About

Biography

Born in Madrid and based in London, Cristina’s practice combines drawing and painting with working with found objects on installations and sculptures. Concerned with transformation and revival, she explores the visceral state of human emotion and the materiality of it as a way to transcend it. 

Reyes alternates between delicate ink pen drawings and painting big scale with acrylic, scouting unconscious states of mind. When painting she releases the body and the mind: using brushes and her hands, moving and using body and voice to express emotions. This work is playful, absurd and surreal, often populated by figurative shapes, part human – part animal, like allegorical characters forming a Mythological Universe.

She also creates subconscious landscapes in the form of sculptures and installations. Cristina collects abandoned objects and discarded belongings from the deceased and revives them by making assemblages, often combining them with her own sculpted elements, carved in wood or moulded in clay or wax. This work is a conscious meditative process, often taking a ritualistic form, working with memories to transform them and exploring the physicality of shapes.

Her first object based installation was shown in London Design Week 2007 and she had her first solo exhibition at the Print House Gallery in London in 2010. In 2012 she was commissioned by Kensington Palace to create installations for the permanent exhibition on Queen Victoria, Victoria Revealed. After a few years break, Cristina reconnected with her art practice in 2018, creating a massive chandelier, Memory Light, hanging from a 6m high arch at one of the venues in the emblematic Waterloo tunnel, Leake St. Outside of London her work has been exhibited internationally in places such as Tokyo, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Koppel Project Summer Show, Koppel Project gallery, London
2019 Conversa Voa, Casa Voa, Rio de Janeiro
2015 A Transient Space, Geddes Gallery, London
2015 Otra Vida, solo exhibition, Rotherhithe Library, London
2015 Hinges, solo exhibition, TripSpace Projects, London
2014 Outside Fixed Patterns, Art Represent, London
2013 Memorias Flotantes, solo exhibition, Autograph, London
2012 Ghosts of Gone Birds, Onca Gallery, Brighton
2011 Capetown II, Hostal Delvi, Madrid
2011 Manos Negras, Jealous Gallery, London
2010 Portraits of my life as a Bird, solo exhibition, The Print House Gallery, London
2010 The Decked Project, TThe Coningsby Gallery, London
2010 The Poachers Pocket, Towner & Hoxton Gallery, London
2009 Art in Industry, Shunt, London
2009 Ocho Número Atómico, ROJO artspace, Barcelona
2009 Ocho Delicate Nature, ROJO artspace, Milano
2008 Spread the Lead, Gallery Hanahou, New York
2008 Art in Industry, Shunt, London
2008 Tangents, Kunst Gallery, Gent
2007 DB Illustrate, Design Week, London

On-site commissions

2018 Memory Light, chandallier, Aures, London
2018 Eudaemonia, art intervention, YMCA Club, London
2014 Memories of the Structure of the Universe II, mural, AMC Hospital, Amsterdam
2013 Memorias Flotantes, installation , Autograph, London
2012 Reminisces Room, Victoria Revealed exhibition display, Kensington Palace, London
2010 Sueños de Papel, mural, The Print House Gallery, London
2010 Memories of the Structure of the Universe, mural, AMC Hospital, Amsterdam
2008 El Comilón, mural, deConstruct, Amsterdam
2008 Lugares hechos de Silencio, mural, Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo

Events and collaborations

2015 Triptic, drawing improvisation event, Tripspace, London
2013 Mirando al Cielo, street art festival, Vang!, Menorca
2013 Palmeras, live installation, Cr8net Conference, London
2012 Exhibition Match, sculpture, Vintage Festival, Hayward Gallery, London
2011 Where is my Mind, collaboration, 125 Magazine, London
2010 Pair of Rabbits, live event, V&A Friday Late, London
2008 Colour Me, workshop, London Festival of Architecture, London

 

Illustration: Cristina Guitian

I combine my work as an artist with illustration, distinguishing these two worlds by illustrating under the name Cristina Guitian.