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Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary Spanish landscape painter Joan Colomer Valls (born 1965 in San Feliu de Pallerols, Spain).
Joan was born near Olot, Spain. In this city, some 125 years ago the painter Joaquim Vayreda initiated the Olotina Landscape School which is the fruit of his contacts with the painters from Barbizon. Joan was raised amid the rich artistic heritage of his family and the inspirational landscape tradition immediately surrounding him, intimately shaped by the pastoral countryside of deep forests and rolling hills that lent its name to the school.
Joan learned to paint at a young age, alongside his two brothers, under the tutelage of his father, also an artist. Joan painted steadily, mastering complicated techniques quickly After taking daily lessons for five years he temporarily abandoned painting, interrupting his rapid progress, and moved to Barcelona where he entered the university and undertook courses in philosophy and letters.
After receiving his degree in philosophy and liberal arts, Colomer based himself in Madrid and travelled extensively to study masterpieces in the world’s greatest museums.
During that time he traveled to Holland, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Italy, France and Thailand, where he was inspired by the most important artworks of Sorolla, Bervete, Velazquez, Goya, Van Gogh, Mauve, Nolde, Klim, Shiele and the French Impressionists.
Colomer ardently studied the styles of these master painters while painting and intensively developed his own style. When asked who his artistic heroes are, Colomer eloquently replies, "I’d like to have Beruete’s touch, Sorolla’s light, Hopper’s balance, Corot’s gracefulness, Daubighny’s vision, Monet’s color, Vermeer’s mystery, Mauve’s atmosphere, and VelÃ¡zquez’s knowledge.” The influence of each can be seen in Colomer’s work.
In 1990 Joan married Dolors Domenech and made Madrid his residence. He attended the Madrid Municipal School of Beaux Arts and soon after began exhibiting his works in Barcelona and Madrid. In 1993 he moved to the countryside where he now resides with his wife, daughter and beloved dog, Betty.
Joan works mostly in oil. His landscapes are powerful and dramatic due to their scale and strong color. His subject matter tends toward sunlit panoramic vistas as well as seascapes. He paints in a variety of size ranges, from 8×10 to 48×72.
For Colomer, painting is primal. This consistent and driving force in his life has led him to constantly self-analyze. The sky sets the tone and intensity of his work, and is the most important part of his piece. The roots of his artistic expression are both deeply cerebral and emotional.
For Colomer, the harmony just happens. “I can’t force the harmonies,” he says. “They just flow from my hand."
July 2, 2016
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Joan Colomer (Born 1965)
"I can’t think of living without painting To say it in other words, I live to paint. If I paint a landscape or even if I decide to paint a concrete object, it is because it has brought to my mind some remembrances and associations that I have to express urgently.
Something very different is the result. I never know which way the painting will go while I’m working because sometimes the painting comes to life and develops its own destiny."