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Her major in architecture, influences Stella Rahola Matutes's work, informing her practice and her interest towards landscape and its representation. She studies how contemporaneity builds its symbols; how new economies join technical development to construct scenarios before belonging to fiction; and how utopias and fantasies are nowadays getting embodied in our cityscapes, including not only their accomplishments but also their failures.

Enclosed in her formal concerns there are issues of globalization and lack of identity, both translated into decadent model-like installations and pristine glass sculptures. Additionally, she uses video and photography to give a further reading of her work: as a paradox of postmodernity, she subverts the photogenic and the picturesque, where the original is already a representation.

Significantly, craft strongly underpins her work. Antagonising the new forms of capitalism and responding to the alienation and derogation of self-awareness driven by modern forms of production, Rahola Matutes favours manual work claiming a background of humans' know-how. She pursues a material culture that ultimately renews our relationship with nature and landscape.







2017 - 2019

(On going) MFA Master in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths University of London, UK



Master in Teoria i Pràctica del Projecte d'Arquitectura ETSAB, UPC



Licensed at Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ETSAB-UPC)



Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland



Solo exhibitions



Babelia and Other Stories, Fundació Vila Casas, Museu d'Escultura, Palafrugell, Spain

(On going) Casa Vicens Gaudí, Barcelona

Politics of translation, with Sofia Uquillas and Paul Wood, curated by Carolina Lio, The Stone Space Gallery, London, UK

(On going) Palau Casavells, Girona, Spain



Utopias and Heterotopias, with Saba Giani and Martine Usdin, Maverick Space, London, UK

Politics of translation, with Sofia Uquillas and Paul Wood, curated by Carolina Lio, Gold X, Deptford X Fringe Festival, London, UK



La construcció d'una atmosfera, Espacio Micus, Ibiza



L’altre paisatge, Galeria Carles Taché, Barcelona

Empooling, Museo Antón, Candás, Asturias 



SHUI, Chinese European Art Center, CEAC, Xiamen, China 

La ressonància de la matèria, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona 

Struggle for Pleasure, II Festival Miradas de Mujeres. Piramidón Centre D’Art Contemporani, Barcelona 



Gravitacions, Centre d’Art S’Alamera, Ibiza, Spain 

European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) s’-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands



Group exhibitions



Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, Union Pacific Gallery (London, UK), Los Angeles, USA

Paisatges essencials, curated by Carolina Lio, JUSTMADX, Palacio de Neptuno, Madrid, Spain

Paisatges essencials, curated by Carolina Lio, JUSTLX, Museu da Carris, Lisbon, Portugal



Syntonic State, curated by Lynda Shevlin, TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Irland

Dreaming a possibility. Dialogue between the Fundació Vila Casas and DKV collections, Espai Volart, Barcelona



El Pliegue, Galeria Aurora, Barcelona

Cal·ligrafies, Palau de Casavells, Girona

Paper Geographies, Cercle Artístic de Sant LLuc, Barcelona



Art Tèxtil, Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona 

Shui, Galeria Palau de Casavells, Girona, Spain

Biennal d'Art Paper, Riudebitlles, Barcelona

Premis Pintura, Fundació Vila Casas, Can Framis, Barcelona

L'espai invisible, curated by Rosa Pera, 25th Anniversary Piramidon C.A.C., Barcelona

Seto City Cultural Centre, Seto, Japan



Out of place, curated by Rosa Pera, FAD, Barcelona



Lincantropia, Llotja del Tint, Banyoles, Girona, Spain

Hace falta un aislador, Piramidón Centre D’Art Contemporani, Barcelona

CICA, Museu de Ceràmica, Alcorà, Valencia, Spain



Analogies, Porcelain Walls next to Antoni Tàpies and Miquel Barceló, Galeria Artur Ramón Art, Barcelona 

Esprit Porcelain, Musée National Adrien Dubouché de Limoges, France



Miami Art Fair, Black Square Gallery, Miami, USA

Porcelain Walls S ExpoFAD, FAD Foment de les Arts I Disseny, Barcelona

Finalists of the Cube Cultura Art Prize 2012, Galeria Poncho y Curro, Guadalajara, México

Sobre la relatividad, XVI Concurso de Cerámica, III Encuentro internacional, Valladolid, Spain 





2018 - 2019

(On going) Figa, commission to design a jewellery in collaboration with Enric MAJORAL, Barcelona



Inicación a la sombra, scenograpphy for a performance with Sira Hernández (musician, piano), Pau Arán (dancer, Pina Bausch Co.) and Manuel Galiana, Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain



