Convened the 87 Autumn Hall of the AEPE

The centennial entity bets on art despite t

he moments of uncertainty that we live


The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has just called what will be the 87th edition of the Autumn Salon, the oldest and most prestigious event of all those that are held in Spain, making public the rules that will govern the event.

As usual, the call is focused on the plastic arts and the promotion of new values ​​in a call open to all artists, whether or not they are associated, although only members may attend the honorary awards that take the name of the founders of the centennial Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors works in a line of innovative culture, that is, it does not seek a display of awards that represent an economic endowment, but rather an excellence that is transformed into disclosure of the work and the artist, and that, as he confesses the President of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo, means not endowing the prizes financially, but being creative and channeling those selected and awarded on the difficult path of artistic creation.

This is manifested in the way of understanding art in a society, acquiring a commitment of support and new opportunities to those who manage to be visible through the Autumn Salon, empowering their artistic project in a way that supports artists with resources in the that is clearly and forcefully committed to his work.

Recognizing talent is just what entities like Tritoma Cultural Management, the Getafe City Council, the Baluarte Room of the Tres Cantos City Council, Codina Escultura, Encuentro Real Estate Agents, Santiago de Santiago and the Spanish Association of Watercolor Painters, who come together in this new edition, are seeking. of the Autumn Salon, next to the Madrid City Council, which will exhibit the selected and awarded works at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid’s Parque del Retiro from October 29 to November 29 next.

In addition, as also happened since 2017, the Down Madrid Painting Medal is included, which will be awarded to one of its artists, and which is a clear example of inclusion of this group in the world of fine arts, so that the winner will see his work exhibited in the Casa de Vacas along with the rest of professional and new artists. A great opportunity to make visible a group endowed with extraordinary sensitivity.

The bases of the 87 Autumn Salon contemplate the modalities of painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving and watercolor, among which a total of 21 prizes will be distributed, distributed in ten prizes of free access (two specific for sculpture, one for watercolor and the rest of painting and sculpture indistinctly) and eleven more honorary awards, reserved for AEPE members (four for painting, four for sculpture, one for watercolor, one for drawing and one for engraving).

The publication of the bases does not imply that the deadline for the presentation of works is open, which can be verified in the week of September 28 to next October 2, and it is contemplated that all artists may attend with works of theme and free technique.

Each participant may present as many works as they deem appropriate, in formats adapted to facilitate greater participation, since the minimum size of the works will be 46 cm, and the maximum size will be 200.

Among all the participants, there will be a selection of works that will make up the exhibition of award-winning and selected works from the 87th Autumn Salon, which can be seen at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro, and which in recent editions has managed to generate great expectations due to the high quality of the collected works.

The rules and the registration form can now be downloaded from this website, “Contests and Prizes” tab, “Rules” subtab, and on the same tab, “Autumn Salon” subtab and right here, below.


Bases 87 Salón de Otoño 2020


Visual image by Alejandro Aguilar Soria

Aguilar Soria, winner of the poster announcing the 87 Autumn Salon of the AEPE

On June 23, 2020, the deliberation of the selection jury for the announcing poster took place, which will be the 87th edition of the traditional Autumn Salon, which will be held from October 29 to November 29, 2020 at the Casa of Cows of the Retiro Park of Madrid.

The jury was chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the AEPE, acting as Secretary of the same Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the AEPE, and counting on the Members Juan Manuel López-Reina, Vice-president of the AEPE, Antonio Téllez, Paloma Casado, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta, Ana Martínez Córdoba and Itziar Zabalza Murillo.

As José Gabriel Astudillo explains, “for the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors it is very special to have an identifying image of the Autumn Salon, and that it be a work of the members of our institution, who thus regain prominence in the Autumn Salon ”.

The winning work is from the Honorary Partner of our institution, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, whom we congratulate from these lines, entitled “Self-portrait in Autumn”.

Alejandro Aguilar Soria

Alejandro Aguilar Soria (Madrid, 1962), graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, also studying Interior Architecture and Public Relations and Advertising.

From her earliest childhood she lived with artists and intellectuals of the first order who populated her house and visited her grandfather, Francisco Soria Aedo and her mother, Fernanda Soria, recognized and unjustly forgotten artists, from whom she learned the cleanliness of the line, drawing and the coloristic technique that gives so much strength to his works. His experience in these years will deeply mark his later, classic and avant-garde artistic practice.

A teacher at various art schools, a study assistant to other great masters, he reacted to the conceptual trends typical of the 1980s and began his personal artistic career in a painting completely identifiable with his curious and dreamy personality. Currently, and after a stage as a gallery owner in which success distanced him from his true passion, he directs his own painting studio, Estudio Larso, and has more than thirty years of teaching that have earned him the recognition of artists and teachers.

Multidisciplinary artist, his work covers a wide spectrum of expressive forms: photography, installation, drawing, visual poetry, printmaking, but it is painting that occupies most of his production.

The thematic axis that unifies the work of Aguilar Soria, are the symbols, signs and pictograms and their interrelation with their own and imagined environments.

In his oils and acrylics, his characters, generally anonymous men and women, are often seen with trivial, mute and also mysterious postures and appearances, with elements as capricious as the prolongation of their limbs in unusual objects that become the keys hidden that suggest the relationship of these figures with each other and with the viewer.

Among his references: the night, the city, the history of art, cinema, photography, society, religion, culture, death, sex, animals, iconic and legendary images, etc. Any aspect that influences the formation of contemporary being has a place in its repertoire of ideas and reflections.

However, there is a common denominator in his work, in his thought and in his work: the idealized modern man. Aguilar Soria raises the idea of ​​the multiple man, the communicator, the one who sees everything and manages everything, the close and passionate, the one who minimizes himself with nature and the urban landscape, with galaxies and the elements.

He has held important individual exhibitions, among which “Iconographic Maps” stand out, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla-La Mancha (Hellín. Albacete, 2009), “Icônes”, at the D´Art du Rhône Gallery (Genève. Suisse, 2005), “Games”, in Banking Credit Suisse (Madrid, 2001), “Exp. Multimedia ”, at the C.M. (Madrid, 2000), ”Fractals”, at the Elvira Carreras Gallery (Madrid, 1998), “Pictograms”, at the Laberinto Gallery (Granada, 1995), “Encounters”, at the Arsenal Museum (San Juan de Puerto Rico , 1984) … the last one took place in the Madrid Casa de Vacas del Parque del Buen Retiro in 2018, which won him excellent press and public reviews.

A large number of private collections and important cultural institutions have works by this artist, with many works that he has exhibited in places as exceptional as the Museo de Las Escuelas de Luzón, ITIMUSEUM in Argentina, the Volpe Stessens Foundation in Buenos Aires, the Museum Manege of Modern Art of Saint Petersburg, Sharjah Art Museum of United Arab Emirates, the National Library of Madrid, the Enzo Marini Foundation of Bologna, the Fine Arts Circle of Madrid, the Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid, etc.

Member of the XIII Salon, “Eduardo Chicharro” Painting Prize of the LXXIX Madrid Autumn Salon and the First Prize of the XXIV Animalistic Art Exhibition of the San Antón Academy of Art and Letters, has to his credit other distinctions such as the Diogenes Taborda Grand Prize from the Volpe Stessens Foundation in Buenos Aires and the Painting Prize from the Eureka Hall in Madrid.

All information is available on the AEPE website, tab “Contests and prizes”, sub-tab “Autumn Salon” 2020.