- Issue date: 22/09/2017
- Printing Process: Offset
- Paper: Engomado
- Size of stamp: 40.9 x 28.8 mm
- Sheet effects: 25
- Postal value of the stamps: 1.25 €
- Print run: 70.000
Women of Andorra. Pilar Riberaygua
This year, Correos continues with its philatelic series dedicated to the recognition of Andorran women who, through their work, strength and talents, have contributed to the social and cultural progress of the Principality.
This year’s issue pays homage to the artist and gallery owner Pilar Riberaygua, whose work has been essential to introducing and publicising contemporary art throughout the Principality of Andorra.
Her dynamic, expressive, cheerful and restless temperament prompted her to develop her creativity through the ceramic arts and to undertake outreach projects in contemporary art, opening art galleries and offering young people the opportunity to exhibit their artwork.
Born in 1953, with deep roots in Andorra, she was already sure she would be an artist at the age of 14, when she began to study ceramics in the Massana School of Art in Barcelona. After finishing her studies, she opened a ceramics workshop in Barcelona with a classmate, where she made masks, decorative objects and ceramic murals.
At 27 she returned to Andorra where she opened another artistic ceramics workshop, which would be the beginnings of her first art gallery, the Galería d’Art Era Bauró, which opened in 1985. This marked the beginning of her career as a gallery owner, exhibiting young Andorran artists, and soon going on to show renowned and established contemporary artists such as Henry Moore, Miró, Picasso, and Miquel Barceló, introducing and distributing contemporary art in the Andorran art scene, where it was largely unknown and unappreciated in the early 80s.
Her work as a gallery owner brought her to expand her business to an international level, with dealings in the world's major art capitals, such as Paris, Berlin, Luxembourg, Tokyo and New York, in order to show the work of the core group of artists that she exhibited in her gallery. This was also when she began to participate in international art shows, such as ARCO.
In 1991, she promoted the Cat’Art contemporary art centre and artists’ residence, a country residence for young artists located in Santa Colomba d’Ers (Sainte-Colombe-sur-l’Hers) in the Languedoc-Rosellón region of France, where artists from all over the world come together for residences or exchanges in the centre, as well as collectives like Lacustre, Bosc and Riviere.
In 1998 she opened Galería Les Punxes opened in Barcelona, which she ran for nine years, despite her fight against cancer, finally succumbing in 2002, at the young age of 49.