Iniciació a l'ombra, scenograpphy for a performance with Sira Hernández (musician, piano) and Pau Arán (dancer, Pina Bausch Co.), Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

La Congiunta, permanent installation at AMPO Think-Tank, Idiazabal, Basque Country, Spain

The Cloud, permament installation at Ushaïa Club, Ibiza, Spain 





Finalist at Fundació Vila Casas Pintura Award, Barcelona

Second award Biennal d'Art en Paper de Riudebitlles, Barcelona

Finalist at Fundació Arranz-Bravo, Premi Arts Visuals FAB'16, Barcelona



Grant award: Seto International Ceramic & Glass Art Exchange Program, Seto, Aichi, Japan


Grant award: Beca Antón de ayuda a la creación escultórica
Finalist at CICA Awards, Alcorà, Valencia, Spain
Barcelona ArtFAD Awards to Porcelain Walls S
First award Cube Cultura Art sculpture category, Guadalajara, México
Finalist Cube Cultura Art Prize 2012 mural category, Guadalajara, México



Artist-in-residence and grants

Residency at Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China

Residency at Seto International Ceramic & Glass Art Exchange Program, Seto, Aichi, Japan
Residency at Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, Barcelona
Residency at Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen, China
Grant from Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics, Suport a activitats de promoció i projecció exterior de la cultura
Residency at European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC), s’-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
From  2012  Residency at Piramidón Centre D’Art Contemporani, Barcelona
Grant from Fundació Centre del Vidre, Barcelona

Multiples in Ceramics at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Grant to study at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland
Grant from Fundación Mies Van der Rohe for a Forum and Workshop with Elia Zenghelis, Athens and Spetses, Greece


Accademia, publications, lectures and others



Lecture for the Washington University de Saint Louis, Fundació Enric Miralles, Barcelona



Lecture and workshop professor "Paper Geographies" at Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland

Lecture for the Washington University de Saint Louis, Fundació Enric Miralles, Barcelona

Lecture at the Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces at Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

Teacher director for a project course at the Master in Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces de Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

De la contemporaneïtat de Ramon Llull al misticisme de l’art, published article, El Procés magazine



Masterclass at ESADE Business School, Barcelona

"Dia de l'Art" lecture at Escola Doctor Rubert, Camprodon, Spain



Selected artist to participate at “Art i futur” project by “El país que volem”

Masterclass at ESADE Business School, Barcelona



Invited artist to the II Festival Miradas de Mujeres panel discussion in Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona

Jury member at the Racons Públics Barcelona competition at FAD, Barcelona

Lecture at Escola Superior de Disseny i Art Llotja, Barcelona



Atelier teacher at the Architecture School of Barcelona, ETSAB - UPC, Barcelona



Workshop teacher Architectonic Models Workshop, ETSAB - UPC, Barcelona

Qüestió de forma, published article, Edificio Collage, Rahola Vidal, Ed. Actar Barcelona

Dos Paseos por el Poble Espanyol, published article, Quaderns d’Arquitectura, Barcelona

Research: Dos Paseos por el Poble Espanyol, ETSAB_Departament de Projectes Arquitectònics UPC, Tutor: Xavier Monteys, Barcelona, 2011 Download PDF 



Atelier teacher at the master Proyectos del S.XXI, ETSAB - UPC, Barcelona

Coordinator and workshop teacher at La Ciudad Posible, ETSAB - UPC, Barcelona

In-hand. Innovative Handicraft, Barcelona, Florence (Italy), Limoges (France), Bourgas (Bulgaria)



Coordinator and atelier teacher Prototypes Glass International Workshop ETSAB - UPC and FCVB, Barcelona

Edited book: Prototypes01 Glass Workshop Edicions ETSAB UPC, ISBN978-84-608-0982-1





Assistants: Rob Kuster, Johanna Motschmann, Danny Xu, Greta Serra, Salim Bayri, Hiroki Uemura, Tomoka Nitta, Shisato Sekikawa, Adrià Ruiz

Companies/Institutions: Majoral, Col·lectiu 1919 (Kati Riquelme), Dixon Glass London, Barcelona Glass Studio (Ferran Collado), Seto Ceramic & Glass Centre, Museu Molí Paperer de Capellades, AMPO, Kangsi Art, Yunyao Taoci, European Optical Polymers, EKWC, Vidres Gibernau, Escola d’Art del Treball, Fundació Centre del Vidre Barcelona

Photography: Liz Calvi, Raquel Martínez, Xiao Ye, Roberto Castaño, SRM 

Graphic Design: Yvonne Blanco, SRM

Web development: egluu