Staking, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 53 x 38 cm

Disassembling, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 70 x 70 cm

Unwind, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm

the same old play, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 41 x 36 cm
the same old play

Shrine cloth, 2018

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 140 x100 cm
Shrine cloth

Resizing, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 30 x 20 cm

Keep the rug, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 45,5 x 37 cm
Keep the rug

Heating the room, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 114 x 146 cm
Heating the room

Cutting, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm

Kitchen, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm

Salon, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 130 x 200 cm

Umhang, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 44 x 37 cm

Open, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 46,5 x 37 cm

Storage room, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 42,5 x 33 cm
Storage room

Cuatro esquinitas, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 24 x 18 cm
Cuatro esquinitas

Ladder, 2017

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 100 x 89 cm

Peeling, 2016

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm

Old oven, 2016

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Old oven

Take away the door, 2016

  • acrylic on canvas
  • 41 x 31 cm
Take away the door

Painting the bathroom III, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 24 x 18 cm
Painting the bathroom III

The wall, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 130 x 160 cm
The wall

Painting the bathroom IV, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm
Painting the bathroom IV

Before the shower, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 41 x 29 cm
Before the shower

Inside the last room, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 41 x 51 cm
Inside the last room

The red chair, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 55 x 46 cm
The red chair

Moths, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 32 x 26 cm

Wax, 2016

  • acryl on canvas
  • 33 x 24 cm

Carlos Sagrera

Carlos Sagrera graduated for his Fine Arts study in 2011. The main subject in the work of this young Spanish painter are interiors; different spaces of a home in which time seems to have stood still. The spaces evoke associations with the past and as a spectator you wonder if the interiors really existed, or if they are merely created by the artist.
We might recognize the depicted furniture and objects from the fifties and sixties; the period in which the grandparents of Sagrera furnished their home, the home where the artist too lived during most of his childhood. Sagrera found old photos of when this house was new and ready to inhabit. He immediately saw something meaningful in the changes that had occurred over time, of what it looked like before he was born and what it looked like now, all these layers that had been added over time. This photo archive is the starting point for a series of paintings: pictorial representations interweaving the past and present. In his research of the evolution of these rooms he talks about generations, about the passing of time and about the habits and behavior in the private domain. At the same time it’s a way of keeping the memories of these interiors alive.

Sagrera is a big admirer of the Dutch seventeenth century painters and he interprets this period of art history in his very own contemporary way, making it hard to categorize him in a specific art-historical movement. The abstracted color sweeps are alternated by almost hyper-realistic details. This way the artist creates an intriguing tension between the materiality of the represented objects, of the paint itself and somewhat ethereal and impressionistic effects, much like a fading memory.
The passing of time, the wear and tear in the home, the collective and the personal memory, the history of art and the mystery of everyday life are typical themes of his work. Identity, alienation and the fading of memory are recurring topics of investigation.

After graduating from the academy in Spain he received a scholarship to work in the famous Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany. Sagrera feels connected to the artists of the Leipziger Schule and is able to add his own interpretation of reality to this artistically rich environment.


Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1987, Madrid, Spain

Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany

Sagrera has received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation for 2017-2018


2007 – 2011

BFA. Faculty of Arts and Communication.

European University of Madrid (UEM). Spain.

Solo exhibitions:

2016 Solo show ‘Inside the shadow’, Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam. *

Catalog (*)

Solo exhibitions:

2017  KunstZürich Artfair. Zürich, Switzerland

2017  Positions Berlin art fair, Berlin Art Week 2017, Germany.

2017  VOLTA 13 art fair. Basel Markthalle, Basel, Switzerland.

2017  “Small format-great painting!”. Galerie Brennecke Berlin, Germany.

2017  Art Karlsruhe, art fair. Messe Karlsruhe, Germany.

2017 “Selections of Mind”. VoltaNY, Pier 90, New York City, USA.

