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Raúl Illarramendi, 2011. Photo: Thierry Chassepoux
Raúl Illarramendi, 2011. Photo: Thierry Chassepoux

The departure point for Raúl Illarramendi’s work is the observation of "traces" left by human activity in the everyday urban milieu. Found on walls, sidewalks, gateways and doorways, these traces are photographed and chosen for their compositional and power to evoke. The artist thus accumulates a repertory of images that serve as inspiration for his compositions. Illarramendi applies coloured pencil on a canvas that has previously been prepared with gouache, a mixed technique that combines drawing with painting and vice versa. The artist conceives these works as non-drawings: The work is composed of lines that suddenly appear in the un-penciled spaces, thus revealing the foundation of the canvas. His series are all the product of a continuous reflection; the representation of a false hue, of a false fluidity, of a false rhythm and a false event.

Born in 1982 in Caracas, Venezuela, Raúl Illarramendi began his artistic training in 1998 as assistant to the painter Felix Perdomo. He then became a member of the Circulo de Dibujo of the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas Sofia Imber. He followed studies in Visual Arts and Art History at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville in the United States. He has won several art awards in the United States and France, the most recent of which being the Jean Chevalier Award for Painting in Lyon, which he received in 2012. Illarramendi lives and works in Méru, France.

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2019
Raúl Illarramendi. Offerings

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2019
Raúl Illarramendi

L.A.C. - Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Sigean, France

2018-19
Raúl Illarramendi. Carré d’Aubusson

Cité internationale de la tapisserie, Aubusson, France

2017
Raúl Illarramendi. Evidence of Absence

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017-18
Raúl Illarramendi

Fondation Fernet Branca, St. Louis, France

2016
Raúl Illarramendi

Maison des Arts et Loisirs, Laon, France

2016
A Solo Show of Raúl Illarramendi

Salon du Dessin 2016, Galerie Karsten Greve, Palais Brongniart, Paris, France

2015
Raúl Illarramendi. Incarner la Poussière

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
Raúl Illarramendi. The Spirit Line

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Raúl Illarramendi (with Hervé van der Straeten)

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2013
Raúl Illarramendi. Drawing from Nature

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
Salon du dessin contemporain

Galerie Dukan et Hourdequin, Paris, France

2009
Noir Papier

Galerie Schumm-Braunstein, Paris, France

2008
Raúl Illarramendi. Brushstroke Compositions and Finger Paintings

Galerie Schumm-Braunstein, Paris, France

2007
Raúl Illarramendi. L’artifice d’une tâche

Galerie L’ici-Là, Saint-Étienne, France

2004
Raúl Illarramendi. Small Format Works

321 Gallery, Evansville, IN, USA

2003
Raúl Illarramendi. Man and Orchid

Synchronicity Gallery, Evansville, IN, USA

2002
Raúl Illarramendi. Works on Paper

Maison Vaugt, Evansville, IN, USA

2001
Raúl Illarramendi. The Line and The Rub

Kathy Pohl Gallery, Tell City, IN, USA

Group exhibitions
2020
Ailleurs, Ici, Maintenant

Espace Séraphine Louis, Clermont-de-l'Oise, France

2018
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2017
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Herbst Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Drawing Now

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Identités plurielles

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2014
Künstlerräume

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2014
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2011
Outre-Forêt

Le 6b, Saint Denis, France

2011
On Paper III

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
On Paper

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2010
Blanc Papier

Galerie Schumm-Braunstein, Paris, France

2010
New Entries

Galerie Dukan et Hourdequin, Marseille, France

2010
Suddenly Last Summer

Artists in Residence, Beauchery Saint-Martin, France

2009
Slick 2009

Galerie Dukan et Hourdequin, Paris, France

2009
Bientôt 4 ans

Galerie Dukan et Hourdequin, Marseille, France

2004
Working Together concours

Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN, USA

2004
Nude Night

Synchronicity Gallery, Evansville, IN, USA

2000
Artistas del Circulo de Dibujo

Galería del MACCSI, Caracas, Venezuela

2000
El Circulo de Dibujo en el Metro

Galería del Metro, Caracas, Venezuela

1999
Subasta Internacional por el Estado Vargas

MACCSI, Caracas, Venezuela

1999
Grandes Maestros y Jóvenes Artistas II

Grupo Li Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

1998
Grandes Maestros y Jóvenes Artistas I

Grupo Li Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

1998
Maestros y Jovenes Artistas del Thaller

VITECH, Caracas, Venezuela

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