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Pedro Velver

Born in: 1970

Spain

Biography

Pedro Velver was born in Murcia, Spain, in 1970. Upon graduating from high school he moved to Valencia where he matriculated at the prestigious University of San Carlos receiving his degree in art. Velver has been a professional artist ever since. His major artistic influences are Velazquez, Sorolla, Vermeer and Fortuny.

At the beginning of his career, Velver’s imagery was exclusively classical — following Velazquez and Sorolla – beautiful and luminous scenes of children playing at the beach. Eventually, he added abstraction to his work.

Because Velver is a master of the human figure in the above classical sense, this allows him to engage in a form of “abstract-realism,” a term he uses to describe two important aesthetic points. First, the colours, shapes and material must flow freely without following any pre-determined style. Second, any image that in itself has a form in reality (for example, animals, landscapes, human beings, objects) is used as if it were a simple colour or shapeless stain. The stain will be allowed to wander along the painting until it reaches an “adequate” place in the composition, such as when a brushstroke finds it ideal spot on the canvas. This is how simple abstract images appear as abstract-realism – when they are united with elements in the painting from the real world. He calls this style “New Figurativism”: the use of classical representation over colourful and abstract backgrounds.

Soon after he began his career, galleries and collectors began to take note and he began to exhibit at prestigious places like the Museum Cruz Herrera of Cadiz, the Jesuits Church in Caravaca de la Cruz, and the Music Palace of Valencia.

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