Forcefully defying traditional styles, Joan Taltavull’s surrealistic art draws upon a keen observation of the natural world, infusing a gothic glimpse of reality within his darkly psychological and symbolic visions of the contemporary world. Intricately drawn with a powerful sensitivity for anatomical accuracy, line, and structure, Taltavull’s detailed works offer a disturbing reflection of modern society, expressing a soulful passion, pain, and hollow longing in the grotesque disfigurement of figures and animal forms. The artist skillfully utilizes a wide range of media, including gouache, pencil on paper or canvas, collage, mixed media, and digital technologies all while maintaining the consistency of his signature mark. Throughout Taltavull’s art the spontaneous and studied traces of his creative process are preserved in the presence of sketches, notes, and unworked segments, infusing his works with a spiritual and human presence.
Born in Barcelona, Joan Taltavull studied at the Mahon Arts School and received a degree in Fashion Design in Barcelona. He recently left behind a successful career in fashion and as a tattoo artist to move to London and focus on his own art professionally.