Raúl Lara Naranjo (Morón de la Frontera, Seville, Spain, (1980). Like every child, Raúl showed determination in his first scribbles and soon his parents observed how he spent hours in front of hundreds of papers that he painted and painted, doing everything kind of drawings.
That motivated him to be enrolled in painting classes at an academy at the age of 9 so that he could learn about the fundamentals of pictorial art. Thanks to these classes, he began in the oil technique and began to make his first paintings for family and friends, always in small formats. From that moment his training has been self-taught, guided by inspiration, by the hours and hours in front of countless canvases, by the readings he has done, by videos, online information ... Almost all his knowledge about painting has been the result of his interest, his passion, his curiosity and desire to learn, and above all, his innate quality for painting. Now in his maturity, not only vital but pictorial, he manages to capture in his painting all that learning, which continues to develop day by day,
In the beginning, his painting was always classic and realistic: seascapes, still lifes, Andalusian patios ... Little by little, always self-taught and inspired by contemporary artists, he began to explore more modern techniques, alternating various media such as oils, acrylics, pastels or various inks up to the transfer of images, with which he achieves that characteristic result that gives his work that unique appearance. greater expressiveness to the paintings and alternating various mediums such as oils, acrylics, pastels or various inks.
My recent work explores the two parts that we all have, the "I" that we show and the interior, the one that only we fully know, the hidden one.
Mark Twain said that every man is a moon with a hidden face that never shows anyone. I represent this on the canvas first whistling in a more or less classic way, using oils and acrylics, this would be the face we show. Once finished and properly dried, I transfer the image used as a painting motif onto the canvas, resulting in a black and white image. This creates a work that navigates between color and black and white, the thin and smooth layer of paint versus the textured and broken caused by the transfer of the image and the mediums used for the same. This idea is clearly extrapolated to the use we give to social networks and the difference between our lives "offline" and "online" where in many cases not everything is as it seems
Although I was trained briefly in painting as an adolescent at an academy in Spain, I´m primarily a self-taught artist.I like exploring diferents techniques and mediums.
Artisspectrum Magazine Volume 29
Saatchi Art Fall Catalog Second Edition October 2019
Saatchi Art Fall Catalog September 2019
Saatchi Art Spring Catalog May 2019
Editorial Planeta 2019 "Elegy for an American" by Siri Hustvedt
Syrtari Books 2020 “Ταυτοπροσωπίες” by Βιργινία Παπατρέχα
Rowohlt Verlag 2020 “Es ist immer so schön mit dir” by Heinz Strunk
Burnt Orange City
Piolas Workshops (Podcast)
2020 Affordable Art Fair Battersea represented by Eclectic Gallery London (UK)
2020 Online Affordable Art Fair represented by Eclectic Gallery London (UK)
2020 Eclectic Gallery 66 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London (UK)
2020 Range of Arts Gallery 7 Rue des Capucins, Honfleur, (France)
2019 START Art fair Saatchi Gallery London (United Kingdom)
2019 Galerie Montmartre 11, Place Du Tertre Paris (France)
2019 Versatile Art Lisbon (Portugal)
2017 Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street London (UK)
2016 VEDO Corporate Art Exhibition London (United Kingdom)
2015 Selected artist to participate in International Art Fair Barcelona Artbaho 2015 (Spain)
2014 Selected artist to participate in International Art Fair Roma Romart 2015 (Italy)
2013 Seville Plaza de la Encarnación s / n Seville (Spain)
2013 Elements of Abstractition Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street New York, NY (United States)
2012 Portals of Perception Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street New York, NY (United States)
2010 House of Culture Morón de la Frontera, Seville (Spain)