Jordi Ribes

Artist selected by Armengol, David at 2010

My work centres on painting, stressing its narrative side by representing what appear to be stagings from a children’s game whose characters, situations and landscapes evoke fantasy films, art, fairy tales… By stunning and seducing, I explore an introspective, closed world that alludes to our closest collective imagination.


This attempt to disorientate spectators is reinforced by the style of painting that uses oils stripped of their usual malleability to paint with a cold, polished and artificial diction… A technical perversion that approaches digital language in a game of hybrids between computers and painting.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
Because I like it and I think it’s what I’m best at.


2. How would you define your work?
It’s as if an adult had a digitalised dream that gave them the chance to go back to childhood.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
Narration, film, perversion, the subconscious, art, memory, fetishes, digital images, fairy tales…


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Above all in terms of form I use resources to get the finished paintings to look like they’ve just been Photoshopped.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
It’s related to the reality that comes from fiction. My raw materials are decontextualised images; I construct and create narratives from them.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
It can be whatever anyone wants it to be, but like language, which is what interests me most, the main thing is its use to communicate.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I hope they like it and that it makes them think and moves them in some way.


8. What qualifications have you got?
What do you value most from your time in education?
Academically, fine art. What I valued most was the people around me – that was key for me.


9. How would you define your current professional situation?
And in the future?

I try to get to the studio whenever I can and hope to continue doing so.


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?
It’s difficult to make a living and if I had greater purchasing power I might consider other kinds of work in addition to painting, although you never really know what actually limits you.


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 want them to get involved and hope they act as a bridge to reach the public. It’s appreciated when they place the artist centre stage.


12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I’m not sure, but I haven’t lived in Madrid for long. What I miss is seeing more exhibitions by foreign artists with different ideas representing other countries.


Curriculum vitae

Jordi Ribes
Barcelona, 1972.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.


Formación Académica/Education
Licenciado en Bellas Artes, Universidad de Barcelona.


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
En la tierra como en el cielo, Clara Carvajal y Jordi Ribes, Galería Louis 21, Palma de Mallorca.
Réquiem por un sueño,  ArteSantander, Galería del Sol St., Santander.


El fin de los días, Insólitos, Festival Ingráfica, Museo de Semana Santa, Cuenca.
El mundo perdido, Galería DF Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela.
Cuando el destino nos alcance, Póster # 7 e intervención mural en el hall, Centre Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona.


Momu & No Es en la tierra de los hombres barba, Galería Senda, Barcelona.


La finca, Galería Senda-Espai 292, Barcelona.


El trailer de crónicas del loft, Centre Cívic Sant Andreu, Barcelona.
Carrying women, Sala Petita de la Capella, Barcelona.


Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
La ofrenda, Red Bull Music Academy,  Matadero Madrid.
Espacio Atlántico, Galería Senda, Vigo.


ARCO 2010, Galería Senda, Madrid.
Del Sol Experiences, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Santander.
La chica del sótano, La gesta imposible, Utopic_us, Madrid.
Contra Natura, X Biennal Martínez Guerricabeitia, Museo de la Ciudad, Valencia.


Art Brussels 2009, Galería Senda, Bruxelles.


Art Forum 2008, Galería Senda, Berlin.
CCA gallery, CCA Andratx, Palma de Mallorca.
Levantamiento, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid.


Premios y Becas/Awards and Grants
Premio pintura Guasch Coranty, Barcelona. (Selección/Selected)

Hangar, Barcelona. (Beca de Residencia/Residence Grant)
Premio pintura Focus-Abengoa, Sevilla. (Selección/Selected)
IX Premio de Pintura Honda, La Garriga, Barcelona. (Selección/Selected)


VII Convocatoria Internacional de Jóvenes Artistas, Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia. (Selección y Adquisición/Selected and Acquisition)
Biennal d’art de Valls, Museu de Valls, Tarragona. (Selección/Selected)
III Premio de Pintura Contemporánea Torroella de Montgrí, Fundació Vila Casas, Girona. (Selección y Adquisición/Selected and Acquisition)


Premio Altadis de Artes Plásticas 2004, Paris. (1er Premio y Adquisición/1st Award and Acquisition)


Concurso de Artes Visuales Premio Miquel Casablancas, Barcelona. (1er Premio y Adquisición/1st Award and Acquisition)
Beca Guasch Coranty, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Barcelona. (Adquisición/Acquisition)


Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Móstoles, Madrid.
Patronato Martínez Guerricabeitia, Valencia.
Fundación Altadis, Paris.
Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona.
Fundació Guasch Coranty, Barcelona.


Armengol, David, "Contra Natura", 10ª Bienal Martínez Guerricabeitia, Valencia, Universidad de Valencia, 2010, Cat. Exp.
Taboada, Anton, "Arqueoloxía de fantasía", El Correo Gallego, 11/V/2008.
Revuelta, Laura, "1808-2008: el arte en guerra", ABC, 10/V/2008.
Cantalozella, Quim, "L’univers dels homes barba", Papers d’Art, I/2007.
Chancho, Joaquim, "Jordi Ribes", Barcelona, Galería Senda, 2006, Cat. Exp.
Villa, Manuela, "Arte Emergente en España", Madrid, Vaivén, 2006.
Espejo, Bea, "Best of 2006", Temps d’Art, Valencia, IX-X/2006.
Piron, François; Cantalozella, Quim, "Mecenazgo Altadis. Ganadores del Premio Altadis Artes Plásticas 2004-2005", Paris, Actes Sud, 2005, Cat. Exp.


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