Lita Cabellut: Painting

Lita Cabellut was born in 1961 in Barcelona, Spain where she grew up in a poor Gypsy-environment. Her work is closely intertwined with the memories of the old area of Barcelona, El Raval, with closeness to the docks, La Bocquerai market, Las Ramblas and Sant Antonie market, replete with pickpockets, street performers and prostitutes.

After 13 years of street and orphan life Cabellut was adopted. It is at this time that she discovered the Prado Museum and the work of  Goya, Velazquez, Ribera, and Rembrandt. One of her preferred statements explaining her passion is: “I married very young, my first marriage was with the art”.

Cabellut had her first exhibition at the age of 17 at the Town Hall of Masnou, Barcelona. At 19 she sought out new challenges by moving to the Netherlands, where she studied between 1982-1984 at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

“Cabellut is a painter with a unique pictorial language, using a contemporary variation on the fresco-technique and a immensely enjoyable, communicative and recognizable ‘Cabellut-palette’.” Her work has been exhibited around the globe including New York, Dubai, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong, Barcelona, London, Paris, Venice, Monaco, and Seoul, Korea. (bio from artist website)

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Many thanks to Esther Barend for introducing me to this artist.