Néstor Sanmiguel Diest at Maisterravalbuena

Artist: Néstor Sanmiguel Dies

Exhibition title: Cómo engañar a las tormentas despegando al atardecer sin luces

Venue: Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain

Date: February 18 – April 15, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Maisterravalbuena

Maisterravalbuena is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Néstor Sanmiguel Diest in the gallery. This exhibition brings together Néstor Sanmiguel Diest’s works from a period in which he focused on the ‘mother forms’ research (1993-1997), a whole universe of pure and primary abstractions. These abstractions are entities he has stripped of all superficial or accidental features, and are found in space as biomorphic beings that we somehow recognize as part of our individual and universal identity. ‘Mother forms’ first appeared in 1993 when the artist started taking interest in formal containers, putting contents aside. This approach is connected to a trend followed by some artists from the historical avant-garde. It is an imaginary that evolves from surreal aesthetics, evoking creatures and sexual devices, to an abstraction towards pure shapes, like a circumference.

At this point, a personal metalanguage arose to tell stories, thoughts, characters, etc, by using symbols (a sleeping woman, an angel, stars…), curved and linear structures, as well as vivid and monochrome colours, with the graphic and geometric rigour usually present in his work.

In 1997 a new stage began: the artist started ‘polluting’ his creations by introducing these pristine shapes in formally complex paragraphs where text gained, for the first time, visual and narrative importance. Sanmiguel created a hybrid code that would mark his subsequent work, in which symbols and language complement each other.

Néstor Sanmiguel’s definitive style, starting in 1999, cannot be understood without his previous tendency towards shape, the container itself endowed with symbology.

Most of the pieces here shown have never been exhibited before; therefore, this exhibition is crucial when it comes to assessing the importance of these years in the artist’s creations.

Néstor Sanmiguel Diest (Zaragoza, 1949) has exhibited at Museo Reina sofía, Madrid, Spain; MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; MUSAC, León, Spain, among others

His works are place in numerous collections such as Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; MACBA, Barcelona; Colección Banco de España; MUSAC, León; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Unión FENOSA; Fundación Barrié, Galicia; Grupo Endesa, Madrid; The Power Plant Collection, Toronto, Canada; Colección DKV, Spain; Colección de Arte Contemporáneo Caja de Burgos, Burgos; Museo de La Rioja, Logroño; Fundaciò Rafael Tous d´Art Contemporani, Barcelona

Nestor Sanmiguel Diest, Espía rosa, 1996. Acrylic on canvas (cotton). 195 x 140 cm

Nestor Sanmiguel Diest, Mujer entrando en el jardín, 1995. Lacquer, acrylic and aniline on canvas. 175 x 200 cm

Nestor SanmiguelDiest, Truco guerrillero, 1995, Acrylic, pumice powder, canvas, 65x92cm

Nestor Sanmiguel Diest, Un nenúfar en el pulmón derecho o cómo cerrar un laberinto, 1993. Lacquer and acrylic on canvas. 81 x 140 cm