Teresa Riba

Biography

1962 born in Igualada, Spanien

Education

1985: Degree specializing in Sculpture and Doctorate studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts of St. Jordi, Barcelona

Currently: Professor of Sculpture and Drawing at the GASPAR CAMPS Municipal Art School, Igualada

Awards

2007: Finalist of the IV International Biennial of Drawing JOSEP AMAT, Sant Feliu de Guíxols

2003: Honorable Mention at the International Street Sculpture Competition San Fernando, Cadiz

2002: Finalist at the XL International Drawing Contest of the INGLADA-GUILLOT Foundation, Barcelona

1989: Winner of the Sculpture Scholarship from the Güell Foundation, Barcelona

1983: First Prize in Sculpture at the II Youth Art Contest in Igualada

Works in public spaces

A selection:

2019: Mestre Jordi Savall, Igualada

2015: Nos(altres) for the ATLES Foundation, Igualada

2014: La Nen, Conesa

2011: Public sculpture in Parc quitxalla, Canovelles

2010: Monument “Camí de la fàbrica”, Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona

Additional works can be found in Platja d’Aro, Santa Margarita de Montbui, Vilanova del Camí, Calcinaia (Italy), and Montserrat.

Art Fairs and Symposia

A selection:

2023-2010: Participation in various art fairs, including FIRA D’ART in Karlsruhe, Brussels, Strasbourg, Cologne, Madrid, Santander, and Barcelona.

2005 and 2003: Participation in sculpture symposia in Alt Penedès and Calcinaia (Italy).

Exhibitions

A selection:

2023: “Metamorphoses”, Filser & Gräf Gallery, Munich

2020: “Cuirasses”, Anquin’s Art Gallery, Reus

2018: “POINT OF VIEW”, Group exhibition, Filser & Gräf Gallery, Munich

2017: “MIRADES”, Vilasar de Mar; Installation for the Basilica STA. MARIA de Castelló d’Empuries; “ORA DEL PAPER” at MOLI PAPERER, Capellades

Additional exhibitions in Igualada, Barna, Ludwigshafen, Terrassa, La Pobla de Claramunt, Mataró, Munich, Sant Feliu de Boada, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Reus, Cambrils, and Capua (Italy).

Description

The Spanish artist Teresa Riba primarily works in bronze. With the possibilities of this material, she manages to imbue her sculptures with extraordinary expressiveness. The vitality and movement of the sculptures arise from the irregular surface texture and the patina of the material. Additionally, she paints parts of the figures, giving them even more individual expression.

She has titled her new series “Tornem-hi,” which translates to “Let’s go” in English. It is primarily the depiction of the postures, facial expressions, gestures, and thoughts of teenagers and children that interest Riba. In this new series of works, she aims to capture a specific moment in the lives of these young people, when they are in the midst of making an important decision but are not entirely sure and hesitate, whether to take a step forward, stand still, or even step back.

In her sculpture group “Comunicacio?,” she depicts communication via mobile phone between teenagers who stand next to each other but are isolated from one another. Teresa Riba addresses both the lack of real communication among young people and the increasingly strong interconnection of people with each other.

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