Though at first glance, my work might look as if I am playing around with notions of abstraction, upon closer examination, it reveals the way that I use the language of painting to explore personal narratives. I have chosen to build the compositions as a tool for retrieval, forging connections between disparate memories and making meaning of them through their visual realignment on the canvas. Each composition tells a new story, and the viewer is invited to do the same, filling in missing information by imagining what objects or shapes might be, and what their relationship to one another is. In this way, the paintings act as vehicles for the viewer’s own memory recall and story telling.
Pepa Prieto was born in Granada, Spain in 1973. A Spanish and American Citizen, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Prieto has exhibited internationally with recent solo exhibitions including Xippas Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (2017); Contemporary Art Center Andratx, Spain (2014, 2016); Bryce Wolkowitz, New York City, USA (2017). Espacio Valverde, Madrid, Spain (2019); Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A (2020, 2017,2015);
She has also participated in notable group shows including Torrance Art Museum, CA. U.S.A; Center of Contemporary Art, Mallorca, Spain; National Gallery, Amman, Jordan; Mykonos Biennale, Mykonos, Greece; Villa Audi Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon; Casa Leibnitz, Madrid, Spain; Mix, Xippas Gallery, Montevideo, Uruguay; Museum of New Art, Camille Gallery, Detroit, U.S.A; WMG Ten Years Anniversary, Walter Maciel Gallery: Los Angeles, CA. U.S.A.
Was awarded the Residencies at The Fountain Head Residency in Miami, 2010, Centre Contemporary Art (CCA), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2012, 2016.