Nicolas Calvo Biography

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 1950

Established artist whose art consists of GEOMETRICAL ABSTRACTION.

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) on the 10th of January 1950. He began by teaching himself Fine Art and later on began to study in the School of Fine Art of Santa Cruz in Tenerife. He finished his studies in the School of Superior Fine Arts in the University Compultense of Madrid.

Critics regard him as part of the GENERACIÃ?N 70, which has as a reference La Sala Conca in La Laguna, Tenerife. In 1984 he moved to Madrid. There have been many different Influences and stages in his art work, which have progressed from the traditional figurative, expressionist abstraction, visceral realism, POP and geometric abstraction, a stage in his development which has lasted until recently. He has ha more than 20 solo exhibitions, and participated in numerous collective and group exhibitions.

Latest work

Even though he is a teacher of graphic design and expert in computer design, he maintains his work far away from the digital world and prefers to work with materials that allow him to explore in a liberated conceptual manner. His latest work represents a return to the human figure. People in situations which awaken an uncomfortable feeling of strangeness due to their emptiness. The space and figures play with the sense of loneliness, emptiness, isolation and the absurd life in the spaces of a propitious city. There is no criticism or dramatics, the simple verification of the act should cause in the spectator the necessary reflective thought, and also unfold the beauty hidden behind the appearance of emptiness, which can in turn produce the catharsis that takes the viewer to the emotional and the aesthetic enjoyment of the work made of silences and suggestions.

Selected Exhibitions

  • La Casa-Museo Collection de Colon, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • Museo Canario de Arte Contemporaneo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • La Caja de Ahorros de Canarias Collection, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • La Caja General de Ahorros de Canarias Collection, Caja canarias, Tenerife
  • La Coleccion Conca de La Laguna, Tenerife
  • Coleccion de Pintura Canaria, Casa de Canarias, Madrid
  • Spanska Statens Turystbira, Estocolmo, Sweden

And various other collections in Spain, Sweden and Germany. On the internet there are several comments by critics of Calvos work and a few resent events which he has participated in.

His next pictorial projects are also a development of a reinterpretation of portraits and landscapes.