BIOGRAPHY

Vicente Fita Botet was born in Cuenca, Spain, in 1964. From an early age, he exhibited a profound passion for drawing and painting, coupled with a strong fascination for art history. During his youth, he had his first encounter with contemporary art when he visited the Spanish Museum of Abstract Art in his hometown, which existed outside the official cultural policies of a country that would take years to transition to a democratic regime.

From 1987 to 1991, he pursued his artistic education at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca.
His earliest exhibitions, commencing in 1990, featured a series of repetitive paintings where he meticulously reproduced fragments from vintage engravings, maps, or created monochromatic paintings, which he presented as immersive installations.

In 1994, during a residency in Mulhouse, he started making films by layering rhythmic phrases of autobiographical narratives over silent amateur film sequences.

In 1996, he relocated to The Netherlands and completed his postgraduate studies at the Dutch Art Institute in Enschede in 1998. This phase marked a period of exploration, with a focus on installation, video art, and collage, emphasizing the documentation of the inexorable passage of time.

Since 2001, he has been based in Rotterdam. Initially, he crafted collages using photo fragments that resembled intricate mosaics. Later, he returned to painting, and in the ensuing years, his works incorporated layered, appropriated images, creating a visually rich tapestry of random associations on the canvas.

In 2011, he produced his first “road-movie” composed of photographs taken during his journey from his hometown to Rotterdam. Subsequently, he made time-lapse videos that portrayed fragments of his daily life and surroundings, akin to the pages of a personal diary.

His approach to painting evolved towards photorealism in 2014. He began copying photographs of neoclassical sculptures and added text balloons featuring absurd jokes, as if the figures themselves were engaged in conversation.

In his current artistic practice, Vicente Fita Botet’s works encompass both paintings and films that originate from photography. These artworks explore themes such as still life, self-portraiture, and abandoned objects, offering a profound reflection on the transience of life.

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Education

1996-1998

Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands

Master of Fine Arts

1986-1991

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Faculty of Fine Arts, Cuenca, Spain

Bachelor’s degree

Solo exhibitions

2023

De verlating, Galerie Niffo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2015

Transit, WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2014

Sculpturesque Jokes, Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2011

Habitaciones, Escuela de Arte Cruz Novillo, Cuenca, Spain

Trip Notebook, Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2010

Zwart-wit, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2009

Galerie 23, Helmond, The Netherlands

2007

Flores, sustancias y atributos, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2006

Schilderijen en collages op papier, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2004

Floral wall hanging, Galerie de Aanschouw, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bad Omens, Gorodstoi Muzei Chatsnykh Kolleksii, Odessa, Ukraine

2002

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación Antonio Pérez, Cuenca, Spain

2001

New photo collages, Stichting Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2000

After time, Stichting Ateliers ’93, Hengelo, The Netherlands

1999

Looking to the future, Vrijhof, Universiteit Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

1995

Travaux récents, Galerie du Quai, Mulhouse, France

1990

Apocalipsis in Figuris, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca, Spain

Group shows

2022

Presente continuo, Galería Fúcares, Almagro, Spain

2021

Variaciones sobre el Bodegón del cardo, Galería Fúcares, Almagro, Spain

Traveled to Museo Zabaleta, Quesada, Spain

2020

Art Blaak House, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2018

Nadie vive de hacer dibujitos, Galerie Niffo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2016

The Essence of Things, Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

China Girl, Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2015

Kulter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014

Art fair the Hague, Stand Galerie Mirta Demare, The Hague, The Netherlands

2013

New Diaspora, Retort Art Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012

Celebration !!, Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Available, Kulter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

De Salon, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Off-Screen, De Unie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2010

De Salon, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2009

De Salon, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2008

De Salon, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Independent drawing gig 4, The Hague, The Netherlands

Hoogte bereiken, Cucosa, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2007

Cuenca, otra mirada, Convento de Santa Inés, Seville, Spain

Zuilen in de bagger, Locus010, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006

