¡Wellcome to Koloreka!
Since 2013, and in the heart of the old part of Donostia, we are dedicated to observing the landscape and portraying the customs of our city. They portray everyday life in a contemporary, approachable style. What we want to do is offer memories. Memories which will travel and take on a second life in their new homes.
Following the idea that less is more, we tell simple stories, using a simple style which allows us to offer warmth and proximity. Although we use digital tools, the basis to our work is still analog: observation and inspiration.
We are moved by curiosity, and give each image the treatment it deserves, letting ourselves be influenced and using silkscreen printing, photography, painting...
Our name combines two words in Basque: kolore and oreka, ‘colour’ and ‘balance’. Nerea and Ramon are behind these two words, bringing colour and balance together. For a long time we have been collecting memories in the form of objects which, at one glance, allow us to travel back to experiences we have had. It is this feeling that encouraged us to invent Koloreka. A space that gives you the chance to create memories and break out from your routine.
In this spirit, we went from being puppeteers at fairs to run our own shop, where we began to show more defined pieces of work.
If you visit us you will be able to see our reproductions made with different printing techniques on watercolour paper. All of them are signed, both our open and limited editions. If you fall in love with a piece and you have already found the place for it in your home, we can help you further by offering custom frames. Our packaging puts the icing on the cake and means your pictures will reach you in perfect condition.
From the start we have used local suppliers with whom we share interests, and who are, in a sense, part of our team.
Travelers, walkers, professionals and anyone who wants to give themselves a break, our doors are open for them to choose the picture they want to illustrate their story.
Nerea Urrestarazu Artistic direction
She left the University of the Basque Country with a degree in Fine Arts, and has spent half her life in audiovisual production. This is how she has learned to create the right atmospheres for each story.
After some solo projects, she joined Ramon to create Koloreka, a space that allows her to open up her creativity.
Her main job is to generate new lines of work, which, adapted to the space and time in which we live, still move us.
She is not very good with words, so she lets her images talk, giving the word to the people who come through our doors.
Ane Urtizberea Store Manager
She also has a degree in Fine Arts, and chose fashion design and pattern design setting up her own brand, Anuska-Petruska. She has also worked in various fields of design and clothing. In love with creativity, she never stops drawing and enjoying working on illustrations. This is how she discovered Koloreka and its work, joining the team in 2018, and being in charge of giving our viewers the best possible welcome.
Her stories in pictures grow and reinvent themselves with every new customer.
Ane Zaldibar Ilustrator
After finishing her degree in Fine Arts, she moved to Barcelona where she finished her specialised training in illustration. It is there that she set up her publishing house, RosaCarmen, which helps develop independent publications.
Back in Donostia, in 2015 she joined the Koloreka team as an illustrator, adapting her figurative style and contributing her depth of vision.
She always takes her black notebook around with her, and each new illustration becomes an exciting game.
Ramón Anaya Business development
This cartographer from Zaragoza spent several years making maps for different engineering and environmental companies. After meeting Nerea, he changed scale and, in 2012, moved his compass towards Donostia. Soon after, he decided to start this project with her.
He purpose is to fulfil other aims, and he often sets the rudder so that the ship does not lose its way.
When he puts his apron on he enjoys coming up with ideas to make our little gallery even more welcoming.