Ana Galan (Madrid, Spain) holds a degree in Economics, an International MBA and an MFA in Photography from EFTI, Madrid, Spain and has attended workshops with Pierre Gonnord, Peter Bialobrzeski, Lynne Cohen, Matt Siber and Alejandro Castellote. She has been finalist in competitions such as Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2010 and 2011; Encontros da Imagem 2010 and 2011; CENTER in Santa Fe, NM (Dealer’s Choice Award juried by Dianne Vanderlip, Curator, Gagosian Gallery and Editor’s Choice Award juried by Todd James, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine); and The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO (Director’s Honorable Mention). Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, photography festivals and exhibitions in France, Italy, India, Spain and the United States. She has completed residencies in Philadelphia, PA and Hämeenkyrö, Finland. Her work is in the collections of CENTER, Santa Fe, NM, the Philadelphia Art Hotel, Philadelphia, PA and The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

Ana Galan reviews the portrait formula that emerged in Italy towards the end of the 15th century, whose origins can be traced to the work of Jan Van Eyck, of paintings of busts with landscapes.

People are reduced to busts or three quarters, substituting through synthesis, the whole for the part. Her realistic portraits do not aim to idealize the subjects’ features; they are fragments of an essence. The figures are placed in a raised position before a wide and idealized landscape.

A point of view and a single location. A part of the whole. An impression. A small fragment of the essence.

Windows, and at the same time, mirrors. Conflict between introspection and the projection of the subject inherent to portraiture. Transparency or reflection?

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