Bubi Canal

Bubi Canal

Artist selected by Vidal, Roberto at 2011
More artist content updated at 2016

Bubi Canal’s work is a window onto a world of emotions and feelings. His pop iconography is totally invaded and dominated by colours that take us to different fantasy worlds, dreamy atmospheres populated by mysterious and sometimes disturbing creatures. His work combines different art media such as photography, video and sculpture and explores ideas of desire, identity, love and dreams.


Bubi Canal
Santander, 1980
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: New York

Formación Académica/Education
Licenciado en Bellas Artes. Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU.

Exposiciones Individuales/ Solo Exhibitions
Special Moment, Munch Gallery, New York

Supercolor, Del Sol St Art Gallery, Santander, Spain

Supercolor, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Bubi Canal in Carlos Díez Díez, Madrid, Spain

Carousel, Colarte Gallery, Santander, Spain

Carousel, Espacio Abisal, Bilbao, Spain

Joyboy, Pablo Hojas Gallery, Santander, Spain

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
Skeletor Saves, Headquarters Studios, New York.
Proyecto Género 4, Espace Ample, Barcelona.
BYOB, Bring Your Own Beamer, Matadero Madrid, Madrid.
La música es la respuesta a tus problemas, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.
Put Our Face On Your Face, CHERYL, Off Limits, Madrid.
PROYECTOR 2011, Visual Container, Milano.
7 + 1, South 36.32N The New Fashion Latitude, Cádiz.
Óptica, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

BAC 2010, H2O Gallery, Barcelona.
ARTE LISBOA, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Lisboa.
Videomusichat Generation, Espace Ample, Barcelona.
FORO SUR, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Cáceres.
Libro, Mad is Mad, Madrid.
MutaVideo, MID_E Studio, Arteleku, San Sebastian.
ARTESANTANDER, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Santander.
Óptica, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

HOT ART FAIR, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Basel, Suiza.
Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, New York.
At this time, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Santander.
Autorretrato, Mad Is Mad, Madrid.
ARTESANTANDER, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Santander.
Óptica, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.
FORO SUR, Del Sol St. Art Gallery, Cáceres.

Kaleidoscope, Espacio Menosuno, Madrid.
Showroom, La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.
Bahía Común, Palacio de Exposiciones de Santander.
Óptica, Delegación del Principado de Asturias, Madrid.
Artes Plásticas Gobierno de Cantabria, Cantabria.

Cuestión Generacional, CGAC Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela.
NoKnocKroom, An open door to contemporary art, Italia.
Just Us Boys, Festival Internacional Visible, Guadalajara.

On my Own, Palacio de Exposiciones de Santander.
GETXOarte, Salón de las Artes Emergentes, Bizkaia.
Trans+Formarse, Palacio Provincial de Guadalajara.
Santander Ciudad Imaginaria, Centro Cultural Caja, Cantabria.
Patrimonio Artístico UPV, San Sebastián.

IX Certamen de Arte del Campus de Álava, Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria.
MID-E, Arteleku, San Sebastián.
Emergencias 9, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.
MEM Euskal Bideo eta zineselekzioa, Copenhaguen.
Jóvenes Fotógrafos, Casa de Bombas, Santander.

Confluencias, Espacio C, Santander.
Postales Catódicas, Catálogo General, Bilbao.
GETXOarte, Salón de las Artes Emergentes, Vizcaya.
Zeppelín, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, CCCB, Barcelona.
ARTESANTANDER, Pablo Hojas Gallery, Santander.
Exposición Audiovisual, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Bilbao.
16 Visiones, Pablo Hojas Gallery, Santander.



1. What made you choose art as a profession?
It’s what I like best and it’s what makes me happy.


2. How would you define your work?
My work talks about me and my relationship with the world. My projects usually explore subjects I’m interested in and I come up with different plastic solutions to turn my feelings into pieces.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
At the moment I’m interested in human emotions, fantasy, mystery, love, dreams and dogs.


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Lighting, colours and shapes are all important to me. I like working with friends.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
I like to create a new reality that remains connected with my life. I like opening doors onto the unknown and building something new.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
Art helps us see the world from another perspective, make us dream, think, laugh and brings us together. Art lets me live – I couldn’t live without creating.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I hope people enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed creating it.


My work is aimed at everyone who wants to enjoy it.


8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
My parents signed me up for a pottery course when I was six and I’m eternally grateful to them.


I studied fine art at the University of the Basque Country. I had a fantastic time; the best thing was making loads of friends and making the most of the facilities there.


9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
Everyone is in a difficult situation at the moment, which makes it even more important to be motivated and excited about your work.


In the future I hope to continue working in the same direction and making my dreams come true.


10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
It’s often tough to make a living from your work, but I don’t think economic considerations should ever be a problem when it comes to creating. I don’t think you improve a piece by spending more money on it.


The only thing I need to work is a camera.


11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I love working in a team and I’ve always found working with curators to be very enriching for my work. They always encourage you to take one more step, which is very positive.


12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
For me the greatest thing about Madrid is the people who live in this city. It’s full of people I love and fantastic artists. People come from all over the world to make it an ever-changing city. I’ve learnt a lot living in Madrid and this has been key for me and my work.