Gerardo Custance

Artist selected by Pardo, Tania at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

Gerardo Custance’s work can be classified as neo-documentary photography. Centred on landscapes, it highlights man’s relationship with nature.

Custance’s photographs do not shout; they explore the worlds of experience and sensory perception of the landscape, almost hypnotic as they unshackle spectators from reality and transport them to their own interior universe.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I think the decision took itself. The personal process I embarked upon some time ago led me towards art as a profession.

2. How would you define your work?
Searching and exploring through photography.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
I’m very interested in the moment of history we’re at and how we relate to this moment.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
My work is purely photographic, although I use both desire and intuition unconsciously on occasions.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Reality is the raw material for my photographs. Assimilating this reality within me forms the basis of my work.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
To feed a part of our being that only art can satisfy.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I don’t really have a target audience, and I don’t worry about how people will receive my work. I get a buzz out of transmitting what I see and I hope to provoke different reflections through my photographs.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I graduated in Photography from the Polytechnic University in Catalonia and carried out a PhD in documentary photography at the University of Westminster in London. In my opinion, time in education helps forge an attitude towards the subject studied that plays a major role in shaping work in the future. I really value this attitude, which fortunately I still possess.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
My current situation is good and I’m happy doing what I do. I can’t say what I expect from the future; I haven’t really thought about it. I intend to carry on working and surprise myself when the moment comes.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
I think economic considerations affect your work, but not your hopes or the drive to carry on. You might find your physical production and creative activity limited at certain times when things get tough, but your intellectual activity should emerge unscathed.

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I have very close relationships with some promoters and curators and I haven’t experienced any difficulties. I have full confidence in their experience and only hope that they do their work professionally, making sure the artist’s work goes as far as possible. This is the key advantage of their activity.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
The fact that it’s a major city and the capital of Spain gives Madrid certain artistic advantages over other cities: there are many more resources and possibilities, education and training is more accessible, and there are lots of different art centres and promotional companies, which means there’s lots on offer. However, in my opinion, Madrid has been stuck in a rut for a few years and needs shaking up. Fortunately, everything always renews itself and you get the feeling that recently there’s been a breath of fresh air.


Curriculum vitae

Gerardo Custance Moya 
Madrid, 1976. 
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education 
Postgrado en Fotografía Documental, School of Art and Comunication, University of Westminster, London.


Graduado en Fotografía y Creación Digital, Centro de Imagen y Tecnología Multimedia, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Barcelona.

Exposiciones Individuales (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions 
En los Campos de Castilla, Galerie Polaris, Paris. 

Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions 
Periferias, II Bienal de Arte Arquitectura y Paisaje de Tenerife, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 


Paris Photo, Galerie Polaris, Paris; Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
The BMW–Paris Photo Prize, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
OFE´08, Otoño Fotográfico de Extremadura, Badajoz.
Paisajes. En torno a la Colección Musac, Museo de la Siderurgia y la Minería de Sabero, León.
Foto Espacios de la Colección Musac, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Unión Fenosa, MACUF, A Coruña. 


Existencias, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, León.
Trafic07, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, CCCB, Barcelona.
V Concurso de Fotografía Purificación García, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid; Centro Cultural de la Diputación de Ourense, Ourense. 


IV Concurso de Fotografía Purificación García, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid; Centro Cultural de la Diputación de Ourense, Ourense; Palaço Galveias, Lisboa.
Proyectos 2005-2008 Organización del encuentro fotográfico Emulsión Sur, Getafe, Madrid ( 

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants 
Beca de Artes Plásticas Marcelino Botín, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander.
The BMW–Paris Photo Prize, Paris (Finalista) Beca Profesional, Fundación Santa María de Albarracín, Teruel.
Beca OFE 2008, Otoño Fotográfico de Extremadura (Finalista) 


V Concurso de Fotografía Purificación García, Madrid (3er Premio) 


Beca de Creación Artística, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, León. 


IV Concurso de Fotografía Purificación García, Madrid (Mención Especial) 


Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, PHE05, Madrid. 2004 Beca Sócrates-Erasmus, University of Westminster, London.
Concurso de Fotografía Caixa Terrassa, Barcelona (Finalista) 

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museum and Collections 
Colección Ministerio de Cultura Francés, Paris.
Colección Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.
Colección Claude Berri, Paris. Colección Delbosc, Paris.
Colección Chausson, Paris. Colección Darrigrand, París.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, León.
Colección Purificación García, Ourense.
Colección Recorridos Fotográficos ARCO, Madrid.
Colección Buda, Roma. 

VV.AA, "La Rivera del Órbigo. Invierno", León, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, Asociación Séptimo Centenario de Benavides, 2007. 
Ordás, Carlos, "Gerardo Custance", Colección Musac Volumen II, León, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, 2007. 
VV.AA, "Un Cierto Paisaje", León, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, 2007.
Custance, Gerardo, "En los Campos de Castilla", Photos Nouvelles, nº 54, Paris, Editorial Photos Nouvelles, [1/XI/2008; 31/XII/2008], pp. 12-17.