Photo credit: Ixone Sádaba
Iñaki Imaz's work is primarily pictorial. Painting is a means of expression rather than an end in itself. In his work the artist adopts an attitude of irony and disbelief, questioning the authority of the image of the artist as genius. Under the abstract appearance, Imaz’s three-dimensional pictures and interventions address issues such as the family, separation, personal experiences, desire, love, the figure, but also issues such as the boundaries of painting. His paintings work as an analogy of the border between the individual and the collective, including a leisure and educational component in all his activities.
Iñaki Imaz (Donostia/San Sebastián, 1965) lives in Gamiz-Fika (Bizkaia). In 1989 he won first prize at the New Artists Competition run by the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council. Teaching is one of his areas of activity and he has been a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Leioa (UPV/EHU) since the early nineties. He has also taught workshops such as Lo mío in Sala Rekalde in Bilbao (2007) and Lupa e Imán in Arteleku (Donostia/San Sebastián) in 2005. Over three decades, Imaz has presented his work at exhibitions in different cultural centres of the Basque Country (Elorrio, Beasain, Egia) and the Museum of Art and History of Durango. He has also presented his work in individual exhibitions: 5 lobitos/Masa Cándida, Galería Alegría, Madrid (2013); Pintura Universitaria, Antigua Galería La Brocha, Bilbao (2011); La vida Animazioak, Torre de Ariz, Basauri (2010); Lo mío, Sala Rekalde , Bilbao (2007); Tronco, Beittu Art Gallery, Durango (2003); and in collective exhibitions such as: El contrato, La Alhóndiga, Bilbao (2014); Iñaki Imaz/Kiko Pérez, Galería Carreras Múgica, Bilbao (2010); Uno más uno multitud, Espacio Doméstico, Madrid (2009); No te separes de nosotros, Donostia-Madrid-Buenos Aires (2003).