Altea Grau is interested in exploring the concept of reading and the notion of the double page spread as a place to develop site-specific practice. She investigates the meaning that emerges from the engagement with the visual, spatial, material and connotative properties of the opened book.

By asking why conventions associated with the page generate such an impact on the way we engage and read an opened book, her research developed to investigate how the illusion of mirroring and echo, the fold and the suggestion of text, generate a fundamental shift in the perception and reading of the double page. She explores the limits of the page through her own practice, by creating artworks that conquer the space and often invoke ideas about language, communication and the sublime through print, drawing and moving image and using landscape and architectural subject matter, to generate unstable, shifting material surfaces.



EDUCATION

2014-2019. PhD practice-based. CCW, University of the Arts of London.


Title: ‘Unmasking conventions: re evaluating the notion of the double page spread’. Supervisors: Professor Paul Coldwell and Dr Susan Johanckneh.

Examiners: Professor Eileen Hogan and Dr Paul Laidler.

2012-13. MA Visual Arts- Book Arts (distinction), Camberwell College of Arts. University of the Arts London.

2009-10. MFA Artistic Production (distinction), UPV (ES)

2006-07. BFA Studies, Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna (IT)

2003-08. Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (distinction), UPV (ES) 

2004-2009. Superior Conservatory Degree (first), Superior Conservatory of Music of Valencia, Spain


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 
Picturing the Invisible. Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts, London.

The Drawing room Art Fair. Stand La Carbonería, Madrid

2018 
Signos de Resistencia. Feria de Arte Contemporaneo, Swab, Barcelona, Spain

Mediterrània. Sala Melchor Zapata, Benicàssim, Spain

2017
MARTE Contemporary Art Fair, curated by Miguel Mallol with La Carboneria Espacio de Arte

Against Syntax. La Carbonería Espacio de Arte, Huesca, Spain

2017
PLECS. Metàfores d’una veu. Exhibition and site-specific installation. COMPARTE Space, Valencia, Spain

2016
Signs of Resistance. Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London

2015
Studies from a Marginal Sea, Exhibition and site-specific installation. Aldeburgh Lookout Tower. Aldeburgh, UK

2012
Words written in Stone. Ards Arts Centre. Belfast.UK*

Confuències sense veu. Centre Municipal de Cultura. Castelló. Spain



GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2019 
-Picturing the Invisible. Chelsea College of Arts, London
-Woolwich Contemporary Open Exhibition, London
-Exhaustion and Exhuberance. Depford Does Art Space, London

2018
-Auratic Translations, Escuela Superior de Náutica, Santander
-Open Portfolio, FigBilbao. Bilbao, Spain
-De Femíneo, Un art sense límits. Octubre Gallery. Curated: Irene Gras.
-Tierras Áridas. Itinerancy: Valencia, Jerez (Spain), Phoenix (USA) and Guadalajara (Mexico).  

2017
Show and Tell, Tate Britain. Curated by Sophie Loss.
-[sic.] PAGES Leeds / International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, at The Tetley, Leeds

2016
-The New York Art Book Fair 2016, from 15 to 18 September MoMa, New York
-Intersections. Hoxton Arches, London, curates: MIAL Platform*

2015
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Red, AMBruno project, curated by Sophie Loss. Itinerancy:
Whitechapel Gallery, London-Leeds Book Art Fair- Plymouth Book Art Fair
-The gutter, The Tetley, Leeds

2014.
-Trazas, Museu del Carme, Valencia, Spain. Curator: Joan Baptista Peiró*
-Practice/Play/Research, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK*
-Bainbridge Open Exhibition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London 
-The Day Remains_ii. Birkbeck University, Peltz Room Gallery, London*

2013
-In-Folds. MA Visual Arts Final Show. Camberwell College of Arts, London*
-Mujeres 10. Las Atarazanas. Valencia City Council, Valencia
-Kaus Librario. Itinerancy: Torino-Carnago-Vivevano-Vercelli, Italy 
-Premi Jesús Núñez d’Obra Oràfica. Betanzos, A Coruña, Spain*
 



WORK IN INSTITUTIONS

-Faber Birren Collection, Special Collections at Yale University’s Robert B. Haas Arts Library

-National Art Library, V&A. London.

-Chelsea College of Arts ,Special Collection, London

-Leeds College of Arts, Special Collection

-Polytechnic University of Valencia

-Harold Berg Collection

-Pablo de Castro Collection.

-Colección Naranjas con Arte


RESIDENCIES

2017. AA2A Residency. University of Hertfordshire. 

2015. Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Residency, curated by Caroline Wiseman, Aldeburgh, UK 2014.

Biennale di Cerveira, Vilanova di Cerveira, Portugal


2013. Summer International Residency Program (2 weeks). Alfara Studio, Salamanca, Spain

-Research Residency, Portland Quarry Trust, Somerset, UK

2011. International Residency Bursary. Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor, UK


- Residenzia Intenationale. KAUS, Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Urbino, Italy