Miquel Wert

Spain 1982

Painting, Drawing


Miquel Wert
Miquel Wert
May 10, 2016

Miquel Wert makes charcoal drawings inspired by the old photographs from the 50’s. He believes that drawings add a more personal touch to the fabricated photography. In his nostalgia-driven paintings, he questions the collective memory of random strangers. Every time we deal with memories from the past, we tend to overwrite the bad experiences and only cling to the good ones. In his art, Wert tries to explore the depth of the melancholic memories, giving his characters a deeper structure, both in drawing form and in a motive. He draws using old photographs as inspiration, and he takes them from various private collections or flea markets.

Miquel Wert - 16 figures Homage to Manet, 2015 (Left) / Regards figés, 2015 (Right)
Miquel Wert – 16 figures Homage to Manet, 2015 (Left) / Regards figés, 2015 (Right)

Searching for Familiriaty

Miquel Wert was born in Barcelona in 1982. He is of Swedish lineage and he often examines the influences of his heritage on his personal beliefs and the feeling of collective consciousness. The stories he portrays allow the viewers to sneak peak into the lives of others, where they can identify and collect personal memories by searching for familiarity. Wert graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. He spent few years living in Paris and created some of his most wonderful pieces there. He exhibited in France, Italy and Spain. He examines the rhythm of everyday routine, trying to find a universal property of shared memories, that is not essentially nostalgic.

The artist examines the rhythm of the everyday, exploring the shared memories

Miquel Wert - Two Men, 2008 (Left) / Gunnel, 2004 (Right)
Miquel Wert – Two Men, 2008 (Left) / Gunnel, 2004 (Right)

Exploring the Subconscious

Miquel Wert’s collection of family drawings serves as a unique platform for recalling and recollecting subconscious material from the past. Memories fade out, and what we think of the past times has less to do with facts and more to do with sentimental pieces that were caught in the photographs and in our hearts. When he draws, he reconstructs the history, giving the fresh perspective of the events from the past. The artist paints in black, white and shades of gray. He mixes acrylics, charcoal and oil technique. He paints on canvases, draws on paper, and even does murals. The family gatherings in his paintings, are meant to evoke the feeling of anticipation, as we can’t help but wonder what had happened with the characters in the future.

Wert paints in black, white and shades of gray

Miquel Wert - Silence on tourne, 2014
Miquel Wert – Silence on tourne, 2014

Vintage Sceneries and the Importance of Family

The bareness of the images directly refers to the perception of the identity. Every family is similar to the other, yet completely different and unique. The shared motifs are used as triggers for subconscious exploration. The events that are portrayed are common family gatherings, vacations, and celebrations. In all that subjectivity, a portal to the new dimension opens the one that leads us to different memories. How we remember our past and how we connect with our roots, directly inferences our ability to identify ourselves in the present moment. Miquel Wert gives a beautiful outlook on his heritage, roots, and individuality.

The artist is represented by Green Flowers Art Gallery in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, Galeria Anquins in Reus, Tarragona, Spain, Galerie Art du Temps in Cléon d’Andran, France and Luxart Galerie in Arlon, Belgium.

