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
CANALS GALERIA D'ART
January – March 2021
“… The result is these 23 roles that, between the end of February and the summer, in full confinement, have allowed him to generate
very intimate works. From the atelier to family life and the anguish he suffered from this lockdown, but the color exploded and was combined
with other works of a more austere nature.
Although we can think that the restrictions of movement in a closed place should emerge some signs lacking in freedom,
the experience lived in this situation – unlike physical work in the studio – becomes introspection, in hours and hours of meditation,
music and reading that progressively produces an inner enrichment … ”. Glòria Bosch (Curator)
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.