Jaime Valtierra (b. Spain, 1979) is a painter based in London, UK. He studied painting and printmaking at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (1995-2000), and completed a National Diploma in Illustration and Graphic Design at the ESDIP in the same city in 2001. In 2005 he gained a Masters Diploma (Postgraduate) at the Royal Drawing School, London.
Since his arrival in the UK in 2001 he has combined a regular studio painting practice with sporadic incursions into other disciplines that include performance, installation and video. He has exhibited his work in the UK and across Europe.
His painting practice is an intellectual and emotional reaction to the world around him. It explores a personal and imaginative vision of the self and its relation to place and to others. In his paintings and drawings he creates images from memory that represent and comment on particular lived events of personal significance. The works function as vehicle for an intimate search of meaning and identity, also to become models of social critique and reflexions on larger themes. He is particularly concerned with the analysis of essential human desires and beliefs in relation to a specific cultural context, and its articulation as form/content within the 'picture space'.
Deeply influenced by both the Spanish and British tradition of painting, his work is engaged in a constant struggle to reconcile and understand the cultural ramifications that the two nations exert on him. In his daily experience of London, the uncovering of memories from early family visits strangely fuse with references to similar experiences in Madrid before the turn of the century. This form of marginality and similarly of inclusion into two different cultures influences much of his work. It determines his choice of source material, in some cases down to a particular feature in the landscape or to a historical event that might function as a node in his search for cohesive meaning and expression.
Aside from his regular studio practice Jaime has contributed extensively to a large number of group ventures over the years both as an artist and curator, such as artist run spaces, performance groups and artist’s collectives. He has participated with institutions and organisations like the London Art Fair, Barbican Arts Centre, and the Liverpool Biennale amongst others.
'In Dreams we dwell: Studies'. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 5th to 15th October, 2017.
'By Means of Catastrophe'. TRIPP Gallery. London. 2nd June to 1st July, 2017.
'Ghost Sermon'. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 9th to 30th April, 2016.
'The Idiot. New Paintings and Works on Paper'. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 28th May to 28th of June, 2015.
'The Black Box'. Novas Contemporary Arts Centre. London. 26th October to 24th November, 2007.
Selected Group Exhibitions
'The Solo Award. Chiara Williams Contemporary Art'. The Cello Factory. London. 30th May to 7th of June.
'Bow Open'. Nunnery Gallery. Curated by Alex Chinneck. 17th June to 26th August. London. 18th June to 28th of August.
'Nunnery Gallery Art Projects'. The London Art Fair. London. 18th to 22nd of January.
"What's it going to be then, eh?'. TRIPP Gallery. London. 30th September to 29th October.
'Bow Open'. Nunnery Gallery. Curated by Anj Smith. London. 18th June to 28th of August.
'Sixty'. Lubomirov-Angus Hughes Gallery. London. 13th to 22nd of May.
‘HYG Editions. Selected Prints’. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 19th November to 31st of January.
'Interfaces. Processing reality through art and technology'. Barbican Arts Centre. London. 21st to 23rd of August.
‘Enclave’. Luborimov-Easton Gallery. London. 27th March to 28th of April.
'Mnemonic City. Magma Collective in Florence'. Biagiotti Progetto di Arte. Florence. 27th May to 3rd of June.
'White Out'. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 3rd December to 26th of January.
'Interscape'. Building Bloqs Project Space. London. 21st September to 5th of October.
'Edge of the land'. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 20th June to 15th of July.
'Moving Streets'. Doomed Gallery. London. 26th and 27th of April.
'Dron / Ultima ratio'. Hundred Years Gallery. 1st February to 17th of March.
'Ciudad Memoria'. Espacio Islandia. Madrid. 3rd and 4rd of November.
'Luxury Goods IV. The Reality of Art'. Courtyard Theatre. London. 1st to 5th of May.
'Megalopolis'. Sidworth Road Studios. London. 14th to 16th of October.
'Equilibrium'. Sidworth Road Studios. London. 9th to 13th of March.
