The Muses are Conrad Roset’s most personal work as well as his most renowned and widespread, the work which has marked and defined him the most as an artist. They started as sketches from life, stolen moments, intimate life caught unawares. The intimacy transmitted by these mysterious women who talk with us from their canvasses and pages is nothing but that of the illustrator with his work. Their self-controlled sensualities, their broken beauties exude expressivity and refer us to Conrad Roset’s referent, Egon Schiele.
Faithful to their origin as pieces of art work, the Muses project constitute, above all, a double exploration: of the female body, its mystery and fascination, and at the same time, of the artist himself, his imaginary and his language in constant metamorphosis. Because Conrad Roset has been outlining his style on bodies of women, following his will to experiment and his wish for self-discovery, using different materials for bases and also different techniques for drawing.
Little by little, lines are refined until they reach the essential, and that’s the most important thing that we can see in these latest Muses that are presented in this exhibition.

Conrad Roset (1984, Barcelona/Spain) spent the first part of his life in Terrassa, his native city, among boxes of crayons, felt-tip pens and notebooks; the other part in Barcelona, surrounded by paints, moleskine notebooks, muses, colored pencils, and in the company of his gray cat. Drawing has been his passion and a constant feature in his life, since he played with his brother at drawing everything they liked until, years later, he draw inspiration from women to create the Muses, his most personal collection. “I search the beauty the body exudes, I like drawing the female figure.” He received his education at the Joso School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Thanks to the spreading of his illustrations through the Internet, he started working for Zara. There, he says, he learnt about his trade, about regularity, and how to study styles of reference illustrators. A year later, he launched himself as a freelance artist, and since then he works for different brands, advertising agencies, and publishing companies. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums, such as the MOMA in Virginia, Spoke Art in San Francisco, London Miles in London, Tipos Infames in Madrid, and Artevistas and Miscelanea in Barcelona. Besides, he is a professor of illustration at the School of Design BAU.


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