A painting by Keixeta brings the climate crisis into the classroom

December 03, 2022

While the governments of the world quibble over their response to global warming, pupils at the ikastola of Oztibarre, in the Basque province of Lower Navarre, are tackling the same issue via art.

Hanging on a wall in the school’s activities room, a painting by the artist Keixeta, “Izotz Mendia” (“Iceberg”), shows an iceberg in the process of melting. Loaned by the association Itzal aktiboa as part of its project “An artwork in the classroom", the painting gives graphic expression to the climate crisis, inviting the children to debate how to deal with it.

Born in Arroa (Gipuzkoa) in 1963, Txiki Agirre “Keixeta” uses industrial paint diluted with solvents and applied freely to paper supports to create works that resemble colour collages.

His paintings, though tending towards abstraction, often refer to his natural surroundings, in particular to the sea and the "Flysch" cliffs of Zumaia, where he lives, and also to the great debates on the environment. One of his major concerns is the threat posed by global warming. The painting in the ikastola of Oztibarre is part of a series on this theme.

Focusing on the climate crisis in a visual arts class

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Over a three-month period, students at the Lycée Frantsesenia in Saint Jean Pied de Port were invited to reflect on the effects of the climate crisis, drawing inspiration from a painting by the artist Txiki Agirre "Keixeta".

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When she first began painting, Oaia Peruarena, like many artists, drew her inspiration from nature and landscapes, notably in the Basque Country's Baztan valley, where she learned to paint with local figurative artists José Mari Apezetxea and Tomás Sobrino.

Creating turmoil in the midst of chaos

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Christian Saint Marc (Langon, 1963) spent his childhood surrounded by the paint pots and brushes of his father, an artisan painter. Journeys to Africa and then to Greece awakened his vocation as an artist. Since 1994, he has lived in the Basque Country, in Aïcirits.

A silence that fills space

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A multidisciplinary artist living in San Sebastián, Iker Valle (Andoain, 1976) has developed an individual creative process in his studio in Hernani.

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A painting in honour of one of Spain's first women-only clubs

May 22, 2022

When Leire Kareaga was invited to participate in a group exhibition celebrating the contribution of women to her home town, Eibar, in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa, she immediately thought of producing a large-scale painting in honour of one of Spain’s first women-only clubs.

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