Meet the Residents: Raffaella Freyre

Raffaella Freyre completed the Drawing and Painting Program at the Florence Academy of Art before joining the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art.  She is currently working on a series of paintings exploring her own past and also teaching part-time on the Drawing Program at the BAA. Why did you decide to do the Residency? What were you doing before? After graduating from the Florence Academy of Art I worked for the artist Nick Devereux for six months in Paris and then from there I went home to Mexico and spent a year working in my studio alone. It was lonely in a way because there aren’t many artists in the figurative scene there and all my friends from ...

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Meet the Residents: Bernat Burgueño Barris

The Barcelona Residency of Art aims to be the place where the resident can find his/her own artistic voice and can therefore make a living as a professional painter, sculptor or digital artist. The programme seeks to establish a community of figurative artists, thus strengthening the current trend towards contemporary realism, a movement led and supported by the European Museum of Modern Art . Bernat Barris is currently doing the Residency programme at the BAA and is also a support teacher for the Expressive Drawing class at the Academy. Why did you decide to do this residency? What were you doing before? I decided to do the residency because I was finding it impossible to work at home, I was doing very ...

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Women in Art History

I believe it is important to recognise the pivotal role of women artist in the making of art, but due to gender biases many women artists have been excluded from credit or forgotten from the narrative of history. They often faced significant barriers in obtaining training by being banned from drawing classes or selling and gaining recognition for their work. Things are still far from perfect but, it is necessary to understand the impact this bias has had on the art world and how do we go about telling the stories of women artists buried by a misogynist society. There are no records about who the artists were of the prehistoric eras, but studies suggest that a woman was the ...

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Why Master Copies matter?

Making master copies is a very important aspect to learning to draw. It’s the fastest way to absorb technique. The more copies you make the better you will get and the faster you will get towards your goal. These copies teach you what we might call the language of drawing. Other reasons are they allow you to analyze in extreme detail all fundamental concepts: drawing, values, colour and even composition and, unlike models, these don’t move. The old masters truly observed and have figured out over centuries the best way not only to draw but interpret the forms you’re looking at.  They also have an exceptional sense of design. Personally, studying the masters and studying from the model is the ...

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Meet the Residents: Raffaella Freyre

Raffaella Freyre completed the Drawing and Painting Program at the Florence Academy of Art before joining the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art.  She is currently working on a series of paintings exploring her own past and also teaching part-time on the Drawing Program at the BAA. Why did you decide to do the Residency? What were you doing before? After graduating from the Florence Academy of Art I worked for the artist Nick Devereux for six months in Paris and then from there I went home to Mexico and spent a year working in my studio alone. It was lonely in a way because there aren’t many artists in the figurative scene there and all my friends from ...

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Meet the Residents: Leonora Pardo

Leonora Pardo is a sculptor working on figurative pieces themed around childhood. She has travelled from Chile to do the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art. Why did you decide to do this Residency? What were you doing before? I studied Fine Arts at university so my profession is visual artist, specialised in sculpture. Before coming to Barcelona I worked like many artists – I gave sculpture classes in a university in Chile and I also had my studio where I worked every day on my own work. I decided to come here in order to travel, to see more art. I always felt that my art would not work as well if I just stayed in Chile; I needed ...

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Meet the Residents: Joakim ‘Flash’ T.S. Bergström

Joakim Flash T.S. Bergström is a Swedish landscape painter. He is currently doing the Residency at the Barcelona Academy of Art and teaches landscape painting at the Academy during the Spring Term and the Landscape workshop in the Summer. Why did you decide to do this residency? What were you doing before the Residency? I’m from Sweden but before I came here I was living in Norway, painting and living as an artist. I wanted to come here to Barcelona since my girlfriend is studying here and then I found out that it was possible to do the Residency just for a few months. I thought it would be good to do the Residency because I can work on what ...

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Academies at MNAC

During this last six months, MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) has been working in the remodeling of its permanent collection of modern art to give a new perspective to the rooms about this artistic period do important in Catalonia. The exposition is divided in four themed spheres: The Rise of the Modern Artist, Modernism(s), Noucentisme(s), and Art and Civil War. To take advantage of this restructuring, the museum has decided to bring to light a big quantity of works, near 900, that were until now in the warehouse. Some of this new works correspond to the room that shows the role of academies in the learning of the modern artist through the rigorous study of the nude and anatomy. ...

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BAA a l’exposició “El paper de l’art”

During these days, the BAA is preparing for “El paper de l’Art”, a collective macro-exhibition of 20 art gallery in the city of Barcelona. The exhibition focuses on the role of paper as an artistic medium (original work, prints, photography, etc.) as well as the work performed by professionals of the art world. The event offers the public the chance to meet each of the 20 exhibitions where they may find works dating from the sixteenth century to the present, with prices ranges from 100 to 90,000€. Barcelona Academy of Art, thanks to MEAM, will present the works of students from 29 April to 7 June in the museum space converted into a gallery for the event. If you want to know more about ...

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