Antonio Ballester Moreno

Sol, 2021

The act of cutting is a fundamental part of Antonio Ballester Moreno’s practice. His paintings based on a language of reduced shapes and primary colors are born, like his sculptures, through the sharp blade of a pair of scissors followed by a play of variation and juxtaposition in the format of small collages – carefully composed prefigures for paintings on raw jute. Despite previously working with objects such as ceramic or clay, his new sculptures are part of a group of works for which sculptural autonomy is characteristic. Based on cardboard maquettes, regardless of the work‘s fabricated nature, Ballester Moreno’s steel sculptures emphasize their hand-made potential, leaving behind the obvious gesture of the uneven cut of an otherwise mechanically produced object.

Reminiscent of cardboard color sheets cut into primary shapes derived from nature, such as clouds, the sun, the moon, or half-moon, open a play of opposition, highlighting the dichotomies of nature, while creating a formal connection with the 20th-century avant-gardes, a frequent reference of Ballester Moreno’s work. In terms of juxtaposing color and form, the play of positive and negative can be perceived as a reference to the passage of time and the cycle of life, moving from day to night, from moon to sun, from sun to cloud (…).

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.