Rómulo Celdrán at SCOPE Art Basel

Spanish artist Rómulo Celdrán will exhibit a series of hyper-real paintings during Art Basel in Switzerland this month, with Zurich Gallery Arthobler. SCOPE art fair is celebrated as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art, and has carved itself a reputation for predicting new global visual trends, and the 2015 edition features more than 75 critically acclaimed art shows. The oeuvres on display at SCOPE are from his Zoom series, a set of paintings exploring ordinary objects, which challenge our way of seeing the world around us. Works at SCOPE will include ‘Zoom 33’, a finely detailed pencil and acrylic drawing of pencil shavings, which tricks the mind with its realism.

Celdrán’s drawings are so sharply observed and painstakingly created, they reflect a meditative, almost monastic obsession by the artist for creating artworks with such verisimilitude they trick the eye into believing they are the real thing. The deftness of hand evident in his drawings evokes the hyper- realism of photorealist Chuck Close, and Celdrán’s sculptures possess a mixture of the realism of Ron Mueck combined with Warhol’s love of pop culture. His work is so labour intensive and meticulous that he produces between 10-15 pieces per year. 

Esteemed art critic Orlando Franco compares Celdrán’s perfectly hand drawn facsimiles of everyday objects to the work of the Flemish Masters, and indeed his drawings follow in the Flemish tradition of creating exquisite artworks from acute observations of often mundane objects. Franco commented: “Rómulo Celdrán accepts and uses a specific pictorial language. A language that is over five hundred years old and whose first masters were the primitive Flemish artists. This language assumes that the truth has to be sought in appearances and that, therefore, appearances deserve to be preserved through their representation. This language also assumes continuity in time and space. It is a language that treats objects in the most natural way possible. In the case of Rómulo Celdrán, his motives belong to the sphere of the ordinary, the commonplace interpreted as being susceptible to artistic appraisal: empty glass bottles, rusty petrol cans, old car wheels, beach shoes, washing hanging out to dry, tips full of waste… these models show, on the author’s part, a singular selective perception as a way of understanding the work process itself.”

Rómulo Celdrán was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1973. Celdrán had his first solo exhibition at the tender age of 16, his early introduction to the professional artistic world meant that he was self-taught. His curriculum vitae includes solo exhibitions such as; Rómulo Celdrán at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York (2014); Macro Arthobler Gallery, Zurich (Switzerland) (2013); and Zoom at Raquel Ponce Gallery, Madrid (2010). Group exhibitions at an international level include; Sketchy at Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York (2013); ONCE Foundation IV Contemporary Art Biennial at the Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Madrid (2012); and Realismus – das Abenteuer der Wirklichkeit. Courbet-Hopper-Gursky, Germany, a touring exhibition through Germany and The Netherlands (2010).

He has also participated in Awards such as; the Francesco Messina Foundation Premio Internazionale Giovane Scultura; the Sovereign European Art Prize; and Mapfre Foundation Penagos Drawing Prize. He has taken part in many international art fairs including; ArcoMadrid; JustMad; Arte Lisboa; Munich Contempo; Art Cologne; Kunst Zurich; The Solo Project Basel; Swab Barcelona; Bloom Colonia and Contemporary Istanbul.

His works can be found in institutional and private collections like the Art Collection HypoVereins- bank (Germany), Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art Artium (Spain), Artphilein Fundation (Liechtenstein), Caja Madrid Collection (Spain), La Caixa Testimonio Collection (Spain), Genty Latimer Collection (London), Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection (Florida, EEUU) or Biedermann Museum (Germany), amongst others.


Duration 05 June 2015 - 05 June 2015
Cost Contact SCOPE for tickets
Address SCOPE Art Show BASEL 4057, ,
Contact 212 268 1522 / info@leesharrock.co.uk / scope-art.com

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