Lita Cabellut (1961) is an artist who was born in Barcelona. After spending the first 13 years of her life living on the streets, she was adopted by a prominent Spanish family, who took her to the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. That was where she first saw the works of the great masters, Velázquez, Goya and Frans Hals. She was deeply affected by the beauty of art and immediately started learning to draw and paint. She had her first exhibition in Madrid at the age of 17. She then moved to the Netherlands both for the famous Dutch light and to refine her technical skills at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
On completion of her studies she continued to live and work in the Netherlands, developing a unique visual language. Her style is characterised by larger than life-sized portraits painted in her signature ‘Cabellut palette’ using a special modernised fresco technique. Her oeuvre comprises mainly portraits with cracked paint and a glossy finish created by the fresco technique. The craquelé effect adds an air of fragility and delicacy to her work. She gained international fame with her theatrical portraits of veiled women, Memories wrapped in Gold Paper, in Dubai, Coco in Paris, Frida Kahlo and Portrait of Human Knowledge in London, the Behind the Curtains series in Hong Kong and Trilogy of Doubt in Barcelona. She believes a series of paintings is the best way to tell a story.
The Carrousel of the White SilenceLita Cabellut is deeply concerned about the fate of children all over the world and supports various projects through her foundation Arnive. ‘Everyone is born with talent. Art is my talent and I want to use it to help children who cannot defend themselves. I want to ensure that they are able to discover and develop their own talent. Because I grew up outside the Netherlands, I wasn’t immediately familiar with Miffy. But I felt such an affinity with the aim of the Miffy Art Parade and the partnership with UNICEF that I wanted to develop an acquaintance with the famous bunny. Miffy and I now have mutual admiration for each other. The Carrousel of the White Silence is devoted to all forgotten and abused children all over the world.’ With her characteristic enthusiasm and passion, Lita Cabellut has also taken a series of wonderful photographs for this project, which belong with her Miffy statue.