Compressed charcoal on paper
Trained in Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country, the Bradford Art College in England and the University of Barcelona, Kepa Garraza (Berango, Vizcaya, 1979) began his exhibition career in 2004, when he received several scholarships and awards. He has shown his work in art centers such as the Patio Herreriano Museum in Valladolid, the CA2M in Madrid, the Artium in Vitoria, the DA2 in Salamanca, the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian or the BilbaoArte Foundation in Bilbao, and art spaces in other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Peru, Chile or Germany. He has been recognized with several awards and his work is now part of the funds of significant public and private collections.
Kepa Garraza’s work reflects on the nature of the images we consume on a daily basis. His work questions official discourses and questions the processes of institutional legitimization. Deeply interested in the processes of construction of the historical narrative, Garraza invites the viewer to question the information obtained from the official media. His reinterpretation of reality is always ambiguous and confusing, full of subtleties and gray areas that invite the viewer to rethink the historical narrative and the chronicle of reality. His ironic and acid look offers alternatives to the reality we know and proposes a healthy exercise: to always doubt the official version.