Antonio Ballester Moreno

Antonio Ballester Moreno creates process-oriented works – paintings, collages and ceramics – that materialize through the repetitive gesture of handcrafted geometries in symbolic earth tones. His aesthetic refers to shapes originating in nature, conveyed in a basic metaphoric language: yellow for light; blue to represent water; and the mixing of the two creates green, the color of vegetation; circles are cycles of the moon and sun; triangles are trees and mountains. Through his application of simplistic yet determined shapes and colors, Ballester Moreno has developed a personal vocabulary upon which he builds a world of subtle variances and symbolic compositions. While his approach is rooted in abstraction, his work evokes histories of pattern and decoration, craft, tapestry, design, and African, Islamic and Ottoman influences. Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid, Spain and is considered one of the key figures in the young Spanish art scene. His work is currently on view in the 33rd S o Paulo Bienal, where he is also an invited curator. His work is included in the monograph Vitamin P2 published by Phaidon (2012) and is in the collections of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), M stoles, Spain; Museo de Arte Contempor neo de Castilla y Le n (MUSAC), Le n, Spain; the Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Germany; and Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany. Ballester Moreno has exhibited internationally at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, 1 Guadalajara, Mexico; Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), M stoles, Spain and is a recipient of the Museo de Arte Contempor neo de Castilla y Le n’s (MUSAC) Artistic Creation Grant.

A Spanish painter with a Thoreau-like penchant for nature and recluse anarchy, Antonio Ballester Moreno’s unique and authentic aesthetic is at once darkly humorous and conceptually dynamic. Rendered with bold color, broad brushstrokes and child-like forms, the work itself evokes the raw, unsettling nature of outsider art, however there is also