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Iker Garcia Barrenetxea
(1979, Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain)
Iker Garcia Barrenetxea is a full time painter living and working in San Sebastian where he has his atelier.
He lived 17 years in London, United Kingdom, where he directed The Vyner Studio Artist Run Space (2010-2015).
Auñamendi Eusko Entziklopedia-Fund Bernardo Estornés Lasa included him in 2004. In 2022 Gordailua (Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa ́s Heritage Collection Centre) acquired a selection of his works from different periods for the Art Public Collection.
Born in 1979 in San Sebastián, son of Fernando García Catalá and Mariaje Barrenechea Barahona. He comes from a family of artists that goes back to his great-grandfather T. García Aznárez (painter) to his grandfather M. García Asiain who left as legacy more than 600 works. Maternally, his grandfather J.M. Barrenetxea engraver and painter in his last years.
1997-2000 Studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Leioa Bilbao (UPV).
2002 Sells t-shirts with his drawings at Spitalfields Market, London.
2004 Auñamendi Eusko Entziklopedia-Fondo Bernardo Estornés Lasa includes his artist profile.
2005 Lives 9 months in Barcelona where he prepares the exhibition for the BAC!06 International Festival of Contemporary Art.
2006 Transforms an industrial warehouse into a live-work in Hackney Wick with other artists. .
2009 Curates Thingsworthseeing blog dedicated to art.
2010 Founds The Vyner Studio Artist Run Space in East London. Here he creates new works, curates exhibitions and teaches live drawing, as well as organizing pop ups that promote his work and other artists.
2012 The Vyner Studio is featured in ‘The East End Olympic Boom’ in a special issue of El Mundo dedicated to the London Olympics.
2022 Gordailua buys a selection of his work from different periods. Gordailua is the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa's Heritage Collection Centre. The centre’s principal goal is to preserve, protect and showcase the province's cultural heritage.
2022 Focus Art Fair Paris. Carrousel du Louvre (FRANCE).
2022 Maxus 101 Gallery. Prognostizieren (DENMARK).
2021 Coal Harbour Museum. Vancouver (CANADA).
2020 Casa Cultura de Loyola. San Sebastian (SP).
2019 Centro Cultutra Okendo. San Sebastián (SP).
2019 Galería Arteko. Danza, música, cine. San Sebastián (SP).
2019 Analog Folk Head Quarters. London (UK).
2019 Zazpi Gastro Bar. San Sebastián (SP).
2018 The Vyner Studio. Digital Souls. Online.
2015 The Vyner Studio. 100 Days 100 Drawings. London (UK).
2013 The Vyner Studio. Who took the cookie from the cookie jar? London (UK).
2012 The Vyner Studio. Western LifeStyle Everyday Recipe. London (UK).
2011 Hackney Wicked Festival. London (UK).
2010 The Vyner Studio. Paintings and drawings. London (UK).
2009 Hackney Wicked Festival. London (UK).
2008 Hackney Wicked Festival. London (UK).
2008 Eyre Brothers. London (UK).
2006 Galería Niu Bcn. BAC!06 Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo. Identidad. Barcelona (SP).
2006 Noventa Grados. Inside Out. San Sebastian (SP).
2005 Affordable Art Fair London. London (UK).
2005 Galería Utupi. Inside Out. Barcelona (SP).
2005 Macondo Hoxton Square. London (UK)
2004 Sophie Dare Gallery Mayfair. London (UK).
2004 Mall Galleries. I dreamt in the city. London Pall Mall (UK).
2004 Hoxton No 1. I dreamt in the city. London (UK).
2003 Goodge Bar. Iker’s colours. London Soho (UK).
1999 Galería CCOO. Santander (SP).
2013 Collective Futures. Barabar, London (UK).
2012 The Vyner Studio. London (UK).
2011 Persona Festival. London (UK).
2010 Hackney Wicked Festival. London (UK).
2009 Corona save the beach campaign launch party. London (UK).
2019 Emaus Social Foundation.Collevtive mural on social inclusion with participants from UBA center.
2019 Ilussions Surfboards by Inigo Idigoras. Surfing board as a canvas.
2018 A bocados (ETB2). Art as the TV programme's set design. EITB.
2017 Kendu Art. Art, light and technology. Client Kendu In-Store Solutions.
2011 Do the green thing. Art vs climate change. Client Pentagram.
2005 Inside Out. Music and painting. Collaborates with musician and composer from Seville Miguel Marin aka Arbol.
2020 Lurse Magazine. Full page illustration.
2020 Desde Dentro. TV Interview by Eloisa Patat.
2020 El Diario Vasco. Mural comunitario.
2019 Lurse - 30th Anniversary Special Magazine. Front cover and 5 full page digital illustrations.
2019 Noiz Agenda - July and August issue. Magazine front cover and interview.
2018 Kendu Art - Issue 002. Magazine front cover and interview.
2015 El Iberico. Los 100 dias de Iker Garcia Barrenetxea. Interview.
2013 Circulo Creativo. Interview about The Vyner Studio.
2013 El Iberico. "Sorprendente exposicion metaforica Who took the cookie from the cookie jar. Article.
2012 El Iberico. Interview about The Vyner Studio.
2012 El Mundo. El Auge Olimpico del East End. The Vyner Studio feautured.
2012 El Iberico. Western LifeStyle Everyday Recipe. Article.
2012 Ballad Off. Western LifeStyle Everyday Recipe. Article.
2012 Historias de Arte. Western LifeStyle Everyday Recipe. Article.
2012 Votre Art. Western LifeStyle Everyday Recipe. Article.
2010 Radio 5. RTVE. The Vyner Studio. Interview.
2010 Other Criteria Blog. Hackney Wick Festival. Featured artist.
2010 375studio. Featured artist on 375 webisite.
2009 Basicca Magazine. Interview.
2006 El Diario Vasco. Inside Out. Article.
2006 Cuatrosfera. Cuatro. Inside Out. TV Interview.
2005 Noticias de Gipuzkoa. Inside Out. TV Interview.
2005 Euskadi Irratia. EITB. Inside Out. Radio Interview.
2004 Auñamendi Eusko Entziklopedia - Fondo Bernardo Estornés Lasa.
Profile added to Basque Government's funded encyclopedia.
2007 Ronda Iberia Magazine. Promises of the Saatchi website. Article.
2004 EITB Teleberri. I Dreamt in the City. TV News.
2003 The Cub. Queen Mary University Newspaper. Interview.
2002 EITB Teleberri. Iker's Colours. TV News.
2002 Agencia EFE. Iker's Colours. Interview.
1999 El Diario Montañés. Article.
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