his latest work, Nicolae investigates the urban identity of a city in constant cultural and economic shift either by bringing outside public space inside the museum, or through means of serial photography produced with the help of a large format camera.
Mircea Nicolae (born 1980) is based in Bucharest. He was awarded the Special Prize and the People’s Choice Prize at the Future Generation Art Prize in 2010. Recent group shows include Pink Caviar at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek and One Sixth of the Earth: Ecologies of Image at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon. In 2011, he exhibited during the 54th Venice Biennial.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Romania
Bundith Phunsombatlert reflects on ever-changing social, economic, and political situations, particularly in the framework of globalization. Carefully considering the history of a culture or a place, he analyzes and synthesizes these situations in order to develop artwork that reconsiders Thai identity. Through media installations, he designs systems for sharing and communicating that explore the transformation from fact‐based orientation to imagination. This parallels his transformation as an artist working in the East and the West as well as his move from traditional to new media. Furthermore, it demonstrates a transmodal transformation that he argues is inherent in new media.
Bundith Phunsombatlert (born 1972) earned his BFA and MFA degrees in printmaking from Silpakorn University, Bangkok. He also earned an MFA in Digital Media from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in various international exhibitions, such as the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 1999, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; The Third Guangzhou Triennial 2008, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou and The 4th Auckland Triennial 2010, Auckland Art Gallery. Among his selected awards and fellowships are the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2001, the Second Prize UNESCO Digital Art Award from ISEA 2004, and the Asian Cultural Council Fellow in 2007.