Lita Cabellut

Lita Cabellut, born in 1961 in Sarinena, Aragon, is a multifaceted Spanish artist who lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands, where she has been acclaimed Artist of the Year 2021.

 

Lita grew up in Barcelona, Spain, and lived as a street child until she was adopted at the age of 12. She was then raised in a bourgeois Catalan family that facilitated her access to education. After her first visit to the Museo Nacional del Prado, she fell in love with Goya, Velazquez, Ribera, and Rembrandt and was determined that she would dedicate herself to her passion for art. Lita started to take classical painting technique classes four times each week and had her first exhibition at the age of 17 at the Town Hall of Masnou, Barcelona.

 

Lita Cabellut moved to the Netherlands at the age of 19, where she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1982 to 1984 and began her career. As early as 1988, Lita was well-established enough to earn a living solely from her artistic endeavors. After her studies, she continued living and working in the Netherlands and subsequently established her residence in The Hague, where she has since settled.

 

Over the years, Cabellut has developed a unique technique characterised by large-scale canvases that combine traditional techniques and modern media applications. Considered an "informal figurative painter", the artist developed a contemporary variation of the classic fresco technique and a recognisable personal palette style, creating series of realistic oil paintings on canvas. Beyond her artistic language, social issues and humanity are central themes of Lita Cabellut’s work, which she considers essential to her process and showcases through her series of monumental portraits.

 

In the autumn of 2020, the Museum de Zwarte Tulp requested to exhibit her series Black Tulip Portraits. The paintings, based on the theme of the "black tulip" and the great masters and thinkers of the Golden Age, make a connection between classical portrait painting and modern techniques, showcasing the range extent of Cabellut’s technique.

 

Her complete artistic identity, in combination with her torrential force and extraordinary capacity, drives her artistic activities in multiple disciplines and media. Beyond her monumental paintings, her work includes an extraordinary touch for linguistics, sculptures, photography, installations, video, and performance. She has also expanded into opera scenography in the creation of stage, costume, and video design. What guides all these multidisciplinary tools is Lita Cabellut’s poetic sense, at the core of everything she approaches.

 

Her works have been exhibited in numerous museums around the world, including the Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea; Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Catania, Italy; CSMVS, Mumbai, India. Her work is included in the permanent collections of several museums such as Museo Goya Colección IberCaja, Zaragoza, Spain; Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Catania, Italy; The Fendi Collection, Italy; Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona, Spain; Théâtre Mogador, Paris, France; Copelouzos, Greece; The RAK Art Foundation, Riffa, Bahrain; The Joop & Janine VandenEnde Foundation and The Paul van Rensch Foundation, the Netherlands. 

Image Courtesy of the artist and Opera Gallery. Photo: © Lluc Queralt

SELECTED WORKS

Lita Cabellut La ilusion del lago2020

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 145 cm | 98.4 x 57.1 in

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Lita Cabellut Te recuerdo como ayer2020

Mixed media on canvas

215 x 415 cm | 84.6 x 57.1 in

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Lita Cabellut La flor de la selva2020

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 150 cm | 98.4 x 59.1 in

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Lita Cabellut The Thoughts of a Flower2020

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 145 cm | 98.4 x 57.1 in

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Lita Cabellut Al-'Aqrab2021

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 200 cm | 98.4 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut Anouk2021

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 200 cm | 98.4 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut Guy2020

Mixed media on canvas

215 x 145 cm | 84.6 x 57 in

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Lita Cabellut It Was a Long Way2020

Mixed media on canvas

280 x 200 cm | 110.2 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut Le Petit Prince2021

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 200 cm | 98.4 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut Madame Lulu2021

Mixed media on canvas

180 x 140 cm | 70.8 x 55 in

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Lita Cabellut Marieke2021

Mixed media on canvas

160 x 130 cm | 63 x 51.2 in

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Lita Cabellut Dawn2022

Mixed media on canvas

148 x 118 x 5 cm | 58.3 x 46.5 x 2 in

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Lita Cabellut Diario de un dia Triptych2022

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 60 x 3 cm | 59.1 x 23.6 x 1.2 in

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Lita Cabellut La espuma del mar2022

Mixed media on canvas

128 x 128 x 5 cm | 50.4 x 50.4 x 2 in

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Lita Cabellut Poppy2022

Mixed media on canvas

118 x 103 x 5 cm | 46.5 x 40.6 x 2 in

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Lita Cabellut Sandra2022

Mixed media on canvas

143 x 103 cm | 56.3 x 40.6 in

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Lita Cabellut The Innocent Yellow2022

Mixed media on canvas

60 x 60 x 3 cm | 23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 in

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Lita Cabellut The Wave of the Sand2022

Mixed media on canvas

60 x 60 x 3 cm | 23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 in

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Lita Cabellut Victoria2022

Mixed media on canvas

200 x 160 cm | 78.7 x 63 in

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Lita Cabellut Regina2022

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 200 cm | 98.4 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut La pluma2022

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 200 cm | 98.4 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut Amapola2024

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 145 cm | 98.4 x 57.1 in

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Lita Cabellut Centella2024

Mixed media on canvas

150 x 100 cm | 59.1 x 39.4 in

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Lita Cabellut Clavelina 22024

Mixed media on canvas

115 x 100 cm | 45.3 x 39.4 in

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Lita Cabellut Clavelina2024

Mixed media on canvas

250 x 145 cm | 98.4 x 57.1 in

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Lita Cabellut Liria2024

Mixed media on canvas

130 x 100 cm | 51.2 x 39.4 in

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Lita Cabellut Mariselva2024

Mixed media on canvas

270 x 200 cm | 106.3 x 78.7 in

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Lita Cabellut Onoquiles 22024

Mixed media on canvas

130 x 100 cm | 51.2 x 39.4 in

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Lita Cabellut Onoquiles2024

Mixed media on canvas

215 x 145 cm | 84.6 x 57.1 in

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Lita Cabellut Viniebla2024

Mixed media on canvas

120 x 120 cm | 47.2 x 47.2 in

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