Oriol Vilapuig


Oriol Vilapuig (Sabadell, 1964) studied at the Escola d’Art EINA in Barcelona (1982-1985) and graduated in Fine Arts from the Sant Jordi Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona (1985-1990).

The artistic work of Oriol Vilapuig takes the form of essay as both procedure and methodology. The essay as a form of study and open inquiry, a continuous drift that overflows any imaginary, and also as a way of defining or questioning the limits of our experience. This experience is made visible, largely thanks to tradition, understood as that which precedes us. Hence the constant use in his works of the quotation and appropriation of other authors that also appear in the form of writing.
His work is inscribed in the will to create imaginaries around reiterated themes in our collective memory such as desire, loss, eroticism, the body, fear, language and time.
This repetitive work in the use of images is conditioned by a sort of poiesis, that is, a trigger that produces meaning and invites us to consider both the position of the author and the positions of those who approach them

Selection of individual exhibitions
2022 “Empty images”, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
2020 Son. Footsteps and figurations in the Valls d’Àneu“, MNAC, Barcelona
2017The sexual night“, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona
2014Such a fatal desire“, Casa Sin Fin Gallery, Madrid
2011 “The most ancient”, Joan Prats–Artgràfic Gallery, Barcelona
2009 “Essais”, Joan Prats–Artgràfic Gallery, Barcelona
20081970”, cycle of interventions in the lobby, Fundació la Caixa, Lleida
“The Nature of things”, La Caja Negra Gallery, Madrid

Selection of collective exhibitions
2019Aplicación Murillo“, Hospital de los Venerables, Sala ICUS, Sevilla
2016 “La lliçó de Diògenes” (“The lesson of Diogenes”), TECLA SALA, L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, Barcelona.
2015 “Contours of the audiovisual: Points for a movement that surrounds”, Tabakalera, San Sebastian.
2014 “Interaccions – A present look at the fons d’art of l’antiga caixa Sabadell”, THE FUNDACIÓ ANTIGA CAIXA DE SABADELL, Barcelona
2013 “Against Tàpies”, (amb l’obra “l’Erotisme – Georges Bataille”, 2012), FUNDACIÓ TÀPIES, Barcelona
2012 “Episodis Crítics (1957-2011). MACBA Collection”, MACBA, Barcelona “Contemporary Maps”, CaixaForum, Barcelona
2007 “Arco’ 07”, The Black Box Gallery, Madrid

Collections and museums
Babilonia Wilner Foundation, San Francisco, USA Reina Sofía National Art Museum, Madrid Álava Fine Arts Museum Testimoni-la Caixa Col·lecció, Barcelona Sabadell City Council Col·lecció Banc Sabadell Col·lecció Caixa de Sabadell Col·lecció Autonomous Community de Múrcia Col lecció Vichy Catalan, Girona University of Valencia Cañada Blanch Foundation, Valencia Levante Newspaper, Valencia Castile-La Mancha Provincial Council, Ciudad Real Museu d’Art de Sabadell Santa María Foundation, Albarracín

Collaborations with Riccardo Massari Spiritini and Mim Juncà with whom he creates collectives “Oblicua”
2007 “Mus in Pice” visual and sound work of 40 minutes with light frequencies, projections, shadows and various objects with sound frequencies and acoustic sounds. Theater L’Estuch Sabadell
2004 “Tiro al Fantoccio”, live music show for electronic pianola with animated images, Music Festival, Metronom, Barcelona, ​​Universitat d’Alacant, Alacant, Reus Film Festival, 2005: L’Estruch, Sabadell, Col ·legi Major Rector Peset, University of Valencia, Valencia, 2006: Logos Foundation, Ghent, Belgium
2002 “Painting Music”, Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona CCCB and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Participates in the artistic collective “Jacques Moran”
2007 “Happy Days II” Museu Empordà, Figueres “Happy Days III” Escola Eina, Barcelona
2006 “Happy Days” Empordà Museum, Figueres


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