Celebrated Spanish artist Lita Cabellut returns to the Opera Gallery this month for her second London show. Last year she received critical acclaim for her London debut, which showcased paintings inspired by Mexican cultural and feminist icon Frida Kahlo. Cabellut’s latest exhibition, A Portrait of Human Knowledge, depicts the most ‘influential icons of knowledge’, from Stravinsky, Nureyev, Marie Curie, Billy Holiday, Garcia Lorca, Rudolf Steiner to Sigmund Freud.
Cabellut is best known for capturing human emotion in her raw and powerful portraits through a contemporary variation of the fresco technique, evidence of the love affair she began with Goya, Velazquez, Ribera and Rembrandt at the tender age of 13. “I married very young,” she says. “My first marriage was with the arts.”
Cabellut was born into a poor Gypsy community and spent the first 13 years of her childhood on the streets of Barcelona before being adopted. Her new life opened up the possibilities of art. She discovered the Prado museum, and after four years of classical training, opened her fist exhibition in Barcelona when she was only 17. Two years later, she left Spain to study at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where she still lives and works.
A Portrait of Human Knowledge is at the Opera Gallery until 31st October. For more information, visit www.operagallery.com