Raquel Blazquez

Exploring consciousness, trauma, emotion

and movement through art

Hello, I'm Raquel! I was born in Barcelona in 1994, and nowadays I'm based in Bristol. As a curious fact, Blazquez is my 2nd surname, which comes from my mother, and I now use it proudly as my artistic name.

When I was a kid drawing and creating was my favourite thing. I especially loved drawing women and portraits. Believe it or not, I also really enjoyed science, which lead me to study Veterinary Medicine when I grew up (I know, it sounds completely unrelated).

In my mid-twenties I started painting again, and this time, I finally started believing I was a creative person and an artist.

I have always been interested in psychology, philosophy, sociology, spirituality, and all that wonders about the human mind and the world we live in. I find it fascinating. For years I have practiced yoga, learnt about thoughts, dug into trauma, danced, laughed and cried, but… for me painting is the ultimate therapy, my ultimate passion. I also connect with nature deeply and I am extremely concerned about climate change and the socio-economic systems in which we live in, and as many others, I want to see a change.

You can now understand what I do and why I do it. I love to represent human emotion and movement through portraits and human figures. I use colour as a carrier of these emotions, my own emotions, into the paintings. All my pieces are a way to convey healing to other people, especially focusing on empowering women. They are also my own lessons and my own healing path, as I learn through each one of them. Nature is another basic in my paintings, specially on those more abstract or on my backgrounds. I believe that through individual healing we can achieve collective healing and a better world.

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Exhibitions

'We are history', Solo show

No.1 Harbourside, Bristol (Dec 2022 - Jan 2023)

 

Totterdown Arts Trail

Totterdown Methodist Church, Bristol (19 - 20 Nov 2022)

North Street Art Gallery

Bristol (Aug - Oct 2022)

New Artist Art Fair

The Truman Brewery. London (Sept 2022)

BS5 Arts Trail

The Beehive Centre, Bristol (May 2022)

'Transitions', Group show

Bocabar, Bristol (March 2022)

Creators Market

Strange Brew, Bristol (Nov 2021)