Damián Ucieda Cortés was born in 1980 in A Coruña, Spain. In 2004 he completed his studies in Ilustration from Escola Massana from Barcelona. His work has been exhibited internationally in institutions such as Moscow Museum of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery London, Royal Scottish Academy, Museo Patio Herreriano of Valladolid, Cidade da Cultura of Santiago de Compostela amongst others, as well as being part of several major public collections around the world.
Cortés depicts ordinary scenes and places, but imbued with a striking sense of malaise. His conceptual photography relies on heavily staged scenarios that resemble film stills, emphasized through cinematic lighting and rigid poses. Enigmatic and troubling, they capture the breaking point in a decontextualized narrative, probing the viewer to look more closely for clues or construct their own conclusions. His landscapes manage to achieve a similar sense of anxiety; a sense of over-productive saturation, positioned for catastrophe.
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