Carles Valverde

Born in 1965 - Spain

BIOGRAPHY

Carles Valverde is a Spanish sculptor born in Terrassa, close to Barcelona, on May 28, 1965. He made his artistic studies in the Catalan capital, at the Escola Llotja, between 1982 and 1987. He lived in Switzerland from 1990 to 2005. Today, he lives and works in Son Servera, Mallorca (Spain).

He works with metal, mainly with steel, with sheets and profiles commonly used industrially; he oxidizes, sands, and adds patina to these materials. His universe is identified with geometry, his sculpture is governed by sections, angles and sharp edges.

At a first glance, nothing contradicts the rigor of forms. We admire the sharpness of his vision and the beauty of the surfaces. But in reality, nothing is more variable than this geometry. Small pieces that can be held in one?s hand, dense and massive, are produced in their monumental versions and placed on the ground; these sculptures only have a transitory appearance.

What seemed definitive is in reality just a possibility among others. By the game of combinations, the sculpture stands or lies on the ground, is picked up, plays with the material and the void. It invites and stimulates the gaze (what about balance or tension?), the logic (what about gravity?) and space (expand or stretch?).

Geometry is a language of clarity and simplicity that holds all the complexities. The work of Carles Valverde was developed starting from simple ideas from which it reveals inexhaustible riches.

He has shows in Switzerland, Germany and Spain, while participating in international art fairs throughout Europe. He also produced several monumental sculptures for public and private organizations and his works are part of many collections in Switzerland and abroad.

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EXHIBITIONS

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2011
Joan Melià, Alcúdi, Majorque (Espagne)
Galería Eva Ruiz, Madrid (Espagne)
Olschewski & Behm, Frankfurt (Allemagne)

2010
Galerie Christoph Abbühl, Soleure (Suisse)

2009
Galerie Isabelle Gétaz, Mont-sur-Rolle (Suisse)

2008
Nit de l’art, Galería Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca (Espagne)

2007
Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim (Allemagne)
Galeria dels Àngels, Barcelone (Espagne)
Galerie Carmen Weber, Zug (Suisse)

2006
Galeria Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca (Espagne)

2005
Fundación Metropoli, Madrid (Espagne)
Saudan & Valverde, Cabinet Cantonal des Estampes, Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Suisse)
Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim (Allemagne)
Galería dels Àngels, Barcelone (Espagne)

2004
Am See, Zug (Suisse)
Galerie Kandler, Toulouse (France)
Galerie Scholtes, Nice (France)
Pedro Pena Art Gallery, Marbella (Espagne)
Fondation Louis-Moret, Martigny (Suisse)

2002
Galerie Peter Zimermann, Mannheim (Danemark).
Galeria dels Angels, Barcelone (Espagne)

2001
Galerie ACP Viviane Ehrli, Zurich (Suisse)
Art garage, Zug (Suisse)

2000
Galerie Fischlin, Nyon (Suisse)

1999
Usine à gaz, Nyon (Suisse)
ACP, Zurich (Suisse)
Galeria dels Angels, Barcelone (Espagne)
Art garage, Zug (Suisse)

1998
Fondation Louis-Moret, Martigny (Suisse)

1997
Galerie Fischlin, Nyon (Suisse)

1995
Maison Visinand, Montreux (Suisse)

1993
Galerie La Luna, Vevey (Suisse)

1991
IMD, Lausanne (Suisse)

1988
Galeria Andrea Serrano, Barcelone (Espagne)
Galeria Aïda, Terrassa (Espagne)

1986
Arxiu Històric Tobella, Terrassa (Espagne)


EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2012
Same same – but different, Société des arts et du design, Bonn (Allemagne)
FutureShock OneTwo, dr. julius I ap, Berlin (Allemagne)

2011
Déchiré – Coupé – Collé, Société des arts et du design, Bonn (Allemagne)

2007
"Stopover", Galerie Samuelis, Baumgarte, Bielefeld (Allemagne)

2006
Fondation Louis-Moret, Martigny (Suisse)

2005
Accrochage Vaud, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (Suisse)
Bex & Arts (Suisse)

2004
Accrochage Vaud, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (Suisse)
Carte blanche à Carles Valverde, ESF, Lausanne (Suisse)

2003
Accrochage Vaud, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (Suisse)
L’Art au fil du Talent, Assens (Suisse)

2002
"Uniques: estampes à planche unique", Cabinet des Estampes, Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Suisse)

2001
"Lausanne-Barcelone", Espace Arlaud, Lausanne (Suisse)

2000
Foire de Frankfurt, Foire de Cologne (Allemagne)

1999
ARCO, Madrid (Espagne)
Art Cologne, ACP Viviane Ehrli, Zurich, (Suisse)

1998
ARCO, Madrid (Espagne)
Homenaje a Garcia Lorca, Museo postal y telegrafico, Madrid (Espagne)

1997
Artistes de la région veveysanne, Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Suisse)

1996
Salon de Mai, Paris (France)
Ecran total : 28 artistes à la piscine de Nyon (Suisse)
Travaux d'atelier, galerie Fischlin, Nyon (Suisse)

1995
Hôtel-de-Ville, Vevey (Suisse)

1994
Exposition en plein air dans le cadre de la Schubertiade, Vevey (Suisse)

1991
Sculptures en plein air, Meyrin (Suisse)
Triennale de sculpture IV, Lancy (Suisse)

1990
3ème Exposition internationale de sculpture contemporaine, Collioure (France)

1989
1ère Biennale de sculpture "Vila de Matadepera" (Espagne)

1988
2ème Exposition internationale de sculpture contemporaine, Collioure (France)
Premio de escultura 88 Andrea Serrano (finaliste), Barcelone (Espagne)
Mostra d'Art Català Contemporani, San Cugat (Espagne)

1987
1ère Biennale des Ecoles d'art d'Europe, Toulouse (France)
FAD (Fomento de las artes decorativas), Barcelone (Espagne)
"3 Escultura" Sala Mestre Paco, Pollença, Majorque (Espagne)

1985
Sala Galvany, Barcelone (Espagne)
Escola de Belles Arts, Lérida (Espagne)


COLLECTIONS PUBLIQUES :

Fonds cantonal de décoration et d'art visuel de l'Etat de Genève (Suisse)
Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Suisse)
Ville de Vevey (Suisse), Jardin du Panorama
Ville de Vevey (Suisse), Ecole de Charmontey
Ville de Terrassa (Espagne)
Crédit Suisse Zurich (Suisse)
Fundación privada Vila Casas (Espagne)
Fonds des arts plastiques de la ville de Lausanne (Suisse)
Collection Nestlé, Vevey (Suisse)

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