Art Madrid'24 – THE INTERACTIVE ILLUSTRATION OF ANA JUAN

 

Drawing of Ana Juan


Ana Juan, Valencia 1961. She studied BBAA. In his native city, at the beginning of the XXI century it gave the international leap appearing even in the cover of the New Yorker. Also, in these same dates begins to experiment with the infantile literature, sort that continues practicing until our days. Already in 2010, she was awarded the National Enlightenment Award, consecrated as one of the most influential illustrators of our era. Now, the ABC Museum of Madrid dedicates this pioneering exhibition that breaks the exhibition limits.

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

Figures and chiaroscuro predominate in this graphic adventure, where the lights and the shadows are represented with rigorous strokes of coal pencil. This graphic-interactive challenge has been possible thanks to the collaboration with Unit Experimental (collaboration group between the Faculty of BBAA and the Higher Technical School of Informatics Engineering of the Polytechnic University of València). The result of this union, is the most futuristic individual exhibition to date in the capital.

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

The reinterpretation of their illustrations through an app makes them come to life. A new resource that can be downloaded on our smartphones and browse the different points of the room. They are operative for both Android and Iphone. And not only offers this technological immersion, but the exhibition offers other activities such as the guided tour of the exhibition with the artist, on 17 and 19 May at 18:30 (for this activity requires prior registration at the reception of the Museum).

 

 

Drawing of Ana Juan

 

 

The staging of two of his best-known books, such as, Another Turn of the Nut by Henry James and Snowhite's version of Snow White make it possible for the viewer to contemplate both the original canvases that served to illustrate the books, how to be part of the game Created from his illustrated story. The room is the scene of the game and its spectators the protagonists who will undoubtedly get a good impression of these drawings.

 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.