Nicolás Combarro

Artist selected by Moscoso, Manuela at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

My work is based on research into the process of transforming built space. By reflecting on and interacting with the constructions and the materials in the environment I’m working on through photography, drawing or sculpture, I search for the essence of the form, playing with its inorganic nature towards an organic reinterpretation.

It’s about active contemplation to get to a certain frame of mind and expand awareness. Once this reality is interiorised, I think about how to act on it or create something from it. I experiment with the environment to change it and also change us as sensitive subjects.


1. What made you choose art as a profession?
In my roles as both a curator and an artist, art offers me a filter for observing and understanding my environment and provides me with a vehicle for expressing it and sharing it with other people.

2. How would you define your work?
My work looks at the conceptual space between reality and abstraction by documenting, acting on and representing spaces of construction/deconstruction.

3. What subjects are you interested in?
Mainly subjects related to the way our environment is constructed, planned and laid out.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
I use several resources in my work:
-I use photography to document the part of reality I’m going to work on and to document my action or a sculpture created from it.
- Drawing/illustrating lets me reflect on this reality and sketch the actions or sculptures to be created.
- Painting and/or sculpting on or from the space is the final goal of the work, through which I express the essence of the work.

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My raw material is reality. My work centres precisely on the relationship between reality and abstraction.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
It acts as a means of expressing and understanding the environment.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I’m aiming at people with an active gaze. I hope to share with them a filter to observe and analyse our environment.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I’m not a great believer in academic education for training artist. I value reading and theoretical contemplation, as well as practice alongside other artists/teachers.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
My professional situation is very positive in terms of my work as a curator, and highly unstable as far as my art work is concerned. I hope to be able to spend more time on creating.

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 live off my work as an artist; I make a living from my work as a curator. I think it’s difficult to earn a living from art, so I see ‘work’ as something that lets me live and at the same time I try to bring it as close to my creative work as possible.

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’ve got very little experience of having my work promoted by curators. I think it’s an interesting and vital relationship when it comes to presenting your work and I’d like to have more contact with other cultural agents.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I think the arts scene in Madrid is fairly free and individualist.

On the plus side, you’re not constrained by tight standards. On the down side, artists work in isolation, there’s no contact with curators, etc., and many artists find it difficult to produce and show their work.


Curriculum vitae

Nicolás Combarro
A Coruña, 1979.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

Formación Académica/Education
Comunicación audiovisual, CES Felipe Segundo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Aranjuez.

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, MARCO, Vigo.


La línea de sombra, Galería Moriarty, Madrid.


Intervenciones, Galería Altamira, Gijón.

Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions
Conney Island of the Mind, Galería Moriarty, Madrid.


Sobre el espacio infinito, Ayuntamiento de A Coruña, A Coruña.


La línea de sombra, Galería My Name’s Lolita Art, Valencia.
Art TV II edición, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo del Ayuntamiento de Málaga, CAC, Málaga.
Arquitecturas, Proyecta 2006, Madrid.
Arquifoto, Centro Párraga, Murcia.
Puntos de encuentro, CCBA, Buenos Aires.


Fotografía española, Sala Butzlab, Hamburg.

Proyectos Curatoriales/Curatorial Projects
De donde no se vuelve, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, Madrid.


Exposición retrospectiva Alberto García-Alix, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France.


No me sigas… Estoy Perdido, Fundación Canal, Madrid.
Tres videos tristes, Sala de Exposiciones Canal de Isabel II, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, CCCB, Barcelona.
Alberto García-Alix. Trilogía en video 03-06, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, CCEBA, Buenos Aires.

Colaboración con Alberto García-Alix en la dirección de la obra en vídeo De donde no se vuelve, para el Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MNCARS, Madrid.


Colaboración con Alberto García-Alix en la realización de la trilogía Tres vídeos Tristes: · Tres moscas negras, (realización), Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, CCEBA, Buenos Aires; Centro Cultural de España en São Paulo; Sala de Exposiciones Canal de Isabel II, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid. ·
Extranjero de mi mismo (realización y B.S.O.), Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris; Art Basel Miami Beach


Miami; Festival de Cine de Málaga.
Mi alma de cazador en juego, (realización), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Galería Juana de Aipuru, Madrid; I Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, BIACS, Sevilla; Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Premios y Becas/Awards and Grants
Premio Saab a la mejor exposición Festival Off Photoespaña, Galería Moriarty, Madrid. (Premio y adquisición de obra)


Premio Purificación García de Fotografía 2007. (Selección)


Certamen de Fotografía InJuve 2006. (1er premio) VI Premio de Fotografía El Cultural. (Finalista)
Premio Purificación García de fotografía 2006. (Selección)
IV premio de Artes Plásticas Auditorio de Galicia. (Selección y exposición)
IX muestra de Artes Plásticas Unión FENOSA, A Coruña. (Selección y exposición)
Certamen Jóvenes creadores 2006. (Selección y exposición)

VV.AA., "Sobre o espazo infinito", A Coruña, Ayuntamiento de A Coruña, 2008, Cat. Exp.
Lafont, Isabel, "Esculpir con la cámara", El País, Madrid, 1/VII/2008.
H. Pozuelo, Abel, "Nicolás Combarro, mas allá de la luz", El Cultural, El Mundo, Madrid, 19/VI/2008.
"Atelier: Nicolás Combarro” Porto Alegre, Brasil, Fundação Iberê Camargo, 1/V/2008.
Álvarez, Esteban, "Puntos de encuentro", Buenos Aires, CCBA, 2006, Cat. Exp.
VV.AA., "Fotografía InJuve 2006", Madrid, Instituto de la Juventud, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, 2006, Cat. Exp.
VV.AA., "Premio Purificación García de Fotografía 2006", Ourense, 2006, Cat. Exp.
VV.AA., "IX muestra de Artes Plásticas Unión FENOSA", A Coruña, 2006, Cat. Exp.
Hontoria, Javier, "La memoria suspendida", El Cultural, El Mundo, Madrid, 27/VII/2006.