Inauguration: May 19, 2023
Gonzalo Centelles exhibits his recent work at the Iris Gallery Restaurant of the Hotel del Arte in Sitges.
Centelles is a multifaceted artist born in Barcelona (1980), and despite his youth, he has a wide experience of more than two decades. His main disciplines are painting and drawing, although he has also delved into sculpture created by assembling found objects, as well as traditional modeling sculpture using plaster, welded iron, ceramics and granite. He also has musical interests that he puts into practice with his musical group, The Lords.
His paintings have a unique and very personal style based, above all, on the observation of everyday scenes. The artist knows how to portray these situations with a certain irony and endow them with a subtle sense of humor.
The characters and scenes he chooses, at times, are represented in an almost grotesque manner, exaggerating certain details to achieve a comic effect. However, it should be noted that Centelles always treats all his characters with respect.
The artist himself defines his style as a cocktail that brings together various artistic trends to result in a work with a clear costumbrista tone. All of this is supported by a sometimes risky use of color, with an exhaustive game of chromatic interactions that catches the observer’s attention. Also noteworthy is his search for impossible perspectives that surprise for their audacity and courage.
Technically, Centelles has always been an artist with a great number of pictorial resources. But, by the same token, he has always been a very perfectionist artist with his own work and with a high level of self-demand that, at the same time, likes experimentation.
All this contributes to make the vision of his paintings very dynamic and surprising, as well as endearing.
For the first time at the Hotel del Arte, his collection of NFT’s and digital art will also be presented in the exhibition.
This exhibition has the support of the Fundació Josep Puigmartí, and can be visited until the end of the summer at the emblematic Hotel Estela Barcelona in Port d’Aiguadolç in Sitges.
Joan Carles Vicente
Artistic Director of the Hotel del Arte