Born in 1987 in El Prat, Barcelona, Spain
Lives and works in Brooklyn, USA

Cristina BANBAN

Cristina BanBan paints large-scale canvases filled with bodies in a bold palette of fleshy hues, their voluptuous forms emphasized with wide brushstrokes. Corporal and emotive, she depicts scenes of contemporary life, portraits of intimate moments, lonesome or shared among family and friends. BanBan’s maximalist compositions are marked by subjects spilling out of the confines of the canvas, bearing exaggerated eyes and enlarged hands and feet. Citing a diverse range of references, from Lucian Freud to Pablo Picasso, BanBan asserts her figures — sinewy bodies running and interacting with ease — into an art historical canon penned by the male gaze.

education

2010 BFA, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

solo shows

2021
- Melancolía, Perrotin, Shanghai, China
- Del Llanto,1969 Gallery, New York, USA
Del Llanto, Albertz Benda Gallery, New York, USA

2020
- Changelings, curated by Casey Studyo, Woaw Gallery, Hong Kong
Tigre y Paloma, 1969 Gallery, New York, USA

2019
I’ve Got Nothing to Lose, 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany

2018
My Dear Demons, the Dot Project, London, UK

2017
Richer House, Miscelanea, Barcelona, Spain
- A Spoonful of Charcoal, Stour Space, London, UK

2016
- Pounds for Bread, Unit G Gallery, London, UK

group shows

2021
- Summer Sun, The Journal Gallery at Van de Weghe, East Hampton, USA
This is America, Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany

2020
- Miami is a Beach, 1969 Gallery, New York, USA
- Hybrids, curated by Daniel Sundin, Nico Meckelnburg & Nils Muller, CFHLL, Stockholm, Sweden
- Monster/Beauty: An Exploration of the Female/Femme Gaze, curated by Marcelle Joseph, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK
- Body in Motion/Travelling Bodies, Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
- Black & White vs. Color, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
- Auguries of Innocence, Fredericks & Fresier, New York, USA

2019
- Give it to Me Good, 1969 Gallery, New York, USA
- Paper View, The Hole, New York, USA
- The Hort Family Collections, New York, USA

2018
- Extra, The Hole, New York, USA
- Specially Normal, with Audun Alvestad, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK
- Forms, Cob Gallery, London, UK

2017
- Griffin Art Prize, Griffin Gallery, London, UK
- Candy, The Dot Project, London, UK
- Inside Out, curated by Gavin Turk and directed by Anna Maloney, Here East, London, UK
- 0-0, Los Angeles, CA
- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, UK
- Creekside Open 2017, selected by Jordan Baseman, A.P.T. Gallery, London, UK

awards

2019
- Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy

2018
- 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany
- 1969 Gallery, New York, NY

2017
- The Arts Club Prise, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

  • June 2021
    Juxtapoz — 8 PAGES

  • May 2021
    The Brooklyn Rail — 4 PAGES