The magical realist Arnau Alemany



Catalan artist Arnau Alemany paints obscure urban neighborhoods from Paris, Barcelona, and New York and surrounds them in natural environments. “They exist at the frontier between the metropolis and desert, between the fields and the wastelands, he writes, “Beyond that boundary, there remain only some buildings in clear disrepair.”

Alemany calls himself the ‘magical realist,’ also known as a surrealist. He likes to remind his viewers that in a world of conformity, strangeness is still abundant.

Maybe these landscapes are not totally true to reality. I don’t know if they are exactly as I have seen them. I think they are somewhere, but I am not sure. Actually, I am not sure of anything…”

(All images courtesy Arnau Alemany)

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.