Artists Announced for Riu d’art 2019
We are delighted to announce the following selected artists for the fourth edition of the Riu d’art residency. Chosen from a record number of applications from over 30 different countries, a total of 9 artists will take part in this year’s event: 4 international artists representing Turkey, Chile, Russia, Lithuania and Italy, 4 national artists and artwork from the local Art School ‘L’Aula d’Art’. The Riu d’art residency will take place for two weeks from 10th of June culminating in an official inauguration on Saturday 22nd of June.
Renowned artist Enrique Larroy was invited to be part of this year’s jury selection panel along with Ajuntament’s Youth Councillor Francesc Esteve, Maria Franquet, artist Sarah Misselbrook, president of the Riba Rocks Association Chris Thornton, lecturer at Aula d’art Isabel Torres and invited member of the public Maricel Muñoz Adell.
Born in Ekaterinburg Russia, Vladimir Abikh works at ‘the intersection of different media and styles: street art, intervention, installation, video, photography. He often involves the viewers into active engagement with the art work. In his works, the artist speaks on the topic of urbanism, social injustice, man’s place in the information space, and also explores the impact of virtual on the reality.’
Romina Cristi, born in Santiago de Chile, is currently based in Southampton, UK. Her work explores the subjective dimension of human dwell. Utilizing concepts that cross discipline boundaries, like urban imaginaries, psychogeography and subjective mapping, she creates artworks that allow her to observe her own experience of inhabiting a place, integrating the act of walking as a transversal thread across her creative process.
Luogo Comune is an Italian multidisciplinary artist, currently based in Bologna. He has studied History of Art in Milan and attended a MA in Graphic Design and Illustration at ISIA Urbino. From 2017 he has started working freelance. His works span both indoor and outdoor spaces, using a wide variety of mediums. As an urban artist he has painted murals in different Italian cities and countries like Poland, Austria, England, Spain and Morocco, in fact travelling and exploring new localities is an important key for the evolution of his work.
Simona Rukuižaitė, born 1994, graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2018 with a BA Degree in Monumental Arts. She works mainly in experimental painting and mosaic techniques. ‘The method on which I rely on my artistic practice – creation of artwork as an object, which is constructed not only in a sense of visual aesthetics, but also as a source of my reflections on cultural and philosophical contexts. Variety of used natural materials binds together into interdisciplinary visual language – objects and mixed media paintings.’
Elara Elvira, born 1984, studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona.
She has lived for several years in Germany and in France, where she participated in artistic residencies, exhibitions and other projects related to artistic production, education and work in cultural collectives. She currently works in Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona), where she has established, together with other artists, a self-managed artistic production called FURRR Studio. Elara Elvira works with different media and techniques: serigraphy, mural painting, sculpture and stop motion animation.
Roser Gay, born in Barcelona in 1985, is an artist, art teacher and illustrator now living in Riba-roja d’Ebre. Roser says, ‘I have done a lot of work in the creative and educational field, and I think that this duality is what defines my work, and my style. This has also been possible thanks to studying at the Francesca Bonmaisson school for three years, where I learned to understand art and illustration from its most abstract and transcendent moment, to experience art as a contemplative experience.’
Gloria Grau was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1965. She lives and has her painting studio in front of the sea in the town of Calafell, Tarragona. Her work is influenced by different masters of Spanish and Catalan painting, highlighting Sorolla, Anglada Camarasa, Tàpies and Barceló. In her tireless search for new materials and forms, she experiments with the spontaneity of the unforeseen, the taste for stain and chance. She lets herself be carried away by the freedom to do what she wants, as she wants: Fabrics full of spots, textures and colors, women with languid eyes, giant flowers…
Adrià Cid, born in Barcelona, 1989. He gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, where he began in the audiovisual field and went deeper into multidisciplinary sculpture to make a Seneca at the University of the Basque Country where he began to work with ceramics. Since 2012 he has been studying Artistic Ceramics at the School of Art and Design Llotja (BCN). His works have been seen in different galleries of the Ebro Lands, in Strasbourg, in the Young Art Room, the Dhub and in other spaces in Barcelona. He also exploits his musical side as a singer-songwriter and luthier.