Vanessa Donoso López (born Barcelona, Spain) lives and works between Dublin and Barcelona. She studied at the School of Arts and Design Llotja, Barcelona, the University of Barcelona and the Winchester College of Art, UK. Vanessa's work develops within an installation process through a dialogical relationship between a variety of media and mechanisms including, drawing, painting, arqueological- scientific experimentation and repetitive object making. Her practice is committed to exploring concepts of transitional phenomena relevant to contemporary migrant life. It seeks to negotiate the tension between cross-cultural identities and narratives, its instability and complexity, its potential for the loss of identity, language, and the hypothetical compatibility with original cultures.
Vanessa has exhibited nationally and internationally with selected solo exhibitions including: 'I shall change the way things are ordered', Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 'No fixed color Continuum', Candyland, Stockholm, 'To swallow a ball', The LAB, Dublin, 'Eye before E except after seeING Stockholm' Supermarket Independent Art Fair, with the Ormston House, Sctockholm, Sweden, 'Eye before E except after see', Limerick City Gallery, Limerick, 'Daily disagreements over small things', Kevin Kavanagh Gallery at the Barcelona Contemporary art fair SWAB, Barcelona, 'A painful excess of pleasure', Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 'Jouissanc'e, Madame la Marquise, Barcelona,' it never rains to everybody's taste', Queen St. Studios and Gallery, Belfast, 'the rain in spain falls mainly of the plane', Barcelona, Spain,' Scientifico-experimental-techno-color-movement', M'ATUVU Project Space, Brussels, Belgium,' Establishing a Mission' at the Ashford Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Group shows include 'Death Drive', Galway Arts Centre,' I want to be your dog', The Glue Factory, Glasgow, '40/40/40', Madrid, Rome, Warsaw and Dulbin and' Precaution' at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Vanessa recently finished fully awarded residencies at Can Serrat Art Residency, and at La Rectoria Art Centre, both in Barcelona province. She is currently working as an invited artist on a project with the Black Church print studios, Dublin. Later this year, Vanessa has been invited to take part in a three people show in VCU university, in Doha, Qtar.
She was awarded a studio residency at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2012, a Sculpture Workshop Residency Award and Bursary at the Firestation Artists Studios in 2014 a year project studio at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and a three year studio membership also at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. 2015/2018.
Vanessa is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.