Born in 1976, Madrid
Leaves and works in Madrid Spain)
Carlos Tárdez (Madrid, 1976) is a multidisciplinary artist who could be framed in figurative
art but with the added bonus that his paintings hide a deep symbolic layer behind an appearance
of everyday life. As Tárdez himself explains, «My work is born out of my experiences. I try to
always keep in mind the banality of what I do, because only from unpretentious sincerity does t
he idea arise. Every day new elements appear and reappear. That’s why I don’t set myself any
objectives. I paint out of an inner need. It is from my own work that new questions arise, new projects».
Both in painting and sculpture, he has achieved a high level of quality that has earned him,
among many other awards, the BMW Medal of Honor in 2010 and 2018.
Both in his paintings and his in sculptures there are mythological connotations, double meanings
and great irony in the reinterpretations of everyday scenes and objects.
This fact is particularly evident in his sculpture (in this case, in addition to the polychrome resins,
there are also pieces made of bronze), where he uses a preconceived idea or an object associated
with a meaning and turns it upside down.
On the canvas he tries to express the idea in the most direct way possible, his pictorial technique
and the realism employed are careful, generating simple and emphatic compositions in which
emptiness takes on a meaning and, in many cases, carries the conceptual weight in a treatment of s
pace that drinks directly from abstract painting.
Color also has a direct relationship with the distribution of space, atmosphere and depth. The
psychological influence and symbolic value of color are given great importance. It is also common
to see horizontal or vertical bands of matt black appearing in his paintings that delimit the space.
It is a symbolic figuration, with a series of resources that have enriched its own iconography.
The title of each of the works suggests and reinforces the idea on many occasions, always leaving
open the subjective interpretation of the viewer.
Sometimes, animals become the protagonists of his paintings, he uses them to represent feelings or
vital moments. The choice of the animal is related to the preconceived idea we have of that animal to d
escribe everyday situations. In short, he looks for an analogy in the traits of his animality that serves to
express human feelings and situations.
Each animal evokes in the artist a series of sensations. The bird as a symbol of freedom, fragility,
the retained movement, but also, and especially the sparrow, as a social element, of city and country,
which interacts and is one and many as part of the mass. The monkey as the human animal. Last step
towards the human being. It is cousin by primate and it is cousin by family. Special importance is given
to the postures, the reflective look and the hands.