Maite Pinto lives and works in Bilbao. Her artistic practice addresses the theme of memory and identity through the recreation of images in a quest to universalize and share both private and public documents. The use of engraving as a means to recreate archival images is a position directly linked to the desire for the permanence of memory, of not forgetting.
During her Production Residency at ´ace, financed thanks to the Creation Grant from the Diputación de Bizkaia, Maite Pinto started working in our workshop on a series of images based on photographs from the Barcelona municipal archive of in women teams sports since the 30s.
The recreation of archive images through pictorial and graphic techniques is present in my practice, where I generate a reflection on memory and its universality in an attempt to rescue those images from oblivion.
The images in themselves seem very powerful to me. Recreating them using the Aquatint Silk technique gives them greater strength, and the engraving procedure provides them with its characteristic timelessness, universalizing them. The use of this technique allows me to work in a fluid way, where I get closer to the pictorial and where the delicacy of the plate also has to do with the fragility of memory itself. Working from the black, from the shadows, these fighters emerge, who, although they compete among themselves, generate a feeling of collective union where individuality is lost to think of the whole, the team.
2017 | Master of Fine Arts, Manchester School of Arts, UK
2015 | Degree in Art, UPV / EHU, Bilbao
2020 | Awarded with Stand EL CORREO, International Engraving Festival, Bilbao
2019 | Memorias Analógicas, La Gota de Leche, Logroño (individual)
2018 | Katerina Eleftheriadou, Riikka Enne and Maite Pinto at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
2018 | Kindness of Strangers, Itzal Aktiboa award, Saint Jean Pied de Port, France
2017 | The Great Medical Disaster, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
2020 | Intaglio module, CIEC Foundation, Betanzos, Spain
2019 | Screen printing module, CIEC Foundation, Betanzos, Spain
2017 | The Solomon Basque Artist Program, Residency Award, New York, USA
2017 | JOYA Arte + Ecología, Almería, Spain
2015 | Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy