Mónica Trastoy

Mónica Trastoy

Barcelona, Spain

About Mónica Trastoy

I'm a visual artist from Spain, now living and working between two places, Barcelona and Vilalba (Lugo). I am interested in working with the structural elements of painting to create an image that extends beyond the frame edges. I use the wall as a large canvas on which I place in different media and formats to take advantage of specific space characteristics.The painting in this way makes the viewer see the wall as a part of it.
At this moment I have two projects in progress:
The first one called "Drawing" is a project where I use different kinds of paper and foam board to
make pictures without using traditional drawing materials. I draw different ideas and structures drawn with a fine needle.Sometimes I draw with white and black thread and an invisible nylon too.
In the second project called "Light", I use LED lights in the pictures, to create paintings to make a dialogue with the space in which the different shades of light creates an extension of the picture outside the frame. Wood frames, foam board on the surface and light within the painting, are the three basic elements that used to work.
I believe that a picture is better than words. Please see my work in my web site (specially Gallery and News):
www.monicatrastoy.com

Education

1999 -Bachelor in Fine Arts. Painting. Pontevedra. University of Vigo(Spain).
2001 -Degree “Alternatives around draw”. Pontevedra. University of Vigo (Spain)

Events

2019
-Wearable art. Art-a-porter 's in Le Galeriste. Montreal.
Check the link:
https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/monica.trastoy

Online exhibition, text by Ingrid Werder:
https://www.unykform.com/journal/monica-trastoy

2017
-Solo exhibition: Light & Lines. Balaguer Gallery, Barcelona. Opening 5th May.
-Art Libris. Art Book Fair. Barcelona, 21, 22, 23, April

2016
-Opening 7th October. Experimenta 10 + 1. Cultural Center Marcos Valcárcel. Ourense. Spain.
-Espazo Aberto. (8th, 9th October), Black.QuierOtraVaca. Intervention. Castro de Rei. Lugo. Spain.
-IX Premi Salou de Recerca Pictòrica. Cultural Center. Torre Vella. Salou (Painting award) From 16th July to 18 september 2016.
http://premisaloupintura.blogspot.com.es/p/press.html
-24 Premio Internacional de Gráfica Máximo Ramos. (Art Award). Torrrente Ballester Art Center. Ferrol. A Coruña. From 10th June 2016.
http://www.centrotorrenteballester.com/ctb_web/actuales/
-Handmade holidays show. Jeffrey Meier Gallery. Lamberville. New Jersey.
-9 Auditorio de Galicia Prize. Auditorio de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela. from 11th March to 25th September 2016.
See the catalog:
http://www.e-auditoriodegalicia.net/premios2015/#
-ART-A-PORTER. In this link you could see and buy Fashion with my Blacks!!!
www.art-a-porter.com/en/monica.trastoy
2015
-International Painting award Guasch Coranty Foundation. Barcelona. Tecla Sala. L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona (From 25th June to 26th July)
See the catalog: http://guaschcoranty.com/download_file/view/284.PDF

-"Dark Matter" Group exhibition. Winter Show. Opening Saturday, February 21st. 6-9pm. Jeffrey Meier Gallery. Lambertville. New Jersey.

2014
- VIII Premi Salou de Recerca Pictórica. Tarragona. Spain.(Opening 26 july at 20.00. Torre Vella. Salou. Tarragona. Spain)
- 13 Mostra Internacional Gas Natural Fenosa. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa. A Coruña (Opening 28 Jluy, 20:00. MAC, Coruña. Spain)

Exhibitions

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
-Online exhibition, text by Ingrid Werder:
https://www.unykform.com/journal/monica-trastoy

2017
-Solo exhibition: Light & Lines. Balaguer Gallery, Barcelona. Opening 5th May.
-Art Libris. Art Book Fair. Santa Mónica Art´s Center. Barcelona.

2016 - Elements. Juncture Project space. Curated by Jeelan Bilal-Gore
2013 -"Liñas de luz". MIHL Museum. Lugo.
2002 -”Discontinuo”. Art space. Caja Madrid. Pontevedra.
2001 -”De (Marco) En (Cuadro) “Miradas Virxes”. Torrente Ballester Art Center. Ferrol. A Coruña.
-”Serie De (Marco) En (Cuadro)”. Sala de Exposiciones de El Correo Gallego. Santiago de Compostela.
99/97 -“Espacios Alternativos”. Plan Municipal de Arte Joven. Pontevedra´s council.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 - Espazo aberto. QuierOtraVaca, Mónica Trastoy and Luis Moscardó. Castro de Rei. Lugo.
- Experimenta 10 + 1. Cultural Center Marcos Valcárcel. Ourense. Spain.
- IX Premi Salou de Recerca Pictòrica. Cultural Center Torre Vella. Salou. Tarragona. Spain. (Painting award)
-24 Premio Internacional de Gráfica Máximo Ramos. (Art Award). Torrrente Ballester Art Center. Ferrol. A Coruña.
- Handmade holidays show. Jeffrey Meier Gallery. Lamberville. New Jersey.
- 9ºAuditorio de Galicia Prize. Santiago de Compostela.(*)

2015 - Bauhaus Collection on Saatchi Art´s homepage, curated by Jessica McQueen.
- Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize.The Tecla Sala Metropolitan Cultural Centre of L’Hospitalet. Barcelona.(*)
- Dark Matter. Jeffrey Meier Gallery. Lamberville. New Jersey.
- Saatchiart Showdown: The painted world.
- The New Abstract Works Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- Works on Paper for $500 or Less Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, curated by Jessica McQueen.
- Originals for $1000 and under Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, curated by Rebecca Wilson.

2014 - 13 Mostra Internacional Gas Natural Fenosa. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa.
(MAC). A Coruña. (International Art Award)(*)
- Participation in the "Co.nexa" installation LOOKS OF WOMEN FESTIVAL: "Now we",Archaeological Museum of Cacabelos. (MARCA)
- VIII Premi Salou de Recerca Pictòrica. Tarragona. Spain (Painting award)(*)
-10 Artists to discover in Spain Collection on Saathi Art's homepage, curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- New This Week 11-17-2014 Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- Affordable Originals for $500 and Under Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage, curated by Bridget Carron.

2013 - Art Fair "Cuarto Público". NH Obradoiro. Santiago de Compostela. Spain.
- Black & White and Shades of Grey. September. Saatchionline collection. Los Angeles.
- Creamos(nós) II. Exhibition room Cenima. Foz. Lugo. Spain.
- White Hot. August. Saatchionline Collection. Los Angeles.
- The Shape of Things: Geometric Collection. Saatchionline Collection. Los Angeles.
- Estudio Aberto II. Diputación de Lugo. Pazo de San Marcos.(*)
- June.Originals for $500 & under. Saatchionline collection curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- Maximum Minimalism. Saatchionline collection curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- XXI Premi Telax. Reus. Tarragona. Spain
- XI Bienal "Pintor Laxeiro". Lalín. Pontevedra. Spain.(*)
- Geometric. Saatchionline Collection. Los Angeles.
- Collage. Saatchionline collection curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- Art from Spain. Saatchionline collection curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- In living color. Saatchionline Showdow.
- January. Originals under $500. Saatchionline collection curated by Rebecca Wilson.
- The New Minimalist. Saatchionline collection curated by Rebecca Wilson.