Oliver Roura

Oliver Roura received a fine art Diploma from the Massana School of Art in Barcelona in 2008. He has been awarded with the XIV Young painting Award of La Caixa Penedès and Anquin’s Gallery. Hotel de Crillon Paris, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (N.B.K), and Setba Foundation in Barcelona have collected his works. Roura’s paintings are enlivened by constant technical experimentations that have deep inspiration in advanced microscopy.

Roura’s recent body of works explore the relationship between flatness and texture. To create his artwork, he applies layers and layers of acrylic painting. He uses his own fingers to create patterns that reminds to microorganisms’ traces or fingerprints the way they would have been perceived through the eye of a microscope. His entire methodology is ruled by a sophisticated process, which allows him to record his compositions in a perfectly smooth painting. A painting to think of itself as surface and volume (or absence of volume, but in any case a sculpture-painting), and that allows it to incorporate a work of surprising appearance – visible, invisible, translucent, unnoticeable – and depth.

‘Blue Morpho’ painting series refers to the iridescence of Blue Morpho butterfly’s wings. Scientists have applied the composition and morphology of butterfly scales to develop high sensitivity sensors, which can detect over 1000 chemical agents such as high-risk viruses or anti-personnel mines components. These sensors can be used to anticipate situations causing great damage to society. Nature and technology fusion for the wellbeing of humanity.

Roura also speaks photographic language through which he explores the boundaries of his paintings. As the microscope is used to get more information of the subject investigated, the photography is utilized to understand his work from a different perspective. This technique allows Roura to reveal new structures that are not visible while observing the original work, structures which compositions remind to landscapes.

Oliver Roura is one of those painters who prefers discovery over planning, and who knows that only constant, formal, and technical experimentation will keep his work alive.

1978 born in Barcelona, Spain Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Original Art and Editions by Oliver Roura


2018 U124 Berlin.
2016 Smiles opportunities, Sonrisas de Bombay. Photo Childcare Campaign TMB Barcelona
2013 De cercles i Fractals, Anquin’s Gallery. Reus / Fòrum Berger Balaguer. Vilafranca.
2011 Inversions, Berger Gallery. Barcelona.
2010 Temps, atzar i necessitat Sala d’art contemporani La Cuina. La Seu d’Urgell
2010 Ungekehrt Galerie Atelier Subsuelo. Berlin

GROUP SHOWS (selection)

2018 India Art Fair, Galerie Isa. Delhi
2017 India Art Fair, Galerie Isa. Delhi
2016 Art Fair Cologne, Anquin’s Gallery Cologne
2016 India Art Fair, Galerie Isa. Delhi
2015 The Monsoon Show, Galerie Isa. Mumbai
2015 Art & Futur, Institut of Catalan Studies. Barcelona
2014 De LaVanguardia al Sidecar, Setba Foundation, Barcelona
2014 The Wearable Art Show, Knispu Galerie. Bergen
2014 Shuffle, Kreuzberg Pavillon. Berlin
2014 Die Tragbare Kunst, Gadewe Galerie. Bremen
2013 PictoBcn, Hangar. Barcelona
2013 Art Copenhage, Anquin’s Gallery. Copenhagen
2013 ANÌMAGIA,galerie Wedding. Berlin
2012 Selected Artist’s Young painting Award of La Caixa Penedès, Palau Moja. Barcelona
2012 Swab Art Fair, Berger Gallery. Barcelona
2012 Art Loft, Anquin’s Gallery. Reus
2011 The edge of a painting, Kreuzberg Pavillion. Berlin
2011 Comissioned Mural painting, Fellini Gallery. Berlin.
2011 Mehr Licht, Homage Chema Alvargonzález, GlogauAir. Berlin
2010 Technological Singularity, Planetart Gallery Amsterdam
2009 European Contemporary, Opera Gallery. Budapest.
2008 Haiku 3’50 LOOP Festival. Barcelona