merce armengol

(Manresa, 1965)

Although I have been very creative since I was a child and I showed ease in drawing and the visual arts, at university I graduated in Biology. Later I graduated in Dental Hygiene ending up working professionally in the field of Dentistry.

Everything changes in 1995, with the birth of my first daughter. I put aside my professional activity to dedicate myself fully to my family, to the “mother’s career”. That’s when I go back to pencil and paper, this time to draw my children.

In 2002 I started self-taught in the oil technique and discovered an artistic facet that fascinated me: portraitist. Later, I go to the studio of the prestigious master Juan Torra López, who offers me training in oil painting based on the Renaissance technique.

Since then, I haven’t stopped painting at any time and I have participated with my work in various group exhibitions. In 2012 I presented my first solo exhibition as a portraitist and, since 2014, I have participated annually in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. For four years I worked as a teacher in the painting workshop of the “Dona per la Dona” association in Sant Andreu de Llavaneres.

Restless as I am, I soon became attracted to other fields of creation as well, so in 2011 I graduated in Digital Graphic Design with a new purpose: story illustration. This path leads me to the publication of Natasha, història d’una adopció (2015), based on autobiographical facts, and of Sant Joan i el Solstici d’Estiu (2018), a book loaded with magic and fantasy that has my children as protagonists and that inaugurates the series El Nostre Secret.

I am currently working on a new multidisciplinary project, Missé, which is aimed at children’s audiences, develops values and breaks the paper barrier to transform the main character into a doll.

«My four children are and have always been my source of inspiration»