Àlex de Fluvià



Born: Spain, Barcelona

Alex de Fluvià was born in Barcelona in 1966. He studied Art History at the University of Barcelona and photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His body of work is a hybrid of cultural observations accumulated over extensive travels, in contrast with his deep Mediterranean roots. In his paintings, randomness, superimposition and the repetition of signs are intertwined to produce work with universal attributes.

De Fluvià has lived in New York, Cairo, Tokyo, and Dubai. After 6 years in his studio in Williamsburg, he relocated to Egypt, where he was fascinated by the Arabesque and the culture of modern day Cairo. His drawings and paintings during this period exude the essence of the mashrabia, inviting the viewer to look through the trellis of paint and discover hidden messages in the work.

De Fluvià's continuous investigation of gesture, ignited his journey to Japan in 2006, where he learned Shodo calligraphy in Tokyo. His abstractions incorporated graffiti-like motifs, Japanese patterns and his iconic red stroke. Later in Dubai, De Fluvià evolved his visual vernacular by creating works stripping the Arabic language of its connotative qualities and abstracting the beauty of its letter forms.

Since 2011, his artistic production explores duality and makes reference to social and political resistance. His recent works depict mixed messages of hope while alluding to life's uncertainty and inequality. By juxtaposing black and white photography in his paintings, he produces rich surfaces with collage, markings, graffiti and fluorescent colors creating tensions to transmit a conceptual basis of contradiction.

De Fluvià has had exhibitions in USA, London, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. He regularly shows his artwork at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in Dubai.

lives and works: Egypt, Cairo


  • 1998: Photography Certificate Program, School of Visual Arts. New York, USA
  • 1990: B.A. Art History, University of Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain


select solo exhibitions

  • 2013: ”Oracle”, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013: ”Resum”, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai
  • 2011: ”The Big Picture”, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2011: ”Viatge”, Loop Video Art Fair, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2010: “Writing in the Sand”, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai
  • 2009: “Escenaris de Transformacions”, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2008: “Variaciones sobre tema Mexicano”, Polyforum Siqueiros Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2007: “Japan Papers”, Casa Asia Foundation Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007: “59 Days”, B&B Arte, Basel, Switzerland
  • 2006: “Translation”, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2006: “Paintings 2005-2006”, Galería La Real, Mallorca, Spain
  • 2006: “Paintings”, Galería Antoni Pinyol, Reus, Spain
  • 2004: “Zero Hour”, Galería Metropolitana, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2002: “2NY”, Galería Trama, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2001: “Cultural Tapestry”, New Art Fair, Galería Trama, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2001: “Fragments (d’un discurs global)”, Espai Miquel Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1999: “El Temps Recorregut”, Espai Miquel Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1997: “Three Members of a New Generation of Artists”, Jan Abrams Fine Arts, New York, USA
  • 1997: “Recent Paintings”, Scott Reinboth & Co. Design Center, New Jersey, USA
  • 1997: Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy
  • 1997: Cal Talaveró Gallery, Lleida, Spain
  • 1997: Ridge Street Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1996: “Dyonisos Under The Law”, Installation , SVA New York, USA
  • 1996: “Acció/Ocupació”, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • 1996: Tertre Gallery, Mataró, Spain
  • 1994: “Nova Irascibilitat”, Cartoon Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1993: “Copier/Créer”, La Caixa Bank Exhibition Centre, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1990: “B5-125 Space”, UAB, Barcelona, Spain

select group exhibitions

  • 2013: Pinta London Art Fair, Galería Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2012: “Three painters”, Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich, Germany
  • 2011: “Collage Assemblage”, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery/Athr Gallery, Dubai, UAE and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010: “Grafies del Caos”, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2010: “Group Show”, ArtsLab, Porto, Portugal
  • 2010: “20th Anniversary Art Barcelona Association, Galería Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2009: Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, UAE
  • 2009: “Contemporary Catalan Art”, Ambit A&D, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2009: “Hadith: Contemporary Conversations”, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • 2008: “Manama: Impressions”, National Gallery Museum, Manama City, Bahrain
  • 2008: “Inagural Show 2008”, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • 2008: “Colectiva Arte Contemporáneo”, Galería Traeger y Pinto, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2007: DFOTO Photography Fair, Galería Fidel Balaguer, San Sebastián, Spain
  • 2006: KIAF Art Fair, Galería La Real, Seoul, Korea
  • 2003: “European Visions of Egypt”, EU Commission, Zeinab K. House, Alexandria Bibliotheca, Cairo,Egypt
  • 2002: “[Rew] Visions”, Trama Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2001: “NurtureArt in Harlem”, Gallery M., New York, USA
  • 2001: “Art Emergent” ArtExpo Fair 2001, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2001: “Confluencias (El Desafío de la Mirada)”, Fernando Latorre Gallery, Seville, Spain
  • 2000: “Flat Files”, Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Williamsburg, USA
  • 2000: “Paper Invitational”, Woodward Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2000: “Mostra 2000”, Canals Galeria d’Art, travelling exhibit, Spain
  • 2000: “Raffle 2000”, Sculpture Center, New York, USA
  • 2000: “Art en Positiu”, Museu Municipal, Cerdanyola, Spain
  • 1999: ARCO ’99 Art Fair, Galería Antonio de Barnola, Madrid, Spain
  • 1998: “One Hundred”, Holland Tunnel Art Projects Brooklyn, USA
  • 1998: “Three - Gray, Rey, de Fluvià”, Holland Tunnel Art Projects Brooklyn, USA
  • 1998: “Vision 21”, The Tunnel New York, USA
  • 1997: “Process and the Image”, Eklekticos Gallery, Washington D.C., USA
  • 1997: “Sex/Spirituality”, Ridge Street Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1994: Galería Matisse, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1992: Art Gesfime, Zaragoza, Spain

honours & awards

  • 2010: Artist Residency, Cuadro Fine Arts Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2003: Selected Work, Museum Art 2000 Premi Pintura II, Torroella de Montgri, Spain
  • 2000: Third Prize, Young artist/Painting, Sala Pares, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2000: Selected Work, Museum Art 2000 Premi Pintura I,Torroella de Montgri, Spain

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