"You have to love in freedom - in the whole world."
Ignasi Blanch Gisbert, born 1964 in Roquetes, Catalonia, is the only artist from Spain represented in the Gallery. Today he lives in Catalonia. His graphic painting of three faces titled “Parlo d’ amor” (“I’m talking about love”) is a homage to his home and the city of Berlin.
Ignasi Blanch Gisbert in the interview
His Wall painting shows three male faces, depicted in a graphic woodcut-like style. “Parlo d’amor” (“I’m talking about love”) is written in Catalonian across the painting – an appeal for everyone to have the freedom to choose whom to love. The faces depict different phases in the artist’s life: his arrival in Berlin, acclimatisation, and looking ahead to the future. The colours reflect the Berlin autumn, which Blanch so loved: the white of snow, the grey-black of coal, and an autumnal golden brown.
Ignasi Blanch Gisbert was born in 1964 in the Catalonian town Roquetes in north-eastern Spain. He studied art in Barcelona, specialising in printing, woodcut, and engraving. In 1988 he moved to West Berlin to work as an artist. His painting in the East Side Gallery later earned him a nomination as “Catalonian of the Year” from his home region, where he now lives and works as a children’s book illustrator. He remembers his Wall painting as having a major impact on his life and career.