Pure Art

REFLECTIONS AROUND THE

55 REINA SOFIA AWARD FOR PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

OF THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS

 

By Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Secretary of the Jury of the 55 Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture

PURE ART

Two words that define the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD.

A selection of works in which only that is seen, pure art.

The jury’s judgment has not been distorted by absurd and pompous direct and explicit requests that raised the banner of “socially and politically correct”.

The jury’s judgment has not paid attention to beautiful landscapes, folk themes or aesthetics of decorative paintings.

The jury’s judgment has not been carried away by streams of enthusiastic supporters who shout and chant grandiose sentences.

The jury’s judgment has not been influenced by the aesthetic and stylistic correctness of the moment nor by the attractiveness of the avant-garde and new techniques and resources.

The jury’s judgment has not been altered by weighing the immense work of some works and the great effort in their execution.

The jury’s judgment has not been distorted by a complete and unique artistic career of an author, who define a set.

Do not.

The jury’s judgment has been focused on the impulse and the sensations that a single work has managed to transmit to all or to the vast majority of its members.

Among the more than 300 works presented, a single work has been able to move, excite, and move them.

A unique work that has managed to awaken in them feelings of satisfaction, beauty and full art.

Capitalized art.

Pure art.

Prestige and honor.

The triumph of full art in a figure that gave warmth and reached the soul of the jury.

In a jury meeting in which there are so many people with such disparate criteria and such different tastes, in which there is an artistic sensibility so heterogeneous and at the same time similar, the criterion achieved, fully and consciously, that each and every one has exercised of them, the common denominator was the immense satisfaction of selecting a single piece that for them is the one that best represents pure art among all those presented at the contest.

Along with the winner, the finalists, great artists and creators who are there among the best, whose works have been exceptional, standing out from the rest, identifiable by themselves, and who are worthy of mention, being listed there as finalists.

And also, those selected, whose works have also deserved, in the opinion of the jury, to be present and make up the splendid exhibition gathered at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro.

But in reality, each and every one of those who have participated, has been selected and hangs their work today in the Casa de Vacas, all, I repeat, all and without exception, are worthy of praise. Even those who have been left out, and who have not been excluded because they were not great artists, but because the work with which they have attended has not raised the passion necessary to be there compared to the rest of the other works.

The only thing to keep in mind is that just that work that they have presented to the contest has not made the members of the jury feel the expectation or the feeling that it was the best of each and every one of them.

That is what this contest consists of that a work moves and is through the AEPE. This is how it is proclaimed in the very bowels of the award: «We want to reward creativity, passion for beauty and work at the service of human beings. We want a work to be admired throughout the world and to produce a deep emotion in those who see it. And that all this should be done by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors ».

Many artists may not have been successful with their work, but it is also the result of the moment, of the task, of knowing how to choose, of waiting, all of which are conditions that must take into account

when it comes to presenting their work in a contest as prestigious as ours.

We are convinced that each and every one of the artists who have participated in this contest are wonderful artists, great creators and generators of art, necessary for the society in which we live, necessary in our lives, such as painting. and the culture itself.

To those who have participated and have been excluded, those who with their complaints have moved us more than with their works, those who have asked for angry explanations, those who have demanded to know the reason and also all those who have kept silent and then applauded the works selected, all those who with their criticism and also with their praise have managed to make this event something necessary in their lives, something necessary to see, to analyze, to be up to date in order to become aware of what art is today Spain…

To all of them, thank you, because it is they who make it possible for institutions such as the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to continue working against all odds to make art…. Not for nothing we have 110 years of passion for art.


Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Perpetual Secretary of the AEPE

Secretary of the Jury of the 55 Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture

Member of AECA

Francisco Escalera, Finalist of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD


Serena Resin and fiberglass. 112 x 36 x 26

José Manuel Martínez Pérez was born in Lepe (Huelva) in 1972. From a young age he shows great interest in drawing, which he practices self-taught until he begins his studies of Fine Arts in Seville. Once graduated in the specialty of sculpture, he opens his workshop in Lepe, where he receives his first assignments.
In 2002 he moved to Madrid to work with the sculptor Víctor Ochoa. A year later he established his workshop in Madrid and began to shape his most creative work. It also carries out several orders of different kinds, among which urban sculptures and prizes stand out, such as the “Antonio Gimbernat” of Medicine awarded by the San Carlos Clinical Hospital in Madrid or the Madimation Animation Festival award, among others.
He currently teaches “Art anatomy and natural drawing” at the Higher School of Professional Drawing (ESDIP) in Madrid and his work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and in several foundations and galleries in the country.

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD
From March 6 to 22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

Francisco Escalera, Finalist of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD


River and city, in greens. Mixed s / canvas. 130 x 195

Born in Córdoba (Spain) in 1965. Since 2002 he analyzes and develops the landscape in his painting, looking for symbolic elements with a conceptual and geometric background and integrating modifying elements of this into an interrelation of organic and abstract masses with geometric lines.
Francisco Escalera has an extensive track record, with more than thirty individual exhibitions scheduled since 1992 in cities such as Córdoba, Seville, La Coruña or Madrid. In 2018, he has been present at the Art Revolution Taipei 2018, which is held in Taiwan. This award endowed with 10,000 euros is added to the more than fifty prizes with which the author has.

