Lafuente, Begoña

Begoña Lafuente

(Spain, 1969) is a pictorial, graphic and multimedia artist; Now-a-days she develops her main creations from her studio next to the North Sea in the Netherlands. Her career is rooted in graphic design developed in Madrid in the early 90s, at a key moment for this discipline when it reached the range of artistic expression within and outside the field of corporate image in Spain. Begoña intertwines her classical and artistic learning as a graduate in Fine Arts with the latest representation trends in a constant search and broadens her experience as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator for different companies in corporate identity and advertising. In 2009 she moved her residence to the Netherlands. Here she interacts with local and international artists from different fields and integrates in her art a new reality that she fuses in her paintings with lessons from the Spanish masters. She works with different techniques such as painting, collage, drawing, photography, scans, and monoprints. She studies the human being as a symbol of expression of being; she creates an emotional and visual tension through the use of thematic contrasts, of color, of biological forms versus geometric forms, all representations of an ever-changing nature. Her portfolio also incorporates recognizable forms from the great masters of art history from a contemporary perspective. She often participates in local and international art fairs and exhibitions and her work can be found in private collections throughout Europe and in the United States of America.

ARTIST STATEMENT I explore the essence of ART: I am intrigued by why some artworks last over time, the why of those that fall into oblivion. Art flows as a timeless conversation where not everything is said, where the essential is diluted in a lullaby. The meanings that I cannot find are those that enrich me, disconcert me and arouse my interest as a spectator. They make a piece always accompany me. I want YOU to become my accomplice and my witness, so that you are the one who concludes my work: Sometimes, you will feel that I am playing with your perception, to stop and surround yourself with questions about what you see; other times, my portraits will look you in the eye and follow you around the room, wondering who you are. Maybe I just look for your smile, born of the absurdity between my work and its strange name. I enjoy the process of creation and it shows in my work: My work is a game of combinations, where materials, textures and colors improvise new routes for your senses. Movement and contrast are key pieces to foster visual and emotional tension in you. Do you feel it? You are already living it.

EXHIBITIONS

2021 - Fira Internacional D'art de Barcelona. Spain.

2021 - Manduiña Schneider Art Gallery- California. USA

2021 - Mombó Art Gallery. III Colectiva Internacional de Arte Emergente, Sevilla, Spain.

2021 - Galerie Sonia Monti. Paris, France.

2020 - ARTBOX.GALLERY, Digital Screen, Zurich, Switzerland.

2020 - ARTBOX Project, Digital Screen, "Zürich 2.0". Zurich, Switzerland.

2018, 2019, 2021 - Aordable Art fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2016, 2018, & 2019 - Roger Jonk Gallery, Bergen, The Netherlands.

2018 - Marziart Int. Galerie, Hamburg, Germany.

2018 & 2019 - Art Eindhoven, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

2018 - The Strico Gallery, New York, USA.

2015 & 2017 - ADAF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2014 & 2015 - Artfusion Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 Kunst10daagse – Bergen, The Netherlands.

1999 - Galería Ra del Rey, "Pequeño formato", Madrid, Santander & Valencia, Spain.

1998 & 1999 - Alquiler de mi obra como parte del decorado de serie de TV. Madrid, Spain.

1997 - Casa de la Cultura de Alcobendas. Madrid, Spain. 1997 - Galería de Arte Jacomart: Madrid, Spain.

1996 - Palacio de Gaviria. Madrid, Spain.

1995 & 1996 - Red de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain.

1994 - Grupo Taller. Madrid, Spain.