The Kiln Rooms
“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows,
the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”
My practice focuses in ceramics & drawing. I´m influenced by the occidental tradition of chiaroscuro, the synthesis of forms found in twentieth century art and the value given to crafts in oriental ink drawings, prints and ceramics. I ́m interested in imaginary narratives of the human condition, exploring fictional mutations and surreal associations around identity from a biological point of view and related to the concept of Deep Time. My methodology follows intuitive processes as a response to the material and I articulate these to create semi abstract expressive shapes in drawings and sculptures often mysterious and symbolic that sit in ambiguous and sometimes contradictory areas of interpretation.
Manuel Calvo ( Palma de Mallorca 1974 ) is a ceramicist and visual artist trained in Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, where he completed a diploma in artistic ceramics in 2006 with a graduation project inspired by Ken Eastman during a summer workshop at the Glasgow School of Art. His first solo exhibition Anopheles in 2009 showcased paper clay ceramics together with plaster, resin, iron and silver sculptures. Manuel Calvo lives in London where he currently exhibits his ceramic work and drawings. He is a member and ceramics teacher at The Kiln Rooms, Peckham.
2006 Part-time Ceramics Degree ( First semester ) Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
2002-06 Artistic Ceramics Diploma ESD Design College, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
1992-98 BA Printmaking speciality, Faculty of Fine Arts, UCM Madrid, Spain
2020 “PANGAEA” The Zetter Hotel Clerkenwell, London,UK
2009 “ANOPHELES” Maneu Art Gallery , Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2002 “ETCHING & COMICS” Postalbit, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2020 “WINTER EXHIBITION “ Thrown Contemporary Gallery, London, UK
2020 “COMIC NOSTRUM 2020” Casal Solleric Palma de Mallorca. Can Gelabert,
2019 “CHRISTMAS SHOW” The Kiln Rooms, London, UK
2019 “SHOWROOM-NEW WORK” Assembly Point Gallery Space, Peckham, UK
2019 “COMIC NOSTRUM 2019” Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2019 “St.MICHAELS ART FESTIVAL” Stockwell, London UK
2019 “SUMMER SHOW” Ceramics exhibition, The kiln Rooms, London, UK
2018 “SURFACE” Ceramics exhibition. The Kiln Rooms Clay Store, London,UK
2018 “SUMMER SHOW” Ceramics exhibition. The Kiln Rooms London,UK
2018 “LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMICS ART FESTIVAL”. Kendal ,UK
2018 “COMIC NOSTRUM 2018”. Palma de Mallorca ,Spain
2018 “CHRISTMAS SHOW” Ceramics, The Kiln Rooms London,UK
2018 “SA GALERA”. Casal Balaguer, Mallorca, Spain.
2017 “ILLUSTRATOR ́S SUMMER FAIR” House of Illustration London, UK
2016 Residency at Islington Mill, Manchester
2015 “THE HOSPITAL CLUB” Music for videoarts Anemoi, Pectinidae.London,UK
2014 “SPAIN NOW FESTIVAL:ANEMOI”. Composing and performing live music for performance. London, UK
2012 “OBJECTS & GRAPHICS” Palmyra Sculpture Centre, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
“TOTS A TAULA” CUBIC ART Gallery- Palma de Mallorca, Spain
“CENTENARI MIQUEL OLIVER” Composing and performing music for performance.
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2011 “PECTINIDAE”. Music and sound effects for videoart
2010 “ALART Festival 2010” Alaró, Mallorca, Spain
2010 “TO VIBRATE” Performance with Mercedes Boronat. Es Baluard Museum Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2009 “ XIX DRAWING CONTEST GREGORIO PRIETO” Gregorio Prieto Foundation Museum Valdepeñas,
Sala La lonja, Madrid.
2009“ NEW PRESENCES 09 “ sculpture, drawing & ceramics exhibition. Espai Mallorca, Barcelona.
Misericordia Chapel and Museum for Contemporary Art Can Planes, Mallorca,Spain.
2008 “ARTISTS AT CA ́N DANÚS” Drawing exhibition. Can Danus Art Centre, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2007 “PAPER, CANE AND CLAY” Ceramics exhibition. Sa Taronja Cultural Centre, Mallorca, Spain
2005 “RACONTE-ARTS” FESTIVAL. LACD Tizi Ouzou. Ath Yanni,Argelia.
2002 “ART JOVE 2002” Comic contest. Best Drawing award.
Casal Balaguer, Andratx Council, Sa Punta des Molí Cultural Centre Ibiza, Spain
2020 " EMERGING POTTERS" magazine No18 & 19
2018 “JOURNEY 1” Fanzine . “ACALLAR “ Fanzine
2017 “JOURNEY 0” and “CAVES” Fanzines
2015 “I.E.“ Fanzine
2009 “ANOPHELES” Exhibition catalogue ,
2009 “XIX DRAWING CONTEST GREGORIO PRIETO” Catalogue , “NOVES PRESENCIES” Catalogue
WORK IN COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS
2018 HARBOUR CYCLES. Mural artwork. Loughborough Junction, London, UK
2017 H & C DAVID Ceramics for private collection, London, UK
2016 BRIXTON EAST 1871. Illustrations. London, UK
2012 PALMYRA SCULPTURE CENTRE. Ceramics. Palma de Mallorca , Spain
2009 CONSELL DE MALLORCA, Noves Presències. Sculpture. Mallorca, Spain
2020/21 LONDON CREATIVE NETWORK Professional development programme, London UK
2009 “ NEW PRESENCES“ Cultural programme. Mallorca, Spain.
2009 “ XIX DRAWING CONTEST GREGORIO PRIETO” Shortlisted.
2002 “ART JOVE 2002”. Winner best drawing.
ART EDUCATION FOR ADULTS
2018- 20 CERAMICS TUTOR The Kiln Rooms, Peckham- London
2017- 20 ARTIST FACILITATOR Renal Dialysis and Neuro Rehabilitation patients
St George ́s Hospital Tooting, London
2017- 2019 ART TUTOR Watercolour, Drawing & painting. Malden Centre, New Malden, London