I have recently discovered the paintings of Spanish artist Maria Fatjo Pares who lives and works in Barcelona. She works with oils and though not formally trained has developed a very distinctive style and has exhibited both in Spain and internationally.
Maria states that one of her main influences is the Barcelonian artist Pere Torne-Esquius (1879-1936). She also says that she seeks to appeal to children and adults equally, creating an ‘art for all’. She paints scenes from everyday Spanish and Catalonian life while sometimes taking inspiration from other cultures and traditions.
What strikes me about much of her work is the richness of content and colour along with a compositional simplicity that creates a kind of peaceful serenity. For Maria the process of experimenting with colour never dies. She says that with painting ‘there is always something to discover, painting is always about experimenting: it is work in progress.’
Maria will be exhibiting some of her artwork in London at the Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall on Kings Road (sat 1st June to 2nd June). Below is a selection of her artwork.