She lives and works in Madrid
Gabriela Bettini is a visual artist who received a Fine Arts degree at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2001. In 2002 she completed an M.A. in the Theory and
Practice of Contemporary Visual Arts also at the UCM, earning a study grant from the “La Caixa” Foundation and the British Council for post-graduate studies in the United
Kingdom for the M.A. in Fine Art at the University of East London (2003-04).
She has won the First Prize at Premio Internacional de Artes Plásticas "Obra Abierta 2017", organized by Fundación Bancaria Caja de Extremadura with her painting Repoussoir. She has obtained a number of grants from institutions such as the MAE-AECID Grant for Painting at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome (2015-16), the Spanish Cultural Association in Buenos Aires (2010 URRA artist residency programme), the INJUVE workshop programme and Art Show (2009 and 2005) and the Region of Madrid Artist Creation Award (2007). She is a member of the Registry of Artists at the Matadero Madrid arts centre. Today she is represented by the Galería Silvestre.
She has had numerous solo shows, including La memoria de los intentos, Galería silvestre (Tarragona, 2017); Paisajes de excepción, Galería silvestre (Madrid, 2016); Larga distancia, Galería Silvestre (Tarragona, 2015); La casa roja, La Fresh Gallery (Madrid, 2013) and Galería Mundo Nuevo (Buenos Aires, 2013); Acentos, Museo Evita (Buenos Aires, 2012); Un tiempo casi cercano, Borges Cultural Centre (Buenos Aires, 2011); Algunas de aquellas historias, Galería Asm28 (Madrid, 2010) and Casa de América Latina (Lisboa, 2011).
She has also participated in several group shows, such as Habitar la Frontera, Palacio Miramar, Bienal de Arquitectura (San Sebastián, 2017); Exilios _ Memorias del Terrorismo de Estado, Haroldo Conti Memory Cultural Centre (Buenos Aires, 2017); Hecho en Roma, San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Madrid, 2017); Nunca más el olvido. Miradas en torno a la dictadura Argentina, Tlatelolco Cultural Centre (Mexico City, 2016); Processi 143, Royal Spanish Academy in Rome (Rome, 2016); Bread and Roses!!, Sa Quartera Art Centre (Inca, 2016); In Situ 2013-2015 - Resident artist show at the Addaya Centre for Contemporary Art, Sa Quartera, Centre d’Art (Inca, 2015); Obra abierta, Caja de Extremadura International Visual Arts Award (Plasencia, 2015 and 2014); ArteBa Fair, La Fresh Gallery (Buenos Aires, 2014); No limit, Korean Cultural Centre, Madrid (2014); Hinterlandmark, Addaya Centre for Contemporary Art, Alaró, Mallorca (2014); Focus-Abengoa Painting Award from the Fundación Focus-Abengoa (Sevilla, 2013); Anacronías (Fondation Argentine, París, 2011) and Open house (London, 2010).
In her own words, “my most recent works interpret (…) places of memory or exception where some especially intense (violent or even encouraging) incidents happened. They are spaces in which time has stood still for a shorter or longer period of time and where particular and collective stories have taken place and have entailed an inflection point for those who have gone through these experiences.
In my drawings and paintings, the attention is almost exclusively focused on the elements that symbolize the path between two realities: passages, thresholds, corridors or even harbours or border points. My interest in those enclaves lies in their interstitial and undefined character, metaphor of the state of liminality, opening-up and ambiguity typical of those who have experienced a significant unexpected change there.”
Gabriela Bettini's website.
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