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Lita Cabellut

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Known for  Painting
Name  Lita Cabellut

Lita Cabellut
Born  24 October 1961 (age 54) (1961-10-24) Barcelona, Spain
Education  Gerrit Rietveld Academy
Awards  Premio de Cultura Gitana de Pintura y Artes Plasticas (2011)

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Lita Cabellut (born 1961 in Sariñena, Aragon) is a Spanish painter who lives and works in The Hague, Netherlands. Cabellut works on large scale canvases using a contemporary variation of the fresco technique.


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Early life and influences

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Born a gipsy girl in a village in Aragon, Cabellut moved to Barcelona as a child where her mother ran a brothel. She was left under the care of her grandmother but spent most of her days on the streets begging, scamming, selling 'imaginary stars'. At the age of twelve Lita was adopted by a Catalan family. During this new period she discovered the Prado Museum and became inspired by the paintings of Goya, Velázquez, Ribera and Rembrandt.

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Lita Cabellut moved to The Netherlands at the age of 19 to pursue her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where she studied between 1982 and 1984. During these years her work would be influenced by the Dutch masters and she developed some of the artist techniques that have become her distinguishing mark.

Art Techniques

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Working on large-scale canvases, Spanish artist Lita Cabellut has developed a contemporary variation of the classic fresco technique and a recognizable personal palette style that comes from her obsession to provide her characters with a skin. However, beyond her most recognized works and techniques Cabellut is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works also include pieces in media such as: oil on canvas, drawings on paper sculptures, photography, poetry, visual poems and videos.


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Lita Cabellut's work is grouped conceptually in collections or series of paintings. The collection “Frida, The Black Pearl” (2010) pays tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, in which Cabellut depicts Kahlo’s life while including many of her own experiences. This series inspired Cabellut to create “Coco, The Testimony of Black and White” (2011), a collection that portrays this fashion icon through 35 large-scale portraits. “A Portrait of Human knowledge” (2012) continues Cabellut’s previous work with portraits of some of the most influential icons of knowledge from the past 150 years, including Stravinsky, Nureyev, Marie Curie, Billie Holiday, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rudolf Steiner and Sigmund Freud.

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With “The Trilogy of the Doubt”, a collection composed by socially inspired triptych paintings about power, injustice and ignorance, Cabellut received attention both in her native Spain in The Netherlands. The portrait collection “Dried Tear” (2013) expresses Cabellut’s fascination and admiration for Asian culture. Cabellut’s series about the Dutch Golden Age entitled “The Black Tulip” (2014) was inspired by one of the most famous national symbols of the Netherlands.

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For her latest collection “Blind Mirror” (2015), Cabellut explored culture and religion, focusing on some of the most influential religions that have been known to humanity.


Since her first exhibition at the Town Hall of El Masnou, Barcelona, in 1978, Cabellut's work has been exhibited all around the world, including New York, Dubai, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong, Barcelona, London, Paris, Venice, Monaco and Seoul.

Some of her other solo museum exhibitions to note include: “Trilogy of the Doubt” (2013) at Fundación Vilacasas in Barcelona, Spain and NoordBrabants Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands; “Here to Stay” (2014), at Kunststation Kleinsassen in Berlin, Germany; “100 Masterpieces” (2014) at Seoul Art Centre in Seoul, South Korea; “Black Tulip” in State Visit Okura Hotel in Tokyo (2014), Japan; and “Blind Mirror” (2015) at Hälsingland Museum in Hudiksvall, Sweden.


On 8 April 2011 Lita was awarded with the “Premio de Cultura Gitana de Pintura y Artes Plásticas” (Gypsy Culture Award for Paint and Plastic Arts) by “Instituto de Cultura Gitana” (Institute of Gypsy Culture) in recognition to the work done in benefit of this group’s culture anywhere in the world.

In March 2015 Lita was invited by the Barcelona-based Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes to be a jury member for the 2015 “Figurativas” competition. “Figurativas” is a yearly art competition seeking to promote and diffuse Figurative Art.


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