Ivan Franco

Ourense, Spain, 1979

Unfocused (Le) [4] - 2022. Colour pencils on paper. 49 x 37 cm.
Unfocused (Le) [1] - 2022. Colour pencils on paper. 49 x 37 cm.
Unfocused (Le) [5] - 2022. Colour pencils on paper.49 x 37 cm.
Portrait of a girl -2022. Oil on polaroid. 50 x 50 cm.
Red-Haired girl - 2022. Colour pencils on paper. 49 x 37 cm.
Hand - 2022. Oil on polaroid. 50 x 50 cm.
Portrait of a man - 2022. Oil on polaroid. 50 x 50 cm.
Rose - 2022. Oil on polaroid. 50 x 50 cm.
S/T [2 de 3] - 2022. Colour pencils Luminance 6901 on paper. 50 x 50 cm.
Tres xemeneies - 2022. Oil on digital photograph giclée print. 96 x 81 cm.
S/T [1 de 3] - 2022. Colour pencils Luminance 6901 on paper. 50 x 50 cm.
Candle (after Richter, kerze 1983) - 2022. Colour pencils on paper. 101 x 101 cm.
Red Umbrella - 2022. Colour pencils on paper.101 x 101 cm.
Untitled 2 - 2022. Colour pencils on paper. 49 x 37 cm.
One and three polaroids (after Kosuth, One and Three Chairs, 1965) - 2022. Polaroid 600 black and white, graphite on paper. 50 x 50 cm (each framed) 11 x 9 cm.
Iso 50. 105mm. f/2.8 1/25seg- 2022. Graphite pencils on paper glued to aluminium dibond. 183 x 143 cm.

About

Ourense, Spain, 1979

The image (sign) presented is not focused on representing the real, true, false or imaginary. This image seeks to give greater prominence, if anything, to the meaning from the simulacrum. Matter-picture as object becomes, in this case, an importance that exceeds what is told (sign), as part of the object, subject it to the importance of proper sense, the simulacrum.

It’s no longer to identify the real from what is not, but to use the strategies, the mechanisms of reality to question own existence. The picture presented is not able to be true in another place like a simulacrum. As Baudrillard quoted in “Culture and Simulation” in reference to the simulacrum of divinity: “This is precisely what was feared by Iconoclasts, whose millennial quarrel is still with us today. This is precisely because they predicted this omnipotence of simulacra, the faculty simulacra have of effacing God from the conscience of man, and the destructive, annihilating truth that they allow to appear – that deep down God never existed, that only the simulacrum ever existed, even that God himself was never anything but his own simulacrum” This works refers essentially to a question of contemplation, that explores the need to identify and understand the reality. If the recognition of the simulacrum has made stagger the survival of the reality.

“The simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true.”

