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About José Manuel BallesterArtistic Paradise José Manuel Ballester, born in Madrid in 1960, is a master at juggling concrete and iron, light and space. Discreetly dipped in tinted light, his scenes are transformed into graphic constructions, abolishing the border between the photographic and the painted. Whether theater, factory or apartment building, Ballester’s nascent architectural structures are
BACKGROUND INFORMATIONArtistic Paradise
José Manuel Ballester, born in Madrid in 1960, is a master at juggling concrete and iron, light and space. Discreetly dipped in tinted light, his scenes are transformed into graphic constructions, abolishing the border between the photographic and the painted. Whether theater, factory or apartment building, Ballester’s nascent architectural structures are reflections about absence and the progress of time. Structure, color and lighting arrive thereby in symbiosis with the notion of newly defining aesthetic emptiness. The self-conscious melting from classical to modern abstract and exceedingly current trends in architecture and photography is, for this Spanish shooting star, no more than a contradiction, like the creation of the Romantic through cool precision. Benefits, motifs and media still appear disparate. In the end, a fascinatingly closed and mostly simple picture remains. For him, artificially created rooms are “like the search for paradise”, and after a grateful environment inasmuch as the guarante for a better life. And for that reason, they always show the same virtues and shortcomings of society, which is responsible for their production. More specifically, the tension that Ballester borrows from the architectire and conveys in the second dimension, is barely expressed.
Dr. Boris von Brauchitsch
BIOGRAPHYA. Chacón: J. M. Ballester, una firme propuesta realista. Guía de Sevilla de Diario 16. Noviembre 90
Antonio Bonet Correa: Realismos en Japón . Diario ABC, 03-10-91.
DIE WELT, Berlín : Bilder von der Faszination der Monumentalität der Baustellen . Samstag, 1 de Noviembre de 1.997.
I.L.H. Espacios de vida.. Diario de Burgos. 17 de Septiembre de 2004. Pág.21.
Merche Martinez” La ambigüedad fotográfica de José Manuel Ballester. El Mundo. El correo de Burgos. 17 de Septiembre de 2004. Pág. 28.
Fernando Rayón. Lo más importante de la obra de arte es lo que se dice. La Gaceta de los Negocios”. 20 de Septiembre de 2004. Pág. 44.
Ramiro Villapadierna. “Madrid-Berlín ida y vuelta - El fotógrafo y pintor José Manuel Ballester encuentra insospechados lazos arquitectónicos entre Madrid y Berlín-“. DIARIO ABC .9 de diciembre de 2004. Pág. 45
1960 born in Madrid 1984 Visual Arts Degree from Universidad Complutense, Madrid 1985 Dissertation “Reconstruction of the Tehcnical Proccess of the Italian and Flemish Schools” 1987 Participated in the art seminar "Against the Manual: a critical inspection of art and it’s context between 1945 and 1985" with Victoria Combalía. Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. 1989 Participated in the art seminar "The Historical Avante Garde from 1940 to 1990" with Francisco Calvo Serraller. Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. 1995 Participated in the Art Cycle ”Art Recluse” led by Juan Manuel Bonet. Círculo de Bellas, Madrid. Lives and works in Madrid