BARCELONA, 1963 Kiku Poch
He not only knows the aesthetic aspects of the places he describes, but he delves into them and makes us partakers of his complex collective personality.
He is inspired by Mediterranean places: Mallorca, Menorca, Provence, the Costa Brava, Tuscany and the Greek Islands.
Son of painters, since childhood he learned to develop with drawing, perspective, watercolor, airbrush … Later he joined a prestigious advertising agency in Barcelona, where he worked as a graphic designer. In 1993 he began to work oil and, since that date, has not stopped experimenting with this technique. He soon began his professional career in large part thanks to the art dealer Joan Balari, who believed in his work. He considers himself a self-taught painter, who always tried to assimilate the knowledge that gives him the fact of belonging to a family of painters. He confesses admirer of the great Catalan landscape artists of the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. For him, all the elements of a painting -drawing, composition, light, texture, color- are equally important. His work has reached a high technical level. It is inspired by Mediterranean places: Mallorca, Menorca, Provence, the Costa Brava, Tuscany and the Greek Islands – always close to the sea, its great passion and its source of inspiration. Lately he has exhibited in Madrid, Hong Kong, Austin, Hiroshima and Fujieda (Japan).
COMMUNICATIVE INTENSITY IN THE PAINTING OF KIKU POCH
by Josep M. Cadena
Thanks to the serenity with which Kiku Poch expresses himself in the pictorial work that he now presents to us, focused on general visions and also on architectural details of Menorca that he knows and loves since his childhood, the unique personality of this island of the Balearic archipelago. It comes as a constant and well-modulated question about transcendence within human life.
He transmits us, in the first place, the beauty of some places that, located in the Mediterranean, have the harmony of Nature and that, strangely within the noise that surrounds us and that in so many things dominates us, they preserve the high patronage of Nereo , the Greek god who watches to keep the sea calm and allow his close to fifty daughters – the nereids, transformed into soft waves – to dance a constant dance that caresses the silent lutes waiting for the shore to which the strength of the men and give them life from the wind. Apparently, nothing moves, and that is what the painter brings us if we only want to look at appearances; but if we transform what we see into looks that act like scalpels, we will be able to see how, under calm, rivers of passion flow, and then the work will grow in fullness of feelings.
Painter and son of painters, Kiku Poch not only knows the aesthetic aspects of the places he describes, but, knowingly, enters them and makes us share their complex collective personality. For the painting as art, like the other expressions of the interior of people who deepen in their own being and that of others, is, much more than material beauty, interpretation of what surrounds us to glimpse, even if from a distance, what is transcendent. And this stimulus to overcome what makes up the anecdote of our existence to move towards permanence without any limit in the spirit, is what I find in the work of Kiku Poch, who in his journey towards the purity of expression offers us a work that deserves to be watched and re-directed by what he communicates to us.