Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987) is a Photographer, Cinematographer and Video artist. She was born in Madrid 1987 and is currently based in Berlin. She earned the bachelor's degree in Advertisement & Public Relations and Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She followed with getting the International Masters at EFTI specializing in Conceptual Photography and Artistic Creation.
At the inception of her artistic development she was highly influenced by course on the Narrative effects of light (Cinematography).
The use of Light and its aesthetic reververations is for instance a very important part of her work which led her to explore and experiment with it in the Northern Europe countries.
Her resume features more than 400 exhibitions, video installations and festivals, all over the world (in important places like Palais de Tokyo -Paris-, Project Art Space -NYC-, Kunsthalle & Deutsche Oper -Berlin-, Círculo de Bellas Artes -Madrid-, MUA Alicante, Da2 Salamanca Museum, etc.).
Irene Cruz also participated in important Art Fairs such as ARCO or Art Madrid, Positions (Berlin), MIA (Milan), Art Basel and Photo Basel... In April 2017, Irene Cruz was the guest artist of La Quatrième Image photography fair in Paris.
She has won several awards, including a second prize in Fototalentos (organized by the Banco Santander Foundation in 2010), the second prize in AENA Foundation Photography Contest and the first prize in Iberdrola Photography contest in 2014. She was also awarded by the International platform Elmur.net for the best video artwork of 2014.
Cruz has participated in the renowned festival Photoespaña for the last 6 years for different galleries and art spaces. She was also highlighted as the emerging artist with the most international projection prospects by an art specialist jury of Why on White, composed by some of the most prominent gallerists and cultural managers in recent years.
Nowadays she combines her work on fine art photography with teaching in several Schools and Universities in Europe, and her works as a videographer for Music Videos, Video art pieces, commercials and documentary films. During 2017 Cruz first performed as a DoP for a feature film on Alejo Moreno's Spanish Independent film "Diana", which was been selected in several international film festivals (Málaga, Montreal, Paris...) and has already premiered in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Germany and the USA.
Her artworks are also part of important international collections.
My Artwork is about mystery, privacy, integration with the landscape ... I work away from customisation to represent universal emotions and feelings.
Another distinguishing feature is the light, a light of sunset, a cold light ...that’s “my light”, I always feel very big attraction that light dim and intimate, subdued, serene, enveloping the stage. Rarely I show faces in my photos.
Although I think the main key is what means the word “liminal” (refe- rring to a position of an initial stage of a process, or be on both sides of a boundary or threshold). I mean, are between day and night, between the tranquility and restlessness. Is not a limit. It is a road, a bridge.
Nature is everything.
About Irene Cruz's artworks
Irene Cruz creates her artworks using natural elements and blue lights. Most of her photographs and videos are depersonalised portraits interacting with nature. She photographs feature a cinematographic atmosphere, and combine fiction with reality, rendering her work highly recognizable.
Influenced by cinematographers as Emmanuel Lubezki, Lance Acord and Christopher Doyle, Irene Cruz’s ephemeral yet exquisitely crafted works have a natural elegance that brings us back to the German Romanticism paintings and imaginary. She engulfs us in her universe and makes us part her work, feeling like voyeurs of the way she perceives the landscapes.
Irene Cruz (Madrid, 1987) is an artist who is gaining a remarkable personality, with a very recognisable style for everyone nowadays. It is difficult not to be seduced by her pictures, especially by the aura of mystery and poetry inside their atmospheres, with a cinematographic environment, but also by the fact that she knows how to articulate what at first glance could seem opposite to us; fiction and reality, nature and human presence.
Nati Guil Grund. VGallery Chef Kuratorin
About Irene Cruz's Video Art
Irene Cruz started her professional career as a photographer, later adding the medium of video to her artistic repertoire. her video artworks discover the realm of film, literally seen as moving images. they oscillate between the boundaries of minimalistic “one-action” narratives and photographic snapshots, fixed in time and space. in the harmonic universe of Cruz’ works there are relations of tender treatment and therapeutic cure which establish the grid of intimate connections between the cultural and natural aspects of life. these ascetic visual worlds seem to be self-sufficient; they deliver the self-referential time-based structures of simultaneity in Bergson’s sense, which tend to juxtapose the viewer’s feeling of time. there is no representation of faces nor explicit identities in the video works – the environments visible are not inviting. the visual aesthetics can be labeled as “for private use only”, they force the viewer to fulfil the role of a voyeur. therefore every show is an „exceptional” one, revealing our economy of seeing in discourses of (bio)power, violance and surveillance.
Timur Kiselev, Art historian, Freie Universität, Berlin