Repetitive strokes subtle linear patterns or reticular build frames that recall the prints textile yarn, but also scrambled channels of video, a digital tapestries and even electroencephalographic meters. Looking at these paintings they converge dual impressions of precision and lyricism, textured warmth and cold calculation, the result of artisanal procedure (pen color on canvas) that achieves a highly accurate result. The pulse of the artist materializes on the canvas as calligraphic transcription purely mental, free even of linguistic codes. The work happens by harmonic assembly hand and thought. Salo defies the classic oppositions between drawing and color, between gesture and color field, while facilitates the meeting between Eastern and Western mystical traditions. Is the viewer will either interpretive trail from his contemplative experience. By Anna Adell

Joan Saló Armengol

Igualada, Spain, 1983
Lives and works in Berlin and Barcelona

EDUCATION

2006-07 Course in painting at Academia di Belle Arti di Bologna - IT

2006 Bachelor in Fine Arts by University of Barcelona - ES

2004-05 Exchange course in Fine Arts University of Seville - ES

SOLO SHOWS

2016 “Hic-Stans”, N2 Gallery, Barcelona - ES*

2015 “Nunc-Stans”, Maurizio Caldirola Gallery, Milan (Monza) - IT*

2014 “Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur”, CCA Espai, Andratx - ES

2013 “Radiance”, N2 Gallery, Barcelona - ES

2010 “Monadism”, Mustang Art Gallery, Elx - ES

2007 “Cromo-zona”, Kgallery, Milan (Legnano) - IT*

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016 “Espectros Visibles”, Combustión Espontánea, Madrid - ES

2015 “10th anniversary”, N2 Gallery, Barcelona - ES
2015 “Open Call”, Griffin Gallery, London - UK
2015 “Above and Below”, Galerie Derouillon, Paris - FR

2014 “Premio Lissone”, Lissone Contemporary Art Museum, Lissone - IT
2014 “Entangled” with Yotaro Niwa, Vesselroom, Berlin - DE
2014 “Nit de l’Art” in collaboration with CCA, Andratx - ES
2014 “Nit de l’Art” in collaboration with CCA, Palma de Mallorca - ES

2014 “Shuffle"Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin - DE
2014 “Artelateral”, Lateral Velázquez, Madrid - ES
2014 “Emergencia Showroom”, Barcelona - ES
2014 “Group show” Invaliden 1, Berlin - DE

2013 PictoBcn, Hangar, Barcelona - ES
2013 ”XV International Call”Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia - ES
2013 Rioja Parliament, Logroño – ES
2013 “Catalan Contemporary art Biennial”, Itinerary group show - ES

2012 “Autumn Reception”, Carmichael Gallery, New York - US
2012 “Surf”, The White Gallery, Milano - IT
2012 “The Stream of no unconciousness”, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin - DE
2012 “Group show”, Rotebetkunst, Berlin - DE
2012 “Catalan Contemporary art Biennial”, Itinerary group show - ES*
2012 V.A.M. with oficina36, Barcelona - ES

2011 “Wallpaper”, AD Gallery, Barcelona - ES
2011 “Sans Soleil”, SIM Gallery, curated by Pablo Marte, Berlin - DE
2011 “Random”, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin - DE

2010 “Trazos”, N2 Gallery, Barcelona - ES
2010 Ignacio Lassaletta Gallery, Barcelona - ES
2010 Subsuelo Atelier, Berlin - DE
2010 The White Gallery, Milano - IT

2009 “New Traditions”, Stone Gallery, Dublin - IE
2009 “Wake up”, The White Gallery, Milano - IT

2008 Museu del Montsià, Amposta - ES
2008 “Saló/Forese” The White Gallery, Milano - IT
2008 Centre d’art Tecla Sala, Barcelona - ES
(*catalogue)

2007 NewCity Art Gallery, Long Island City, NYC - NY

ARTFAIRS

2016 Art Market Hamptons with Michele Mariaud Gallery, NY - US
2016 Art Market San Francisco with Michele Mariaud Gallery - CA
2016 ArteFiera Bologna with Maurizio Caldirola Gallery, Bologna - IT

2015 ArteFiera Bologna with Maurizio Caldirola Gallery, Bologna - IT
2015 AAF, with Michele Mariaud Gallery, NYC - US

2013 SWAB, International Art Fair Barcelona, with Oblyon - ES
2013 JUSTMAD with N2 gallery, Madrid – ES

2012 SWAB, International Art Fair Barcelona with N2gallery - ES

2009 ArteBrescia,with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT
2009 Kunstart, International Art Fair of Bolzano - IT

2008 ArteBrescia,with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT
2008 Artefirenze, with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT
2008 Kunstart, International Art Fair of Bolzano - IT
2008 Arteparma, with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT
2008 Artegenova, with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT
2008 Artepadova, with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT
2008 Bergamo Arte Fiera, with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT

2007 Immagina with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery, Reggio Emilia – IT
2007 Contemporanea with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery, Forli – IT
2007 Artepadova, with Valente Artecontemporanea Gallery– IT

AWARDS & COLLECTIONS

2015 Honor Mention Award, Liquitex Price, London - UK

2014 Finalist in “Premio Lissone”, Lissone - IT

2013 Shortlisted in 100 Painters of Tomorrow Book - UK
2013 Shortlisted in Beers Lambert Open Call, London - UK
2013 “Cafe dossier” portfolio presentation, Tabacalera, Madrid - ES
2013 XV International Call, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia - ES
2013 Finalist in Rioja National Art Award - ES
2013 Shortlisted in Torres-Garcia Award, Mataró - ES

2012 Finalist in the Catalan Contemporary art biennial - ES
2012 Finalist in SWAB International Art Fair Barcelona award - ES

2008 Purchase prize in “Bienal de arte ciudad de Amposta” - ES
2008 Finalist in Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize - ES

2007 Shortlisted in Torres-Garcia Award, Mataró - ES

2006 First prize in Arte in Artegna “Presente Futuro” 7a edition - IT

Pascual Ros Aguilar Foundation
Artegna City Council
European Society of Radiology

PUBLICATIONS

2015 Matt Rota: The Art of Ballpoint - US
2013 PictoBcn (Barcelona painting archive) - ES
2011 Rojo magazine. “ROJO ZEHN 10th year anniversary” - BR
2010 ”Monadism” edited by Base Atelier texts by Eleazar Rodríguez - UK
2007 Rojo magazine. “ROJO SEIS tremble much further” - BR
2006 Rojo magazine. “ROJO VINT vers al vent” - BR