Oviedo, 1987

Iván Baizán

It was music and extracurricular painting classes that led Iván Baizán (Oviedo, 1980) to opt for the artistic field at a time when making decisions was something that would define “your future forever.” After a brief step in the history of art and getting degree in Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca, the search had just begun. On his return trip he attended a Higher Cycle of Engraving and Stamping Techniques, at the Oviedo School of Arts, where he discovered the many possibilities of expression that he had within reach. Today, this artist is consolidated in a trajectory that evolves safely towards an increasingly conscious work, where the screen printing and the preference towards the three-dimensional stand out in his creation.

In an intuitive way: this is how he gets carried away at the beginning of each new project he faces, from the flat to the relief and from the multiple to the unique. Like El Lissitzky and his Prouns, Iván Baizán “becomes a builder of a new universe of objects.” A neosuprematist who uses the foundations of industrial and graphic design where geometric shapes establish an intermediate state between painting and architecture. In these processes, both manual and digital, his language is developed in an exhaustive technical planning, inherent to his sculptural formation, which results in increasingly more tenuous installations.

In the course of his creative activity, he thinks, experiences and catches imaginary elements and visual realities that push us to surreal territories turning the work of art into an urban act in itself. Individuals in transit are present in geographies and landscapes conditioned by an environment in search of identities that give meaning to their world. In “You are not here” the basic elements of the architecture act in a clean and polished series following an introspective and aesthetic itinerary at the same time. Planes, axes, optical and tactile frameworks generate geopsychological spaces that expand and contract generating a sensation of weightless movement. Volume, mass, color and rhythm are displayed through serigraphs on polystyrene and paper, originating sections and circuits inhabited by human figures, fragile and depersonalized.