Born in 1970 in Valencia, Spain
Currently lives and works between London, UK and Valencia, Spain
Lorenzo Belenguer is an artist and curator. His practice is strongly influenced by Minimalism and Arte Povera. He works with found objects and images and is interested in the everyday.
Belenguer has exhibited and performed at the Serpentine Galleries, Tate Modern and the 57th Venice Biennale. The UCL Art Historian Susie Hodge included him as a representative of the Neo-Geometric Conceptualism (Neo-Geo) Movement alongside Jeff Koons and Ashley Bickerton in her latest book. Belenguer's work has been featured in the national media in Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK, including The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Artforum and Art Newspaper.
Who is your shero and why?
My mother. She was the most intelligent, selfless and generous person I've ever met.
How does the work you are presenting to exemplify the theme of ‘sheroes’?
124 Drawings for Every Innocent Woman Imprisoned is a homage to anonymous sheroes.
‘In an installation, Belenguer has repeatedly drawn the portrait of a female, which he distressed by placing paper in water contaminated with rusted iron. These drawings are covered with a layer of chicken wire. The artist describes the female figure as a generic everywoman wearing a head covering who could be read as the Virgin Mary, an Islamic woman, or from the Renaissance, the Victorian or the post-war period. Belenguer says she is emblematic of society’s increasingly conservative policies toward women.’
Extracted from a critique written by Kathy Battista, Director, Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York.