With her oil paintings, Cristina Prieto Crespi expertly demonstrates how abstraction can be a subtle art. Unusually among most artists working today, Crespi breaks images down by exploring the smaller things, such as the many variations one detail can have. She does simplify and flatten forms, but only to a restrained extent, so that the viewer may appreciate an uncanny look at real-world objects rather than an out-and-out unrecognizable one. She finds value in the slightly tilted perspective without having to resort to jarring extremes.
Crespi chiefly paints elements of nature - single blossoms, currents of wind, tree branches - and the human figure caught in quiet, private moments. She frames her subjects simply, often building compositions around a single body or shape. Her colors are vibrant without tipping over into inorganic: they are the best of what the natural world has to offer, presented as a series of brilliant contrasts.
Crespi was born in Madrid, Spain and has gone on to become a prize-winning fixture of that city's art scene. Her work is also in several prominent Madrid-based collections.