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Hi, I’m Ana Patitú

“When I paint, I try to convey the sensations
I experience underwater.”

I was born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2016, I moved to Barcelona for love. I have worked as a graphic designer and teacher for over 15 years, but with less enthusiasm. I missed my family and friends, and I felt increasingly sad. The feeling of uprootedness began to weigh on me.

I signed up for swimming classes where I made new friends. I started to feel more agile, lighter, more connected with my inner self, and with a sense of accomplishment.

I returned to painting, which had always been my passion, and turned it into my professional activity. I started by painting portraits as a way to get closer to my loved ones who live “on the other side of the pond (Atlantic Ocean),” and continued exploring the human figure as a vehicle for emotions, delving into the different states of mind I have gone through.

I try to convey the sensations I experience underwater, as a way to reconstruct that place of safety and serenity at times, and of vulnerability and loneliness at others. I compose my works with few elements to provide visual rest: limited palettes and one or two figures, which are often the same character and their reflection or alter ego.

I use acrylic paint because it dries fast, so the brushstrokes don’t lose spontaneity. I use photography as a starting point, most often images I capture myself. Before painting, I like to study the proportions of the figure well, establish a grid that helps me place it on the support in the desired location, and draw it with a certain degree of detail.

I have presented my work in solo exhibitions in Madrid and Barcelona and participated in several group shows at the Esther Montoriol, Jordi Barnadas, and Sara Caso galleries, as well as in the Art For Life project (Chicago, USA). My works are also part of numerous private collections in America, Europe, and Australia.

Interview by Films en off for Arspect. 2022.

CV

October 2019. Portrait Workshop
with Felicia Forte. La Galería Roja, Sevilla.

April-June 2019. Instalation workshop
with Irma Marco. Centre Cívic Convent Sant Agustí, Barcelona.

March-May 2018. Nihonga, japanese painting
with Mari Ito. Escola Massana, Barcelona.

2016 Portrait workshop.
with Sonia Esplugas. Galería Cromo, Barcelona.

2015 Mural Painting
with Georgina Ciotti. Buenos Aires.

2008 – 2010 Painting Academy
with Gabriel Glaiman. Buenos Aires.

2001 – 2006 Degree: Graphic Designer
Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Teaching

– Drawing Teacher at University of Buenos Aires.
– Drawing Teacher. Workshop with Sonia Esplugas.

Solo Exhibitions

May 2024 – “Flores en la distancia”
Galería Sara Caso. Madrid.

December 2019 – Art de Nit.
Casa Gracia. Barcelona.

Group Exhibitions

Jan 2024 – Plastik Wave
Galería Sara Caso, Madrid

Dec 2023 – Christmas
Galería Jordi Barnadas, Barcelona

Jan 2023 – XI Art sobre Paper.
Olimpic Museum, Barcelona.

December 2022 – DelicARTessen 21.
Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona.

December 2021 – DelicARTessen 20.
Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona.

November 2020 – DelicARTessen 19.
Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona.

October 2020 – Art for Life.
Chicago, EEUU.

May 2019 – Cruixent. Karikari Edition.
Valid World Hall. Barcelona.

International Fairs

Next Nov 2024 AAF Singapore

May 2024 – AAF Hong Kong
In collaboration with Contempop Gallery NY

Mar 2024 – AAF New York
In collaboration with Contempop Gallery NY

Nov 2023 – AAF Singapore
In collaboration with Contempop Gallery NY

Private Collections

Africa
South Africa.

America
EEUU: Brooklyn, New York, Cambridge, Chicago, Maryland, Miami, Texas.
México: Distrito Federal.
Argentina: Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Villa La Angostura.

Europe
Austria: Vienna.
Spain: Barcelona, Cadaqués, Cuenca, Madrid, Marbella, Santander, Tenerife.
France: Paris.
Greece: Glyfada.

Oceania
Australia: Perth.