A contrapelo, 2022

by Carmen González Castro

Painting : oil 15 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


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15 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Artwork location: France

In this new series, the artist is interested in the TAT (Thematic Apperception Test) a test developed by clinical psychologist Henry Alexander Murray. The TAT is recognized as an image interpretation technique which consists in having the patient tell a story from a series of boards each representing an ambiguous situation. Carmen uses the TAT technique on the viewer. As a result, she delegates to him the responsibility of projecting his own imagination, his biography and other psychological characteristics from the observation of the works. Thus, the artist places the viewer in a situation of discomfort by letting him question the representation and interpretation of the painted images.
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Carmen González Castro, A contrapelo
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Carmen González Castro

Spain  • 1982

Carmen González Castro (Granada, 1982), graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Granada, getting honorable mention in the National Awards for Completion of University Studies of the Ministry of Education and Science for the best university record in Spain. She obtained a European doctorate in Fine Arts in 2011 and a Master’s in Research, Art and Creation from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2012. Currently, she teaches drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. It has work in the collections of the Diputación de Málaga and the Granada City Council. She has exhibited among others in the following spaces: Punto Rojo Gallery (Granada, 2014); Ramsés Life and Art (Madrid, 2014); Ruiz-Linares Gallery (Granada, 2017); LA Projects Gallery (Madrid, 2017); Instituto de América-Damián Bayón Center (Santa Fe, Granada, 2017); and La Madraza Palace (Granada, 2019). She has participated in group exhibitions in: Granada, Malaga, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona and London. She has also participated in the international ArtChicó 3 fairs in Bogotá and ARCO Madrid.

Carmen González Castro’s work focuses on the human body. Reviewing themes from mythology, Carmen questions the current canons of beauty and the perception that we have now compared to other times. Her realistic painting is of a New Figurative type. Her portraits are not hyper-realistic, she makes frequent use of warping.Carmen González Castro (Granada, 1982) se licenció con matrícula de honor en la Facultad de Bellas Artes de Granada. Obtuvo el Doctorado Europeo en Bellas Artes en 2011 y realizó un Máster en Investigación, Arte y Creación en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid en 2012. En la actualidad, vive y trabaja en Madrid y es profesora de dibujo en la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 

Ha obtenido numerosos premios, entre ellos el segundo premio del Certamen de Pintura Joven de Granada (Ayuntamiento de Granada, 2017), finalista del Premio Internacional de Pintura Guasch Coranty (Sala de l'Hospitalet, Barcelona, 2015), y el Premio Málaga Crea (CAC de Málaga, 2015). Su obra se encuentra en las colecciones de la Diputación de Málaga y del Ayuntamiento de Granada.

Carmen González Castro ha expuesto individualmente en la Galería Punto Rojo (Granada, 2014), Ramsés Life and Art (Madrid, 2014), Galería Ruiz-Linares (Granada, 2017), Galería LA Projects (Madrid, 2017); Instituto América-Centro Damián Bayón (Santa Fe, Granada, 2017) y el Palacio de La Madraza (Granada, 2019). Ha participado en numerosos concursos y exposiciones colectivas en Granada, Málaga, Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, Londres y en Instituciones como el Museo Carmen Thyssen de Madrid, el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) de Málaga, el Centro Cultural Conde Duque de Madrid. Colabora frecuentemente con las galerías madrileñas Factoría de Arte y Desarrollo, 6mas1 y Fernando Pradilla. Finalmente, ha participado en ferias internacionales como ArtChicó 3 en Bogotá y ARCO Madrid. 

La obra de Carmen González Castro se centra en el cuerpo humano. Al revisar los temas mitológicos, Carmen cuestiona los cánones de belleza actuales y nuestra percepción de ellos en comparación con otras épocas. Su pintura realista se inspira en el estilo de la nueva figuración, sus retratos nunca son hiperrealistas, por lo que a menudo recurre a la deformación.

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