Pablo Carpio (b. Madrid, Spain, 1979) currently lives and works in Madrid. He has lived in New York, where he developed part of his career, and in other different cities such as Berlín, Buenos Aires and México City. His work explores the material possibilities of painting, developing a unique language, in abstract terms, that transcends the two-dimensionality of the medium, thus questioning its own boundaries. For the making of his works, Carpio previously produces a very dense paint paste, obtaining an almost sculptural-type material, from a mixture of acrylic pigment, sand and limestone, which he applies on wood panels, using different types of spatulas and trowels.
The result is a body of work with a powerful presence whose physicality expands to build highly textured surfaces, of an organic and sculptural quality, based on sophisticated and bold chromatic compositions, that take shape in a gestural process between the instinctive and the meditated. The permanent and intense commitment that the artist maintains with painting and specifically with color, added to his original use of materials, gives his artistic practice a radically differentiating element. Beyond materiality itself, questions related to perception, movement and the sensory emerge, throughout a dialogue between the external and the internal, the known and the unknown, the empirical and the spiritual, past and future. Dualities that keep his work in a constant evolution.
He was a recipient of the Artist Mentoring Program (IAP) of the New York Foundation for the Arts (2013). His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in spaces such as: New York Foundation for the Arts (New York, 2013), Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation (New York, 2013), Waterfall Mansion & Gallery (New York, 2014), the 3rd Edition of the Biennial o Visual Arts Areatec (Buenos Aires, 2014), Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso XII (Madrid, 2016), Estampa Art Fair, (2021), 80 Valdepeñas Visual Arts International Exhibition (2019), Deji Art Museum (Nanjing, China, 2021), Paul Smith Store & Gallery (London, 2022) or Cerquone Gallery (Caracas, 2021 Madrid, 2019, 2022). Recently shortlisted for the 36th edition of the BMW Painting Award. His works can be found in private collections and institutions internationally.