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Trajectory

Newspaper Clippings

Here are some newspaper clippings about my artistic trajectory. Click to enlarge.

  • 2012-03-04
  • ARA (Barcelona)
  • "La malaltia m’ha permès gaudir de la vida"
  • 2011-10-04
  • La Crónica de León
  • "Contamos con la libertad de acción que la cultura requiere"
  • 2009-09-18
  • Revista del Vallès
  • Ricard Mira i Pepi Montesinos: Escultures i ceràmiques
  • 2008-10-31
  • Línia Vallès
  • Ramon Pujolà i Carme Garcia, premis Ricard Mira
  • 2008-08-09
  • Levante (València)
  • Ricard Mira y Pepi Montesinos exponen en Jérica
  • 2006-07-03
  • Las Provincias (València)
  • Crear arte con materiales reciclados
  • 2004-05-28
  • Línia Vallès
  • Una escultura de Ricard Mira lluirà a partir de l’any que ve a la plaça Pau Casals
  • 1995-01
  • Vallès Ara
  • Esculpint la vida

Awards

RCA RICARD MIRA

  • 2014-12-18: Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona’s Gold Medal “for his donation to the Cercle’s artistic heritage”.
  • 2014-12-18: Third prize in 43rd Saló Anual d’Art, organized by Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, for his sculpture Mònica’s Bust.
  • 2014-07-07: Sculptor Master Artisan diploma, issued by the Generalitat of Catalonia.
  • 2013-11-23: Cultural Trajectory prize, by the Martorelles’ cultural world at Martorelles’ Culture Night.
  • 2013-06-14: Prize by Martorelles’ Town Council in premis Vallès Visió 2013.
  • 2013-01-22: Honorable mention by Ràdio Mollet “for his talent as a sculptor”.
  • 2012-12-18: First prize in 41st Saló Anual d’Art, organized by Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, for his sculpture Aida sunbathing.
  • 2006-08-01: Honorable mention at 63rd Exposición y Concurso Nacional de Arte “José Camarón”, Segorbe, Castelló, for his work Abstract #6.

Childhood, Education and Profession

Ricard Mira was born in Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, Spain, on November 6, 1952. He was the third of four children. At the age of eleven months, his Valencian parents moved to Catalonia. First they established themselves in Mollet del Vallès and later in Sant Fost de Campsentelles. As a child he attended the school at can Mas Bagà, at the lower area of the village. Through his childhood he enjoyed (and stood out because of that) making his own toys, which he built from wood scraps and pieces of iron he used to find in a foundry near his home.

At fourteen he began his working life as a diemaker apprentice at the Nacional Motor SA motorcycle company, and soon stood out for his manual skills, which led him to join Derbi’s racing team, which at that time won the World Championship five times. His desire for learning caused him to take industrial studies and at sixteen he earned the Industrial Draftsman’s title at the Escola Industrial de Terrassa. The leaders of the two-wheel factory had him split his working time between the Diemaking and Racing Departments, where he was a key component as he did the most delicate pieces for Derbi motorcycles, the popular Red Bullets that competed in the World Championship.

When he was seventeen, he suffered his first break of schizophrenia and received a treatment with electroshock and drugs until age 21. In 1975 he married Pepi, and later they had a son, Ricard. When his job outlook was promising, being recognized both as a first officer diemaker and as an extraordinary expert in building parts for world-class motorcycles, his schizophrenia worsened and became chronic, which rooted out his excellent career prospects and forced him to leave the job market at the precarious age of 29.

The sculptor

His illness made him have too much time for thinking. The situation became distressing to him and he decided that he had to do something to release the stress caused by the disease. He determined to start working on iron sculpture, clay-modeling and wood-carving, building on his education as a drafstman and his experience as a diemaker. The good results obtained in the initial period and the acceptance of his work made him decide establishing a studio-workshop at his home’s ground floor in the village of Martorelles for creating his increasingly complex works.

Ricard Mira has gone through two very different artistic periods. In the first one he does especially metal-working and wood-carving, and even mixes both techniques in some works. He also makes some works from clay. In the second period he specializes in ironwork, and takes Pablo Gargallo’s metal sculptures as a source of inspiration.

Devoted to sculpture for almost thirty years, he has become a reference sculptor, has achieved renown and has earned admiration and respect within the art world.