2016 Ich dachte, Sie wären nur ein armer Schlucker!” Kommunalka. Leipzig Germany

2016 “Interiors” Dukan Galerie. Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig, Germany

2016 “Art Fair” Cologne, Germany

2016 Sammlung Hildebrand G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany.

2016 ‘Kunstrai’ Art fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2016 ‘Probed light’ KTR gallery, Leipzig, Germany.

2016 ‘Caminos que se cruzan al sur’ Young Spanish Realism. Almería Museum. Andalucía. Spain.

2016 ‘Realisme’ Art fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2016 ‘Licht in Mokum’, Mokum Gallery. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2015 PAN Amsterdam. RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2015 ‘Spektral’ Vektor Schule, Leipzig. Germany.

2015 ‘Visitando la realidad’ Galería Besada. Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain.

2015 ‘…and a thousand miles behind’ ArtWalk, Leipzig, Germany. *

2015 ‘Ausencia’ Kir Royal Gallery. Valencia, Spain.

2015 ‘Respirar’, Nave 73. Madrid. Spain.

2015 ‘m2m3’, Centro Cultural Villa de Móstoles, Madrid. Spain.

2015 ‘Gestures’ Halle 18, Winter-Rundgang, Spinnerei. Leipzig. Germany.

2014 ‘Espacios que importan’ Nave 73. Madrid. Spain.

2014 ‘A Topology of Memory’ Halle 18, Spinnerei. Leipzig. Germany.

2014 ‘75th International Exhibition of Visual Arts’ Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real. Spain. *

2014 ‘Multi/Tutti/Fest’. Cienfuegos studio/creative space. Málaga, Andalucía.Spain.

2014 ‘11th Young Artist Circuit’ Northwest of Madrid. Spain.

2014 ‘Cromática, III Biennal of Young painters’ CumLaude Foundation, Ourense, Galicia. Spain.

2013 ‘En Escena’ Z II days of Contemporary Art. Montalbán de Córdoba. Andalucía. Spain.

2013 ‘Undécima Promoción’ Exhibition residents of Visual Arts. Antonio Gala Foundation.

Córdoba, Andalucía. Spain. *

2013 ‘10thYoung Artist Circuit’ Northwest of Madrid. Spain.

2012 ‘35thNational painting Contest Casimiro Sainz’, Reinosa, Cantabria. Spain.

2012 ‘3rd Small format Saloon’, galería Paz Tejón, Valencia. Spain.

2012 ‘9th Young Artist Circuit’ Northwest of Madrid. Spain.

2012 ‘14th concurs de pintura jove’ Espacio Artloft, Reus, Tarragona. Spain. *

2011 ‘Emancipación’ Blog 2011 Sala de arte joven, Comunidad de Madrid. Spain. *

2011 ‘Obra gráfica y dibujo’. ‘A’ Building European University of Madrid.(UEM), Madrid. Spain.

Catalog (*)

Grants & prizes:

2017     Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Quebec, Canada.

2015 ‘2nd award’ ‘…and a thousand miles behind’ ArtWalk, Leipzig, Germany.

2014 ‘IV Encontros Artistas Novos’. Cidade da Cultura de Galicia. Spain.

2013 – 2012 Scholarship for Young Creators, Antonio Gala Foundation. Córdoba, Andalucía. Spain.


2016 ‘Inside the Shadow Carlos Sagrera’.CORE I.

Vanspijk Rekafa Publishers BV.

ISBN 9789062167784.

2015 ‘Carlos Sagrera’ Artwalk award ISBN 978-3- 00-053229-0.

2014 Book cover for La felicidad nos dejó cicatrices, Ulises Juárez Polánco.

Valparaiso editions. ISBN:978-84-942685-1-9.

2013 Illustrations for Tintas para la vida IV (pages 45 and 57). L.D. : CO-944-2013.

Health Counseling and Social Welfare, Board of Andalucía. Spain.

2010 Actividades 09/10. European University of Madrid (pages Rueda 59, 65, 73 and 82)


Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands.

Hildebrand collection, Leipzig, Germany.

Antonio Gala Foundation, Cordoba, Andalucía. Spain.

UEM Collection. (European University of Madrid). Madrid, Spain.

and other private collections.


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