Publications
Rafel Bestard Rafel Bestard por Juanjo Oliva Gallardo
Text in spanish. Las luces y las sombras forman el tejido subcutáneo en la obra de Rafel Bestard (Palma, 1967). En este tejido pululan células que están en constante lucha por manifestarse en la epidermis, a la vista del público. Células de luz y células de sobras que se abrirán paso al exterior. El exterior dejará constancia de aquella tensión producida en silencio no pudiendo mostrar más que aquello generado en el tejido: la tensión. Una tensión entre la luz y la sombra que es una tensión entre la vida y la muerte, el daño y el bálsamo, la planicie y el abismo. En ciertos momentos, en la alternancia de la luz o de la sombra, sentimos una calma tensa, ese tipo de calma que se experimenta unos minutos antes de que se desencadene la tormenta; una vez desencadenada, percibiremos algo que va unido al daño: la lesión. La lesión es un hecho constante en la obra de Rafel Bestard pero, también, esta lesión tiene luz y tiene sombra. Existe una lesión exterior que nos viene rápidamente sugerida por la luz tenue, incitadora, una luz que nos habla de nosotros mismos, de nuestros matices, de nuestra intima conexión con todo aquello que nos define como individualidad. La lesión de luz interior, en el cambio, es una lesión que parece haber germinado en una charca antigua repleta de microorganismos, al acecho de la voluntad personal, para que ésta se disuelva en el todo complejo y difuso de las multipulsiones. Frente a estas luces y a estas sombras, el público responde que en las obras de Rafel Bestard hay un poco de cada uno de nosotros.
Íñigo Navarro The delirious world of Íñigo Navarro at Galeria Contrast
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Rafel Bestard ELUSIVE MAGAZINE
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Lluis Barba Human tragicomedy
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Rafel Bestard Scope Miami
“One of the best set of works at Scope are the superb paintings by Rafel Bestard at Barcelona’s Galeria Contrast. These gorgeous, sexy paintings are worth the trip to Scope alone! There’s a moist sensuality to Bestard’s treatment of the subject matter, coupled with a photographic artifice that fools the eye, and which upon closer inspection reveals unexpected textural qualities that almost denies the first photorealism impression. The sense of sensuality of the works on exhibit also have a strong dose of danger attached to them. Are these wet dreams or are they nightmares? Is the dreamer a frustrated sexpot or a dangerous psychopath?” by Lenny Campello Read more...
Lluis Barba Lluís Barba. An artist between worlds
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Lluis Barba Exploring art from art
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Lluis Barba The context in the text
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Cynthia Fusillo La Vanguardia newspaper. Perico Pastor Article
This exhibition-installation is much more than the confirmation of the first two views of the New York artist Cynthia Fusillo. Made it all on paper (and I say on paper because this is worked in three dimensions) shows a vast collection of women slippers, half a dozen dresses that seem to contain the Invisible Woman, and a series of very large format papers with impressive drawings that seem to represent the bodies not seen in the dresses. Everything is made with a mixture of meticulousness and neglect, of detail and haze, of grief and laughter, paper, dirt, wood and smoke, with the illusion of a girl cutting her wrists and the skepticism of an elderly woman who has seen everything. Read more...
Cynthia Fusillo ARA newspaper: Cynthia Fusillo, price ARTFAD silver 2013
Victoria Campillo wins Gold ARTFAD with the "Gardens" series. Cynthia Fusillo wins Silver ARTFAD with the artwork 'Haiku Tea Dress', and in the student category, Mireia Corominas Portas was recognized for the work 'Garrotxa' The Silver ARTFAD Award went to 'Haiku Tea Dress', from the artist Cynthia Fusillo. This is a dress made with tea bags, paper, tea, yarn and sand from which the jury recognized "the narrative, sensibility and fragility of the materials used." The jury this year were: artist Francesc Torres, gallerist Carles Tache, designer Martin Ruiz de Azua, Francesc Navarro, director of Palco High School of Art and Design, and Magda Polo, PhD philosophy of art and chair of the A-FAD. Read more...
Rafel Bestard Butxaca magazine, by Irene Pujadas
Studies of classical painting and contemporary aesthetics: is Rafel Bestard’s curious combination formula. With a completely figurative style, his paintings mix classic French technique with a look that hypnotized modern society. If in his previous work already worked with fables, Majorcan artist alludes now to mythology: Here there is, for example, a vintage red dress Psyche leaving her body in the form of a butterfly or Hades like hipster bearded Van Gogh with a rat instead of a sunflower. Dreamlike and disturbing, in Rafel Bestard’s paintings the individuals or animals appear in natural contexts slipping into our dining room, wallpaper included. The invasion between nature and civilization (and vice versa) is some of the props from these tables that you can’t ignore and neither bring you any peace. Irene Pujadas Read more...
Rafel Bestard Inner Landscape
Luichman Luichman Optimistic Tragedy (published in spanish)
La crisis económica, social, financiera, generacional, industrial. La crisis en los diarios, en la peluquería, en la televisión, en la conversación del bar, en la cola del paro. La crisis en boca de los que la padecen con toda su crueldad, y la crisis en boca - y estómago - de aquellos que se han hecho ricos gracias a sus efectos secundarios. Vivimos en tiempos de tragedias y alegrías, de catástrofes y esperanzas, y desde esta aparente paradoja se enfrenta el artista Lluis Costa i Fontanet - conocido como Luichman - a su obra. Read more...