Ricard Mira is a member of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona ​​and of Club Social La Llum, an organization at Mollet del Vallès dedicated to the mentally ill. He often collaborates with Federació Salut Mental Catalunya, the Catalan federation of the associations formed by relatives of the mentally ill.

Exhibitions

Throughout his artistic career, Ricard Mira has displayed his work in over one hundred exhibitions in Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, Germany, France and the United States. It is praiseworthy the group exhibition he made with the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, of which he is a member, at the old city hall of León, Spain.

In his professional trajectory, one must single out his participation at the 56th Frankfurt Book Fair’s Art Hall, Germany. Also, in 2007 and 2009 he participated at the 13th and 15th Fira de Forjadors i Artistes del Ferro at Besalú, Girona. In 2009 and 2010 he took part in the Trobada de Forjadors i Artistes del Ferro, Alpens. He participated at the event Forja Viva in 2010 and 2012, held in Barcelona.

He has collaborated on events in the city of Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona) such as Mollet Art 95, and it should be especially noted his delivery of a copper relief to HM Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, during the inaugural ceremony for the 47th World Shooting Championship, held in Mollet del Vallès in 1998.

Jaume Rifà
Local History Scholar

Periods

His work in the first period is rough, of simple yet elegant construction. Often the materials used are small, fitted or welded pieces that are but recycled remains of several materials which, having curious forms, are used by him joining them in a colorful potpourri whose outcome sometimes may not be the one aimed for.

In his second and last period he is very prolific, deploying an intense activity and improving his technique. His pieces are increasingly complex and elaborate, acquiring depth and dimension. The metal becomes soft tree leaves which, bound together, shape the most diverse objects.

Faces, busts of women and men, weathervanes with all kinds of animals, torsos, people doing things, musicians with their instruments… and everything wonderfully bound together to form this unique and original piece which is for a collector a work by Ricard. A work splashing the sky but not completely filling it, as he leaves the remaining holes for us, for our imagination. Let’s fly, then, watching his work!

