Maria Carbonell

Madrid, Spain

Maria Carbonell’s artistic practice places focus on the study of the human figure. Her body of work develops into portraits that deal with the concept of identity and perception. Her work incorporates a reflection about the human condition with a particular interest in aspects such as the inevitability of isolation and the awareness of the inescapability of death.

“The image plays an important role in my work. I like creating sceneries where the image is telling something; where it makes you question your point of view as a spectator. And for this purpose, I use figures. I try to place them in a space that is familiar but yet undefined…

The more you try to represent reality the further you are of it. And what I like most of it is that, at the end, you realise that it is just painting.”

Key facts

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  • Born in Spain in 1980
  • Holds a PhD in Fine Arts from San Carlos Faculty of Fine Arts, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain (2005)
  • Finalist at BP Portrait Award, London (2014, 2015)
  • Exhibited in solo and group shows including ‘New Figuration’, 3 Punts Galerie (Berlin, 2013); ‘Figurativas 2013’, MEAM – Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (Barcelona, 2013); ‘Those who look’, BJ Art Gallery (Paris, 2013); ‘Miscellaneous works’, Palacio de Garcigrande de Caja España – Caja Duero (Salamanca, 2012)