Ignacio Almeida was born in Malaga in 1971. He graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Granada with High Honours in the specialty of painting, which is his true passion. Drawn to the intense Baroque style of Coltrane (characterised by his infinite notes between chords) the author combines patches, textures and shapes to portray a single theme: the bull.
According to art journalist Antonio Garcia´s opinion, Ignacio Almeida has simultaneously cultivated a career as a saxophone player while creating exquisite artwork as a painter. This inter-artistic coexistence of visual and musical rhythms, atmospheres and counterbalances form the foundations of Ignacio Almeida’s art (1971), which is characterised by his proverbial sensitivity and ease, something he achieves through a subtle, almost water colour-like portrayal of the elements in his compositions.
Generally speaking, while painters tend to believe that the necessary communication between music and painting lies in the essence of all abstract painting, Almeida intensifies the exquisite harmonic emphasis of his paintings with his own unique style. His paintings can evoke, without controversial pretensions, the préciosité of the harmonious abstract of the French tradition, while at the same time keeping its distance from the accumulated tensions presented as a safeguard against the excesses of Baroque overload. Almeida’s understanding of painting stems from a worldview in which the observer activates a serene overlapping of content layers, modulated through a serene musical harmony, with an underlying principle to avoid overloading the resulting image, without compromising, just like in music, essential spaces for silence.