Biography

ASHWAN studied fine arts in the UK and the USA at the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been living and working in Barcelona since 2009. He describes his art as a visual Tao of the boom-bap-sounds. The artist creates objects: figurative, solid and with a strong presence. The oftentimes uses discarded cardboard for his mixed media pieces and transforms them into large-format works, ultimately encasing them in resin. His art takes the beholder back to a time, where cities and urban live was stricken by a continuously growing social gap, leading to an explosion in color, i.e. the graffiti-sprayed parts of the Bronx from the 1970s, being left untouched for decades, as well as the destroyed Berlin wall. 

CV

1971
born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
1994
Bachelor (with honors) from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom
1999
Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
lives and works in Barcelona, Spain

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2019
Sample Culture, BienCuadrado, Barcelona, Spain
2018
I Like The Way You Talk @Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
2017
Used To Di It Out In The Park, BienCuadrado, Barcelona, Spain
2015
Swab, Art Fair, 3 Punts Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
 
Palimpsest, Zap, Liverpool, United Kingdom
2014
Art Madrid, 3 Punts Galeria, Madrid, Spain
 
Art Karlsruhe 2014, 3 Punts Galeria, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011
Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
2010
London Elephant Parade, London, United Kingdom
 
Dukes Oak, Cheshire, United Kingdom
2009
Loop Festival, Video Art, Barcelona, Spain
2008
Firbob and Peacok, Knutsford, United Kingdom
 
Videoakt, Video Festival, BerlĂ­n, Germany

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2020
Sprayed, with Katharina Gross and Nico Sawatzki @Galerie Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
 
Urvanity, 2020 Art Fair, BienCuadrado, Madrid, Spain
 
Same Same but Different, with Robert Longo, A.R. Penck, Alex Katz and others @Galerie Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
2019
Same Same but Different, with Robert Longo, A.R. Penck, Alex Katz and others @Galerie Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany
2018
Art Milan, 3Punts Galeria, Milano, Italy
2008
Xerxes Fine Art, 2 Man Show, London, United Kingdom
2015
Bites of Future, 3 Punts Galeria. Barcelona, Spain
2014
Abnormal Activity, 3 Punts Galeria. Barcelona, Spain
2013
A Rich Stash, A Nova Incredible. Believe Inn, Chicago, USA
2012
Dukes Oak, Cheshire, United Kingdom