GUILLERMO MORA

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Spanish artist Guillermo Mora conceives his practice as an process of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Evading the traditional divide between painting and sculpture, his work takes different forms and looks at the forgotten histories of painting – specifically concealment, overlapping and disappearance.

Guillermo Mora received a BFA from the Complutense University of Madrid and the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and completed his PhD thanks to a grant from La Caixa Foundation. The artist was featured in 100 Painters of Tomorrow by Thames & Hudson, awarded the Audemars Piguet Award in 2013, and received a fellowship from the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2010–2011, as well as a scholarship at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York in 2016. His work is part of the Margulies Collection (US), the Museum Voorlinden (NL), the Elgiz Museum (TR), the Fondazione Benetton (IT), the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (ES), and the Caja Madrid Foundation (ES), among others.

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Más aire (XXVIII) / More air (XXVIII)

2017
120 x 100 cm
Acrylic on paper
Unique work

“Más aire” is a series of works on paper, in which Guillermo Mora prepares two color surfaces that will later overlap and fix them to create an air chamber in between. Then, as if it were a wood carving or the most classic marbles, he gives shape to these pieces through removing the material, revealing what the first layer hides and presenting the intermediate space as suspended time.

5.700 euros
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Más aire (XVI) / More air (XVI)

2017
120 x 100 cm
Acrylic on paper
Unique work

“Más aire” is a series of works on paper, in which Guillermo Mora prepares two color surfaces that will later overlap and fix them to create an air chamber in between. Then, as if it were a wood carving or the most classic marbles, he gives shape to these pieces through removing the material, revealing what the first layer hides and presenting the intermediate space as suspended time.

5.700 euros
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Tres casi cuatro

2015
17,5 x 37 x 35 cm
Layers of acrylic paint folded and tied by elastic rubber bands
Unique work

“A curious and paradigmatic example of his work is when he makes a series of paintings in which he does without everything: the frame, the canvas and the wall. This is a painting without support, organic in process. In it he uses kilos of painting and waits for it to dry in order to fold them and try to compress them, in a physical struggle with matter. Later on, elastic bands tie up the packages, generating new forms, which is the volume of the painting. We are talking of time, of tension, of organic transformations and of painting.”
– David Barro, 2014

6.100 euros
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Mitad tú, mitad yo (Francisca)

2020
143 x 37 x 33 cm
Layers of acrylic paint folded on wooden easel
Unique work
11.500 euros
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Cuaderno: la jornada (página 3) / Notebook: the journey (page 3)

2016
175 x 100 x 3 cm
Polychromed rabbit-skin glue, acrylic painting, metal bars
Unique work

This series presents the methods of translation and coding in the passage from writing to painting. The different pictorial elements on the metal bars replace -word by word- different phrases created by the author about the figure of the artist. Thus, under titles like “the day”, “fall”, “anonymity”, “doubt”, etc., the series is completing and reflecting the different moments and states in the life of a creator (always from the personal perspective of the author).
Therefore, each of these works respects the reference to written language through its order, but conceals the content of each of the messages through their forms.

12.200 euros
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Colección de fondos (nº 57) / Collection of backgrounds (nº 57)

2018
88 x 109 cm
Acrylic on paper
Unique work

The series “Colección de fondos” is a play on anticipation which holds the promise of hidden content. The works, made of dynamic superpositions of painted papers, hint at something more than the eye can see: each layer adds complexity and mystery to the composition by obstructing the previous ones. In this “collection of backgrounds”, the artist gives meaning and value to the invisible.

5.500 euros
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Colección de fondos (nº 59) / Collection of backgrounds (nº 59)

2018
112 x 88 cm
Acrylic on paper
Unique work

The series “Colección de fondos” is a play on anticipation which holds the promise of hidden content. The works, made of dynamic superpositions of painted papers, hint at something more than the eye can see: each layer adds complexity and mystery to the composition by obstructing the previous ones. In this “collection of backgrounds”, the artist gives meaning and value to the invisible.

5.500 euros
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2014 en 2019

2019
120 x 100 cm
Acrylic paint and paper on Dibond
Unique work

These works are formed by an overlap of several layers of paper and paint that build the image. However, there is a secret behind them: these large paintings hide a series of drawings and sketches from the artist’s past that subtly mix between layers as they intertwine two temporal realities. The pieces don’t only work as images in and of themselves, but they also serve as containers for other images. The main objective of these paintings is to create a pictorial structure in which the two temporal realities coexist, as if the painting were a time capsule.

6.100 euros
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"This is a work that moves in the margins of painting and takes on its contemporary characteristics, such as the interest for expansion, the assuming of Baroque deformation as a fissure that is as destructive as constructive, the conceptualization of the ephemeral, the critical deconstruction of the history of painting and the idea of collage that stands as the paradigm of the contemporary."
- David Barro, 2014