Karin Weber Gallery artist Alberto Reguera is an abstract artist who works in painting, sculpture and installation. The artist is well-known for his multi-layered, tactile works in rich tone and texture.Read More
A graduate in Modern History from the University of Valladolid, he moved to Paris to attend the contemporary art seminar L'Art du XXème siècle (École du Louvre). He also took part in the Actual Art Workshops at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, with contemporary masters such as Lucio Muñoz. Similarly, he was influenced by another of the most iconic of Spanish artists, Rafael Canogar, who selected Reguera to participate in a joint exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Seville, Spain, as part of the Relevos project (2002).
As he has woven together exhibitions and extended stays in Madrid and Paris, Reguera has held three solo exhibitions in Washington D.C., culminating in his participation as the only Spanish artist selected for Exhibit E in 2003.
When he first began to show his paintings in Asia in 2007, he had already started to build up the layers of volume, which by then were moving towards the medium of sculpture. A clear indication of this is the Sculpture Square of Singapore staging his project Beyond Form, which he subsequently presented at the City Hall of Hong Kong in 2010. In 2012, he moved beyond the limits of the canvas when he created, during a stay in Shanghai, two large expansive paintings for the CEIBS organisation for display in a building designed by I.M. Pei, where he then became artist in residence.
In that same year, Reguera showed one of his installation art paintings in the Place du Louvre, under the auspices of UNESCO and the Mairie du 1er as part of the Diversité Culturelle International Festival. In 2008, he took part in Assises, another official exhibition in the French capital, at the central office of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and later, in 2013, at the Paris Espace Eiffel 1 de L'École Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur. His exhibitions extend to other French-speaking capitals such as Brussels, where he exhibits regularly, as well as to galleries in London, Paris, Madrid, Lisbon and Hong Kong.
Reguera also documents his myriad travels through photography; prominent among these series are images from his trips to Norway (1998), Australia and New Zealand (2006 and 2007), with the latter becoming the basis for a solo exhibition at the Paris Cervantes Institute entitled Antipodas.
In 2015, the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), The University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong, organised an exhibition with a selection of Reguera's artworks that had been painted from 2001 to 2015, entitled Blue Expansive Landscape.
Reguera also participated in the exhibition Arte contemporáneo en Palacio. Pintura y escultura en las Colecciones Reales, organised by Spain's National Heritage, shown at the Royal Palace of Madrid in 2015–2016.
In 2016, the Esteban Vicente Museum of Segovia organised his first retrospective exhibition in Spain—Alberto Reguera: El Aura de la Pintura 1990–2015. In 2018, Reguera had his fifth solo show in Hong Kong, where he presented the pictorial performance Peaceful Mountain at the Karin Weber Gallery. In 2019 he exhibited at the collective exhibition, 'celebration the 20/20 years Karin Weber Gallery in Hong Kong'.
In 2019 he inaugurated the Hay Festival Segovia 2019 with the pictorial performance Stelae in Transformation, the result of which is permanently exhibited at the Municipal Library of Segovia. In this same year, he returned to Lisbon and gave a pictorial performance entitled Shadows of the Wind at the Instituto Cervantes of Lisbon. Reguera was selected for the 8th International Biennale of Beijing 2019 at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing.
In 2020 in Beijing he exhibited the expansive painting he had produced during his live performance at the Delegation of the European Union to China. The artist was inspired by the 38 European Cultural Routes presented to China in the form of an exhibition.
In 2021, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid organised a solo exhibition for him, entitled Alberto Reguera, Homage to Aert van der Neer. He also made a pictorial performance in said museum. This same year, he has been selected to participate in the 'Mostra Espanha 2021' in Lisbon, during the Autumn of 2021. Also, in 2021, he was the only Spanish artist selected to represent Spain, in the exhibition in Egypt, 'Cairo International Art District'.
His music collaborations have resulted in two performances—one in 1994 and another in 2001—at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam with the Dutch musician Bart Spaan, who composed and played two musical pieces inspired by his paintings. He also has collaborated with French poets Andrée Chedid and Gilles Mentré, and with Spanish poet Francisco Pino.
Among his most noteworthy prizes are honors from L'Académie des Beaux-Arts of L'Institut de France for the Young Painting competition in 1995 (La Bourse Annuelle de Peinture) and the Ojo Crítico presented by Radio Nacional de España in 2001.
Reguera's works are included in a number of significant public and private collections, including: the CEIBS Collection, Shanghai; Delegation for the European Union to China, Beijing; Consulate of Spain in Shanghai; Royal Collections of Spain's National Heritage, Madrid; OECD Collection, Paris; Marc Moyens Estate, Washington D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art of the City of Madrid; Juan March Foundation Museum, Palma, Spain; Testimoni Collection, La Caixa, Barcelona; M.Y. Foundation, Seoul, South Korea; Brigitte and Jacques Gairard Collection, France; Ph Delaunay Collection, Paris; Cynorrhodon-FALDAC, France; Contemporary Art Museum Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain; Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland; and the Junta de Castilla y León Collection, Spain.
Text courtesy Karin Weber Gallery.