Lita Cabellut (BARCELONA 1961)

Lita Cabellut was born in Sariñena (Huesca) in 1961. She lived on the streets of Barcelona until the age of 12 before being adopted by a prominent family. She was then introduced to the Spanish masters at the Prado Museum, where she was deeply influenced by the paintings of Velazquez, Goya and Frans Hals. A prolific contemporary portraitist, the young Cabellut was inspired by the ubiquitous fresco paintings in her hometown.

She spent four years in classical training before holding her first exhibition at the Town Hall of Masnou, Barcelona at the age of seventeen. At nineteen, she left her native Spain to study at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which is where she remains today to live and work.

Over the years, Cabellut has developed a unique technique that yields an inimitable quality and texture to her work, painting large-scale portraits incorporating traditional fresco techniques with modern applications of oil paint. She also developed a unique technique for installations and ‘Hybride’ Photography, combining her materials in a 3 dimensional experience.


If my brushes
Were not able to speak
If my feet
Were not able to take a step forward or back
To gain perspective on what I see
If in my head
Confusion and doubt were not reigning
If I don’t cry
I laugh
If I was not dazzled by white
And moved by indigo
What loneliness
What loneliness
I would have with myself
I work in series, so the process of paintings starts with finding the concept.
To sit in a chair and not move until I have the project in mind
I am more than a painter, I am a storyteller.

Museum Exhibitions


  • 2018 June 8 Charlie Chaplin. A Vision – YUZ Museum Shanghai, China


  • 2017 October 5 RETROSPECTIVE, Espai Volart, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2018 March 8 Mujeres Artistas Hoy – MEAM, Barcelona
  • 2018 April 13 “Poetry Never Gives Up” – Centro Cultural Cascais, Portugal
  • 2017 October 26 TESTIMONIO, solo exhibition MAC, La Coruña, Spain
  • 2015 May 12 The Figure in Process; de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015 Seattle, USA Pivot Art + Culture
  • 2015 Permanent collection Trilogy of Doubt 15 Catania, Italy Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia
  • 2015 Permanent collection Trilogy of Truth Barcelona, Spain European Museum of Modern Art MEAM
  • 2015 September 09-23 Black Tulip; the Golden Age New Delhi, India Lalit Kala Akademie
  • 2015 9-23 Black Tulip; the Golden Age New Delhi, India Lalit Kala Akademie

  • 2015 May-August Blind Mirror Hudiksvall, Sweden Hälsingland Museum
  • 2015 June 6 - 20 Black Tulip; the Golden Age Mumbai, India CSMVS Mumbai
  • 2014 October Black Tulip Tokyo, Japan State Visit Okura Hotel
  • 2014 June - August 100 Masterpieces Seoul, South Korea Seoul Art Centre
  • 2014 April - June Here To Stay Berlin, Germany Kunststation Kleinsassen
  • 2013 September - December Trilogy of the Doubt Den Bosch, The Netherlands Het NoordBrabants Museum
  • 2013 November Dried Tear Singapore, Singapore Opera Gallery
  • 2013 June Trilogy of the Doubt Barcelona, Spain Fundacion Vilacasas
  • 2012 November - 2013 January Retrospective Winterswijk, The Netherlands Tricot Winterswijk
  • 2010 March - April Manifesta Maastricht, The Netherlands
Gallery Exhibitions


  • 2018 November 29 Gallery Exhibition Opera Gallery New York


  • 2017 November 16 ARMY OF POETS, solo exhibition Opera Gallery Paris, France
  • 2017 November 9 ARMY OF POETS, solo exhibition Opera Gallery Hong Kong, HK
  • 2017 March 13 Solo Exhibition “De Zwarte Tulp” ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Mark Peet Visser Gallery
  • 2016 June 2 - 30 Solo Exhibition Beirut, Libanon Opera Gallery
  • 2016 march 14 - 30 Solo exhibition Dubai Opera Gallery
  • 2016 February 18 - 21 Karlsruhe Art Fair Karlsruhe, Germany Trade Fair Center
  • 2016 march 14 - 30 Singapore Art Fair Singapore Opera Gallery
  • 2015 October Solo exhibition London, UK Opera Gallery
  • 2015 January 8-18 Miscellaneous Hamburg, Germany Metropolitan Art Management
  • 2015 March Black Tulip Amsterdam, The Netherlands Galerie 238
  • 2014 November Black Tulip the Golden Age Paris, France Opera Gallery Opera Gallery
  • 2014 May-June Solo show Seoul, Korea Opera Gallery
  • 2013 November Hidden Dreams The World Art Fair Moscow, Russia Opera Gallery
  • 2013 March After the Show Hongkong Opera Gallery Hongkong
  • 2012 October - November Portrait of human knowledge London, UK Opera Gallery Opera Gallery
  • 2012 October - November After the Show Munich, Germany Terminus
  • 2011 October 14 COCO: Testimony of Black and White, solo exhibition Opera Gallery Paris, France
  • Painter – Painting View
  • La conquista del mercado del arte -el Pais-Visionarios-2016 View
  • Lita Cabellut “Terciopelo por fuera, lejía por dentro” View
  • Duende y alma – Tendencias – Verano 2016 View
  • Beyond the spells and curses, a victorious fight for life … View
  • Lita Cabellut on Wall of Fame, View
  • Más allá de sortilegios y maleficios, una batalla victoriosa par la vida… View
  • The Figure in Process; de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015 View
  • Impulse online View
  • Trilogy of Doubt View
  • The Blind Mirror View
  • The Black Tulip View
  • Heaven of the Disasters Essay by Robert C. Morgan View
  • Dramatic Silk View
  • Coco and Cabellut View
  • Lita Cabellut’s saving Memory View
  • Clutching the Light of the Moon View
  • Agarrando la luz de la luna View
  • El dramatico Gozo de estar vivo View
  • La perla Negra View
  • La infinita galeria de rostros View
  • Coco et Cabellut View
  • ليتا- معرض اللؤلؤة السوداء View
  • Dried Tear View
  • The Many faces of Bowie View
  • Cabellut Hong Kong View
  • A century of Nudes View
  • Collection View
  • Visage Seoul View
  • International and Contemporary Art Auction View
  • 2017 Augustus 10

    Opera: Le siege de Corinthe Pesaro, Italy

  • 19 March 2017 at 19:15 CET.

    Close Up Documentary – Beauty above all, NPO 2.