Cristina BanBan is a UK based, Spanish figurative painter whose characterful and energetic works of regular people doing regular things was recognised at last year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition with the Arts Club Award for an artist under 35. ‘Pepperoni’ shows 2 friends chillin’ out with a take-away Pepperoni Pizza. The painting’s success lies in the coherence of all its properties; A dynamic composition with a strong diagonal; a fresh palette of colourist hues with a dramatic tonal range, and the sumptuousness of confidently applied acrylic and spray paint. I got in touch with Cristina to find out more about her work, and her other achievements in 2017.
Lisa: Congratulations for winning the Arts Club Award at last year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition! What does winning the prize mean to you and how has it affected your practice, if at all?
Cristina: It was a great achievement to be awarded with the Arts Club Prize as it was given to an artist exhibiting in the Summer Exhibition under the age of 35. It is one of the shows most visited in the year in the UK and it gave exposure to my work.
Lisa: How would you describe how 2017 has been in your artistic practice – what breakthroughs and set backs did you experience?
Cristina: It has been a busy year in which I have participated in eight group shows and two individual ones. I got to know lots of interesting people that were also interested in my work. This support encouraged me to keep exploring in the studio.
Lisa: Did you visit exhibitions this year? If so which were your favourite and why?
Cristina: David Hockney at Tate Britain and Basquiat at the Barbican. I loved seeing some of Hockney’s early paintings and how he has continued changing his style and ways of working trough the years.
And I enjoyed very much “Boom for Real” as it is a retrospective that introduces JMB’s work alongside pictures, film and different objects that give the audience a feeling of his life and times.
Lisa: Do you have a plan of what you might hope to achieve creatively in 2018?
Cristina: I am in the process of experimenting again. I hope to explore new ways within figuration and to feel pleased with the results.
Lisa: What art material have you loved above all others this year?
Cristina: Painting on linen.
Lisa: What has been the most important creative lesson you have learned in 2017?
Cristina: To be organized and to have a clear idea of what I want to get from a show or collaboration.
Lisa: What work were you most proud of this year and why?
Cristina: “Pepperoni” and “Cala Break” as they are two pieces where I managed to experiment and feel satisfied about the composition and style.
Lisa: Do you have any exhibition plans in the pipeline for 2018?
Cristina: I will be in the Group Show “Form” at Cob Gallery, London. The Private view is on the 16th February. The show is on 14th February – 10th March.
I’m also in a 2-artist show called “Specially Normal” at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, with Audun Alvestad. The show is on from the 29th March – 28th April, and the Private View is on the 28th March.
I will also be showing paintings at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery stand at Art Brussels, 19th – 22nd April 2018.
Lisa: Where online or in the flesh can we view more of your work?
Header Image: Cristina BanBan – portrait by Erola Arcalis (http://www.erolaarcalis.com/)