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BLANCA ORAA

28238 Rey de Copas Malibu, CA 90265

Ph: 310-589-5222

Fax: 310-457-9750

E-mail: boraa@grn.es

Born: Bilbao, Spain 1946

Biography

Blanca Oraa was born in the Basque Country, Spain, in 1946. She has had solo exhibitions at galleries in most of the capital cities in Europe, including the Gallery Loulou Lazard in Berlin, Germany, and U98 Gallery in Madrid, Spain.

Oraa's work has been featured in several group shows at museums and cultural centers, including the Fine Art Museum of Navarra, Spain; San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian, Spain; the Museum of Vitoria in Vitoria, Spain; and in "Euskadi Margolaritzen," a traveling exhibition in Poland and Czech Republic, representing the art of the Basque Country.

In addition, her work has been in public and corporate collections, including those at the National Museum of Calcographie in Madrid, Spain; the Basque Country Government, Spain; and Cantabria's Government, Spain.

Oraa has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Osakidetza Runner-up from the Basque Country Government in 1991.

Oraa attended the Art Department at the Basque Country University and received her M.F.A. In 1976.

SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS (*=Single Shows)'

1996 L.A. Art Scene - Charles Aidikoff Screening Room Art Gala, Beverly Hills, California Epicurus Gallery, Santa Monica, California

1995 Divine Design 95 - Los Angeles, California

1994 * Aixerrota Gallery - Guecho, Spain Flecha 94 - Madrid, Spain * Race Gallery - Madrid, Spain

1993 * Tamarises Gallery - Guecho, Spain * Aixerrota Gallery - Guecho, Spain * B & C Gallery - Algorta, Spain Flecha 93 - Madrid, Spain

1992 * "Assemblage", I'auteri Gallery - Fuenterrabia, Spain * Tamarises Gallery - Guecho, Spain Flecha 92 - Madrid, Spain Homage to Gorriaran, Tavira Gallery - Bilbao, Spain

1991 * Torrebillela Kultur Etxea - Munguia, Spain Basque Country Painters (Pintores Vascos), Arriaga Theatre - Bilbao, Spain * U 98 Gallery - Madrid, Spain * Llodio Kultur Etxea - Alava, Spain

1990 * Torrelavega's Art Gallery - Cantabria, Spain Osakidetza, Juan Larrea's Gallery - Bilbao, Spain * Portugalete's Art Gallery - Vizcaya, Spain * U 98 Gallery - Madrid, Spain * "Wounden und Instalationen, Hauptstadt der Scherzen", Gallery Loulou Lazard - Berlin, Germany

1989 * Arteta Gallery - Bilbao, Spain Art Centrum, Prague, Czechoslovakia Euskadi Margolaritzen - Poland * Algorta's Kultur Etxea - Vizcaya, Spain 1988 * Iru'a Gallery - Bilbao, Spain Self-Portraits, Windsor Gallery - Bilbao, Spain Modern Art Museum - Pamplona, Spain San Telmo Art Museum - San Sebastian, Spain Modern Art Museum - Vitoria, Spain B Gallery - San Sebastian, Spain Luzaro Gallery - Bilbao, Spain "Peque'o Formato", Arteta Gallery - Bilbao, Spain Basque Country Art Exhibition - Baracaldo, Spain Etnography Museum - Bilbao, Spain

COMMISSIONS

Proyecto Hombre Anagram - Bilbao, Spain - 1992

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

*Cantabria Government Art Collection - Cantabria, Spain * Basque Country Government Collection - Vitoria, Spain * National Museum of Calcographie - Madrid, Spain * Proyecto Hombre Institution - Bilbao, Spain

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Iberico 2000 - "Most Relevant Spanish Painters" - Barcelona, Spain, 1994 * Flecha 94 - Madrid, Spain, 1994 * Flecha 93 - Madrid, Spain, 1993 * Women in Spanish Art - Madrid, Spain, 1992 * Flecha 92 - Madrid, Spain, 1992 * Arte Iberoamericano 1900-1990, Ediciones CD Arte & UNESCO * Euskadi Margulariten in Poland and Prague, Juan Elva - Bilbao, Spain, 1988 * Arteder 86 Catalog - Bilbao, Spain 1986 * Arteder 84 Catalog - Bilbao, Spain 1984 * Arteder 82 Catalog - Bilbao, Spain 1982

AWARDS AND HONORS

* Osakidetza Runner-up, Basque Country Government - Bilbao, Spain 1990 * Golden Medal, First Biennal C.M.A. - Guecho, Spain 1967

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Drawing and Painting Class, Art Department, Alonso Academy of Art - Guecho, Spain, 1980-81

EDUCATION

Art Department, Basque Country University - Bilbao, Spain, M.F.A. 1976Artist Statement

My life and my artwork are in such harmony that it is impossible to separate one from the other. Sometimes I know about my life through my paintings, and vice versa.

The force of my life pushes me with such strength that I often need to invent new techniques in order to accomplish the requirements of my entelechy.

Such is the case of my recent series of mixed media artwork called "Stapling," because of the constant use of this tool.

My new life in California, my adjustment to this culture and free way of living - the rhythm, the pace - so fast - invite me to take a new step in expressing myself. The result is this new series of paintings related to the American quilt, as a way of approximation and adaptation to the American Heritage.

Here I am, trying to discover my own shadow under the California sun.

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