Guim Tio Zarraluki /   Guim Tió Zarraluki

Spain 1987

Painting, Murals

Guim Tio Zarraluki
Guim Tió Zarraluki
January 17, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Guim Tió Zarraluki is an emerging Spanish artist who takes a bright swipe at contemporary standards of beauty with his astounding, beautifully bizarre, portraits. In his practice Gium Tió alters fashion magazine images with chemicals and oil pastels transforming attractive models into abstract, and sometimes unsettling, figures. The primordial picture is almost completely buried by a new geological level. Only a small part of the magazine is left untouched or barely altered, as a trace of the subject’s past life.

Artworks by Guim Tio Zarraluki

Guim Tio Zarraluki - Mussol (Left) / Halena (Right)
Guim Tio Zarraluki – Mussol (Left) / Halena (Right)
Guim Tio Zarraluki - Paulie (Left) / Meadow (Right)
Guim Tio Zarraluki – Paulie (Left) / Meadow (Right)

His research stems from his study of the human condition, in which he adds humor, irony and at times some provocation creating haunting and abstract characters with bug-like eyes, exaggerated noses, elongated necks and bold colours.

Although much of his work features portraits sourced from magazine advertisements, he also paints family members and people he personally knows directly onto canvas and wood. The result of Zarraluki’s work is majestic, vigorous, amusing and tragic at the same time.

Artworks by Guim Tio Zarraluki

Guim Tio Zarraluki - Untitled (Left) / Bianca, 2014 (Right)
Guim Tio Zarraluki – Untitled (Left) / Bianca, 2014 (Right)

Zarraluki was born in Barcelona in 1987. He obtained his degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts in his native town. He began his career in the world of painting in 2010 when his work was included in Art<30 show in the Sala Parés Gallery.

His first personal exhibition was entitled The Gang of Childhood in Artevistas Gallery in Barcelona. The show included his series of work entitled The Facebook Project based on a selection of his Facebook friends’ pictures. Since than he has exhibited his work in galleries in France, Spain, Jordan, Canada, Italy and the United States.

He is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace. In August 2015, his work was included in international group exhibition Pain-Ting, organized by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace and hosted by Open Walls Gallery in Berlin.

Small Works

Guim Tio - Small Works - Taiwan, 2014, installation view
Guim Tio Zarraluki – Small Works at Yiri Arts Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2014, installation view

Guim Tió Zarraluki lives and works in Barcelona.

All images courtesy © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/group
2016General Exhibition19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, AustraliaGroup
2015Pain-TingOpen Walls Gallery, BerlinGroup
2015Guim Tio Zarraluki Loppis Galleria, Parma, ItalySolo
2015Guim Tio Zarraluki - Palette People19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, AustraliaSolo
2014Guim Tio Zarraluki Yiri Arts Kaohsiung, TaiwanSolo
2013Guim Tio Zarraluki 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, AustraliaSolo
2012The Art of Spain19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, AustraliaGroup
2011The Gang of ChildhoodArtevistas Gallery, BarcelonaSolo
2010 Art<30Sala Pares Gallery, BarcelonaGroup