It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.
We highlight the most interesting:
José Gabriel Astudillo López
President of the Jury
President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors
Painter and sculptor
It is a great pride and great personal satisfaction for me, to verify that the best professionals
and more great artists of the moment come as members of the Jury whenever I call them,
to support the work we are doing in the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors,
and of which I feel fully satisfied.
Also have your talent and your criteria, but above all with your availability and love for this entity
which honors me to preside, it is more than a luxury, it is a spectacle of originality and critical capacity
We attended extremely pleased by everything we share.
Knowing that artists are benefiting from that meeting and all this serves to launch a career
and the discovery of new promises of art, is already something extraordinary.
Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez
General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors
The greatness of the Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is that it is artists who judge other artists,
creators who recognize in each one of the works the successes and the errors, the originality, the novelty,
the improvisation, work and effort of each brush stroke and chisel stroke.
The discussions and debates that are generated defending the selection or not of a work, are interesting
and extremely enriching, small master art lessons from the hands of great
Professionals, incredible artists, who naturally appreciate the works of their peers.
A privilege to which I attend as Secretary of the Jury and to which I appreciate the occasion that
It gives me the ability to keep such a wonderful experience in my heart.
An award that has a clear objective for me: to serve as an opportunity for takeoff
or the reaffirmation of the artists’ career, and seen what happened in past editions,
an international projection award that does nothing but serve
of presentation of the artist wherever he goes and who exhibits it with pride.
GOOGLE Analyst of Public Policies of Spain and Portugal
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is an excellent opportunity for those
is beginning and I believe that an honor that your work, which is still unknown, can be seen
by a jury of such a high level and that is exposed in the center of Madrid
and that a large number of visitors can see it. It is one of the biggest opportunities
and a great privilege that an artist can have today.
It is my second edition as a member of the jury and I think it is an already established prize
and in which the works presented are not simply amateurs,
but the personality of the painter or sculptor is already seen.
As Vocal of the Jury I look at the strength of the work.
They are all very different, there is no specific thing to judge in each of them,
but I value what you are trying to convey and try to put myself in the place of the author
to know what I was thinking at the time he did the work and how he is trying to communicate with me.
Painter, sculptor, engraver and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura
The Reina Sofía Award is very good, very good! Also, in these moments of crisis,
especially art, it’s really good that this event is called,
since it serves as support for the artists.
It is an award that has already become truly prestigious.
In this edition I see good works … the level and quality have risen, so it has not been easy
find that painting or sculpture that truly deserves the Reina Sofía Award …
As Vocal of the Jury, I am primarily looking for a work that is emotional,
that there is an intent to express what the author feels about that subject
that he represents in his work. Let it be a heartfelt and sincere work.
Alejandro Aguilar Soria
Multidisciplinary artist, curator and gallery owner
Author of the visual image of the Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is one of the references in this country, because
unites several aspects: first tradition, modernity, contemporary; and, finally, work and effort.
In addition, it is a springboard to stabilize within the art world, to ensure
new values and to settle people who already have a speech made.
What do you think about the edition of the 55th Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture?
In this edition I am happy, because the level of participation has increased
and there is a significant amount of works. In addition, this year the election is being more difficult,
because they stand out less, but not because of lack of quality, but because there are more numbers
of work of the same level, then they match. By matching works of the same level, there is more competition.
What is your criteria when assessing a work of art as a member of the jury? What do you notice?
As a member of a Jury I believe that the work, as in human relationships,
it has to pinch you in some sense: aesthetically, sentimentally, by what it says, etc.
Then, when in doubt, you look at other aspects, such as technicians,
if it corresponds to contemporary styles … But, above all,
In the first place, you have to establish a dialogue with the viewer.
Journalist and writer
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is, above all, an opportunity for artists
consolidated are consolidated even more and his work reaches more people.
But it is also an opportunity because the new ones put them on an equal footing,
with those who can measure themselves with those great teachers, and can grow by their side.
In that sense, it is a very virtuous prize.
This year’s edition I have seen a little uneven. I think the painting
has dropped compared to what was presented in the last edition,
and in the sculpture there are a couple of pieces that I really like
What is your criteria when assessing a work of art as a member of the jury? What do you notice?
As a member of the Jury I seek balance. For me the word is balance,
style and school do not matter so much, as it is a balanced work.
I have learned that in the course of the various juries,
because one learns a lot, I am also here a student and I listen to the teachers
I have next to me, and I ponder what I think is important.
Art critic. AICA Awards Committee
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture seems to me to be a necessary prize
and that it is gone and will be becoming more prestigious with the passage of time.
In this edition there will be a very interesting final selection. It will be a great job.
As a member of the Jury I look at many details, but basically
a work defends itself because it impacts you, tells you something, impresses you for something
and that something has to be technical, subject, or the language of the work.
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture seems phenomenal to me, because it motivates artists
to work and work better, to try to have enthusiasm and compete so that your work is recognized.
This edition is very, very hard and close, it was very difficult for us to decide who was going to win.
As a member of the Jury I always look at the composition, technique, that transmits something to me,
I get excited and get my attention. Obviously, it is also important to look at the quality of the work.
But, above all, a work what you have to do is get excited.
Painter, sculptor, engraver and Academic. Representing the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture seems like a way to help artists
so that their works can be seen later in Casa de Vacas. I think it’s a great opportunity
for them and their works; besides being able to discover new values.
In addition, the effort and work that the AEPE does organizing this award is truly commendable.
This edition is very good, there is a good average level.
As a member of the Jury are many elements in which I look and those that make up a work of art.
After so many years of profession, I have been able to see a lot of work, and one already has a certain
habit of seeing immediately the fundamental elements that make a
work is distinguished: have strength, be well composed, be current, etc.
There are many elements to consider.
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is a great, very interesting prize,
and it is a great platform for many artists where they can publicize their work.
In addition, this year we were able to see a lot of very good works of art.
In this edition, as there are many works, there is a bit of everything:
good, bad and regular, but there are more good than the other.
As a member of the Jury I always trust my taste and the merit that I can see in the work.
Although especially in my opinion. They are many years seeing work and immersed in the art world,
especially in the painting, and in the end it is the doctorate of my eyes.
The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture seems very interesting to me. It is an award you have acquired
an enormous solidity and prestige, especially for being an award named after his S.M. Queen Doña Sofía.
In addition, every year there are more people interested in participating in the contest because it is something prestigious in their career.
I see this edition very well, with really interesting works.
As a member of the Jury I think that the work defends itself.