Regina Carbayo was born in Cádiz, Spain. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Art Production and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She moved to Cork in 2013 to undertake an internship at the Crawford Art Gallery. Since then, she has been combining her work as an artist participating in many different shows in Spain and Ireland, and other positions such as Art Workshop Facilitator for children at the Glucksman Gallery (Cork) and as a visual artist at Graffiti Theatre Company (Cork). Regina's work is now hanging in the Crawford Art Gallery Collection and Terence MacSwiney Museum (Kilmurry). She has been shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 and her work will be displayed in the National Gallery of Ireland from the end of November to the end of March 2017.
My work mostly focuses on portraits using charcoal, graphite and oil. I am interested in exploring the soul of the subject giving importance to the gaze and features that are relevant to me, rather than superficial beauty. I usually depict old people because they often have many interesting stories and backgrounds and we can see in those people the effect of time; something I think a lot about as well.
With my paintings I attempt to convey people’s feelings, personalities and worries by giving attention to their gazes, certain features of the skin or other characteristics that I find interesting, rather than going further into superficial details. For this reason, I usually choose not to include distractions or elements either in the background.