Antonia Ferrer – An Exploration Of Contemporary Minimalism

Antonia Ferrer is a contemporary artist who is represented by Alzueta Gallery. She lives and works in Valencia and graduated in Art History from the University of Valencia in 2009.

In her work, Antonia Ferrer creates a unique visual experience by utilizing a minimalist approach with a single color per painting. This technique allows Ferrer to create an incredible depth and texture within her work, which can easily draw viewers in. Ferrer often uses oil on primed canvas as her medium and finishes most of her paintings with an oak frame. This added element further creates a feeling of sophistication and timelessness within her work.

What I find most interesting about Ferrer’s paintings is the way in which she is able to make such a statement with only one color. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images and colors, it is refreshing to see Ferrer’s paintings which force us to really take a look and appreciate the simplicity of color. Ferrer’s paintings are a form of meditation, which can help us to clear our minds and focus on the present moment.

Cuerdas, Oil on primed canvas. 163x130x5cm. Framed in oak © The Artist
Cuerdas, Oil on primed canvas. 50x50x5cm © The Artist

Miquel Alzueta, gallerist, and art collector, describes her works with the following words:

“There are artists who, through their simplicity, connect with the roots of tradition. They are what we could call intuitive artists, those who, like a dowser, are able to detect water underground, even in the most infertile desert. Antonia Ferrer is one of those artists: only with her hands, with clear and simple matter, as if it were only sand or light earth, she is able to connect with oriental painting -especially Korean and Japanese-, giving a flat surface the depth of a landscape, the remoteness of a sea, the darkness of a well.

Ferrer is inspired by many sources: from Tàpies his surfaces, from the Mediterranean the light of its beaches. It seems an easy exercise, but in that false and impossible ease lies the quality and passion that her pieces generate. She is an artist at the beginning of a path, a well-trodden path, but one in which, from the beginning, she has left her own very recognizable mark.”

I had the pleasure to talk to Antonia about her work, read the inspiring interview here: “Exploring Emptiness And Silence”: In Conversation With Antonia Ferrer

Alquimia, Oil on primed canvas. Framed in oak. 48x58x4cm © The Artist
Alquimia, Oil on primed canvas. Framed in oak. 48x58x4cm © The Artist
Cicatrices, Oil on primed canvas. 114x146x5cm. Framed in oak © The Artist
Alquimia, Oil on primed canvas. 112x112x4cm. Framed in oak © The Artist
Alquimia, Oil on primed canvas. 112x112x4cm. Framed in oak © The Artist
Oil on printed canvas. Portrait Photography by @isabelrovirasalvador
Via Antonia Ferrer’s Instagram

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