The Gift From The Artists' Xavier Carbonell And Rosa Serra
Xavier was born in Catalonia, Spain
in 1942, lives and works in the beautiful and artistic city of Olot,
in the heart of Catalonia.
He works in special series of themes. Four stages mark his artistic trajectory: “Opera and concept “, “ New York “, “ Faces “ and “Olympic Philosophy”.
Woman and Déco is the title of Xavier Carbonell’s book by the journalist and writer Márius Carol, and it makes clear that as a painter he is fascinated by Paris – where he went for the first time in 1974 to work intensely at the Grande Chaumiere- and one who has professed his love for New York since his first visit in 1992 –but also for a later discovery, Miami, where he was captivated by its Art Deco.
Xavier Carbonell complements his attraction to Art Deco with homage to women. The women he paints are contemporary caryatids: tall, sharp-edged, confident, distant, impenetrable. They do not sustain ancient temples, but rather the world of today.
Carol in the book write, the woman Carbonell paints is elegant, sophisticated, seductive- are the heiresses of those far-off heroines of cinema, whose splendor is frozen in celluloid. Standing next to a Rolls, in front of a medallion of Rockefeller Center, or holding an issue of Vogue from 1929, they fit in like pieces of a puzzle. The artist scarcely penetrates the souls of these woman –as if treating them like any other feature of the landscape, just as he does not attempt to enter deeply into the structure of the buildings that look down on them because these giants of steel and concrete acquire their genuine beauty to the extent they form part of a work of art of geographic dimensions.
As a child Rosa Serra moved with her family from Vic, the town where she was born, in 1944, to the small village of Sant Esteve d’en Bas near Olot in the Garrotxa province of Catalonia, Spain.
First attending classes at the studio of the versatile artist Lluís Carbonell and later at the city’s fine arts school. After a brief period of drawing and painting, she began to explore the world of sculpture in the studio of Lluís Curós.
Whenever she can, Rosa Serra expresses the admiration she felt for the sculptor Henry Moore, stating that Moore’s style has left a mark on her own.
Clearly that this artist from Olot has practically devoured Moore’s work, eating and drinking it in, but she has digested in thoroughly and created her own style, without denying the influence of the English sculptor.
The works of Rosa Serra have her personal stamp, a singular style by which we can recognize them in spite of the diversity of her vast output. Just as Moore frequented the museums of París in the 1920s to discover the modernity of the work of Rodin, the classicism of Michelangelo and the cubist innovation of Picasso, Rosa Serra has passed through the work of Moore in the course of a long career that culminates, as did the master’s, in control over mass, space and light.
The book “A Monumental Vision”, by Antoni Garrido, a Journalist and critic of art, is an anthology of Serra’s works, life, passion and style of universal artist. She has a public works around the world.
Her vocation to create public works of art grew very early, with the monument dedicated to Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, the relief of Marconi, her works on Olympic sports can be found in Switzerland, Korea, Kuwait, Japan, Norway, Monaco, Germany, Brasil, Lebanon, Cuba, France, Sweden, Morocco and the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.
“ The art of Rosa Serra is Monumental ”
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