Soledad Lorenzo received the “Medal of Honor” from the AEPE

At an event held last Friday at the institutional headquarters of the AEPE, the art gallery owner Soledad Lorenzo collected the “Medal of Honor”, ​​which was awarded to her President José Gabriel Astudillo, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the art world.

Full of attendees, among which were numerous partners and friends, as well as different collaborating entities of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, an emotional event took place in which by way of introduction, the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, performed a human profile of the gallery owner, highlighting the spontaneous tribute, born from the heart of all those who form the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and with special emphasis on the human values ​​that surround the person of Soledad Lorenzo.

Soledad Lorenzo, who at some moments was nervous, excited and grateful, and wanted to correspond by making a small review, always from his experience and his special experienced look, to the current art situation, in which he stood out, finds nothing new that I moved her especially.

There were many friends and admirers who wanted to accompany Soledad Lorenzo in this act, such as the Managing Director of the Thyssen Museum, Evelio Acevedo, the President of Down Madrid, Ignacio Egea, the Adviser to the Councilor for Culture of the City of Madrid, Isabel Rossel , the representative of the Councilor for Retirement, Antonio Pardo, the Director of El Taller del Prado, Francisco Molina, other illustrious recipients of the Medal of Honor, such as Rafael Botí Torres and Tomás Paredes Romero, in addition to the members of the Board of Directors, Juan Manuel López Reina, Alicia, Sánchez Camacho, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta, Ana Martínez Córdoba and Itziar Zabalza.

The President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, made special mention to the authorities who have excused the attendance to the act, with special emphasis on the call of the Royal House, in which S.M. Queen Doña Sofía, Honorary President of the institution, and Infanta Doña Elena, begged her to send her most affectionate congratulations to the honoree.

As on other occasions, because of the endearing words that Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez made as an introduction, words that moved not only the honoree, but all the attendees, and by the fiery defense of his human profile, we review below the intervention of the General Secretariat:

“Soledad Lorenzo is one of those essential figures when talking about art in Spain.

As I always tell you on these occasions, you can go to her website to consult her biography, the books published about her and her work, a multitude of writings in which to dive and discover her life.

What I would like to offer you here is just a few strokes about your person, so that you can get a broader idea of ​​your conception of art.

Soledad Lorenzo is small and meticulous, patient, elegant, a full-fledged art lady, a beautiful and spiky woman who has had to suffer in her personal life great ravages from which art and work saved her. And although he has never been a collector, he sometimes stayed with works by artists that he believed were important.

After his initiation stage, he set up his own art gallery, now mythical among all of us who are part of this world, a project that closed, just as it closed a stage of his life, turning the page and reflecting on what was achieved.

They were 40 years of gallery owner who, fortunately, have been reflected in the book “A life with art”, a project prepared by Antonio Lucas and Mariano Navarro, the result of the prize that the Art and Patronage Foundation gave him in 2012.

Prophet in his land, he has also been recognized with a multitude of awards and distinctions, such as the illustrious torrelavegense, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, the Gold Medal for Merit at Work, the Great Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise …

Soledad Lorenzo, although she does not know it, already has a work that links her to this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors: it is the Gold Medal of the Madrid City Council, an original work made by the President of this centennial institution, José Pascual Ortells López …

Today he receives another Medal, the work of another of our Presidents, in this case, of Fructuoso Orduña, which will already be two works with which our house approaches this …

He has always lived events and experiences in a natural and logical way, although from a perspective of curiosity and research.

Fascinated with life, she firmly believes in the idea of ​​overcoming that we all carry inside and never complains about anything.

Since its inception, he has worked with living artists, from whom he can learn and assimilate his creativity and brilliance, which he seeks tirelessly with exquisite sensitivity.

He believes that “the wonder of art is emotional and non-transferable and culture is the basis of the progress of society.”

In his own words, “his goal has never been success, but to avoid failure.”

He thinks that despite the freedom we enjoy, we do not speak freely, but nevertheless, if it is painted freely.

An indefatigable worker, she is a strong person, who seems to have found peace far from the anguish of failure.

