Born in Madrid in 1977, David Agenjo is a self-taught artist,
living and working in London. Since 2006 he has focused
on his paintings, exhibiting in Dublin, London, and Madrid.
Agenjo’s latest work goes beyond the short-lived artificial
designs which we place upon our bodies to explore our
internal lives through depiction of the human model. Rather
than conventional poses, he explores the possibilities of meaning
inherent in the human body. Hands and faces strongly speak from
the canvas, metonyms for our emotions, thoughts and desires.
Colour is a point of obsession – an organic means of
experimentation and self-discovery. In his most recent work
the canvases are all interlinked: by using a canvas as a palette
when painting, he builds up a near random patchwork of
colours which he then reforms into the base of his next
painting, working over what was given to him through the
earlier creative process.
This vision arose from five years of life-drawing workshops
at the Circulo de bellas artes of Madrid where David’s nascent
understanding of the possibilities of meaning inherent in the
human form was developed through constant work into an
artistic practice. His dedication to work and work at refining
his understanding of the visual language of the human body
continues to this day in his need to represent our psychologies,
our thoughts and emotions, onto that which is at once most
familiar, but also so easily lost in the complex visual cultures
of the modern world.