Nubes (fondo azul)

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Nubes (fondo azul), 2022

The work of Antonio Ballester Moreno is unconditionally tied with the theme of nature. However, nature for Ballester Moreno is not a place of environmental scrutiny but instead a symbol of a universal language, free of cultural segregation. It is a place of inclusion, a place of common, a world that we all share. Making the formal language of nature, a world of reduced shapes, forms, and colors the point of departure of his work, Ballester Moreno explores the symbolic world beyond the borders of traditional language.

The cloud, an organic shape in the otherwise, mostly geometry-driven practice of the artist, defines Ballester Moreno’s recent group of works. Depicted in multiple and always transforming forms, the cloud becomes a symbol of movement and time. Represented in contrasting combinations of positive and negative, these works echo the passage of time through evoking biological transitions from day to night, thus highlighting the dichotomies of nature while creating a formal connection with the 20th-century avant-gardes, a frequent reference of Ballester Moreno’s work. The work of Jean Arp and the organic shapes that define Arp’s practice is especially pertinent here. Rejecting traditional bourgeois values, Arp was to create an abstract language that would, in its essence, be a more accurate reproduction of reality as its generative principles would echo the principles of nature.

Antonio Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid. His work has been exhibited at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; 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 Collection, 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 other.