Sara Riel (Reykjavík, Iceland) is a master drawer and all her work have their origin in the drawing that she then fully realizes as works of art in different medias. Her artwork have a distinct character and her career is rather unusual. She studied in Berlin and got her masters degree from Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee in 2005, then took an extra year as Meisterschuler. In these years she was very active in the graffity/street art scene of Berlin as well as a part of a international network of urban artist. Her urban-art can be seen in various places such as Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona and of course Reykjavík. Her distinguished big scale murals are familiar to everyone used to walk around Reykjavik and have become an integral part of the urban landscape. Sara Riel has along with creating urban art developed her visual language and shown her works in all of Icelands major museums as well as taken part in various projects, residencies and exhibitions abroad.
Additionally to her fine art, she has designed album and book covers, music videos, opening sequences for television series and made illustrations for various clients. Sara Riel has works in major art collections owned by The National museum, The Reykjavík Art Museum and in private collections. She has been granted Official Artist salary/The State Of Iceland, numerous times and has been awarded grants and art prices.
This residency will conclude with a solo exhibition at the Kling and Bang Gallery, Marshallhouse in Reykjavík City. Curator is Daniel Björnsson and producer is Ragnheiður Pálsdóttir.
The exhibition will contain new drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture and performance. Plus a book about the process and the ideas behind automatic creations, and also a new mural in Reykjavík.
The artwork will be, like all of Sara’s work, a result of drawings made by hand and in the spirit of automatic drawing. From there she works in different media through computer, 3d printing, graphics, paintings and sculpture. The foundation of the exhibition are roughly 100 drawings she has already produced and that represent a new and exciting visual language that she can call her own. During her residency at La Mola, Sara Riel will make drawings and paintings that she will edit digitally for further productions of artworks in multiple medias.