Pedro Correa
(1977-)

Photographe espagnol,
vit et travaille à Bruxelles

Né à Madrid en 1977, Pedro Correa déménage à Bruxelles, où il étudiera la peinture à l’huile et la bande dessinée à l’Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, en parallèle avec une Thèse de Doctorat en traitement d’images à l’Université Polytechnique de Louvain. Dans son parcours artistique, Pedro Correa deviendra très rapidement fasciné par la photographie qui lui permet de capturer les instants poétiques et éphémères, où la beauté apparaît de façon naturelle sans besoin d’être fabriquée.

Clairement influencé par le monde de la peinture (sa mère étant par ailleurs artiste peintre), et par son amour pour les impressionnistes en particulier, le style de Pedro Correa naîtra de la volonté d’utiliser à la fois l’“instant décisif” de la photographie capturant les scènes de beauté éphémère, ainsi que la capacité des impressionnistes de distiller leurs œuvres avec les  émotions du moment, sans jamais avoir recours à des techniques de modification (digitales ou autres) de la réalité a posteriori…

Chacune de ses œuvres est une chanson d’amour à une ville universelle, et transpire une volonté d’étudier la place qu’occupe l’humanité (et souvent la solitude) des citadins dans leurs villes : leurs relations entre eux et avec la ville elle-même.
Ces œuvres sont exposées à Singapore, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, London, Antwerp, Bâle and Brussels et à Paris à la galerie 1831.

Spanish photographer,
living and working in Brussels

Madrid-born Pedro Correa moved to Brussels to study oil painting and cartoon drawing at the Royal Academy of Art in Brussels, alongside working on his PhD thesis in image processing at the Louvain Polytechnic University. Throughout his artistic training, Pedro Correa very quickly became fascinated by photography, a metier which allowed him to capture short-lived, poetic moments, where beauty appears naturally and without a need to fabricate it.

Heavily influenced by the painting world (largely due to his mother being a painter), and by his love of impressionist work in particular, Pedro Correa’s style was born of a want to simultaneously employ the idea of a “decisive moment” of photography, which captures beautiful and fleeting moments, and the impressionist artist’s ability to instil their pieces with the emotion of the moment, without having to resort to editing techniques, digital or otherwise.

Each one of his pieces is a universal love song. His work translates the human desire to understand the purpose that humanity (and sometimes loneliness) holds in the lives of city dwellers: their relationships with each other and with the city itself. These works have been exhibited in Singapore, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, London, Antwerp, Basel and Brussels and in Paris at the 1831 Art Gallery.

Excerpt from The Washington Post review, by art critic Mark Jenkins:
“The pictures from his “Urban Impressions” series depict multiple cities on several continents. A Madrid-born Brussels resident who trained as a painter, Correa hops from London to Tokyo to Paris. Wherever he goes, it seems, he avoids the eyes of the people he observes. He’s a poet of urban isolation, or at least non-connection.”

Excerpt from interview for Villas Magazine, by Kunty Moureau
“When approaching Pedro Correa’s work, one must go beyond what lies in plain sight in order to appreciate the mission he has undertaken: to reveal the beauty of cities where it is least apparent. What he calls “impressionistic photography” is a moment of truth that cannot be grasped at first sight.”

Excerpt from interview to Agenda Magazine, by Kurt Snoeckx:
“Photography is Pedro Correa’s way of attesting to the city’s attraction: “All my pictures are love songs to the city. Not any particular one, but rather the universal idea of a city. It’s my perception of the city that I want to show, the feeling rather than an actual picture.”    

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