Mar Arza


Mar Arza (Castelló de la Plana, 1976) has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Valencia, with a period of studies at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) and a Master’s in Sculpture at the Winchester School of Art (Southampton University , England), awarded a scholarship by the Cañada-Blanch Foundation.

In 2013 he received the Guasch-Coranty Prize from the Valls Biennial and the ArtsLibris Prize, awarded by the Fundació Banc Sabadell. In 2017 she received the DKV Award to the emerging artist for the best gallery exhibition with the exhibition             R E S Q U I C I O, and previously received in 2016 the Swab-Mango Award for the best young artist.

The individual exhibition R E S Q U I C I O, at the Galeria Rocío Santa Cruz in Barcelona reflects on the space of a blank page and the fold as writing, pointing out dimensions to a supposedly conceptual art. The individual exhibition in the Sala Miserachs in La Virreina conceives a three-way installation in which visibility conditions the perception of power. Her exhibition, Readings and Consumption, at the Santa Mònica Art Center, within the Blanco Bajo Negro cycle, showed the passage of time that leaves its mark in parallel with the course of daily life crossed by literature.

She works with the Rocio Santa Cruz Gallery in Barcelona and the Cànem Gallery in Castelló. He has exhibited individually at the MeessenDeClerq Gallery in Brussels, Horrach-Moyà Gallery in Palma de Mallorca, Estampa Gallery in Madrid, Sicart in Vilafranca del Penedés, the Vila Casas Foundation in Palafrugell or La Virreina Centro de la Imagen, in Barcelona.

She has been part of exhibitions at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, the Palazzo delle Arti in Napoli, Villa Empain in Brussels, Rosenfeld-Porcini Gallery in London, and the Lo Pati d’Amposta Art Center framed in the Amposta biennial of which she was a finalist. In 2016 she was part of the Moscow Biennale of Young Art.

Her work is present in collections such as the IVAM (Valencia), DKV Collection, Colección Norte, Galila Barzilai Collection (Belgium), The Shore Collection (Ohio. USA), Artphilein Foundation (Liechtenstein), Francis H. Williams Collection (Wellesley , MA), National Art Fund of the Generalitat de Catalunya, among others.

Solo shows

2022 A pesar / A saber / A tientas, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia

2020 LE HASARD JAMAIS, RocioSantaCruz, Barcelona
2019 Enser, Galería Cànem, Castellón
2018 En Vano, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
2016 RESQUICIO, RocioSantaCruz, Barcelona
2014 Trabajos desde lo imperceptible – Blanc soto negre, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

Group exhibitions

2020 Artistas en la Colección Banco Sabadell, Sala Sabadell Herrero, Oviedo
2019 Elogio de malentendido, curaduría de Joana Hurtado Matheu. Mataró Art Contemporani. Itinerància Diputació de Barcelona
Drawing Now Fair, RocioSantaCruz, Paris
2018 UNTITLED Art Fair, Miami. RocioSantaCruz
SP Arte/2018 São Paulo International Art Festival, RocioSantaCruz
2017 ARCO’17, Madrid, RocioSantaCruz

Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia
Museu de Belles Arts de Castelló, Diputación de Castellón
Colección Norte, Gobierno de Cantabria
IVAM, Valencia
Fundació Banco de Sabadell, Barcelona
The Shore Collection, Ohio
Artphilein Foundation, Liechtenstein
Dalila Barzilai Collection, Brussels
Museu de Valls, Tarragona
Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona
Colección Mango, Barcelona
Colección DKV
Col.lecció Nacional d’Art, Generalitat de Catalunya

– Mar Arza. Le Hasard JamaisLoles Monguió. PAC. 30.09.20
Mar Arza, art i escriptura. Conxita Oliver. El Temps de les Arts. 04.10.20
Mar Arza con el proyecto ‘Le Hasard Jamais’ en la galería Rocío SantaCruz. infoENPUNTO. 08.10.20

The exhibition ‘Mar Arza. A pesar / A saber / A tientas’ is a specific project by Mar Arza for Galería 3. Conceived as an installation, it brings together archaeological pieces that are displayed in dialogue with works by Julio González and works by the artist. By juxtaposing some of these examples of cultures from diverse geographic and temporal origins, one can perceive the same continuous thread in the gestures and nuances of the human condition.

The selection of works by Mar Arza reveals a line of work in which the reflection on the pregnant body comprises a substratum that has been extended over the years in a transversal way, taking different approaches and using different materials. The sculptures, brought together in this exhibition by means of a device that conditions their perception and reading, amplify the echo of their dysfunctionality.

From 26 May 2022 to 16 October 2022 at IVAM.

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