"I strive to achieve an emotional representation of the figure, through realistic or imaginative details. Trying to capture the real nature of a person is what propels my art."
"The practical side of me was a Chemist and Computer Consultant since I discovered painting in 2014. I understood then that unsatisfied creative side that had the desire to rise from inside. My career helped me meet and connect with many different people, and I think that these perceptions appear in my work as a realist painter.
Since then, I have studied with the artists Caamaño, Kaoru Hirose, Joshua LaRock, Jacob Dhein, Jafet Blanch, Irene Cuadrado, Ismael Fuentes, Adrià Llarch, Felipe Alonso and Paco Lafarga; and done some courses in MEAM, the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, painting and drawing the live figure.
My work mainly focuses on figurative and portraiture, although I enjoy creating cityscapes, landscapes, graphite drawings, and Japanese technique paintings as well.
I do not approach every work with the same technique, which is always evolving. For certain paintings, there is a planned route towards an expected result, mostly in oil paintings. However, more recently, I let the work itself guide me through an intuitive mixed media layering technique, then the final painting is something more personal, and I believe that more interesting for the observer as well.
I have made portrait commissions and have exhibited in national and international exhibitions and competitions."
Spanish artist, Carmen Rey holds a Bachelor of Chemical Sciences from the University of Barcelona and diplomas from workshops with the following artists: Kaoru Hirose, Joshua LaRock, Jacob Dhein, Jafet Blanch, Irene Cuadrado, Ismael Fuentes, Adrià Llarch, Felipe Alonso and Paco Lafarga.
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