The MAXAM Foundation presented on November 20 the Exhibition “If It Happens To Be”, a sample in which to present the work of Chema Cobo, which illustrates the MAXAM Calendar of 2020.
The Maxam Foundation carried out the presentation at the Carlos de Antwerp Foundation, located on Calle Claudio Coello, 99, in which the President of the Maxam Foundation, José Fernando Sánchez Junco, thanked the work of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors are performing in the dissemination of art and culture, and as official sponsors of the Autumn Salon organized by the centennial entity.
De izquierda a derecha: Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernanda Cardama, José Gabriel Astudillo, el Presidente de la Fundación Maxam, José Fernando Sánchez Junco, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Paloma Casado, Antonio Téllez y Fernando de Marta
The inauguration ceremony was attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, accompanied by the vast majority of members of its Board of Directors, such as Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary, the Vocals Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Married López, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta and Itziar Zabalza Murillo.
“MAXAM Foundation arises from our company’s commitment to social progress through the promotion of culture and education. The exhibition that we are opening today joins other artistic dissemination initiatives such as those already carried out in countries such as Spain, the United States and Panama, among others, ”explains Fernanda Cardama, Patron of the MAXAM Foundation and the Global Head People & Resources of the company.
If it happens to be, made expressly by Chema Cobo to illustrate the MAXAM 2020 Calendar, part of such an exciting theme in art history as is the one in the painting, explains Lucas Ferreira, Deputy Director of the MAXAM Foundation and curator of the exhibition. Under this baroque term, the author gives title to an image of images, to a narration with plots as different as the history of painting, the creative process, the popular symbology of the Spain of the 50s and 60s or the works that preceded in the MAXAM Collection.
Chema Cobo was born in 1952 in Tarifa (Cádiz), where his father worked as a doctor. He has lived in Tarifa, Ronda, Cádiz, Seville, Madrid, New York, Chicago, Brussels and long seasons in Rome and currently lives in Alhaurín el Grande (Málaga). He studied Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Madrid between 1970 and 1974. One of the components of the artistic group was the New Madrid figuration, a group of acidic and ironic artists who opened new avenues during the transition. His first individual exhibition was held in Madrid in 1974, at the Buades Gallery. In 1994 he was awarded the Andalusia Prize for Plastic Arts.
In 1981, he was a resident artist at P.S.1 in New York and participated in the 16th Sao Paulo Biennial at the Salon de los 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid.
In 1982, he participated in the Carnegie International of Pittsburgh.
In 1983 he was invited to several exhibitions in Europe and the United States; One of them was the “Recent European paintings” exhibition at Salomom R. Guggenheim in New York. The same year he exhibits at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago.
The eighties continue with a series of individual exhibitions in Seattle, Boston, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Bern and Nagoya (Japan).
It is worth noting the exhibition held in “The mezzanine Gallery” of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1987 and the individual exhibition in the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York in 1988. The same year he also participated in the exhibition “Art Kites” organized by the Goethe Institute in Osaka. This same exhibition continued traveling through Japan, the United States and Europe until 1992.
The 1990s began with an exhibition at AC&T in Tokyo and several exhibitions between the United States and Spain. He was a visiting professor at the NY Art School in New York, at Northwestern University in Chicago and at the School of Art of the Art Institute in Chicago.
In 1994 he was awarded the Andalusia Prize for Plastic Arts and publishes the book of aphorisms entitled “Amnesia” on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name in La Linea de la Concepción (Cádiz).
In 1995 he exhibited in Brussels at the Gallery “20m2 d’Art Contemporain”.
In 1998, the exhibition “The Labyrinth of the Compass” was held at the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville, which collected works from all periods of his work and works never exhibited to date in Spain. The second installment of the book of aphorisms “Amnesia” is published.
In 2001 the exhibition “Salta a la Vista” in the Provincial Palace of the Diputación de Cádiz covers all his work on paper from 1974 to 2000.
Recently he has exhibited in Valencia (Tomas March Gallery), Santander (Siboney Gallery), Barcelona (M. Marcos Gallery), Malaga (A. Viñas Gallery), Madrid (A. Machón Gallery) and the Duques de Soria Foundation (Soria) .
In October 2008, he opened the “Eclipse” exhibition at the A. Machon Gallery in Madrid, an exhibition for which he won the “Francisco de Goya” Painting Prize of the Villa de Madrid, 2009.
In the 2009-2010 season he exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art in Malaga a sample of 33 recent works entitled “Out of Frame”.
He has works in many collections in Europe and the United States among others at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, at the Nazionale d’Arte Contemporaneo Gallery in Rome, at the Fundazione Lucio Amelio in Naples, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the Museum of Art in New York, at the Frederick Weisman Collection in Los Angeles, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, not forgetting Spanish collections such as the Caixa de Pensiones Foundation in Barcelona, the Cajasol collection in Seville, the Caja Madrid Foundation, the Reina Sofía National Art Museum in Madrid, the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville and the Center for Contemporary Art in Malaga, to name just a few of them.