After having given his whole life to art and artists, surrounded by art in a unique artistic and cultural environment, from his home in Madrid de los Austrias, he looks forward to his impressive collection, deposited in the Reina Sofía Museum and continues to reflect on of the cultural and artistic reality of Spain, collaborating in an altruistic way, in activities such as the one that concerns us today in the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

She better than anyone knows and knows the sorrows of those who dedicate their lives to the world of art; she, who has boasted and raised great contemporary artists.

Soledad Lorenzo represents everything that has already disappeared and that the artist of today misses so much: the role of a professional gallery owner.

The current galleries are limited to rent their spaces and entrust all the promotion and marketing to the artist himself, unable to cover all the necessary aspects to develop his career.

She didn’t, because she used to be a real intermediary between collectors, critics, curators, between the artist and his work.

That’s why Soledad Lorenzo meant a before and after in the art world. She understood the artists, guided them through the difficult world of creation and knew how to put herself in the place of her clients, selecting for them those works that best fit her personality.

Soledad, who despite the name, has never been alone, has understood that despite the overvalued that is the ideal of beauty, art accompanies and gathers and in some people with sensitivity, as is the case, it is essential in their lives, It is a need that never runs out.

Soledad Lorenzo values ​​the work of the gallery owners in its rightful measure, as a profession in which the gallery owner presents the artists that excite him and work so that both can live off their work.

And all that is also, and really, an art that painters and sculptors of all time value and miss today.

A whole art, as I say, that has our deepest admiration for his work and that today is thus rewarded with the award of the Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors so deserved.

Thank you very much


Then, the President handed the Medal of Honor to Soledad Lorenzo, who received it excitedly and in which he could only thank the honor and declare himself happy for the fact of being there, and knowing himself really the object of such special attention.

Las palabras del Presidente fueron:

The President’s words were:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, authorities, dear partners, friends:

Welcome to this humble act that, although not covered by the solemn and institutional solemnity of a regular awards ceremony, does contain in itself, the best of this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

Free of rigid protocols, we prepare this act with the love and feeling of those who pay a sincere and emotional tribute to those who have done so much for art in Spain.

Today we deliver the Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and it is up to me, as President, the honor to materialize it.

A true pride in the brilliant career and excellent biography of our honoree, who has managed to channel her vocation so successfully, helping artists of different styles and techniques, to encumbrate in the always difficult world of contemporary art.

Soledad Lorenzo helped them with her example until she achieved recognition and notoriety, also creating an environment conducive to it, for the creation and transmission of knowledge, involving the whole society and inviting her to a work of reflection on the culture that It has been fruitful and tremendously positive.

And he did everything guided by his intuition and thanks to his immense talent, the one he is born with and that cannot be learned or granted happily; talent that in ancient times was a currency, a measure of wealth.

The parable of the talents now comes to mind, which serves as a reflection to ask where our talents have gone and admire how well Soledad Lorenzo has managed to manage what she discovered.

As you all know, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors was born in 1910. The Foundation Act was signed by more than 180 great artists of the time, with whom I am sure, Soledad Lorenzo would have been excited, because we talk about artists like Sorolla, Cecilio Pla, Benlliure, Romero de Torres, Gutiérrez Solana, Miguel Blay, José Clará … and thus a long list of, allow me the bullfighting term, “first swords” of art.

Art. That is what unites us, Soledad Lorenzo and this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the art of those who have managed to create the right environment for talent to develop, recognize it, raise it, and present it to society to appreciate it.

We live in convulsive years, not only politically speaking. The loss of the direction of society affects all areas of life, and especially in what surrounds the world of art.

That is why we must recognize those who like Soledad Lorenzo, like this same Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, fight and bet on talent, for those who claim and value the talents in Spain.

We are institutions such as the AEPE, such as Soledad Lorenzo, now an institution and legend, who believed and continued to believe in them. Because we believed and continue to believe in their values, in their vocation.

And we clothe you with all our example. A wonderful example of more than 100 years, in our case, and a paradigm of professionalism like the one that Soledad Lorenzo brings together, to whom today we pay tribute.

A consideration and respect that I am convinced, Soledad will appreciate because it comes expressly from the artists, those who throughout his life has helped so much.

This is not a pompous award or a title awarded by high instances so far away from the patent and pathetic reality that we live today. It is a simple show of consideration to those who have known how to fall in love with modern art, on the part of those who are doing it right now, of the same artists who see with admiration who has fought so much throughout a lifetime, for them .

An honor that we grant to a lifetime of personal struggle and vicissitudes of the spirit, not for glory or profit, but for realizing something that did not exist.

A recognition with which to encourage that among all those who listen to us and dedicate themselves to the same struggle and desires, there is one that one day stands here, where Soledad Lorenzo sits today, and once again serves as an example of tenacity at the service of art and culture.

The artists, grateful, honor you today and applaud, expressing our most sincere recognition.

Después, llegó el momento de compartir entre todos los asistentes, brindando y celebrando el momento.



Judgment of the Jury, awards ceremony and inauguration of the 86th Autumn Room

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors presented on November 7 the prizes corresponding to the 86th Autumn Salon, organized by this centennial entity and which has the collaboration of the Maxam Foundation, in an event that took place at the Casa de Vacas del Parque of Buen Retiro, in the exhibition of works that can be visited until next Sunday, November 24, from Monday to Friday, between 10 am and 9 pm.
The opening ceremony of the exhibition was attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, the Vice President, Juan Manuel López Reina, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary, the members of the Board of Directors: Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta and Sebastián, Ana Martínez Córdoba and Itziar Zabalza Murillo, as well as the official sponsor of the event, José Vicente Moreno Huart, Patron of the Maxam Foundation.
In addition, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Community of Madrid, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, the Councilor of the Entrepreneurship, Employment and Innovation Area of ​​the Madrid City Council, Ángel Niño Quesada, were present.
The Councilor President of the Retirement Board, Santiago Saura Martínez de Toda, the Councilor for Culture and Youth of Getafe, Luis José Domínguez Iglesias, Jesús Moreno García, Mayor of Tres Cantos, Elisa Lidia Miguel, Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Culture of Tres Cantos, José Luis Manzanares and Óscar Pozas de Frutos, from Tritoma Cultural Management, Alan Hernández and Montaña Vázquez, from Real Estate Encuentro, Miguel Ángel and Mª Luisa Codina, from the Codina Escultura Foundry, Manuel Alpañés, President of the Spanish Watercolors Association , José Luis Rodríguez, José Manuel Chacón and Belén Padilla for the Down Madrid Foundation, Javier Romero and Javier Pérez, Getafe Culture Technicians and Teresa Ramos Grosso, Director of the Baluarte Room of the Tres Cantos Town Hall, fulanoooooooo mengano …. …………. Chinese Ambassador ……..
as well as Javier Ortas, author of the visual image of the 86th Autumn Salon.
Embassies: Selected and awarded foreigners in the Autumn Salon
Ana Westley – German
M. Esther Flórez – Colombia
Dongfang Zhao – China
Jiaren Shen – China
Yang Dong – China
Samuel Rodriguez – Portugal
Leovigildo Cristóbal – Peru
Manolo Romero – Dominican Republic

Antonio Pardo with Sofia
Councilor Retirement
Luis Díez retirement councilor advisor
Carolina Álvarez retirement councilor advisor
Ángel Niño, employment councilor
His wife
Sofía Fernández, director angel boy cabinet
Marta Rivera, CAM counselor

73 selected works, 46 paintings and 27 sculptures, consisting of a total of works, among the awarded and selected works
Also present were some of the members of the Jury gathered for the occasion such as José Vicente Moreno Huart, Eduardo Naranjo, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Paula Varona, Ricardo Sanz, Mª Dolores Chamero and Tomás Paredes, having excused their attendance xxxxx and xxxxxx.

Present were also Honorary Members such as Ana Rubio Pablos, and numerous partners, selected coming from all corners of the national geography especially for the Autumn Hall, as well as a very large number of audiences who could not access the Assembly Hall of the House de Vacas, for having a limited capacity of 125 people, and who waited patiently for the departure of those who were there, to share and talk about the awarded and selected works.
Despite the adverse weather, and as has always been the case that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors inaugurates an exhibition at the Casa de Vacas del Retiro, on several occasions it was necessary to close the access to the Center, due to the excess of capacity, opening the same as he was evicting, which gives an idea of ​​the tremendous success and great expectation that always raises the Autumn Salon in Madrid.
The presentation of the act was in charge of the Secretary General of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, who addressed those present to remember that “the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has 109 years of history. Thanks to calls such as the one that brings us together today, we are still serving years. From the Board of Directors we only want to thank partners, friends, general public, sponsor, collaborators and institutions, your full support for our continued work for the benefit of art and artists. Since 1910, 109 years later, we continue to make culture. To all, thank you very much. ”
He explained later that this year and for the first time, the Board of Directors had agreed to invite Chinese artists to participate, thus fostering a very important cultural exchange, thanking the assistance of the prestigious sculptor Dong Yang, especially from Shanghai to this 86th Autumn Hall.

Afterwards, and as it has been traditional, the honorary award given annually by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors was presented at the opening ceremony. The Secretary General requested the rise to the stage of journalist, writer and Planeta Prize, Javier Sierra, proceeding to read the designation:
“The Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, meeting in ordinary session on June 18, 2019, has unanimously agreed to grant the title of SOCIO DE HONOR to Javier Sierra, whose collaboration and close friendship with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is becoming stronger and more committed.
“Journalist and writer, whose human profile surpasses the professional; man of integrity, simple, human, helpful, humble, attentive, whose smile triggers unusual diplomacies, and who like himself likes to describe himself, has the job of curious.
In recognition of his friendship and exemplarity, his enormous prestige and for having contributed in a relevant way to the significance of our entity, appreciating the activities that the association promotes and responding to the foundational objectives of fostering relations between the art world and the creation.
As a sign of our gratitude for their continued support, accompaniment and complicity in the work of this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and in recognition of their trajectory in the field of research and dissemination of art, highlighting the contribution that with their works He has managed to bring the world of art closer to millions of readers around the world.
To all the artists, he has also seduced us in a game of intrigues and mysteries of which he is a master, but above all, he has launched a special invitation to the world to visit one of the best art galleries such as the Prado Museum, with which he is Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has always kept a close relationship, since some of its Presidents were also directors of it.
That millions of people discover through their pen wonderful works of art under a new vision, is the great legacy that we thank today through this appointment that prides not only our entity, our Partners and friends, but the artists from all over the world. world.
It is in this way that we would like to thank you for pushing us to look for the soul of each artist through his works and making art a window to the invisible, to the truly valuable that the human being harbors.
For all this, we are pleased to name Javier Sierra, Honorary Member of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors. ”

Afterwards, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, addressed the attendees in which he thanked the work of the Jury, the collaborating institutions, Maxam and its Foundation, as well as all the artists who make the contest possible. He also wanted to highlight the work of his Board of Directors, making special mention of the continuous, constant and always effective work of the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, which he described as the authentic “alma mater” of the centenary entity.
It was at that time when, outside of any protocol, he proceeded to read an Addendum to the Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors on June 18, 2019, in which it is explained that taking advantage of an absence of the General Secretary of the entity, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, responsible for raising the official minutes of the session, and with the unanimity of the members of the Board, it was agreed to distinguish Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez with the title of PERPETUAL SECRETARY OF THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF PAINTS AND SCULPTORS, in recognition to his excellent and unstoppable work and dedication to the entity.
We believe that it is fair to recognize the work of those people who are exceptional and essential in the art world, people who make real the saying that success always precedes work.
All the partners enjoy that success thanks to the attitude and work of those who make us bigger every day as an institution and ensure that day by day is attended not only diligently, but correctly and in a gratifying way. That is why this institution is better every day and provides an image of seriousness and prestige that, as I said, benefits everyone.
Placing a centennial entity of the first order in the 21st century has been an important challenge that our Secretary General has amply achieved in a work model that not only is the most successful, but that more than meets and exceeds the expectations generated in this regard. .
Modernization, transparency and attention and closeness to the needs of the associates have been an unwritten rule with which it has managed to awaken the spirit of our entity and thus contribute to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has developed as a diversified institution and open to the outside, until it becomes a modern and prosperous reality.
But in addition, preserving the history and heritage of the entity has been a priority in the work of Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, who is carrying out through the Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, a project that has crossed borders and makes us captain the research work on the history of art in Spain in the 20th century.
Its involvement is also leading us to recover the memory of the first artists of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and to be present, in this way, in the most important cultural events celebrated in Spain for this reason.
In the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors we have the honor of having magnificent artists, with exemplary people who have achieved success with a lot of work, dedication and talent.
And one of them is Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, journalist, Director of the Gazette of Fine Arts, researcher, art historian, member of the Spanish Association of Art Critics but, above all, a magnificent person of overwhelming personality, who is of justice recognize and applaud his special dedication and dedication, his good work, full of commitment and honesty, his charisma, authenticity and talent.
The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is increasingly prestigious and great because it knows how to recognize those who have a special talent and feel committed to making their work an engine for the expansion of that talent.
That is why Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez is a good portrait of the entity we want, with values ​​and that values ​​work, the desire to improve and the shared effort. It is the portrait of those people who fight every day for art, for artists, for culture and who do it also, investing a time, effort and a totally altruistic will and that must be recognized,
An entity is worthy of admiration when its members are too and when it treats those admirable people as they deserve. That is why we have the obligation to recognize this merit and in this way the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors wants to do it on behalf of all its partners, because making our entity better is a matter for everyone. Only in this way do we achieve that the best years of the artistic history of Spain are those that lie ahead, those that remain to be lived and those that remain to be written.

And so we signed it in Madrid, on June 18, 2019, the rest of the members of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, keeping this resolution secret until the delivery of the distinction, which will take place within the framework of the Opening ceremony of the 86th Autumn Salon held at the Casa del Vacas of Madrid’s Parque del Retiro on November 7, 2019.
Excited and visibly surprised, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez picked up a plaque from the President and with the emotion of the moment, she was only able to thank everyone for the immense honor that the appointment entails, since in the entire history of the centenary entity, only There has been a Perpetual Secretary whose memory draws on countless historical accounts of the AEPE.
Then, the Secretary General proceeded to read the minutes of the Jury:
“In Madrid, on October 8, 2019, the Selection and Qualification Jury of the 86th Autumn Salon, organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, was composed of the following members:
President: José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors
Secretary: Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors
Both with voice and without vote, and the Vowels:
José Vicente Moreno Huart, Patron of the Maxam Foundation
Eduardo Naranjo, Painter and Engraver
Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Multidisciplinary artist, curator and gallery owner
Paula Varona, painter
Ricardo Sanz, painter
Tomás Paredes, Dean of Art Critics
Mª Dolores Chamero Moyano, Director of the Casa de Vacas,
They agree to award the following awards:


AGRUPACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE ACUARELISTAS AWARD, endowed with plaque and diploma from the AEPE. He presented the Manuel Alpañés prize, President of the Spanish Association of Watercolors, to Magdalena Spain.

SANTIAGO DE SANTIAGO SCULPTURE AWARD, Awarded with the sculptor’s trophy and AEPE diploma. He gave the award in his name, José Gabriel Astudillo to Jordi Mor Fernández.

YOUTH TALENT MEETING AWARD, was deserted, but the assistance and collaboration of Alan Hernández, Managing Director of Real Estate Encounter was appreciated

FUNDICION CODINA PRIZE, Equipped with a trophy out of its workshops or the foundry of the award-winning work and diploma of the AEPE. They gave the Mª Luisa and Miguel Ángel Codina prize, from the Codina Foundry, to Juan Francisco Pérez-Rosas Hidalgo

BALUARTE ROOM AWARDS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL OF THREE CANTOS, To four artists, endowed with the realization of a joint exhibition, at the Cultural Center “Adolfo Suárez”, Sala Baluarte de Tres Cantos (Madrid) and AEPE diploma. She presented the Teresa Ramos Grosso Prize, Coordinator of the Baluarte Hall to Mariana Álvarez Enrique, Pura Ramos Calderón, Jorge Cerdá Gironés and Michael de Coca Leicher.

Mariana Álvarez Enrique

Pura Ramos Calderón

Jorge Cerdá Gironés

Michael de Coca Leicher

CITY OF GETAFE PRIZE, Equipped with the realization of an individual exhibition, with its corresponding catalog, in the Municipal Exhibition Hall “Lorenzo Vaquero”, in the Old Flour Factory and AEPE diploma. He presented the Javier Romero and Javier Pérez prize, Technical Coordinators of Culture of the Getafe City Council, to Ana Westley Benson.

TRITOMA CULTURAL MANAGEMENT PRIZE, Equipped with the realization of an individual exhibition, with its corresponding catalog, at the Sanchinarro Cultural Center of Madrid and AEPE diploma. He presented the José Luis Manzanares, Tritoma Manager, to Catalina Orozco de la Torre (Catalina Orart).

For the third consecutive year, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, in collaboration with the Down Madrid Foundation, also decided to grant the DOWN MADRID PAINTING MEDAL reserved for artists of this group.
The minutes of the Jury are as follows:
In Madrid, on October 7, 2019 at the Tres Olivos Center, the jury for the qualification of the III DOWN MADRID PAINTING MEDAL of the 86th Autumn Salon, made up of the following members:
José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Ignacio Egea, President of the Down Madrid Board of Trustees, Elena Escalona, ​​General Director of Down Madrid, the painter Ricardo Sanz and the participants in the Down Arts and Culture program, Sonia Garcia and Maria Miracle.
They agree to award the Down Madrid Painting Medal of the 86th Autumn Salon. Ignacio Egea, President of the Down Madrid Board of Trustees and José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, were presented to María Llanos Solera.

(EXCEPT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS) endowed with a medal and diploma
ENGRAVING MEDAL JUAN ESPINA Y CAPO, presented the prize xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to Miguel Llavori Molina

MEDALLA DE ACUARELA JOSE PRADOS LÓPEZ, presented the prize: Mª Dolores Chamero, Director of the Casa de Vacas to José Valladares Moreno

CARMEN ALCOVERRO AND LOPEZ SCULPTURE MEDAL, Tomás Paredes, President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics, gave Pedro Ania Gérez

MARCELINA PONCELA DE JARDIEL PAINTING MEDAL, Paula Varona Painter awarded to Soledad Fernández Ramos

SCULPTURE MEDAL MIGUEL BLAY AND FABREGAS, the prize was given by the painter Ricardo Sanz to Jorge Rodríguez Fernández (Jorge Yunta)

PAINTING MEDAL CECILIO PLA Y GALLARDO, presented the xxxxxxxxx prize to Jorge Cerdá Gironés

MARIANO BENLLIURE AND GIL SCULPTURE MEDAL, the painter Alejandro Aguilar Soria presented the prize to José Pablo Puente Jerez

JOAQUIN SOROLLA Y BASTIDA PAINTING MEDAL, presented the José Vicente Moreno Huart Award, from the Maxam Foundation to Ramón Córdoba Calderón

SCULPTURE MEDAL MATEO INURRIA, handed the prize xxxxxxxxxxxxxx to Carmen García Mesás (Naná Messás)

EDUCARD CHICHARRO PAINTING MEDAL, José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the AEPE, was awarded to Manuel Gracia García.

José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, closed the event “thanking everyone for the effort made to make possible a new edition of the Autumn Salon, to all who have participated, to the selected and not selected, to the winners, to whom we also thank their contribution, to the members of the splendid Jury that we have managed to gather to make this edition a continuous improvement, and to the official sponsor, to the collaborators, to the institutions and to art lovers and the general public, to whom we now submit the fruit of so much effort. From this moment, he continued, we started working in the 87th Autumn Room, which I now place you. Thank you”.