Os ossos também têm fome, Livraría Miguel de Carvalho, Coimbra, Portugal

Ayermañana, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca, Spain

2005

Lenguaje común, Galería Jamete, Cuenca, Spain

Combinatorias, Instituto Cervantes, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2003

Paper works, Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Stichting het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2001

Dream_garden, Stadskantoor, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Café des artistes contemporain, Witte de With Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1999

Situaciones, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca, Spain

Kunstvlaai 3, Westergasfabriek. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

In gebruik, Galerie het Langehuis, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Interakcija, Galerija S.K.C., Belgrade, Serbia

1998

Narodni Musej, Sabac, Serbia

Grenzgänge, Meinblau, Berlin, Germany

The Original Painters, Stichting Ateliers ’93, Hengelo, The Netherlands

1996

Límites, Universitat Vella, Valencia, Spain

1995

Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Brussels, Belgium

1993

Galerie Beim Engel, Luxembourg

1992

Ian Wallace´s workshop, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

Palais des Arts, Toulouse, France

Galerie Foch, Rodez, France

1991

Galeria Fúcares, Almagro, Spain

1990

II Muestra de Nuevos Creadores, Ateneo Mercantil, Valencia, Spain

Fita, Ortega, Martínez, Rubio, Galería Estampa, Madrid, Spain

Grants, Awards and Residences

2001

Residence: Stichting Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1997

Residence: Jalovik Art Colony, Jalovik, Serbia

1994-5

Residence: Le Quai-École d’Art & Design, Mulhouse, France

1994

Grant: Instituto de la Juventud, Valencia, Spain

1991

Residence: Stage Européen de Créativité Picturale, Moissac, France

1990

Award: II Muestra de nuevos creadores, Instituto de la Juventud, Valencia, Spain

Work in public collections

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Fundación Antonio Pérez, Cuenca, Spain

Museo de Obra Gráfica de San Clemente, Spain

Publications

2023

Dijksterhuis, Edo, De Aanschouw

2022

Ortega-Miranda, Patricia, Presente continuo,

Catalogue of the show at Galería Fúcares, Almagro, Spain

2014

Ortega-Miranda, Patricia, On Sculpturesque Jokes,

Catalogue of the show at Galerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2013

Kooyman, Jonas, Tapas en fiesta: wat een hard leven, 

Zie Oud Zuid Magazine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012

Catalogue of the Jalovik Art Colony 1978-2011, Jalovik, Serbia

Catalogue of the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2011

García Donate, Eva and Fita Botet, Vicente

Catalogue of the show Habitaciones, Cuenca, Spain

Montero, Mai, Vicente Fita presenta en Cuenca Habitaciones,

El día de Cuenca, Cuenca, Spain

van Haarst, Sannetje, Vicente Fita Botet @ Rechtsachter CBK,

Trendbeheer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2006

Lindenhovius, Liesbeth, Uitgeknipte flarden van oude schilderijen,

AD De Dordtenaar, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2005

Vila, C. Una obra mágica y diferente de dos artistas europeos,

El Día de Cuenca, Cuenca, Spain

2001

Zijlmans, Canis, Beeldend kunstenaars bezetten Stadhuis,

Rotterdams Dagblad, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Wernke, Vincent, Kunstenaars bezetten ruimte van het Rotterdams Stadhuis,

Maasstad, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1995

Tenret, Yves, Zapping, Le Quai, Mulhouse, France

1990

Brea, José Luis, Apocalipsis sin figuras,

Catalogue of the show Fita, Ortega, Martínez, Rubio, Galería Estampa, Madrid, Spain

De Castro, María Antonia, Enfoques de arte, El País, Madrid, Spain

García, Manuel, Nuevos Valores, Levante, Valencia, Spain

García Donate, Eva, Atlas y dados, Catalogue of II Muestra de Nuevos Creadores, Valencia, Spain