Gema Rupérez has a degree in Fine Arts from the Faculty of San Carlos (Valencia). She completed her training in Urbino/Italy and attended workshops delivered by artists such as Chema Madoz, Jannis Kounellis, Rogelio López Cuenca and Cristina Lucas. She obtained her Diploma of Advanced Studies with the project Materiales plásticos en la escultura contemporánea. La seducción de la transparencia(Plastic Materials in Contemporary Sculpture. The seduction of transparency).
The work of this artist revolves around the longing for survival. The confrontation and struggle for hegemonic power is a constant theme in her latest projects. Instability, vulnerability and frustration are also part of the emotional content of her work. Through different mediums such as installation, photography, video and drawing, she reflects on the system, our inability to communicate with each other and, finally, the dystopias of the modern society.
She has recently presented her work in solo as well as group exhibitions in France, Canada, the United States, Japan, Peru, Bolivia, Italy and Spain. Her work can be found among some important collections in various locations such as the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum in Japan, Pilar Citoler Foundation, Ramón J. Sender Foundation, Casa de Velázquez, Antonio Gala Foundation and the Provincial Council of Zaragoza.
“Extremadura ranks second among the regions with highest population decline in the last year”, says National Statistics Institute (INE). At the current rate, it loses one inhabitant every ninety minutes and if this frequency continues, by 2202, all of its inhabitants will have left. At the Baluarte de los Pozos of Cáceres, Gema Rupérez has presented an interpretation of this data. At the entrance of the tower, she has set up a stunning simulation of this countdown and, once at the lookout point, the spectator metaphorically disappears by the effect of a sudden smoke cloud while observing the landscape sitting on an isolated chair.