Josep Marín
Painter

Exhibitions

2016
Exposició del nou patrimoni group exhibition, Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
Group exhibition at XXII Fira de Forjadors i Artistes del Ferro, Besalú, Girona.
Group exhibition at Cosmocaixa, Barcelona.
VI Reciclart Terrassa group exhibition, Sala d’Exposicions d’Amics de les Arts i Joventuts Musicals de Terrassa, Terrassa (Barcelona).
Punt d’inflexió, Celler de Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Creativitat i salut mental travelling group exhibition, Tremp, Mollerussa, Sort, Esterri d’Àneu and Solsona.
2015
Esplendor de Catalunya, group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, Espace Culturel Joseph Forêt, Mont-Dore, France.
Creativitat i salut mental travelling group exhibition, Les Borges Blanques, Cervera, Balaguer, La Seu d’Urgell, Pont de Suert and Lleida.
Group exhibiton by ICRE, Biblioteca Clarà, Barcelona.
2014
Llei d’Art Madrid 2014 group exhibition, Centro Socio-Cultural “La Vaguada”, Madrid.
Group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, Celler de Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
32ème Grand Prix d’Arts Plastiques du Fousseret group exhibition, Salle d’Exposition du Paty, Le Fousseret, France.
1714 - Som i serem group exhibition, Sala Cultural Ramon de Capmany, Canet de Mar, Barcelona.
Fang i ferro, Celler de Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
L’ànima del ferro, El Racó de l’Artista, Museu Abelló, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
43st Saló Anual d’Art, by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, where he wins third prize for his sculpture Mònica.
Group exhibition at Forja Viva 2014, Museu Marítim, Barcelona.
2013
Espai d’Art Judith Vizcarra, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Símbols de la cultura catalana by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, city hall of Mont-Dore, France.
Parelles artístiques group exhibition, El Far association, La Garriga, Barcelona.
Un segle d’escultura catalana group exhibition, MEAM (Museu Europeu d’Art Modern), Barcelona.
Group exhibition at Forja Viva 2013, Museu Marítim, Barcelona.
Group exhibition by Carmen Galtés, Ricard Mira and Josep Marín Escrigas, “M. Martín Casola”, Barcelona.
2012
Espai d’Art d’Opel Molletauto, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Petit Format 2012 by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, Sala del Cercle, Barcelona.
Els artistes del Reial Cercle Artístic a Tafalla, group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, Casa de Cultura - Kultur Etxea, Tafalla, Navarra.
Group exhibition at Forja Viva 2012, Museu Marítim, Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Plaça del Rei exhibition hall, Santa Maria de Martorelles, Barcelona.
Celler de Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
41st Saló Anual d’Art, by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, where he wins first prize for his sculpture Aida Sunbathing.
2011
L’Ateneu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Barcelona.
Group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
Japó’ART11 fundraising group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
Group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, old city hall of León, Spain.
39th Saló Anual d’Art by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Plaça del Rei exhibition hall, Santa Maria de Martorelles, Barcelona.
2010
He takes part in 16th Fira de Forjadors i Artistes del Ferro de Besalú, Girona.
Group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
Group exhibition at Forja Viva 2010, Museu Marítim, Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Alpens, Barcelona.
Group exhibition by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona, Couvent des Minimes exhibition hall, Perpignan, France.
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Group exhibition of 3rd Premi Sorolla a les Arts, València.
Sala El Socós, Jérica, Castelló.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
38th Saló Anual d’Art by members of Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
2009
He takes part in 15th Fira de Forjadors i Artistes del Ferro de Besalú, Girona.
Group exhibition, Alpens, Barcelona.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
4th Premi de Pintura Ràpida Ricard Mira is held, sala Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
2008
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
3rd Premi de Pintura Ràpida Ricard Mira is held, sala Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Casa de la Cultura, Jérica, Castelló.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Group exhibition to mark the opening of L’Ateneu’s Auditorium and Exposition Hall, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Barcelona.
2007
He takes part in 13th Fira de Forjadors i Artistes del Ferro de Besalú, Girona.
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Casa de la Cultura, Jérica, Castelló.
2nd Premi de Pintura Ràpida Ricard Mira is held, sala Museu del Vi de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
2006
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Sala Camarón de la Casa de la Cultura, Segorbe, Castelló.
Sala Municipal, Navajas, Castelló.
The Downtown Neighborhood Association at Martorelles starts the Premi de Pintura Ràpida Ricard Mira: 1st Premi de Pintura Ràpida Ricard Mira is held, sala Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Iglesia Primitiva, Altura, Castelló.
Casa de la Cultura, Jérica, Castelló.
Centre Cultural, Canovelles, Barcelona.
2005
He takes part in 7th Feria de Arte Contemporáneo ArteSevilla, Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Sevilla.
Group exhibition, Miami, Florida, United States.
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Sala Barna, Barcelona.
Casa de la Cultura, Jérica, Castelló.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
He takes part in 57th Frankfurt Book Fair’s Art Hall, Frankfurt, Germany.
2004
Group exhibitions, Sala Barna, Barcelona.
Sala Joana Barcala, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Casa de la Cultura, Jérica, Castelló.
He takes part in 56th Frankfurt Book Fair’s Art Hall, Frankfurt, Germany.
Restaurant La Plaça, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
L’Ateneu, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Barcelona.
2003
Group exhibition, Museu Abelló, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Espai Imaginari, Badalona, Barcelona.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
2002
Sala de l’Escola Orfeònica, Martorelles, Barcelona.
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
2001
Sala de l’Escola Orfeònica, Martorelles, Barcelona.
1999
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
1998
Centre Cultural ”El Local”, Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona.
Sala dels Trinitaris, Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Sala “2.0”, Barcelona.
During the 47th World Shooting Championship’s opening in Mollet del Vallès, a copper relief made by Ricard Mira is delivered to HM Juan Carlos I, King of Spain.
Sala del Patronat Granja Soldevila, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, Barcelona.
Sala Municipal, Sant Fost de Campsentelles, Barcelona.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
1997
Sala de Can Gili, Granollers, Barcelona.
1996
Sala Municipal, Santa Maria de Martorelles, Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Sala del Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
1995
Sala Municipal, Santa Maria de Martorelles, Barcelona.
Mollet Art’95 group exhibition, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Sala de l’Auditori Municipal, Montcada i Reixac, Barcelona.
Sala del Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Vic, Barcelona.
Group exhibition, Sala del Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona.
1994
Casal Cultural, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Sala Municipal, Santa Maria de Martorelles, Barcelona.
Sala Pere Ardiaca, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
1993
Sala Fiveller, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Vinyes Velles high school, Montornès del Vallès, Barcelona.
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
1992
La Marineta, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
1991
Sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
1990
La Marineta, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.
Generalitat de Catalunya’s travelling group exhibition, sala de Can Carrencà, Martorelles, Barcelona.
1984
Restaurant La Marieta, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona.