Born in Equatorial Guinea in 1954, Sergi Barnils currently resides in Barcelona and works in his studio in Sant Cugat del Vallès. His paintings are widely appreciated by both the public and critics alike, not only in Spain but also in Germany and Italy where he has been exhibiting his work since 1995.
After extensive training, during which Barnils was exposed to some of the most important movements in Contemporary Art – from The Impressionists to Cézanne, Masson to Abstract Art- he found his own highly intellectual synthesis between colour and what inspired him from Catalan traditions, conceiving paintings full of penetratingly intense, precise symbols.
Barnils’ attraction to landscapes shuns descriptively representing them, instead developing a synthesis of space. His works create a dialogue with the painting and the geometry of them is unified by the layering of the material and the image. The destiny of life is continuously depicted in the pieces, regardless of how abstract, as is the painter’s desire to express the investigation of beauty and happiness.
FINE ART EDUCATION
1994 Engravings course at Centre d’Art Contemporani de Sant Pere de Vilamajor (Spain)
1988 Faculty of Fine Arts at Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
1978 Ceramics course with Xavier Quirós and Angelina Alós. Barcelona (Spain)
Escola del Treball de Barcelona (Spain)
1975 Artistics course at l’Escola Nolasc Valls de Barcelona (Spain)
1965 ArtDepartment l’Escola Viaró, with Xavier Cabanach, Xavier Figueras and Francesc Casadamunt. Sant Cugat del Vallès (Spain)
1962-64 Arts course at Escola Teresa Farrés de Sant Cugat del Vallès (Spain)
About Sergi Barnils
“Sant Cugat terra d’artistes”. 49th.Event (Since 1971) Canals Galeria d’Art St.Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona)
“Dante in figura” Cinquantatré artisti contemporanei. Galleria Immaginaria Florence (Italy)
“Biennal Art Contemporani Català” Barcelona and St. Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) (This year the Biennial will be celebrated with a selection of 15 artists from the last 43 years)
XXII Biennal d’Art Contemporani Català. Together with Ignasi Aballí, Enric Ansesa, Tom Carr, Lúa Coderch, Xavier Escribà, Lourdes Fisa, Joanpere Massana, Roser Oduber, Yurian Quintanas and Perejaume. Videography by Joan Fontcuberta. March 11 at 06:30PM live in Instagram – Fundació Lluís Coromina – Espai Isern Dalmau
“Artisti della Galeria” Marco Rossi Artecontemporanea Pietrasanta (Italy)
“Cambra Confinada – Minut 1 del 2021” Curator: Glòria Bosch – Canals Galeria d’Art, Sant Cugat del Vallès (Spain) January to March.
“Ànima i espiritualitat” Fundació Pinnae Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona) March-April
“Cambra Confinada” Galeria Atelier (Barcelona) April-May
“Cambra Confinada “ Espai Cavallers (Lleida) July
The Work of Sergi Barnils
The artist sees white as uncontaminated purity, fresh air, divine light; but, as everyone knows, white light contains within it all the colours of the rainbow. And so, as if in a blooming garden in a celestial city bursting with light and joy, bright notes of colour appear in some of these works, as in many of his paintings.
Barnils, a sensitive and profoundly spiritual artist, manages to condense his most intimate reflections on the human condition in his images, however abstract and densely packed with primordial graffiti; his works give off an intense sentiment of celebration of the beauty of life, in all its forms and its states of becoming.