Luca Zarattini “There is music and music” 211119 – 100120

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery and international art curator Irina Machneva Mota present, for the first time in Spain, the latest series of works from the emerging Italian artist Luca Zarattini (b. 1984, Ferrara). The project “There is music and music” is dedicated to one of the greatest composers of the second half of the 20th century – Luciano Berio, and has taken a name of his famous TV program “C’è musica e musica”.

Fifteen paintings is a graceful result of a complex research on a subtle relationship between painting and music by the artist to discover a new way of looking at still-life through merging musical and pictorial compositions into the space of the canvas. Through the attempts of capturing essence of the music in a painting he creates a bridge between these two arts, showing how they enliven each other in astounding ways when they are combined.

     Inspired by musical compositions like John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way, Luciano Berio’s Stanze, Luca Zarattini acts as a conductor of images, thereby letting the music of colors, lines, drawings of human and animal figures, plants and vases sound in his large format paintings. He reveals the reality of an art work by dividing the music piece into elements of his associations that must be reunited in harmony on his canvas in a tangible form, each on its time and place.

     The work process itself is extremely important for the artist, involving a meditative focus on the canvas while listening to the works of great musicians, masters of improvisation and experimentation. He seeks to express his mystical experience. “What truly interests me is the journey. For this reason, I feel close to the jazz musician during a night jam session, when one listens to another” – says Luca.

     The artist’s picturesque language – lively, vibrating like a sound – makes the viewer feel the rhythm of the music, the movement of his hand, the musicality in all the fragments, lines, elements, and most importantly, the enjoyment of the sensual enigma of creating through the dialog with the great musicians, while becoming a music himself. 

     At the opening night, the artist accompanied by the jazz musician Gianluca Fortini will present an improvisational music performance.

Irina Machneva Mota


Luca Zarattini (b. 1984, Ferrara/Codigoro). He currently lives and works between Ferrara and Rome. He graduated on July of 2009 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). Open Monday to Friday 15.00-19.00 or any day and time by appointment. The exhibition will go on until the 10 of January 2020.

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery participates at Estampa art fair in Madrid

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery, based in Spain, exhibits Matias Di Carlo, Konstantino Dregos and Daniel Fleur at Estampa art fair in Madrid, which is open from Thursday the 17th until Sunday the 20th of October.

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery exhibits the following artists Matias Di Carlo (from Argentina and based in Spain), Konstantino Dregos (from Greece and based in Germany) and Daniel Fleur (from Sweden and based in Malmö), which also are represented by the gallery, and they will be exhibiting brand new works for the Spanish audience.

– Our participation at the established contemporary art fair Estampa who is one of Spains oldest and most recognized fairs, is a natural step for us on the Spanish market. And to show such fantastic as well as prominent artists with an honest approach is a blessing, says Mattias Tönnheim, owner and director for Wadström Tönnheim Gallery and continues:

– Konstantino Dregos surreptitious and sensitive ghost paintings presented together with Matias Di Carlos dynamic and powerful sculptures plus Daniel Fleurs elaborating paintings that examines the substance of the digital image and its relation to perspective creates a relevant contemporary visual context.



Born 1978. From Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives and works in Ronda, Spain.



Born 1977. From Athens, Greece. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.



Born 1992. From Töreboda, Sweden. Lives and works in Sweden.


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Rubén Rodrigo & Ana Velez // Contrasts & Connections

Rubén Rodrigo & Ana Velez

Contrasts & Connections

190919 – 151119


Wadström Tönnheim Gallery opens up the season with a duo exhibition including works by Rubén Rodrigo from Madrid and Ana Velez from Lisbon. Vernissage is Thursday the 19 of September at 19.00 to 21.30 and the exhibition Contrasts & Connections will go on until the 15 of November.


– I mostly work with the mediums of drawing and painting, addressing themes that go around the concept of identity, based on three concepts: place, memory and body, highlighting place as the container of memory and identity. Initially the work that I develop is about observation; considering that the creative process is closely linked to the visual process, the ability to see and the ability to make judgments about things. I adopted drawing because of its ability to represent primary and elementary characteristics. It has a mythical status associated with being the first and most immediate way to create images, the intimacy, informality, immediacy, subjectivity, memory and narrative. I believe that to draw and paint forms part of our relationship with our physical environment, engraving in it the presence of the human. Is the means by which we are able to understand and create, and to relate to what surrounds us by leaving marks that testimony our passage. We literally draw in the material world. Marc Augé’s investigation about places and non-places is central to my work. As is Maurice Halbwachs studies on memory and collective memory, and research by Francesco Careri about walking as a means of intervention and perception of the urban space. The object of my study is located in the city. The city, whilst being an architectural element, is also understood as an instrument of memory, entering directly into the definition of collective memory according to Halbwachs, as one that relies on images of places, architectural spaces of the city and the architectural landscape. The study of the city is developed by using the body and the movement of my steps as a tool of thinking and knowledge, as I venture through streets, canals, trails and hidden spaces, seeking to read the past and convert it into a contemporary interpretation. My artworks are presented through a single view of what every human can absorb when «existing», which, «is present» in a place with History and, simultaneously, the future. The construction of an individual’s identity is supported by the reality that one conceives when merging with the environment within which they are surrounded, and is therefore the formulation of memories from places we have (re)visited giving true access to the “I” of each of us, that is, from what we once were, states Ana Velez.


