b. 1978, Madrid, Spain
The work of María García-Ibáñez displays a simplicity of lines, purity and elegance that almost betrays the deep discourse and moral dilemmas that are embodied in her work. María’s works reflect a marriage, a reconciliation between science and aesthetics, contemporary digital techniques and traditional craftsmanship, the views of the old and the ‘new’ worlds, the anatomical construction of the human body and its soul, strength and vulnerability.
Fascinated with anatomical constructions and organic forms she buried herself in the understanding of underlying structures, cells, veins, roots, anatomical and geographical maps, the different scales of the territory, issues that ultimately imply a revision of the origin, from a spatial and psychological point of view. Questioning them, dissecting them and then reconstructing their essence and layers with a deeply feminine aesthetic style.
In her past projects, Maria tackles themes related to identity as related to mobility, belonging, the different scales of the territory, issues that ultimately imply a revision of the origin, from a spatial and psychological point of view.
Drawing, is an essential part of María’s process and the base that supports her body of works. It drawing that allows her to open up a propositional discourse, which surfaces in a more or less intuitive form, that explores elements such as the ordering of the earth layers, the orography, the historical distribution of human settlements, and the histologic sections of tissues and organs, anatomy or landscape.
María lives between her native Spain and Mexico, where she currently works. She has participated in a number of cultural projects and has held solo and collective exhibitions in Asia, Europe and Mexico. As a young artist, she was recognised and broadly supported with several production grants including the residence grant for creators from Ibero-America supported by the main Cultural Councils and Foreign Affairs ministries of Spain and Mexico. María was invited to participate in Mystical Path, one of the most striking exhibitions curated by Gonzalo Ortega at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey (MARCO). In 2015, her work Molecule was one of the 65 selected works – amongst 3,487 inscribed – for the XI FEMSA Bienal, one of the most recognised biennales in the Americas.
Puerta Roja represents María García-Ibáñez in Asia since 2012.