'Luxury Goods III. The Illusion of Art'. Courtyard Theatre. London. 26th to 30th of March.
'One to Forget'. Hackney Wicked Arts Festival. Mother Studios. London. 30th July to 1st of August.
'Jean Genet Centenary'. Sidworth Road Studios. London. 10th to 20th of August.
'Jean Genet Centenary'. Galeria Factoria de Arte y Desarrollo. Madrid. 17th and 18th of August.
'MAC Artists'. Hackney Wicked Arts Festival. The Mission Arts Club. London. 26th to 29th of September.
'Building the monster!'. The Mission Arts Club. London. 22nd to 27th of March.
'The Salon'. Liverpool Biennial Independents 2008. Wostenholme Projects. Liverpool. 14th to 19th of October.
'The Salon'. The Mission Arts Club. London. 1st to 29th of September.
'Collective'. The Empire Gallery - Degree Art. London. 15th to 30th of January.
'Something about Painting'. The Mission Arts Club. London. 15th January to 12th of February.
'Not your average type'. Core Arts. London. 14th to 21st of December.
'Outside'. Saint John at Hackney Church. London. 2nd to 15th of September.
'Coretemporary'. Alberto Vilar Gallery. The Prince's Foundation. London. 27th of April to 10th of May.
'Circumlocution'. Tab Centre Gallery Space. London. 5th to 7th of October.
'Prince's Drawing School Final Year Show'. Alberto Vilar Gallery. The Prince's Foundation. London.
'The Confrontation'. Zizy Gallery. London.
'The Key in the Room'. Project 142. London.
'Collective'. CGP. London.
Competitions and awards
'The Solo Award. Chiara Williams Contemporary Art'. The Cello Factory. London. 2018. (Highly Commended)
'Bow Arts Open'. Nunnery Gallery. Curated by Mark Titchner. London. 2018. (Shortlisted)
'Contemporary Visions 8'. Beers Gallery. London. 2018. (Longlisted)
'Bow Arts Open'. Nunnery Gallery. Curated by Alex Chinneck. London. 2017. (Shortlisted)
'Bow Arts Open'. Nunnery Gallery. Curated by Anj Smith. London. 2016. (Shortlisted)
‘Open CueB’. CueB Gallery. London. 2012. (Shortlisted)
'The Buldog Bursary'. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. London. 2012. (Finalist)
'Competicion de Paisajes Urbanos de Madrid'. Circulo de Bellas Artes. Madrid. 2000. (Mention of Honour)
Trelex Arts Residency. Swizerland. 24th August to 25th September 2016.
Roundabout LX. Lisbon. 1st to 30th of September, 2015.
Santa Reparata International School of Art and Xenos Gallery. Florence. 4th to 29th of June, 2014.
'An Unfolded Second'. Wilton`s Music Hall. London. 3rd to 22nd of October, 2010.
Selected Performances and Projects
'The Monster Speaks of Love'. GivLowe Gallery. Lisbon. 12th of September, 2015.
'Adolfa Mussolina Lisa. Ficino`s Cave'. Ex-Covento delle Leopoldine. Florence. 10th of June, 2014.
'The Waiting'. Hundred Years Gallery. London. 29th of June, 2013.
'Proyector. Festival Internacional de Videoarte'. Spain. 14th to 23rd of December, 2012.
'Illusions of Reference, Ob.12'. Phiscological Art Circus. London. 14 to 17th of June, 2012.
'InCounter. Trios. Ring Mod Orkerstra and Marlon Random'. Bussey Building. London. 4th of March, 2011.
'Trios. Ring Mod Orkerstra and Marlon Random'. Goldsmiths College. London. 20th of February, 2011.
'An Unfolded Second'. Wilton`s Music Hall. London. 21st and 22nd of October, 2010.
'Monster Zero'. Area 10 Project Space. London. 2010.
'Ear Me Now'. Netil House Studios. London. 15th of February, 2010.
'Homoludens'. Area 10 Project Space. London. 29th of October, 2009.