Mara Sola (1975). Spanish visual artist based in Norway since 2012.
Sola's main medium is painting, but she also applies other media. To date, her work has been influenced by the notion of alienation and the feeling of not belonging to any place in particular. New locations and the personal response-awareness to new surroundings have challenged her with questions on qualities and different levels of consciousness and the construction of self, leading to contemplate transpersonal psychology as developed by Carl. G. Jung and others. With a shy and melancholic mood of alienation, silent adaptation and understanding of the inner worlds the paintings convey "dream-scapes" where the borders between real and surreal become ambiguous.
Sola holds a B.A Honours Degree (2010) from G.M.I.T University Ireland. She was an artist in residence at Sachaqa Art centre in Peru (2015); Ajay Sharma School Jaipur (2014), exhibited in Studio17-Stavanger (2014), Inngang, Rogaland Kunstsenter (2013), Dublin Contemporary (2011). Mara was awarded as Emerging Artist by Visual Arts Ireland (2010). She is a member of NBK and BKFR.
2016 C. G. Jung Red Book seminar. Vienna.
2016 Holotropic Breathwork & Transpersonal Therapy with S. Grof, Spain
2015 Introduction to Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology. Dublin. Ireland.
2015 Holotropic Breathwork & Transpersonal Therapy with S. Grof, Spain
2013 Rajasthani Miniature Painting course. Ajay Sharma. Jaipur.India.
2012 Train the Trainer. Teaching course. W.M.C Galway. Ireland.
2009-2010 B.A. (Honours) Fine Art in Painting. First Class Honours. G.M.I.T. Ireland
2006-2009 B.A. Art and Design in Painting. (Distinction) G.M.I.T. Galway. Ireland
2002-2003 Photography, Black & White. Art Center. Altea. Spain
2018 Porcupine´s Dilemma. Hå Gamle prestegard.Nærbø.Norway
2014 Borderline. Negativa Moderna. Archer. Florida.USA
2012 Borderline. The Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar. Ireland.
2011 Inner Spaces. N. 8. Galway Art Centre. Ireland.
2017 Peace dinner.Glamat Festival.Stavanger. Norge.
2017 Sea Sick Fish, Ocean+Human project. Stavanger. Norway.
2014 On Nature. Studio17.(two people show) Stavanger. Norway
2013 Inngang 2013. Rogaland Kuntsenter. Stavanger. Norway
2012 Hyperopia. Clifden Arts Festival. Ireland
2011 The Manchester Contemporary. Art Fair 2011 Mermaid& Monster Gallery.
2011 Nothing gold can stay. Angelika Gallery &Studios.London.U.K
2011 Art Now. Dublin Contemporary 2011. Dublin.
2011 Artspace 25 Anniversary. Galway Arts Center. Ireland
2011 Manifest. Kinsale Arts Week. Ireland
2011 "How the light gets in”The Globe in Hay. England.
2011 Adapt. Niland Gallery. Galway. Ireland
2010 "By a route obscure and lonely“.Triskel Art Center. Ireland. 2010 Put a lid on it. Galway Arts Center. Ireland
2010 Manchester Art Fair. Mermaid & Monster Gallery.
2010 Assemblage. Clifden Arts Festival. Ireland.
2010 B.A. Degree Show Cluain Mhuire. Galway. Ireland.
2009 Royal Dublin Society. Regional Cultural Center Donegal. Ireland.
2009 Red Rua Arts Centre. Tallaght. Dublin.Ireland
2009 C.O.E Claremorries. Curated by Tom Morton. Ireland.
2009 Ealaion at Lunasa . Galway Art Centre. Ireland.
2009 Art of Nurture. Huge Lane Gallery, Dublin.
2019 Stavanger Kommune artist residency in Berlin.
2008 SIM. Reykjavik. Iceland
2015 Sachaqa. Art Center. San Roque de Cumbaza .Peru.
2010 Emerging Artist Award by Visual Artist Ireland.
2002 Moros y Cristinanos. First & Second prize .Black&White Photography. Altea. Spain
2001 Moros y Cristinanos First price in Black &white Photography. Altea. Spain.
Trond Borgen. Art critic. Stavanger. Norway
Stavanger Kommune. Norway.
Visual Artists Ireland. Dublin
Office of Public Works. Dublin
Private collectors in U.S.A, Norway, Ireland, U.K and Spain.
2014 Inngang 14- Kunstnerpresentasjoner. Rogaland Kunstsenter.Stavanger. Norway
2013 Contemporary Drawing Workshop. Norman’s gate Studios. Stavanger. Norway
2012 Contemporary Drawing Workshop. Forge studios. Galway. Ireland.
2011 Introduction to oil painting workshop. Forge studios. Galway. Ireland
2011 Summer Camps. Westport. Co. Mayo. Ireland
2012 Gesso making workshops. The Black box Studios. Galway. Ireland