– In my work there has always been a tendency to improvisation and search for the sublime through processes in which some chance intervenes checked. This chance, the mystery and a certain tactile quality, always related to lightness, they have been present in my work from the beginning. I am currently exploring the formal possibilities of color in fields practically monochromatic I want to reach maximum purity through a single stain process (Sumi-e *) leaving the paint, in a very state liquid, dripping spreading across the surface of the canvas, generating a vibration that changes according to the brightness of the background or its color interaction. I am interested in the pulse, tension, spirituality and vitality of the pictorial space. I try to deepen the matter and energy in color, and the dichotomy that exists between their physicality and the relationships established in us to through culture and art history, in a constant dialogue with light and architectural space, giving importance to the environment, the cultivation of ellipsis, pauses, containment, the effect of time and shadow, states Rubén Rodrigo.

* Sumi-e is the Japanese word that designates ”ink” (sumi) and ”paint” (e) and refers to a technique monochromatic ancestral eminently naturalistic character, which pursues the synthesis of the prescribed forms of nature, through a single stroke of the brush.


Rubén Rodrigo was born 1980 in Salamanca, Spain. Ruben has a degree in BA Fine Arts from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. He lives and works in Madrid since 2004.

Ana Velez was born 1982 in Lisbon, Portugal. Ana has a degree in M.A. Painting from Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. She lives and work in Lisbon.


Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). Open Monday to Friday 15.00-19.00 or any day and time by appointment. The exhibition will go on until the 15 of November.

Wadström Tönnheim Gallery at Marbella Art Fair 2019

Welcome to visit Wadström Tönnheim Gallery at Marbella Art Fair 2019 – booth D-04.

We are showing excellent art works by:
Matias Di Carlo
Konstantino Dregos
Daniel Fleur
Jillian Mayer
Paula Vincenti



Palacio de Congresos
Meliá, 2
29602 Marbella

“Escales – Scale + Escalates”

One of the meanings of scale is to be an ordered succession of different values ​​of the same quality. In sense, there is no doubt that the scale helps us to define the useful and other concepts more as we will see from the work of the artists participating in this exhibition. The exhibition “Escales”, curated by María José Cosano opens up at Wadström Tönnheim Gallery on Friday the 19 of July and will go on until the of 16 August.

Javier Map draws on the landscape as an object that has a utility, what is that utility? Do you meet it now? These are questions that arise with his work, in which he gives us the object not only as a port of artistic meaning but as a tool that serves or is part of something. The work of Antonio Mena asks us: can we change the scale of the object, its quality, its class, the space to which it previously belongs and can we assign it another meaning? In the series ”Accumulations” the artist reuses objects such as ”flip flops” collected in the mouths of the rivers of the coast of El Salvador and reuses them and transforms them into works of art.

In the case of Tonia Trujillo, the question would be: For whom is the object useful? In ”Mar de pinchos” the artist opens the borders to others: the disinherited, the humiliated, the exiled, the stateless, and forces us to position ourselves on what side of the answer are we? Scale as time can be seen in the works of Nina Nolte that uses the months as a unit of time (I’ll remember April), time limits us as beings, gives us duration, marks our history.

On the other hand, Juan López López with his work makes us wonder: What is the validity of gender as a scale? Is gender binarism, the masculine and feminine, a useful scale for the human? In the work of Maria-José Gallardo the scale is different, it is organic, relative to the animal, to the vegetable, in short, to the living, in addition, the artist does it with the profusion of the elements, reaffirms herself in the vital.

In any case, so many previous works like those of Mónica Vázquez Ayala raise us temporal or infinite scales, bodily, organic, aesthetic that lead us to follow paths following other scales, ours.

Address and opening hours: Poligono Nueva Campana, Local 37B, Nueva Andalucia (Marbella). Open Monday to Friday 17.00-20.00 or by appointment. The exhibition will go on until the of 16 August.