Irati Retolaza
Tanto-Tan-poco (So much–So little)

28.07.22 19.08.22

As part of the activities of OPEN Buenos Aires: International Encounter of Emerging Printmakers, we received Irati Retolaza for a Production Residency in our workshop. Irati is a Basque artist dedicated to drawing and the practice of engraving in expanded printmaking, who today is in charge of the Workshop for Biofabrication and Printing on Bioplastics at the Basque bioDesign Center, a design and development centre for the fashion industry, regenerative economy and biodesign, located 15 minutes from Bilbao, Basque Country. In addition to her Production Residency, Irati participated in the Open Buenos Aires as a panelist at the panel on contemporary printmaking, was part of the event’s activities and presented the BDC residency award to local artist Julián Pesce.

Her artistic practice is linked, through drawing and graphics, to memory and a constant review of identity, where the environment and experience take on special interest. Irati works in a place where little is familiar and everything attracts attention, which brings a fresh air to her work, which lately is limited to small-format drypoint prints with an open narrative, which end up becoming artist books.

Graduated in Art from the UPV, she complements her training in the Master’s of Graphic Work at the CIEC Foundation, as well as seminars and courses in Contemporary and Graphic Art. Her work has been selected in several contests and competitions such as the I Castilla-La Mancha International Engraving Prize, the XIII Pedro Vivanco Engraving and Wine Award, the XXI San Lorenzo del Escorial Engraving Prize, the Basquegraphia New York 2020 call , the Vth Edition of the Open Portfolio, the FIG Bilbao (International Festival of Engraving and Art on Paper) or the XII Atlante Engraving Prize. She has participated in several national and international traveling exhibitions such as the Open Portfolio exhibition, Memento Mori (International Contemporary Printmaking Project) or Sin Rumbo Fijo (Contemporary Graphic Essays). She currently combines her work as an artist and teaching, organizing and giving workshops on different graphic techniques and as a workshop technician at the BBC’s Print Lab (Basque Biodesign Center).

Irati Retolaza
1996 | Bilbao, Basque Country
Lives and works in Bilbao

2022 | Graphic Works Master’s. CIEC Foundation, A Coruña, Spain
2019 | Bachelor in Arts UPV/EHU. Bilbao, Basque Country

2022 | Diálogos Luso-Vascos. Lisbon, Portugal
2022 | Sin Rumbo Fijo (Ensayos de Gráfica Contemporánea). Palacio Horkasitas, Spain
2022 | Memento Mori (International Contemporary Printmaking Project). HYB4 Gallery, Czech Republic
2021 | XVI Premio Internacional de Arte Gráfico Jesús Núñez. Fundación CIEC, Spain
2018 | Open Portfolio FIG Bilbao. Palacio Euskalduna, Spain

2022 | Honorific Mention at the XXII Premio de Grabado San Lorenzo de El Escorial
2022 | Production Residency at Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

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