Ecclesiastes

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS
H0. Piramidón Centre d’Art Contemporani. Barcelona, Spain (2018)
Contact Sheet, Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (2017)
True and False, Alzueta Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (2015)
Ideografías, Portal 48 Gallery, Pontevedra. Spain (2014)
Significantes Simulados, Art Gallery  Puerto de la Cruz, Caja Canarias, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain (2009)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS
LA art show 2022, Feria de arte contemporáneo, Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2022)
Art on paper 2021, Feria de arte contemporáneo, Arcadia Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA (2021)
Mod-Portrait 2020, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain (2021)
Càpsules de confinament: Art i pandèmia a Catalunya, Museu Can Framis, Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona, Spain (2020)
Premi de fotografia 2020, Museu Palau Solterra, Torroella de Montgrí, Fundació Vila Casas, Girona, Spain (2020)
2020_n1 Piramidón, Centre d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain (2020)
Just Mad, Contemporary Art Fair, Alzueta Gallery, Madrid, Spain (2020)
Art Miami, Contemporary Art Fair, Alzueta Gallery, Miami, USA (2019)
Realismo Español Contemporáneo, Hoki Museum, Japan (2019)
20th Anniversay, Galerie Arcturus, Paris (2019)
Booth Alb, Galeria Alb, Paris (2019)
Un face à face espagnol. Miguel Macaya – Ivan Franco, Galerie Arcturus, Paris (2017)
A Dessein, Galerie Binôme, Paris (2016)
Realitats, Pigment Gallery, Barcelona, Spain (2016)
Art Madrid, Contemporary Art Fair, Alzueta Gallery, Madrid, Spain (2016)
25 al quadrat, Piramidón, Centre d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain (2015)
No más de 18, Galería Metro, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2015)
Art Élysées, Contemporary Art Fair, Alzueta Gallery, Paris, France (2015)
Slick art fair, Galerie Binôme, Paris, France (2015)
Premio internacional de pintura guasch coranty, Centro de arte contemporáneo Tecla Sala, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain (2015)
II Concurso de retrato internacional mod-portrair, Sala de exposiciones Bantierra, Zaragoza (2015)
I Concurso de retrato internacional mod-portrait, Sala de exposiciones Bantierra Zaragoza (2014)
VIII Premio auditorio de Galicia para novos artistas, Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela (2014)
Bienal d’art im-por-art ex-por-art, Tinglado 4, Tarragona, Spain (2013)
Algo más que realismo VII, Agrupación Artística Aragonesa, Zaragoza, Spain (2013)
Regreso al futuro (imperfecto), Galería Portal 48, Pontevedra, Spain (2013)
XI Bienal pintor Laxeiro, Museo Municipal Ramón Maria Aller, Lalín, Spain (2013)
BP Portrait Award 2012, National Portrait Gallery, London / Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh / Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (2012)
14 Concurs de pintura joven, Galeria Arloft, Reus / Aula de Cultura de Caixa Penedès, Vilafranca del Penedès (2012)
Arte contemporáneo siglo XXI, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain (2011)
Certamen de pintura y esculturas figurativas ’11, Museo Casa de la Moneda, Madrid, Spain (2011)
Vemos o que somos, somos o que vemos, Pazo da Cultura, Pontevedra, Spain (2010)
Novos Valores 2009, Museo de Pontevedra, Pontevedra, Spain (2009)
Arte Xoven 2008, Ayuntamiento de Pontevedra, A Coruña (2008)

AWARDS
Mod-Portrait 2020, Sala de Exposiciones Bantierra, Zaragoza, Spain (Honorable Mention) (2020)
Mod-Portrait 2018, Sala de Exposiciones Bantierra, Zaragoza, Spain (Honorable Mention) (2018)
Mod-Portrait 2017, Sala de Exposiciones Bantierra, Zaragoza, Spain (Honorable Mention) (2017)
II Concurso de Retrato Internacional Mod-Portrait, Sala de Exposiciones Bantierra, Zaragoza, Spain (Honorable Mention) (2015)
I Concurso de Retrato Internacional Mod-Portrait, Sala de Exposiciones Bantierra, Zaragoza, Spain (Honorable Mention) (2014)
Beca Maria Josepa Giner, Galeria Anquin’s, Reus (2012)
XI Premio de Fotografía Area de Artes Plásticas Universidad de Murcia, Universidad de Murcia, Spain (First Honorable Mention) (2011)
Becas Roberto Villagraz, Escuela de fotografía EFTI, Madrid, Spain (Finalist)
XXVII Certamen de Pintura Concello de Cambre, Biblioteca Municipal de Cambre, A Coruña, Spain (Accésit) (2010)
III Certamen de Pintura y Esculturas Figurativas, Barcelona, Spain (Acquisition Award) (2008)
VII Premio Regional de Fotografía Cajas de Ahorros de Canarias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (First Prize) (2008)
XI Concurso de Fotografía Deportiva, Concello de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela (First Prize) (2007)
I Certamen de Pintura Figurativa, Barcelona, Spain (Acquisition Award) (2006)
Certamen Maxoarte, Modalidad de fotografía a color, Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain (First Prize) (2005)
Certamen Maxoarte, Modalidad de fotografía a color, Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain (2004)
Certamen Maxoarte, Modalidad de pintura, Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain (2001)
Certamen Maxoarte, Modalidad de pintura, Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain (1998)

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    Selected Exhibitions

    ONE AND THREE POLAROIDS

    Alzueta Gallery Sèneca – Main Gallery

    Finished

    27/10/2022 to 13/12/2022