About

Arten Gallery
Contemporary mexican art 

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Raúl López García was born in Mexico City 1961, where he completed studies as a graphic artist at the "Academia Bernal" and later engraving at the "Instituto Cultural Cabañas" in Guadalajara, Mexico.


During his stay in Germany from 1990 – 2000 he attended the art school "Freie Kunstschule Stuttgart", he worked as an artist and designer and he took part in several international exhibitions. 


From 2001 to 2006 he lived in Paris and in Barcelona, where he worked as an artist in one of the "ateliers" granted by the "Cité Internationale Universitare de Paris" and he attended the sculpture workshop at the ADAC.


His work has been exhibited in different international art festivals and biennials such as in „Art Festival Hakone“ in Japan, at the FORUM 2004 in Barcelona, at the Biennial „Japó l‘Art Actual“ in Casa Batlló in Barcelona, at the „Mittelmeer-Biennale Polylog“ in Cologne and at the "Second Bronx Latin American Art Biennial 2010“ in New York.


His works are also held in private collections, museums and institutions like in the Regional Council of Stuttgart and Tübingen, at the Museum House Javier de la Rosa in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, at the Fundació Catalunya-America in Barcelona or in the CCCV of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.


Raúl has received diverse awards such as the "First prize" in the "II Salón Internacional" ACEAS Barcelona 2004 or the "Best in Show“ – at Rhonda Schaller Gallery in New York 2007, as well as the „Audience award“ at the SKV International 2015 in Stuttgart. 


Some of his art works have been selected for diverse publications among others for the magazine „Revista Mexicana de Sociología“ at the Universidad Autónoma de México and for the official cinema poster of "Ciudades Oscuras" by Altavista Films.


From 2016 he has lived and worked as an artist in Deutschland und Switzerland.




STATEMENT


The main creative source in my work is on the one hand, the human being, his trail, his nomadism and secondly the proto-cultural symbolism of signs such as glyphs and ideograms. These are frequently used elements in my work, expressing my fascination for discovering graphic language analogies among primitive, ancient and contemporary iconographies.


To carry out my work I use traditional and digital techniques such as painting, ceramics, assemblages, drawing, photography, and digital art. Each concept means an exploration, a reinvention of its meaning. Signs and Trails, R-Books, Eternal Human, Silent Tribal Sounds are some concepts where I find an archaic and modern bridge, a journey through universal analogies without distinction between past and future.


Raúl

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