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IntroductionDay after day, dozens and dozens of people encounter each other on busy streets without really noticing one another. Fascinated by this form of urban anonymity, Spanish artist Eva Navarro dives into the microcosms of the city, searching out individuality amidst the uniformity.
It is the miniature stories of the passers-by that interest the artist, moments that stand out from the everyday commotion: A father photographing his playful children, two teenagers wolf-whistling at a beautiful woman, two lovebirds strolling down the street hand in hand.
In an almost paparazzi-like manner, Navarro surveys the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to snap the shutter. She has collected hundreds of these images in her archives. Of these, she meticulously reinterprets a select few on canvas, where – unlike the photographs – the individuals are presented with undefined expressions, usually against a monochrome, two-dimensional background. This artistic process creates a marked distinction between the final work of art and its source image. Navarro’s subjects appear withdrawn from reality and isolated from the world around them. They seem lost in their own thoughts and entirely introspective, with only their shadows for company.
Eva Navarro’s work offers a critique on the ubiquitous anonymity of modern city life. After studying Fine Art at the Complutense University of Madrid, her art quickly attracted international attention. Her award-winning work represents a new direction in the field of Spanish figurative painting, questioning individuality in the mass culture of the 21st Century.
1967 Born Studied Art at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain Lives and works in Madrid, SpainExhibitions
2014 Intangible – New Paintings, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, USA 2013 Andante, Arte Periférica, Lisbon, Portugal 2013 Between the Walls, Alicia Winters Galeria, Arnhem, Netherlands 2012 Eva Navarro – Calma, El Quatre, Sala d’Art, Granollers, Spain 2007 Eva Navarro, MPG Contemporary, Boston, USA 2007 Eva Navarro – Consecuencias, Galeria BAT Alberto Cornejo, Madrid, Spain 2005 Eva Navarro – Solar Time, MPG Contemporary, Boston, USA 2002 Eva Navarro, Cervantes Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands 2001 On the Other Side, Galeria de Arte Molgrabia, Madrid, Spain 2000 The Look, Galeria de Arte M+R, Madrid, Spain 1999 People, Galeria de Arte Engracia, Madrid, Spain
2014 Winter Exhibition, Alicia Winters Galeria, Arnhem, Netherlands 2010 Summer Show, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, USA 2007 14 Artists, Huan Amiano Gallery, Pamplona, Spain 2006 Homenaje a Picasso, Galeria BAT Alberto Cornejo, Madrid, Spain 2004 Sin Tiempo, Xanon Gallery, Madrid, Spain