The works of Antonio Ballester Moreno (b. 1977, Madrid) point to a world of primary colours and childish forms where materials like unprocessed jute or clay yield an oeuvre of singular beauty and austere shapes. Ballester Moreno’s artistic practice is a convergence of various themes, including that of the education and learning that has enabled him to create a symbolic world where everything is connected. Ballester Moreno creates process-oriented works – paintings, collages and ceramics – that materialise through the repetitive gesture of handcrafted geometries. Through his application of simplistic yet determined shapes and colors, he develops a personal vocabulary, upon which he builds a world of subtle variances and symbolic compositions. While his approach is rooted in abstraction, his works evoke histories of pattern, craft and folklore culture, which are all tied to the field of nature.
Antonio Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid. His work has been exhibited at La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico; and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain; among others. In 2018 Ballester Moreno co-curated and participated in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo. His work is in the collections of the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Art Situacions, Barcelona, Spain; DKV Collection, Spain; Banco de España Collection, Spain; Olor Visual Collection, Barcelona, Spain; CA2M–Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain; MUSAC–Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain; Olbricht Collection, Berlin; Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany; and the Jerry Speyer Collection, New York; among others.