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ALFREDO ROLDÁN A Goddess at my Table


A l f r e d o R o l d รก n A G o d d e s s a t m y Ta b l e

Pontone GALLERY

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Front cover: La habitaciรณn verde 2016 Oil on canvas 100 x 81 cm (39.3 x 31.9 in)


Spanish artist Alfredo Roldán was born in 1965. Self-taught, with no formal training, and determined to be an artist, he initially sold his work in street markets. By the mid 1990s, after winning several competitions, he came to the notice of art galleries in Europe and America, notably The Albemarle Gallery in London. Its new incarnation, Pontone Gallery, is proud to present his latest exhibition. Roldán’s Madrid studio is the heart of his practice. It is not a solitary, exclusive space, but a stage set for human interaction, which allows his models to feel at ease in a comfortable interior. Figures are engaged in the rituals of relaxation, surrounded by the paraphernalia of the table: pots, bottles, vases, flowers and fruit. His compositions evoke a state of pause and tranquility, sustained by simple and everyday pleasures. The paintings are sophisticated exercises in sumptuous colour and subtle tonalities. Rich passages of reds, blues and greens are played off against muted, earthy shades and ochre flesh tints. The flattened perspectives, fractured surfaces and graphic stylisations reference the cubism of Picasso and Juan Gris. There are echoes of Modigliani in the treatment of his female subjects and we can detect a homage to his ‘heroes’, Gaugin and Matisse, in his joyful and sensuous manipulation of colour. His female subjects are inscrutable, their mask-like faces evoking the Cyladic geometries of ancient goddesses. Their eyes are empty, lacking pupils, heightening a sense of otherness and archaic, mysterious attachments. These enigmatic figures express a theatricality of selfpresentation, which is deliberately seductive in its subtle evasion. Roldán’s paintings bask in the heat of Mediterranean sunshine and its associations of carefree delight. He makes a world of visual harmony. His is a sincere appreciation of the simple pleasures of the senses, which he asserts in a suitably stripped-down and shadowless painting language. The surface alone can be profound.


Meditando 2017 Oil on canvas 16 x 22 cm (6.3 x 8.6 in)


Esperando 2017 Oil on canvas 16 x 22 cm (6.3 x 8.6 in)


Camarera de dĂ­a 2018 Oil on canvas 38 x 46 cm (15 x 18.1 in)


Sobre fondo cobre 2017 Oil on canvas 22 x 27 cm (8.6 x 10.6 in)


La trastienda 2017 Oil and gold leaf on canvas 89 x 146 cm (35 x 57.4 in)


Mujer en amarillo 2017 Oil on canvas 46 x 38 cm (18.1 x 15 in)


Ojos negros 2018 Oil on canvas 22 x 16 cm (8.6 x 6.3 in)


Sesteando 2017 Oil on canvas 16 x 22 cm (6.3 x 8.6 in)


Mujer con kimono 2017 Oil on canvas 81 x 100 cm (31.8 x 39.3 in)


Zona privada 2018 Oil on canvas 40 x 81 cm (15.7 x 31.9 in)


Interior de dĂ­a 2017 Oil on board 28 x 34 cm (11 x 13.4 in)


ALFREDO ROLDÁN 1965

2006 Cartel Fine Art, Málaga

Born in Madrid

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2016

Albemarle Gallery, London

La female poser, Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, Marbella 2005 Albemarle Gallery, London

2015 Grand summer Exhibition, Albemarle Gallery, London

Collectiva de verano, Galeria Bernesga, León

Collectiva de verano, Galeria Mellado, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid

Art Palm Beach, Albemarle Gallery

Spring Collective, Albemarle Gallery, London

Fine Art Asia – Hong Kong, Albemarle Gallery

2004 Galería CC-22, Madrid Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, Marbella 2003 Albemarle Gallery, London

Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

Sammer Gallery, Miami

2002 Galería CC-22, Madrid

Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, Marbella

Stables Gallery, Ballymoney

2001

Galería Célia B. Guedj, Lyon

2013 Albemarle Gallery, London 2012 Figurative, Galería Puerta de Alcala’ Nude, Albemarle Gallery 2011 Albemarle Gallery, London Verano, Galería Mellado, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid Navidad, Galería Mellado, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid

Galería Hassold, Augsburg

Galería Granada Capital, Granada

Galería Mellado, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid

Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, Marbella

2000

Galería Célia B. Guedj, Lyon

Galería Hassold, Augsburg

Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, Marbella

2010 Galería CC-22, Madrid

Navidad 2010, Galería Mellado, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid

Figurativa Española, Albemarle Gallery, London

Galería Célia B. Guedj, Lyon

Luz y Color, Galería Mellado, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid

Galería CC-22, Madrid

Galería CC- 22, Madrid Sammer Gallery, Lanzarote

2014 Winter Collective, Albemarle Gallery, London

Galería Cartel, Granada

El eterno feminino, Galería Sánchez y Juan, Elche, Alicante

1999 Albemarle Gallery, London

1998 Albemarle Gallery, London Galería Célia B. Guedj, Lyon

Galería CC-22, Madrid

Coplan Gallery, Boca Ratón

Galería Sánchez y Juan, Elche, Alicante

The Victorian Gallery, Dallas

2009 Winter Show, Albemarle Gallery, London

Galería Aitor Urdangarin, Vitoria

Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London Verano, Galería CC-22, Madrid

2008 Miranda Galleries. Laguna Beach, California

Albemarle Gallery, London

Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

Summer Show, Albemarle Gallery, London

2007 Galería CC-22, Madrid

1997 Sammer Gallery, Puerto Banús, Marbella

Contemporary Art Exhibition, One Voice, Dubai

Sala Braulio II, Castellón

Albemarle Gallery, London Galería Aitor Urdangarin, Vitoria

1996 Albemarle Gallery, London

XII Cita con el dibujo, Galería Alfama, Madrid

Galería Célia B. Guedj, Lyon

Galería Rincón del Arte, La Coruña

1995 Galería Arles, Madrid

Club Zayas, Madrid

Sammer Gallery, Segovia


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