Eduardo Ralita (b. Barcelona, 1967) is a Spanish self-taught painter, in the informalist tradition of mixing matter, poor materials, and paint, three-dimensionally and with expressive gestures. He was educated in England where he trained and practiced architecture, and has lived and worked in Spain, UK, Malta, the US, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan. He is currently based in Cambodia. As early as 1992, he exhibited at the La Valetta Fina Art Museum a series of works strongly influenced by Jackson Pollock's dripping technique. The main piece was a map of the United States made out of broken and axed timber planks splashed over with multi-chromatic drips. The drama, materiality, and energy of the artist's work were already manifest, as was his affinity for abstract expressionism, cultural critique, and the blurring of sculpture and painting; as if the flat surface of a canvas was not enough to contain emotions. For Eduardo Ralita, painting is a physical, sensual experience; he searches compulsively for a plastic expressiveness devoid of conceptual masks.

On his Works on Paper, the artist says: "I experiment with subtle color-field transparencies and calligraphy to transmit vibrancy and depth with a splashed element of surprise over masking tape folds."

On his Burlaps: "I seek a stronger and more lasting impact to transmit the tragedy and drama of existence with their highly textured and layered presence, almost pulsating, to hypnotize and elevate towards the spiritual."



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