In spite of the formal precision of his painting, the conceptual weight of Pere Llobera’s work has always been one of the chief traits of his painting. A meta-referential analysis of his craft focused as much on the dysfunctionality of the pictorial activity as on its power to liberate. A useless and euphoric power – conveying everything that exists onto canvas is wonderful, but it is of no use – that turns the painter into a survivor who cannot help himself and must go on painting.
Pere Llobera (b.1970, based in Barcelona) was a resident of Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) in 2006 and 2007. His solo shows include Pere Llobera, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Acció, Bombon projects, Barcelona, Supuració etílica de la pedra, MNAC, Barcelona, Viafarini Kunsthalle, Milan; Tongerlohuys museum, Roosendal or ‘Unter dem Pantoffel stehen Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam. He has shown in group shows at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; CaixaForum, Barcelona; KolnShow2, Colonia; Kranenburg Museum, Bergen; Biennial of Thessaloniki or Platform for Visual arts, Tilburg, among others. Most of his most relevant installations -Palacio ¿Real? / Vera Icon / Todo Hiper- have been shown at alternative spaces.