Miquel Wert lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

Featured image: Miquel Wert – Portrait of the artist
All images © Miquel Wert

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Des del marge La Destil leria, Mataro, SpainSolo
2015Miquel WertGalerie Muhlfeld + Stohrer, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2015Group ExhibitionArt Bodensee n15, Dornbirn, AustriaGroup
2015Group ExhibitionArt KARLSRUHE, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2015Affordable Art Fair BrusselsBruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2015Residencias de creaci on TNS>BCN 2010-2014C, C, Fort Pienc, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2015Carte blanche aux galeries dartGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, FranceGroup
2015The Art of Portraitism Galerie Art du TempsCl eon-dAndran, FranceGroup
2014Lost & FoundGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, FranceSolo
2014Miquel WertGaleria Anquins, Reus, Tarragona, SpainSolo
2014Miquel WertGalerie Muhlfeld + Stohrer, Frankfurt, GermanySolo
2014DelicARTessen 13Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Art per EmportarGaleria Anquins, Reus, Tarragona, SpainGroup
201434 Mini Print Internacional de Cadaqu es Fundaci o Tharrats dArt Grafic, Pineda de Mar, SpainGroup
2014Curiosit es de NoelGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, FranceGroup
2014Materia y memoria – Lo sensible y su representaci onCasa Elizalde, Barcelona, SpainGroup
201434 Mini Print Internacional de Cadaqu esGalerie L Etangdart, Bages, FranceGroup
2014St-ArtFoire Europ eenne dArt Contemporain, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2014ART FAIRCologne, GermanyGroup
2014Guest of honourRotary Foundation - Mus ee de la chaussure, Romans-sur-Isere, FranceGroup
2014art3GFoire Internationale dArt Contemporain, Bordeaux, FranceGroup
201434 Mini Print Internacional de Cadaqu esWingfield Barns, Wingfield, UKGroup
2014Artificialia, muestra de pintura contemporanea barcelonesaCyan Art Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Group ExhibitionArt Bodensee, Dornbirn, AustriaGroup
2014Silenci abans de BachKonvent, 0, Cal Rosal, SpainGroup
2014Fundaci o Pinnae - Art per emportarForum Berger Balaguer, Vilafranca del Penedes, SpainGroup
2014Art KARLSRUHEKarlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2014DelicARTessen 12Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Art per EmportarGaleria Anquins, Reus, Tarragona, SpainGroup
2013Out of the PastC, C, Fort Pienc, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2013LolitaKonvent 0, Cal Rosal, SpainGroup
2013Doble SentitCasa del Llibre, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013DelicARTessen 11Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013Curiosit es de NoelGreen Flowers Art Gallery, Boulogne-Billancourt, FranceGroup
2012Duo Exhibtion with A Ruiz VillarBeseda Gallery, Ostrava, Czech RepublicSolo
2012Miquel WertGalerie Charlot, Paris, FranceSolo
2012Art per EmportarGaleria Anquins, Reus, Tarragona, SpainGroup
2012TOGS Art EventDeebee Gallery, Barcelona, SpainGroup
201240 Sal o de MaigGaleria Anquins, Reus, Tarragona, SpainGroup
2011Miquel WertGalerie Art du Temps, Cleon-d Andran, FranceSolo
2011Miquel WertThe Little Buddha Gallery, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2011Solstici 2011Centre dArt Tecla Sala, LH, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2011[Odela] visions dartistes contemporainsKanvas Art Gallery, Tunis, TunisiaGroup
2011Retrospective 2006-2010Galerie Art du Temps, Cl eon-dAndran, FranceGroup
2011DelicARTessen 9Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010Wert: Presencies efimeresTPK Arts Plastiques, Centre dArt Tecla Sala, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2010BCN-TNS 2010, Miquel WertGalerie Aire Libre, Espace dArt et de Cr eation El Teatro, Tunis, TunisiaSolo
2010Caixa dArtGaleria Anquins, Reus, Tarragona, SpainGroup
2010Tallers Oberts del Poble NouJiser: Reflexions Mediterranies, Barcelona, SpainGroup
20108eme Printemps des Arts PlastiquesPallais Abdellia, La Marsa, TunisiaGroup
2010XIII Concurso Bienal de Pintura JovenGaleria Anquins [Art Loft], Reus, Tarragona, SpainGroup
2010DelicARTessen 8Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelone, SpainGroup
2009Miquel Wert - Project RoomKGallery, Legnano, Milano, ItalySolo
2009Entre VallesSala de Exposiciones Torrearte, Torremocha de Jarama, Madrid, SpainGroup
2009El Palau dHivernCentre dArt Tecla Sala, Solstici 09, LH, Barcelone, SpainGroup
2009The Young Art FairListe 09, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2009Jeunes Peintres EspagnolsGalerie Art du Temps, Cl eon-dAndran, FranceGroup
2009Anonyme Zeichner – Archive SelectionFruehsorge Galerie fur Zeichnung - Contemporary Drawings, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009DelicARTessen 7Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2008Miquel WertCin eManivel, Redon, FranceSolo
2008Anonyme ZeichnerKunstraum Kreuzberg - Bethanien, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008BCN XLThe Smithfield Gallery, London, UKGroup
2008DelicARTessen 6Galeria Esther Montoriol, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2007Exhibition Cycle 2005 – 2007Studio Luis Antunez 10, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2006Group ExhibitionMuseu de Badalona, 4th Prize of Painting Menarini, Badalona, SpainGroup
2005M. Wert - Notas al MargenSala dArt Jove de la Generalitat, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2005XLVII Prize to the youth paintingFundaci o Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2005FigurationGaleria Kunsthaus 414, Barcelona, SpainGroup
200410 years of Drawing of MovementFacultat de Belles Arts, Barcelona, SpainGroup
20025th Illustration Prize RAIMAFoment de les Arts i del Disseny, FAD, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2000Exposition MultidisciplinaireEspai art Clorofila, Clorofilart, Barcelona, SpainGroup