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD
From March 6 to 22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

Lin Calle, Finalist of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD


Bardera Acrylic on canvas. 195 x 150

Graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, she focuses her research on the relationship between human beings and Nature, seeking an attitude of contemplation closely related to Sino-Japanese philosophy and aesthetics and its concepts wei-wu-wei, the balances and the form or report.
She has been awarded a scholarship in the landscape artistic residences 36th Ayllón Artistic Residence and 1st San Millán de la Cogolla Artistic Residence, participating in exhibitions in Spain, Italy and Poland. In 2017 he collaborates with Cai Studio and Museo Nacional de Prado as an assistant in the production of work for the exhibition The Spirit of Painting, by the international artist Cai Guo Qiang.
He was previously selected as a finalist in the 53rd edition of the Reina Sofía Award.

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD
From March 6 to 22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

Lorna Benavides, Finalist of the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD


Lakmé. Red marble carving-Alicante and granite-Zimbabwe. 78 x 38 x 38

He was born in San José de Costa Rica in a family where art was breathed daily. His mother, Sonia Romero, painter, draftsman and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Costa Rica, was her first teacher. In Costa Rica he began studying Fine Arts, which he then followed in Madrid and Valencia. As a student in Madrid, he was fortunate to have Joaquín García Donaire as a modeling teacher in the second year, to whom he owes the decision to take the exciting path of sculpture as a specialization.
For years he devoted himself mainly to painting oil, watercolor, pastel … However, since 2000 he has devoted himself to sculpture almost entirely, with stone being his favorite material, and within this, marble is his favorite. In his work with the stone, he seeks to establish a close link with the block following the fundamental spirit of direct carving. The work with the material is influenced by the response that the stone gives it as it progresses in the subtractive work of roughing and carving.
Since 2015 he combines his residence in Valencia (Spain) with annual stays of three months in Costa Rica, where he continues to produce and expose his work to the Costa Rican public.

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD
From March 6 to 22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

an impeccable organization

In the delivery of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

There are many congratulatory messages that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors are receiving these days concerning the impeccable organization of the act of the jury’s decision and delivery of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD.

The artists arrived from all corners of the national geography, felt at all times centers of attention of an act focused on them, in whom they had passed the difficult test of reaching the final selection of their works and being present at the exhibition of the works selected in the contest.

A gala held at the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park whose only condition was the limited capacity of its auditorium. This was the main reason that only those selected had access, waiting while the companions in the adjoining Exhibition Hall.

Once the prize has been awarded, from S.M. Queen Doña Sofía, Honorary President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, began the visit to the exhibition that lasted until past nine o’clock at night.

YE. Queen Doña Sofía stopped with each and every one of the artists present at the event, chatted with them, asked them what most caught their attention of each work, including anecdotes, memories and recognitions to whom she has been fighting for the world so much of art and culture.

Not surprisingly, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has been working on this event for a year, which shone among all the events scheduled in the capital in a month also focused on art thanks to the countless Fairs that have populated the spaces of Madrid.

An act well prepared by the AEPE, which its President, José Gabriel Astudillo López, wanted to highlight in his speech when he thanked the work of its Board of Directors in full:

Vice President: Mr. Juan Manuel López Reina Coso

Secretary: Ms. Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

Member: Ms. Alicia Sánchez Carmona

Member: Mr. Antonio Téllez de Peralta

Member: Mrs. Paloma Casado López

Member: Mrs. Carmen Bonilla Carrasco

Librarian: D. Fernando de Marta

Treasurer: Ms. Ana Martínez Córdoba

Adviser to the President: Ms. Itziar Zabalza Murillo

For them he had affectionate words in which he recognized his work. And for the General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, whom she distinguished for her foresight and tireless work and thanked her unstoppable effort.

From the guests invited to the event, important for the centennial entity for what represents their support and encouragement in the daily work of the AEPE, the Jury, to the selected artists, who felt really protagonists in moments in which art and art culture seems to be unimportant, everything was planned to the smallest detail, which the Perpetual Secretary did not overlook.

But despite everything, it is the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, with the President of the same and the Board of Directors in front, with all their partners and friends, who sincerely appreciate the success of this 55th edition of the REINA SOFIA DE AWARD PAINTING AND SCULPTURE.

To all, thank you very much

 

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Teruhiro Ando, ​​Finalist of the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

Monono aware II. Acrílico s/ lienzo. 180 x 140

Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984 from the University of Tama, Tokyo, continues his training at the Ljubljana Academy of Art and the University of Edinburgh. Corresponding academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Historical Sciences of Toledo.
Teruhiro Ando’s work has been awarded with important Spanish and foreign awards, among which the awards for the best exhibition of the Edinburgh Festival 1992 stand out; International painting of Alcazar de San Juan 2002 and 2010; BMW of Paint in 2008; of the International Exhibition of Valdepeñas in 2012; Focus-Abengoa of Seville in 2013; Madrid Fall Show 2014, and Manuel Ángeles Ortiz of the University of Jaén 2018.

