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Calo Carratalá
Calo Carratalá was born in Torrent (Valencia) in 1959. A painter with a solid academic background, with a long exhibition career that began in the early nineties, Carratalá is one of the leading names in our country in contemporary landscaping.

Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Faculty of San Carlos de Valencia, in the year 2000 obtained a scholarship from the Spanish Academy in Rome that will lead him to reside a long season in the Italian capital and which will mark the beginning of a career in which travel and prolonged stays in different countries of the world will become motor and razone of suggestive pictorial series that backbone his work.

The hidden jungles of the Amazon or the inspiring landscapes of Tanzania are some of the themes on which, almost in an obsessive way, Carratalá returns again and again showing an iron concern to investigate the intimate paths that unite art and nature.

From early on, his curriculum is dotted with important awards and recognitions such as the First Bancaja Prize for Painting, First Prize at theAutumn Salon of the Royal  Galician Academy of Fine Arts; the First Prize of the Ateneo Mercantil de Valencia and the Gold Medal at the 75th International Art Exhibition of Valdepeñas.

His work, present in important collections and museum institutions, has been seen in countless exhibitions by galleries, museums and contemporary art fairs both in Spain and on the international circuit. Among the galleries, we highlight in this selection: Ray Gun, Nave Diez, Val i 30, Cuatro, Walden Contemporary, Color Elefante, OneStudio, Doce Islas, Paz y Comedias, Alba Cabrera and Shiras in Valencia; Bores & Mayo and María Llanos in Cáceres, Egam (Madrid), Alameda (Vigo), Dieciséis (San Sebastián), GWA (Madrid), Russian Museum in Alarcón (Cuenca), Carmen del Campo Gallery in Córdoba or in the Espiral Gallery of Noja (Cantabria)

Also, his work has been exhibited in the Museo Centro del Carmen, Palau de la Música and Universidad in the city of Valencia, in the castles of Alaquàs (Valencia) and Mora de Rubielos (Teruel), in the Bancaja Foundation (Sagunto) as well as in the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid), Colegio de España in Paris, in the Archeologico Nazionale di Palestrina and Oraziano-Palazzo Orsini di Licenza museums in Rome, and in fairs such as Arco, Arte
Lisboa, Beijin Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair London, Hybrid Art Fair, Just LX Lisboa or Art Madrid.

 

Landscape calligraphy
The cadence, the rhythm, the marked precision line by line, the immediacy of the gaze, the intuited truth before the fleeting image that escapes, the expressive interpretation of lines and shadows make drawing the essential practice of art, the purest discipline , the first expression.

Calo Carratalá (Torrent, 1959) has spent his whole life interpreting the world through a masterful and intimate calligraphy that encourages images of natures that drink from tradition to settle in a subtle and courageous way in contemporary times.

Tanzanian atmospheres, jungles of the Amazon are born from the free, spontaneous gesture composing concise, scratched, accurate and corrected features, which anchor their firmness in the skill of what has been learned, in the value of what is internalized, of what is assumed. When his works are illuminated from the memory of perception, the forms are evocatively diluted in the game of abstraction.

He has the golden beautiful drawing of connecting with the eternal, of weaving together generations of artists, of merging with remote civilizations and cultures. The same matter, coal, which since prehistoric times helped to represent visions, ideas and dreams continues to reflect our environment today, capturing the sensation of the moment and the consciousness of memory.

 

There was a time – to be specific, around 150 million years ago – when Africa and South America formed a single land mass, before the shifting of tectonic plates split the continents in two. Perhaps these two worlds, separated today by thousands of kilometres of ocean, continue to share a common spirit. Something intangible yet at the same time sensorial, that goes beyond a common destiny of colonialization and slavery; something we can play at exploring in 'Jungles’ and ‘Tanzania’, the two series of tropical paintings that Calo Carratalá (Torrent, 1959) brings together for the first time in this exhibition under the title of ‘Landscape Calligraphy’ at the E CA Contemporary Art Space in the Castle of Ribarroja.

“The common denominator of both Tanzania and the Amazon is that they are vibrant, primitive, wild spaces”, muses Calo Carratalá on his reasons for linking the two series. “They are two worlds that exist in parallel”.

The two collections have been living together for some considerable time in the painter’s workshop, especially ‘Jungles’, which Carratalá started more than a decade ago and is still open-ended. These are creative processes upon which Calo has not imposed a conclusion: “My work is constantly being renewed. I go back to paintings and ideas that are still pending; I retouch things… I see painting as an ongoing process.”