Carles Garcia O'Dowd. Travelling drawer from Mallorca, Spain. I'm also addicted to screenprinting.

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For as long as I can remember, drawing has been the skill I’ve put more time and effort into. As soon as I had the opportunity, I decided to go for art studies. I started my Fine Arts degree in Barcelona in 2006 and the next two years I continued as an international exchange student in the HFBK in Hamburg. The following year I spent in Guadalajara, Mexico before returning to Barcelona. After that, I spent six months doing an internship in the studio of Le Dernier Cri in Marseille, France and 5 months in Maine, USA, with the Beehive Collective. College has enabled me to experiment, learn and expand; but I mostly consider myself self-taught.

I have been obsessed with comics, animation and video games for as long as I can remember and during my years in college I was always haunted by the stigma of coming from an illustration environment; but travelling and discovering other ways of functioning has helped me consolidate my role as a drawer and my way of working by using illustration as my main medium.

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Trajectory

My trajectory has constantly been linked to social struggles, the punk and queer movements and various alternative scenes, leading me to search for new ways of providing an outlet for my concerns as a graphic artist within a contemporary context and building an interest in art that transgresses the limits of galleries, institutions and commercial circuits, thus still preserving a strong commitment to such a classical medium as drawing.

This has led me to a total immersion into the world of self-edited press and zines, tattooing, alternative collectives and, in short, to graphic production linked to the international underground scene.

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Present

Since January 2014 my main project has been Projecte Úter, a huge collaborative drawing done together with artist Tonina Matamalas that started as a research on Stories about abortion in Spain and ended up mapping out the different forces that perpetuate hetero-patriarchy in western societies.