Keke Vilabelda (1986, Valencia, Spain)

Keke Vilabelda reflects on his surroundings, the place where humankind lives. He focuses his look on the stone legacy we have built, giving streets, roads and buildings a main role in his artistic research. We live in a world assimilated by globalization, where real estate has transformed cities at opposite ends of the globe into similar places. Blocks, modules, facades full of windows are flowing and spreading throughout our living areas losing their identity after every repetition. The superficiality of consumerism takes shape in Vilabelda’s art, although at the same time he tries to rescue the uniqueness and singularity of every single building. In his urban scenes, where the absent human being can only be intuited, the artist looks at the building facade as if it were made of skin and bones, perceiving its impersonal humanity. 
However, this interest in architecture goes beyond being the subject, functioning as well as a source of materials for the creation of his works. A mixture of photography and painting is usually applied to concrete or methacrylate to embody these urban visions. Recently, Vilabelda uses even rawer and more rustic materials, like iron or asphalt, going back to the very beginning where the construction starts and sometimes ends, which happens to be also the theme of his latest series. The artist extends his social critic into more present issues like the phenomenon of the “cement speculation”, which had filled countries like Spain with the so-called by himself “contemporary ruins”. Unfinished and abandoned dwelling complexes outline decadent views that destroy but also define our contemporary landscapes and reality.