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Susana Talayero

After graduating in fine art from the University of the Basque Country, Talayero (1961) moved to Rome, where she lived between 1986 and 1996 and embarked on her career as an artist. On her return to Bilbao, where she was born, she expanded her artistic practice in painting and drawing to include the making of brief video pieces. Her current work explores the relationship between the painting, the support and the space it occupies (expressed in montages that she makes around the idea of precariousness and breakage), formulating an enigmatic ecosystem of her own in which the figures that proceed from the plant/animal and human imaginary feature prominently. These figures have a surreal air about them and exchange their qualities to become archetypes or metaphors. In this way, the ‘portraits’ acquire a zoomorphic character, while the animals take on human forms.

Her recent exhibitions include the solo shows Presages, Casa de Cultura de Santanyí, Seventh Visual Arts Prize, Mallorca (2021); The Darkness Within, CarrerasMugica, Bilbao (2019); Tales of Training, CAB de Burgos (2018); A Certain Organisation of Things, AOC F58, Rome (2017); and Restless Chronicle (1987-2016), Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (2016). Her work is currently being shown in the group exhibitions Zeru bat, hamaika bide. Artistic Practices in the Basque Country in the Period 1977-2002, Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2021) and Breath, arnasketa saiakerak, archaeological site, Bilbao (2021)

Update: 21 May 2021