Ashwan

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ASHWAN studied fine arts in the UK and the USA at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been living and working in Barcelona since 2009. He describes his art as a visual Tao of the boom-bap-sounds. The artist creates objects: figurative, solid and with a strong presence. The oftentimes uses discarded cardboard for his mixed media pieces and transforms them into large-format works, ultimately encasing them in resin. His art takes the beholder back to a time, where cities and urban live was stricken by a continuously growing social gap, leading to an explosion in color, i.e. the graffiti-sprayed parts of the Bronx from the 1970s, being left untouched for decades, as well as the destroyed Berlin wall. 

CV

1971

born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

1994

Bachelor (with honors) from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom

1999

Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

lives and works in Barcelona, Spain


Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2023

Today Was A Good Day @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

2019

Sample Culture, BienCuadrado Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2018

I Like The Way You Talk @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

2017

Used To Di It Out In The Park, BienCuadrado, Barcelona, Spain

2015

Swab, Art Fair, 3 Punts Galeria, Barcelona, Spain

Palimpsest, Zap, Liverpool, United Kingdom

2014

Art Madrid, 3 Punts Galeria, Madrid, Spain

Art Karlsruhe 2014, 3 Punts Galeria, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011

Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

2010

London Elephant Parade, London, United Kingdom

Dukes Oak, Cheshire, United Kingdom

2009

Loop Festival, Video Art, Barcelona, Spain

2008

Firbob and Peacok, Knutsford, United Kingdom

Videoakt, Video Festival, Berlín, Germany

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2022

MIND MAPS, @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg

2021

DOGGED, BienCuadrado Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Interruption, with Nico Sawatzki @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

2020

Sprayed, with Katharina Grosse and Nico Sawatzki @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

Urvanity, 2020 Art Fair, BienCuadrado, Madrid, Spain

Same Same but Different, with Robert Longo, A.R. Penck, Alex Katz and others @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

2019

Same Same but Different, with Robert Longo, A.R. Penck, Alex Katz and others @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

2018

Art Milan, 3Punts Galeria, Milano, Italy

2008

Xerxes Fine Art, 2 Man Show, London, United Kingdom

2015

Bites of Future, 3 Punts Galeria. Barcelona, Spain

2014

Abnormal Activity, 3 Punts Galeria. Barcelona, Spain

2013

A Rich Stash, A Nova Incredible. Believe Inn, Chicago, USA

2012

Dukes Oak, Cheshire, United Kingdom

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