One of the best memories I have of my childhood is of growing up in a house in the middle of nature, in the center of the island of Ibiza. The best place to be was outside the house, and we spent hours with my brothers and sisters playing at making holes in the ground, filling them with water, adding sand, and with this mixture we made bowls and shapes that we left to dry in the sun. This constant connection with nature and its creative possibilities made me decide to study sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia. There I discovered the beauty of the materials and I experimented with all the ones I could (bronze, wood, iron, stone, synthetic materials…).
When I finished my degree I moved to Barcelona, where I shared a workshop with other artists in the Raval of Barcelona where we had individual and collective exhibitions and other cultural events.
Another of my passions is teaching and after studying a Master in art and education at the UB I enjoyed for seven years to teach Visual and Visual Arts and Volume for primary school teachers at the Faculty of Education of the University of Barcelona while I was studying a second Master in university teaching.
For some years now I have been living in Breda, a village with a ceramic tradition at the foot of the Montseny. Here I have been able to settle in a large workshop where I have decided to dedicate myself full time to sculpture and to deepen in the possibilities of ceramic sculpture. So I signed up for several training courses at the Escola de la Ceràmica de La Bisbal: earthenware and high temperature glazes with Dolors Ros and ceramic tiles with Josep Matés. I have also been training with other artists doing monographic courses: of turning with Penélope Vallejo, of high temperature glazes with local resources with Anna Felipe, of sculptural techniques with Alberto Bustos, of ceramic tiles for porcelain with the Japanese ceramist Kazuko Uga and also of image transfers on ceramics with Javier Ramos.
Currently, I combine the development of my creative work with the teaching of ceramic sculpture in my workshop. You can consult the courses in operation here.
Cécile Ribas. Ibiza 1977. Lives and works in Breda (Catalonia, Spain)
1995-2000 Universitat Politècnica de València, Fac. de St Carles – Bachelor of Fine Arts.
2000-2001 Universitat de Barcelona, Faculty of Fine Arts – Postgraduate course “Fire and Earth”. Research on ceramic molds for bronze casting.
2004 Gallery Van der Voort / Ibiza / “The room’s girls”.
2002 Exhibition hall Sa Punta d’es Molí, Ajuntament de Sant Antoni, / Ibiza / “Les Vacances de Lola”
2023 Setoshin Art Gallery. Seto / Aichi / Japó. Exhibition of the project relized along the residence Seto International Ceramic & Glass Art Exchange Program
2022 Somos Kunstraum, Berlin. No soy un objeto sexual I am not a sexual object[I am not a sexual object]. Curated by Diana Padrón. Collaboration with two pieces for the exhibition of Nathalie Rey.
2021 Els Forns Exhibition Hall, Breda City Hall / Catalonia / “Artistic ceramics in Breda”.La ceràmica artística a Breda”
2010 4th edition of the Living Moon / El Ravall / Barcelona / Artistic intervention“La casa de l’àvia”
2008 Art and Architecture Space / Girona / Group exhibition “Author’s madness”.“Follia d’autor”
2004 Sala Golden d’ Or / Barcelona / “The soul of Ciutat Vella”.“l’Ànima de Ciutat Vella”
2003 Golden d’ Or Gallery / Barcelona / “RadaR”
2003 Golden d’Or / Barcelona / “Bingo”
2002 Sala Golden d’Or / Barcelona /The night of the dead“La noche es de los muertos”
2002 Sala Golden d’Or / Barcelona / “La Pelugráfica Fotoquería” (in the programming of the Primavera Fotográfica”)
2001 Sala Golden d’Or / Barcelona / “Monstres del barri” “Monsters of the neighborhood”.
2001 Sala Golden d’Or / Barcelona / “Ya es otoño en Golden d’Or”
From 1996 to 2000 he participates in several collective exhibitions, in the Valencian Country, Holland and the Balearic Islands.
Awards and Scholarships
2022 Seto International Ceramic & Glass Art Exchange Program / Japan / Artist in Residence
2021 Diputació de Girona. Projecta’t Award.
2010 Biennal of ceramics La Galera. / Tarragona / Honorable Mention
2001 Universidad Complutense de Madrid / Scholarship for participation in the Sculpture Workshop directed by Julio López Hernández.
2000 Consellería de las Islas Baleares / 1st prize in sculpture Young Art Contest.
2000 National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro /Havana /Cuba/Participation in the *International Symposium of marble carving “La *Puerta de la *Amistad”.
1998-1999 Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving” /s’Hertoguenbosch /Holland /Erasmus Scholarship
Museum of Contemporary Art of Ibiza.
Alaquàs City Council / València
Hoxton Hotel. Barcelona
Other private collections in Seville, Mallorca, France and Holland.