Haritz Guisasola

Artist selected by Fernández, Horacio at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

My work started in the 1990s. I generally make figurative drawings and pictures. I paint portraits, vanitas, floods, landscapes, still lifes and press photos, and try to capture the relationship between looking and painting, living and painting. Over these years, mixing colours and drawing has become a regular part of my life. The result is a series of paintings and drawings in different formats, sometimes with unusual components, sometimes more realistic. I always try to get different colours each time.


 1 What made you choose art as a profession?
I’m not really sure why, but there must be a reason I’m still painting… I enjoy painting, I like art in general and I’m keen to expand my experience. I’m not sure I see it as a profession. If being a housewife is a profession, then in my case painting is too.

2. How would you define your work?
Paintings and drawings.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
I’ve painting floods, vanitas, landscapes, politicians, still lifes, portraits, armchairs, abstract pictures… I think for me the subjects often serve as an excuse for painting. I’m interested in unusual things that happen in painting in general: backgrounds, badly painted hands, etc.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
I use traditional materials: oils, canvas, watercolours, charcoal and paper.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Its relationship with reality lies in the act of painting itself: sometimes I paint from the natural world – landscapes, still lifes; other times, I work with newspaper photos or photos of drawings representing moments in the act of drawing.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
For me, the point of art is to make people think, question, laugh, get sad, make mistakes… Art is to do with life.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I hope people take a good look and draw their own conclusions. I’m not aiming at any audience in particular – anyone who wants to look at a picture for a while is fine.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I’ve got a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. What I value most is the friendship that binds me to several people I met at university and their input to my life.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
I can’t complain, because it’s always been like this: I paint and once or twice a year I exhibit my work. In the future I intend to carry on painting.

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 don’t think money affects my work, at the moment. Money is one thing and painting is quite another – although obviously if you can’t even afford to buy brushes, you’ve got a real problem.

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?
The only thing I hope for is a relationship based on trust and honesty. I think promoters and curators have to believe in what they’re doing. I’ve not had much professional experience with promoters and curators, only in my private life.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I imagine there must be all kinds of different artists with something to offer. I don’t know enough artists to give an opinion on the city’s pluses and minuses.



Curriculum vitae

Haritz Guisasola
Eibar, 1975.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education
Licenciatura en Bellas Artes/Bachelor of  Fine Arts, Facultad de Cuenca.


Process and Identity, Delphi, Grecia.
Taller sobre Instalación, Francesc Torres, Cuenca.
Los peores dibujos…, Jiri Doukopil, Cuenca.

Exposiciones Individuales (Selección)/Selected Solo Exhibitions
Principio terrestre, Galeria Paula Alonso, Madrid.

Marrazkiak, Anti Liburudenda, Bilbao.
Topaleku, Eibar.
Ilustración y presentación del Libro Monósticos de Jordi Doce, Madrid.

Galería Luis Burgos, Madrid.

Galería Croxhapox, Gante, Bélgica.

Galería Luís Burgos, Madrid.


Vista alegre 20 A, Madrid.


La ida, Madrid.


Galería Valle Quintana, Madrid.


Pinturas, Sala Topaleku, Eibar, Guipúzcoa.


El ninot amarillo, Rua da esperanza, Lisboa.


Pinturas, Portalea, Eibar, Guipúzcoa.

Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions
8.046 Km, Galery, Houston, EEUU.

Art Madrid, Galería Luís Burgos (Madrid), Madrid.


Salon mediteraneen-arts plastiques, Oran.


Gonzalo Cao: 50 años pa ná, Fundación Antonio Pérez, Diputación de Cuenca.


Qué bien nos lo pasamos ayer, festival de video 143 Delicias, Madrid.


Young emerging artist from Spain: ATIKETUKENTUKI, 3300 M Street, Washington DC.


Del pecado a la disolución de la culpa, Galería KA, Madrid.


Casa Museo de Alfonso Ariza, La Rambla, Córdoba.
Festival de videos 143 Delicias, Madrid.


Pasen y vean, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, CCCB, Barcelona.
Estampida, Situaciones Festival de Arte de Cuenca.


Process and Identity, Art School, Delphi, Grecia.

Ilustración y presentación del libro Monósticos de Jordi Doce, Madrid.

Paisajes, inundaciones, calaveras...libretas y algunos cuadros, Conferencia-exposición de las últimas obras realizadas, Facultad de Bellas Artes de Cuenca.


Comisariado de la muestra de vídeos Luces Intermitentes, Situaciones Festival de Arte de Cuenca.

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
Beca Erasmus, Universidad de Lisboa. (Beca/Grant)

Beca de Pintura de los Paradores Nacionales. (Beca/Grant)
Beca taller de Pintura impartido por Manolo Quejido, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Villa Iris, Santander. (Beca/Grant)
II Becas de Paradores Nacionales. (Beca/Grant)


Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museum and Collections
Universidad de Castilla la Mancha.
Paradores Nacionales. Colección Rafael Pérez Hernando, Madrid.
Colección Luís Burgos, Madrid.


"Cuatro", Cuenca, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 1997.
"98/99", Cuenca, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 1999.
"Compra de obra, 2000-2001", Cuenca, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 2000-2001.
"La luz roja", Madrid, La ida, 18/XI/2003.
"Del pecado a la disolución de la culpa", Madrid, Galería KA, 2004.

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