Pascal Plasencia Taradach was born in Barcelona (Spain) in1962. Very young he learns about the plastic arts by assisting to the School of Tècniques d’ Expressió Plàstica L’ ARC, school created in 1967 by the painter Esther Boix and the writer Ricard Creus. At the school, he attends the course of drawing of the informalist painter Daniel Argimón (1929-1996).
Later (1978) he learns about the ceramic, by attending the courses of Ceramic School in La Bisbal (Girona). In 1980 he study at Ceramic School d’ Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), created and managed by the ceramist and the sculptor Montserrat Sastre, where he will finishes five years of studies. During this period, and once finished his high school diploma, he receives two years of drawing, painting and engraving courses in the workshop of the Italian painter Mario Bedini ( 1936-2011). Painter Concha Ibáñez will encourage him to follow by the way of the plastic creation. In 1981 he completes his ceramic formation, by working in the workshop of the potter Ferran Segarra (Miravet, Tarragona).
In 1982 he has his first workshop in Barcelona. The same year, e takes a sculpture course in Montserrat Sastre’s workshop. He starts at The School of Applied Arts Llotja in Barcelona (Advanced School of Art and Design) where he attends the modelling courses dispensed by the sculptor Francesc Carulla i Serra. He wins a Prize of Drawing granted by the same School, who allows him to start in the Royal Cercle Artístic of Barcelona (1984) and then in the Artístic Circle of Sant Lluc, remarkable institutions in the artistic life in Barcelona. A second Prize of Drawing of Escola Llotja will allow him to visit the museums of Europe and to know the new contemporary trends of art galleries. He continues for a short period his pictorial training course in Barcelona with the painters Bosco Martí and Josep Serra Llimona. In this period he starts to participate in collective exhibitions. The painters Vicens Caraltó (1936-1995) and Josep Roca-Sastre (1928-1997) encourage him to improve the technique of drawing. He receives his Sculpture degree at The School of Applied Arts, Llotja (1986).
The contact with the artists and the specific formation received in the Scool of Art (Llotja) will bring him to follow resolutely the way towards the sculpture.Intervention in the space, the material, the shape and the volume are definitively, now, his meaning language.
With the objective to improve the sculptural technique, he works as apprentice in the workshop of the sculptor-stone carver and professor of the School “Llotja “, Lluis Cera Davins (1987). In this workshop he learns the techniques of the stone cutting “by pointing” and also helping to execute sculptures in stone of big dimensions for other sculptors. This experience is supplemented by performing works that continue to present itself in group exhibitions in Barcelona.
He knows, the sculptor Ferran Ventura with whom he maintain, during three years ( 1988-1991 ) a close collaboration as an apprentice and an assistant for the execution- in direct carving- of a marble monumental sculpture, entitled :“El Quite”.
He finishes the period of formation that he will complete with the realization of sculptures in various materials (stone, bronze, and resin), drawings and engravings. He will go to live to Sant Cugat del Vallès (1989) where he will have a new workshop big enough to realize and expose his works.
It will be the beginning of a new professional and artistic stage that will bring him to realize a series of particular or public commands and sculptural projects. He will continue to expose in galleries, public institutions and International fairs of art in Spain, Andorra, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Singapore.Download PDF