His work is part of collections such as the National Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, the National Library of Madrid, the Tomás y Valiente Art Center in Madrid, the Municipal Museum of Valdepeñas and the Infanta Elena de Tomelloso Contemporary Art Museum, the collections of the UNED, BMW, Focus, Wellington Foundations among others.

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD
From March 6 to 22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

Manuel Díaz Meré, 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD


Lucia, am komponieren. (Lucia composing) Oil on linen. 117 x 90

Manuel Díaz Meré, born on December 12, 1988, is a leading artist from Madrid known mainly for his traditional and highly realistic paintings. In his short career he has already managed to consolidate a characteristic style of realistic representation and brushstrokes developed with a very high fineness. In his works he presents a great interest in the figurative form and detail, which are embodied in his immersive portraits and representations of the human body. Díaz Meré conceives poetics as an expansion in which colors fight for excellence, a single brushstroke is full of a thousand nuances, whose expression and ease give life to the characters who star in their works.

In his paintings, this artist demonstrates a great technical skill that can be seen in the realism of the fabrics and the touch of painted clothes, in the style of master painters such as Zurbarán. In them, silk is silk, satin is satin and linen is linen. Díaz Meré studied Fine Arts and his main influence is the renowned painter Antonio López, whom he considers a great master of the perfect brushstroke. However, his paintings go beyond the technical excellence he has developed over the years. For him, the most important thing in his work is the poetry it contains and in which it is inspired, something he will continue to do for the rest of his career.

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD
From March 6 to 22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

Works echibition opened selected and awarded from 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD

WORKS EXHIBITION OPENED

SELECTED AND AWARDED FROM

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD

Last Friday, March 6, now open to the public, the opening ceremony of the exhibition of selected and awarded works of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD took place, a total of 72 works by 69 different artists, with 42 paintings and 30 sculptures, and that had a massive influx of public, artists and friends of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

We remember that the artists selected for the exhibition have been: Ana Alcaraz Montesinos. Javier Aldarias Montiel. Teruhiro Ando. Juan Asensio de Cárdenas. Miguel Barbero. Lorna Benavides Romero. Carmen Bonilla. Rosa Patricia Bravo Díaz (Patricia Bravo). Kevin Bustamante Vergara. Lin Calle Corral. Francisco Carrillo Rodríguez. Lola Catalá Sanz. Gloria Cediel Lafuente. Jorge Cerdá Gironés. Teddy Cobeña. Michael de Coca Leicher. José María Cháfer. Manuel Díaz Meré. Dong Yang. Francisco Escalera González. Manuchehr Eftekar. Magdalena España. Teresa Esteban. Gonzalo Fernández Atance. José Manuel Galán Martín (Manuel Galán). Juan Carlos García Moreno (Morris). Rafael Juan Gómez Mena (Mena). Javier González Casanueva (Javier Casanueva). Eva González Morán. Agustín González Salvador. Ana Gutiérrez Mengual. Manuel Higueras García. Gen Isoe. Susana Jiménez Barrero (Susana Ximénez). Bartolomé Junquero García. André Lambert. Pepe Linares Molina. Francisco Javier López del Espino. Juan Manuel López-Reina Coso. Daniel Lorenzo Goñi. Antonio Lucas García. Joel Llopis García. Antonio Marina Rodríguez. Juan Ramón Martín. José Luis Martín de Vidales. José Manuel Martínez Pérez. Javier de Mendoza Soler. José Molares Fernández. Salvadora Morales Fernández. Juan Naranjo Torres. Antonio Navarro Menchón. Cristóbal Olmedo Aranda.  Javier Ortas González. Pedro José Pavón Pérez. Juan Francisco Pérez-Rosas Hidalgo. Diego Peribáñez Villalba. José María Pinto Rey. Agustín Pontesa. Gonzalo Prieto Cordero. José Pablo Puente Jerez. Enrique Rodríguez García (Guzpeña). Rodrigo Romero Pérez.  Pilar Sagarra Moor. Bárbara Saínz Vizcaya. José Ramón Sala. Lidia Sancho Heras. Antonio Téllez de Peralta. Trinidad Toscano Martín. Leovigildo J. Cristóbal Valverde.

At the ceremony, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, accompanied by the members of the Board of Directors: Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Married, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta, Ana Martínez and Itziar Zabalza Murillo, presented the diplomas to the finalists attending.

It was a more informal act and in which everyone present could exchange impressions with artists and visitors, and for which everyone had a special thanks to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

Finalista: José Manuel Martínez Pérez

Finalista: Lin Calle

Finalista: Lorna Benavides

Finalista: Francisco Escalera

Finalista: Teruhiro Ando