" Monica Castanys paints the daily instant, a personage turned and femininely for artistic decision and exalts a daily situation turning her into an event that comes out the moment … With a palette of colors that make us remember the impresionist, but with an expressive outline and a special search for illuminating vital scenes, the painter offers an enigmatic cartography of his imagined metropolis " - Aina Mercader (art's critique)

BIOGRAPHY

Mònica Castanys is a Spanish painter born in Barcelona.She was graduated at the School of Arts and Trades of the same city in 199,3 and in 1990 was present at a course in the School Lorenzo in Medici in Florence, Italy. She received several national prizes for young artists. Mònica's work has been exhibited in lots of personal and collective exhibitions in Spain and abroad. The color of his palette resembles the impressionism, but with a more expressive outline and a special flavor to illuminate the summer scenes, which offer us an enigmatic map of his imagined metropolis. In these anonymous places,where the artist turns into a discreet voyeur, she can observe his background to represent different models who walk pacifically, without even being noticed . At the same time, Monica does a more frequent emphasis the feminine figure this type of paintings, as an absolute protagonist of this slow tempo, that relaxes the spectator.

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

1990 Culture Centre of El Papiol in Barcelona.
1995 Exhibitions Centre. Casa de Cádiz. Barcelona.
1996 Miró’s exhibition hall. Colón Hotel. Barcelona.
1997 Buticlan. Olympic Village. Barcelona.Transart. VII Contemporary art exhibition. Sant Feliu de Llobregat. Barcelona.
1999 Art gallery. Gràcia Exhibit. Barcelona.
2006 Historical Museum of Toys. Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Girona.
2007 Art Gallery El Portal.Sant Andreu de la Barca. Barcelona.
2008 El Quatre, Art gallery. Granollers. Barcelona. Art gallery Anquin’ s. Reus. Tarragona.
2009 Art galleryTraç d´Art, Sabadell. Barcelona. Art gallery Sánchez y Juan. Elche, Alicante. Art gallery Sala Rusiñol, Sant Cugat. Barcelona.
2010 “Petits fours” El Quatre, Art Gallery. Granollers. Barcelona.

PRIZES

1991 Painting scholarship from the Art Circle of Saint Lluch at the School of Arts la Llotja.
1992 First prize, painting scholarship, Güell Foundation. Barcelona. Work selected at the first exhibition A.C.E.A. Barcelona.
1994 Piece selected , I Annual prize of painting Club 9B. Barcelona.
1996 Piece selected, III Prize of figurative painting Art Gallery. Vic. Barcelona.
1997 TRANSART.First prize VII Contemporary Art Exhibition. Sant Feliu de Llobregat. Barcelona.
2002 Work selected for the X Biannual Concurs of young painters. Anquin´s gallery. Reus. Tarragona.
2003 Work selected. Fourth Edition on Jaurena’s art painting National Competition. Barcelona.
2004 Work selected. Painting competition, Art Valentí Gallery. Sitges. Barcelona.
2005 Third prize of painting, second Edition of national painting competition, Espejo foundation./ Work selected, 25th prize of painting Vila de Cambrils. Tarragona.
2006 Work selected.First national contest. Saexma prize of small shapes of painting. Art Gallery Infantas. Madrid. Work selected. First painting prize, Vila de Cardedeu. Barcelona. Work selected. Painting competition, Art gallery Valentí. Sitges. Barcelona. Second prize. National competition of painting, Espejo Foundation. Work selected. Prize Paco Merino, Granollers.
2007 Second prize, VI Prize National Jaurena Art. Barcelona.
2008 Work selected, XII Biannual Prize of young painters. Anquin´s Gallery.

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