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  • Tomás Pizá is an artist and architect. His work focuses on travel, associated with literature and architecture. Continuing with the research work of his project “Cuadernos de viaje sobre el Grand Tour de William Beckford”, during his residency at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain, the artist compiled graphic information on the main landscapes of the Costa Brava. Through an archive of postcards and his own drawings and paintings he created the Souvenir installation, a collage of memories of an invented tour of the Mediterranean, and a series of small and medium-sized paintings (WB series).

  • architecture, literature, souvenirs, journeys, collage, postcards, tourism, memories, Costa Brava.
  • Tomás Pizá | Souvenir#1, 2015 and Innsbruck, 2015

    Continuing with the research work of his project “Cuadernos de viaje sobre el  Grand Tour de William Beckford”, during his residency in Girona the artist compiled graphic information on the main “picture postcard” landscapes of the Costa Brava. He painted, both au plein air and in the studio, his own vision of these places, searching for the traces of the original landscape that established itself in the collective imagination of tourists. Using an archive of postcards he has gradually collected from tourist landmarks, and his own plein air drawings and paintings, he created the Souvenir installation for the exhibition, consisting of collages that serve as souvenirs of an invented tour of the Mediterranean, which he openly exhibits as a work in progress. Continuing with this work, in his studio in Mallorca he produced a series of small and medium-sized paintings (WB series), from which he selected Innsbruck for the exhibition at Casal Son Tugores in Alaró, Mallorca, Spain.

    Souvenir#1, 2015

    Collage on wall
    Varying sizes

    Innsbruck, 2015

    Mixed technique on canvas
    35 x 27 cm

    Exhibition and creative process

    interview
    biography

    Tomás Pizá

    Palma de Mallorca, 1983
    Lives and works in Palma de Mallorca

    Tomás Pizá sees art as an introspective system that enables him to understand the world. He is interested in collage as a means to add new contributions to the same surface. This may be an ongoing process, a journey carried out in stages in which experiences are accumulated and memories are selected. Painting and collage are very similar to urban planning, in that they are practical and have in common the freedom needed for their exercise. His work is not the result of chance but rather it is produced according to a series of parameters that he shapes at each stage.

    In recent years his work has focused on the concept of travel and how it relates to architecture and literature. His work involves painting, which he combines with artist books, collages, installations and the occasional presence of technological elements related to visual communication. Literature is his main source of inspiration since it plays an important part in his life through his translation work and reading activity. Meanwhile, his training as an architect influences his work and is evident in the way he constructs his works of art, although he initially aims to move away from the formalism of architecture.

    He holds a Degree in Architecture from the European University of Madrid (2012) and a Degree in Fine Arts, also from the European University of Madrid (2009). He combines his work as an architect with the production of contemporary art.

    He has exhibited his work in “Three years later” at the Xavier Fiol Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2015); in “You’ve all gone completely crazy”, at the Addaya Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2014); in the 49th International Plastic Arts Contest at the Museum of Pollença, Spain (2014); in “Tabula rasa, o la imposibilidad de crear una generación”, at the Es Baluard Museum, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2014); in “Corrent continu – lectures de paissatges”, at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014); in “Paradis terrenal” at the RDV Gallery, Nantes, France (2014); in “Urbanea, noves experiències artístiques”, at Torre de ses Puntes, Manacor, Spain (2013); in “Offene ateliers_Artists in residence Madrid-Berlin”, at Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany (2012); in “Praxis” at the Ramon Llull Centre, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2009); and in “Blog09: la condición atmosférica” at the Young Art Centre, Madrid, Spain (2009).

    He has completed an artist residency at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona (2014), was awarded an Archie Gittes Grant by the Circle of Fine Arts, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2013), and was selected through the “Madrid procesos 12” call for proposals of AVAM (Associated Visual Artists of Madrid), Berlin, Germany (2012). He participated in an exchange programme with the University of Sassari, Italy (2009-2010), and in an Erasmus programme at the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy (2005-2006).