Ramon Urban Spanish, b. 1958
Ramon Urban was born in 1958 in western Spain, where he still lives and works. Since 1980, his work has been represented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, South America, the United States and Japan. Urban has received considerable wrtitten critical acclaim everywhere he has exhibited.
Ramon Urban makes his elegant, shield-like forms by bending the wood after soaking it over a period of time. The sculptures are given interest by linear extensions that intersect the forms in various ways. He then paints, stains, and draws on the surface, rendering a sublte patina that appears both contemporary and antique at the same time. The artist's intent is formal, but the unexpected result is absolutely magnificient.