Biography

Originally from Barcelona, Minuca Sostres started her studies in art attending drawing and painting lessons at the Sanvicens Art Academy at the age of 16. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at the University of Barcelona and completed her education studying illustration at La Llotja. She worked as a freelance illustrator for more than 15 years getting commissions from graphic design studios, advertising agencies and publishers. Minuca moved to London to enhance her career development working in the animation industry for several years.

Despite her trajectory as a professional illustrator, she has always painted for pleasure and on commission. Her passion for drawing the human figure led her to win the first prize twice at The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, London's largest life drawing group, based at the Mall Galleries. After a long motherhood break and moving countries twice, Minuca continues to thrive developing her creative career as a professional artist. She currently lives in Surrey, just south west of London, with her husband and three children. Her work has been sold regionally, nationally and around Europe.

Education

Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. Speciality in Painting. University of Barcelona.
La Llotja Art School. Illustration. Barcelona.
Artistic Circle Sant Lluc. Life Drawing. Barcelona.
Círculo de Bellas Artes. Life drawing. Madrid.
Sanvicens Art Academy. Barcelona.

Further Education

Drawing Course. Central Saint Martins.
Workshop Figurative Drawing with Henry Yan. London.
Workshop Portrait Masterclass with Anastasia Pollard. London.
Courses in Figure, Portraiture, and Anatomy and Gesture, at the London Fine Art Studios.
Upcoming Course in Florence Art Academy (June 2024).

Exhibitions

  • Open Art Studio (2019)
  • Mayte Muñoz Art Gallery. Barcelona (2003)
  • Villarroel Theatre Exhibition Hall. Barcelona (1994)
  • Sala Mogambo. Premia de Mar. Barcelona (1992,1993)

Open Exhibitions

• Collective Art Fair. Madrid (2012)
• Waterloo Gallery. Vaguely Familiar. London (2007)
• Mall Galleries. The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society (2007)
• 23 Art Supermarket. Barcelona and Madrid. (2006)
• Sennacheribbo Art Gallery. Barcelona. (2006)
• Mall Galleries. The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society (2006)
• Mall Galleries. The Society of Women Artists (2006)
• Mall Galleries. Royal Society of Marine Artist (2005)
• Mall Galleries. The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society (2005)
• Mayte Muñoz Art Gallery. Barcelona (2004)
• Sabadell Drawing Art Fair (1992)
• Agora 3 Gallery. Sitges. Barcelona (1987,1989)

Awards

Mall Galleries. The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society (2007) Life Drawing Award "Best Nude"
Mall Galleries. The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society (2005) Life Drawing Award "Best Nude"