Many people recognize the Basque Country as home to architectural works of art such as the Guggenheim Museum, but artists such as Esperanza Zabala draw attention to Basque painting and sculpture as well. Zabala, born in Gipuzkoa in 1974, can be considered a member of the neo-expressionist movement, which means she represents subjects and objects with bright colors and often in an abstract, emotional way. Zabala has studied in Milan, San Sebastian, and the University of Salamanca, where she earned her fine arts degree; the Arteko Galeria in Donostia currently houses many of her works. Common themes in Zabala’s work include death, feminism, religion, and the human body; often, her sculptures portray the human body in a manner that brings to mind victims of a horror movie. The name of her painting featured in this post is Una Mosca en mi Sopa (Fly in my Soup)- take a look and see what you can construct from this abstract painting!
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