Some things that fly around the world. Olimpia Velasco.
From December 18, 2021 to January 15, 2022
Some things that fly around the world consists of a series of paintings and drawings, placed in space as an installation, which aims to put time in suspension on the scene. The actors involved are pieces of nature; the scenography and the performers are confused to accentuate the moment lived; the human being is only a spectator who finds consolation in the forms represented, in the sounds of silence and in the memory of the lived moment.
This set of works proposes a reflection on how nature advances and re-occupies its place when the rhythm of human life stops. The acceleration of our gaze has made us forget the importance of contemplation for our personal development and awareness of our place in the world as members of a whole and not as destroyers of the ecosystem. The dynamics of flight and movement in nature reflect the changes that make up the life cycles. In this line of thought, Olimpia Velasco starts from painting and drawing to vindicate the process of artistic creation not as a mere human artifice, one more of so many meaningless activities that saturate our busy schedule, but as its own, timeless current, a flow immersed in the future of the cosmos, like the falling leaf, the migrating bird or the tide that renews a coast every day.
Olimpia Velasco (Madrid 1970) lives and works in Mallorca. She has a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, took doctorate courses at the same university and at the T.E.I. Athinon, Athens (Socrates Scholarship). She has a degree in Graphic Design from the Spanish Center for New Professions in Madrid. He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions. We highlight his latest solo exhibitions: La Montaña Mágica at the Galería Maior de Pollença (2020), the Bai & Yun Art Museum, Moganshan, China (2019) and at the We COLLECT Madrid gallery; La Partida (weight action) (2018) in the Church of the Santo Domingo Convent of the Pollença Museum (Mallorca); La Oscuridad (2018) at Espai Dipòsit del Casal Solleric de Palma and Friluftsliv (2017) at the Palacete del Embarcadero de Santander and at the Maior gallery in Palma and Pollença. He has won national and international awards, highlighting the award for the mural intervention in the Spanish Embassy in Brussels (2020), the assistance of the Vegap assistance fund (2020), the XXXI award of the San Marçal Contest, Mallorca, (2018); the Dijous Bo Plastic Arts Contest (2016), Inca, Mallorca; Betart Mural Award (2016). “Limón” mural in Calviá; the Diezy7 drawing prize at the Swab Barcelona Fair (2013); the Acquisition Fund Prize III Jesús Bárcenas Painting Prize, Valdepeñas 2010.
She has also participated in numerous fairs such as Art Beijing, ArtFair Colonia, ArtLisboa, Estampa Madrid, Just Madrid, Kiaf Art fair Seúl and Swab Art fair Barcelona. Also noteworthy are his interventions in public spaces such as in the Spanish Embassy in Brussels Efecto Mariposa, that of the Düsseldorf airport Floating in the air, the murals made in Palma de Mallorca Flight Plan (Plaza de Caballería, Lluc Fluxà space), the Limón mural intervention in Calvià, the El Muro project (an intervention in the city of Palma with citizen participation) or the Before the flight project in the city of Paris.
Among her latest group exhibitions are Fuego / Hueco / Sombra / Aire (2020-21) at the Cervantes Institute in Krakow and in Son Tugores, Mallorca; On rau the reality? at the Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca (2019); The XV Naturgy MAC Art Show, La Coruña (2018); The XI Prize for painting and plastic arts La Rural (Jaén) (2018); Contemporary creation in the DKV Collection, languages in drawing at the ABC Museum in Madrid (2017) and Fundación Caja Castellón (2017); L’ànima de l’invisible in Chapel of La Misericordia (Palma de Mallorca) (2017); Aire, first principle in Art Beijing (2015), stand Instituto Cervantes de Peking; Private Papers. DKV and Tomás Ruiz Collection, Instituto Cervantes de Munich / Berlin / Krakow (2015). He has coordinated the collective exhibition Fuego / Hueco / Sombra / Aire en Mallorca in Son Tugores, Mallorca and at the Cervantes Institute in Cracovia (2020-21) and the parallel activities in the project Darkness (2018).
She has received scholarships for artistic residencies in France, Italy and China; in addition to various grants from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the IEB to carry out national and international projects.
Her works are present in public and private collections such as the DKV collection, Düsseldorf Airport, the Diezy7 Collection (Swab Barcelona), the Pollença Museum of Contemporary Art, the Palma de Mallorca City Council, the Hospital del Rey Center for Contemporary Art. de Melilla, the Jesús Bárcenas Collection, the Colegio de España in Paris, the América-Ibérica Editorial, the Lego-Group, HC Espai Lluc Fluxà, the Inca City Council, the Marratxí City Council and the Bai & Yun Art Museum, Moganshan, China.
The Galería Maior was founded in Pollença in 1990. Since then it has carried out important work in promoting contemporary art. Represents both emerging and established artists, and works with new media to create innovative ways to explore, interpret and visualize new artistic languages and experiences.
The gallery has participated in the main contemporary art fairs, such as ARCO (since 1994), ArtCologne (since 1995), Loop, Artissima, KIAF, PULSE Miami and PULSE New York, among others.
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