Xevi Solà presents his first solo show in Madrid, with his never before-seen artworks exploring the advising and dialogue between his figures and the spectator.
I present the work for this exhibition under the title «To be». Not in all of them, but in some of the pieces there is a message that seems to be addressed to the spectator, however, it is actually addressed to myself and has to do with the creative process: «be dare», «be faster», etc. I was attracted by the idea that the spectator could feel as the character, the viewer or myself, and that it could therefore take on different meanings.
Additionally, I have always been interested in the text incorporated into the painting, mixing the pictorial with the literary, but in a minimalist way, which is also where I want to settle my work at. And what could be more literary and concentrated than the well-known «to be or not to be». All the philosophy contained in Hamlet’s soliloquy that I would like any of my works to contain.
And continuing with philosophy, the title also alludes to the ontological opposition «to be-exist». I have tried to capture the interior, the essence of some characters. Nothing new in fact, what the tradition of portraiture has always sought.