Cristina Ballbé Ruiz

November 2018

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“Life is abstract. Through eyes that are minimalist.” So says this Barcelona-born painter Cristina Ballbé Ruiz. The young female artist’s view is evident in her new series of abstractions that began when she moved to Johannesburg in early 2017. They represent her distillation – into balanced, abstract landscapes – of the differences that exist for her, between three cities: Joburg, Barcelona and that of her new residence in Scotland.  Through repetitive line and colour Cristina examines the essential resources of the earth. And captures the connection between the durable and ephemeral. The result is abstract landscapes that suggest daily and seasonal changes in light.

As an artist living a global creative life – with her time split between living and creating on different continents – Cristina’s reputation is likely to continue gaining momentum locally and abroad.

What to expect at Atmospheres exhibition of paintings by the artist from 8 Nov – 22 Nov at the gallery: balanced compositions of monochromatic and black and white that inspire a sense of deep connection with nature. One that is due to the abstraction of elements and resultant balance in composition.

What’s arresting:   how she has rendered these landscapes (by distilling or abstracting them to their essence).  And how this draws attention to the contrasting experience of looking at real landscapes and other depictions of landscapes in art.

And may suggest that – without an element of such drastic abstraction – competing elements in an actual or painted landscape, could take away from a sense of pure connection to an essence in nature, via a painting.


Cristina Ballbé Ruiz – 1984. Artist and designer born in Barcelona, currently living in Edinburgh (Scotland)

Graduated in Art & Design at the Massana School in Barcelona.


2011: Sala Blau “Filgramu” Escola Massana. Barcelona – Spain. (Group Exhibition)

2011: Cambra de la Propietat Urbana. “Projeccions 44”. Barcelona – Spain. (Solo Exhibition)

2012: MMAC Galeria Mamacuchara. “Es tut mir Leid” Barcelona – Spain. (Group Exhibition)

2014: Galeria Alex Voinea. “Memoria Selectiva”. Sitges – Spain. (Group Exhibition)

2015: Background Store-Gallery. “Des-Figuraciones” Barcelona – Spain. (Group Exhibition)

2016: We are Fair. Feria Internacional de arte emergente. Madrid – Spain.

2016: Espai Txema Bio-Built. “Open air”. Barcelona – Spain. (Group Exhibition)

2016: Gorilla Bar-Gallery. “Spaces”. Barcelona – Spain. (Solo Exhibition)

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