García de Marina
Born in Spain in 1975, García de Marina surfaced from undergoing a deep transformation in 2010. A slumbering passion for photography broke through his privacy, and started a sparkling career characterized by photographic reflection, in sharp contrast to the author’s restless nature. In less than a year García de Marina gave in to a devotion for photography, unveiled his rare photographic gaze on social networking sites, and presented his work in various exhibitions. After a largely unassuming and unquestioning life, photography involves a change of personal outlook in a context of the economic and social crisis.
This Poet of the Prosaic made the leap from social networking to the galleries in a few months’ time. His creativity has not gone unnoticed in the Spanish as well as the foreign media, having his work published in several countries in the world. He has made a number of individual exhibitions and taken part in different collective exhibits, in addition to diverse art fairs. His lens is profoundly irreverent with the real: it seeks to transform and stamp objects with new identities; it challenges the obvious, and pays heed to the grandeur of the everyday. The bareness of his photography endows objects with a leading role, while they are stripped of their essence to be reinvented.
It seeks to lend intensity and emotion to a piece of cutlery or a match, or to tell a story, its own story, with an eggshell. The artist does not carry out any photographic manipulation on the images, but transfigures his subjects by setting up scenarios, and searches for the best angle to take a picture of them. From the minimalist perspective, the inventiveness of his gaze lays claim to another reality. From observation we may create, from imagination we may innovate.
In 2015 he was one of the chosen ones by the Spanish Embassy to participate in the “Photo Week Washington D.C.”. In 2017, the Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla León in Spain (MUSAC) selected three of his pieces for the “Constellations” exhibition, experimental poetry in Spain (1963-2016), where for the first time, the presence of visual and experimental poetry in Spain from the 1960s to the present is addressed.
During the last years the artist has participated in some Festivals of photography, in Spain and abroad as Photo Week D.C. in Washington (2015), Photo Romania Festival (2015), Photometria Festival in Greece (2016), Festival of the light in Argentina (2016), Bucharest Foto Week (2016), Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia (2016), Uppsala Foto Festival in Sweden (2017) and Yangon Photo Festival in Myanmar (2018).
In 2018 presented his exhibition “Diálo2” in the Barjola´s Museum in Spain together with one the most important visual poets of the 20th century in Spain, Joan Brossa.
His photographic work is represented by different Art Galleries in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Taiwan and South Africa.
García de Marina gives talks and workshops about creativity and how to develop it, talking about creative processes generation of ideas, imagination and ways of thinking.