The ten years he worked as an agronomist in Africa, Latin America and the Amazon inform the work of Manu vb Tintoré (Brussles, 1964) with a powerful symbolism that reflects a profound mediation on the land and is the foundation of an existentialist reflection on our environment and our relationship with it.
The artist describes his work as “a meditation on contemporary man and his limits but also about the power that he is able to exert on space and nature, approaching an increasingly fragile balance. The focus is on rediscovering the imprint of man, his capacity to dialogue with nature, to participate in an increasingly needed thinking on the relationship between man and nature, the idea of the finiteness of the world.”
Marked by a technique of frottage, Tintoré works with the dynamic tension between the smooth surface of the paper and the deliberately abraded areas that host the pigment, presenting large and small format paintings that suggest paths, cities, fields and mountains in a world devoid of human presence. In his sculptures, Tintoré demonstrates the same attention to detail; his “heads in the landscape” are an accretion of polychrome osier willow reeds that evoke shamanic art of the tropics, while his metal sculptures are a fusion of iron elements that recall the unbridled forces of industrialisation.
Since 2000, when he finished his studies at the Escola d’Art Olot, Manu vb Tintoré has exhibited in various galleries and public spaces in Belgium, Paris and Catalonia. In 2015 he was awarded the BBVA Ricard Camí Painting Prize and soon will be the focus of a solo exhibition at the Fundació Caixa Terrassa.