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.
'Stories from the past', Solo show
No.1 Harbourside, Bristol (Dec 2022 - Jan 2023)
People's Art Fair
People's Republic of Stokes Croft, Bristol (Dec 2022)
Totterdown Arts Trail
Totterdown Methodist Church, Bristol (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)