Paco Pomet

In the words of the artist: "Very often I experience a strong sense of strangeness when I observe scenes described in photographs found at random. This feeling becomes greater the more anodyne the image is. In most cases this happens with amateur photography, documentary archives, anonymous images or found in family albums of unknown origin...

These types of photographic sources, which I take as reference for the development of my works, provide an ideal material from which to start to work. Once the motifs for the pictorial compositions are taken, a game comes into play in which all those references are subject to alterations that may be structural, tonal, compositional or that may simply consist in the substitution, elimination or addition of elements, sometimes very small, that completely disarm the original image from which I start to develop my pictorial work.

I try to destabilize, disrupt and alter the order that configures the structure of the scene in each work. The resulting image proposes a new visual order. Due to these alterations, changes and dysfunctions the conventional construction of a scene and its components are definitely dismantled. The testimonial character of the photographic sources gives way to the uncertainty, the strangeness and the disorientation that the resulting pictorial images communicate. Then a new reality (which ultimately consists in the construction of an unreality) arises, and we can define it as a no place or a place that can only admit the presence of the imagination of the viewer "

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About the artist


PACO POMET (Granada, Spain, 1970) lives and works in his hometown. Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Granada in 1993, he completed studies at the School of Visual Arts (New York, USA, 2004). He has enjoyed several scholarships abroad: Academy of Spain in Rome (1999-2000), Fortuny Scholarship (Venice, Italy, 2000), College of Spain (Paris, France, 2004). In 2010 he received the "Excellent Work Price" at the Beijing Bienniale (China, 2010).

In 2015 he toll part in "DISMALAND, Bemusement Park", the exhibition organized by Banksy in Weston-Super-Mare (United Kingdom), where he exhibited his work with Banksy, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and David Shrigley among other artists. Between the end of 2015 and March 2016, his work was the subject of the first retrospective of his work in an American museum:The Baker Msueum, Naples (Florida).

He has participated in the following art fairs: The Armory Show, New York, Expo Chicago, Miami Project, Pulse New York, Scope New York, Scope Basel, Art Brussels, ARCO, Estampa, Contemporary, Drawing Room.

His works can be found in several public and private collections such as Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Coleccion SOLO, IVAM Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Santander Art Museum, (Spain); Spanish Academy in Rome, Luciano Benetton Collection (Italy); Hall Art Foundation, The Patchett Collection, (US).

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SELECTED WORKS

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BORN
1970, Granada, Spain
Lives and works in Granada, Spain

EDUCATION EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Melancholia, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (forthcoming)

2017
Un Breve fulgor/A Brief Glare. My Name´s Lolita Art Gallery. Madrid, Spain

2016
Paco Pomet: Recent Paintings, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2015/2016
Paco Pomet, The Baker Museum, Artis-Naples, Florida

2014
Scapelands, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Recent Work, My Names´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
One More Try, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012
Shipwrecks, Bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Breve Manual de Antropología, My Names´s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Contra la Inercia, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada, Spain

2011
Horns and Tales, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2010
Montaigne´s Nightmare, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
My name´s Lolita Art, Madrid, Spain

2009
Muralla Bizantina, Cartagena, Spain

2007
Huracanes de plastic, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Valencia, Spain
New Paintings, Sala siglo XXI, Diputación de Huelva, Spain

2006
Un nuevo desorden, My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2005
Sandunga Art Gallery, Granada, Spain
G-Train, Sala Rivadavia, Diputación Provincial de Cádiz, Spain

2002
Sandunga Art Gallery, Granada, Spain

2001
Ficciones Mínimas, Diputación Provincial de Jaén, Spain
Fundación Josep Niebla, Casavells, Girona, Spain

2000
A+A Gallery, Venecia, Italy

1999
Mediterránea, Centro de Arte Contemporánea, Granada, Spain
Retratos, Centro de Lenguas Modernas, University of Granada, Spain

1998
Ciudad Cero, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Diputación Provincial de Granada, Spain

1994
Arquitectónica, Ánima Gallery, Sevilla, Spain

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS



PUBLICATIONS

MAGAZINES
JUXTAPOZ, The Surrealist Adventurer, Gwynned Vitello, June 2017
ARTSLANT
HARPERS' MAGAZINE
IRREVERSIBLE MAGAZINE
LA PALANCA DE CAMBIO
LA RAYA VERDE

PRESS
Juxtapoz, "An Ailment You Enjoy: A Conversation with Paco Pomet", September 13, 2018
Juxtapoz, Paco Pomet, The Surrealist Adventurer Interview, June 14, 2017
Cadena SER | “Tengo cosas más importantes que hacer que mostrar mi obra en ARCO”
CNN | “Welcome to Dismaland: Banksy’s new grotesque art theme park “
Diario ABC | “Esos otros mundos”
Diario ABC | “Huracanes de pega”
Diario ABC | “Paco Pomet hace en Sevilla su primera muestra individual”
Diario EL CONFIDENCIAL | “Dismaland, el parque menos divertido del mundo”
Diario EL PAÍS | “La gran bofetada de Banksy”
Diario EL PAÍS | “Un grito de guerra”
Diario IDEAL | “Diputación organiza la primera retrospectiva del pintor granadino Paco Pomet”
Diario IDEAL | “El artista granadino Paco Pomet triunfa en la Bienal de Beijing”
Diario IDEAL | “El éxito de público amplia la exposición de Paco Pomet hasta el 29 Abril de 2012”
Diario LA VERDAD | “Banksy elige a Pomet”
EL CULTURAL | “Paco Pomet, el progreso regresivo”
EUROPAPRESS | “Primera retrospectiva en España dedicada al pintor granadino Paco Pomet”
GRANADA HOY | “La realidad pierde su contexto”
GRANADA HOY | “Paco Pomet se suma a la última provocación de Banksy: Dismaland”
Radio 3, RNE3. “Hoy empieza todo” (21/9/2015)
Radio Clásica, RNE2. “Juego de espejos” (19/10/2015)
THE HUFFINGTON POST | “Paco Pomet at Monya Rowe Gallery”
THE HUFFINGTON POST ǀ “Paco Pomet’s Surreal Paintings Take Vintage Photography To The Next Level
YOROKOBU ǀ “Paco Pomet, el pintor granaíno que expone con Banksy”

CATALOG
“CONTRA LA INERCIA”. Catálogo de la exposición. Palacio de los Condes de Gabia. Granada, 2012.


GRANTS
Residencies

2005
Colegio de España. Ministry of Cultural Affairs. París. France.

1999-2000
Spanish Academy, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Rome, Italy
Fortuny Scholarship, Spanish Consulate in Venice, Italy

COLLECTIONS
Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Madrid, Spain
Spanish Academy, Rome, Italy
Santander Museum of Fine Arts, Spain
IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art), Spain
Colecciōn Solo, Madrid, Spain