We remind you that the participants in the exhibition of the 86th Autumn Room are:



86 Fall Room

Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

From October 31 to November 24, 2019

Opening and awards ceremony: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7 p.m.

Cows House

Good retirement park

Pº of Colombia, 1

28009 Madrid

From Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Metro: Retreat (Line 2)

Bus: 2, 20, 28

BICIMAD: Station 102 (C / Alcalá, 95) and Station 60 (Plza. Independencia, 6)

III Painting Contest MAXAM Down Madrid AEPE

The III MAXAM Painting Exhibition brings together more than 40 artists with intellectual disabilities

On March 26, with the assistance of the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, Lucas Ferreira, Maxam Foundation, Inés Álvarez Arancedo, President of the Board of Trustees of Down Madrid and the Councilor of Retirement, Ignacio Murgui, was inaugurated in the Casa de Vacas of the Parque del Retiro in Madrid, the exhibition of the works participating in the III MAXAM Painting Contest organized by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid and which has the indispensable collaboration of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

The artists realized a reinterpretation of the picture of the MAXAM Collection and image of the 2019 Calendar, “Vánitas”, work of Alfonso Albacete.

The winner of the contest from which the exhibition arises has been José Antonio Canales, and the finalists are: Milagros Martín, Esperanza Garrido and Ángela Rodríguez. The exhibition of the works that have participated in the III Painting Contest MAXAM – Down Madrid – AEPE has been visited at the Casa de Vacas Cultural Center of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid from March 26 to 31, 2019.

The jury that chose these works, among the total submitted, met on March 5 and was formed by José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Inés Álvarez and Elena Escalona, ​​President of the Board and General Director of Down Madrid respectively, Sonia García and María Miracle, Down artists and José Vicente Moreno Huart, Patron of the MAXAM Foundation.

Visitors to the exhibition have been able to see first hand the artistic capacity of people with intellectual disabilities, a collective with great creative potential, which usually defines the use of simple lines and large color spots. Each painting has a different style, a different way of using colors, some are more realistic, others more abstract, but all of them show the feelings, sensations and emotions that the work of Alfonso Albacete has evoked for artists with disabilities intellectual.

The sample claims the right of this group to the freedom of expression and opinion, included in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“This event, which now reaches its third edition, is the result of a successful collaboration with Down Madrid, which allows us to realize our purpose of contributing to the progress and sustainable development of our society through cultural and educational programs,” explains Fernanda Cardama, Global Head People & Resources of MAXAM and Patron of the Foundation.

On the other hand, Inés Álvarez Arancedo, president of the Board of Trustees of Madrid, pointed out that “our artists have interpreted a work of value without being aware that they, at the same time, impregnate our lives with value”.

Also, Ángela Rodriguez, artist of Down Madrid and winner of the third prize in the III Painting Contest MAXAM has highlighted that she has loved performing this interpresatión of `Vanitas’, since it has made her think for herself, to use her imagination and be relaxed to be able to start painting this work on a blank canvas.

José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has made a presentation for the catalog published for this reason, which we reproduce below:


The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors maintains its firm and determined commitment to artists with Down Syndrome.

This is how we understand it with its inclusion in the most prestigious and oldest artistic competition held in Spain, such as the Autumn Salon, precisely at the hands of the Maxam Foundation.

An initiative that makes me proud and of which we are an example for the opportunity it represents for Down artists, to exhibit their works with authentic art professionals.

Being an artist is not easy. Facing the creative task and putting it into practice is much more than an expression of a firm and determined will. It is getting to speak through colors and shapes, is to convey an emotion and a feeling that many artists do not get despite long years of experience and plastic experimentation.

And yet, it’s simple and simple for Down artists. They, who do not pretend to demonstrate a potentiality, that they have inherently, because they always transmit sensitivity in their canvases and they do it without adhering to fashions, tendencies, norms or styles. They just talk.

Our conception of art is established as something logical and assumed by society in a certain way by which we are guided indirectly, when we should look at the works as new formats of a very special letter whose recipients should forget those preconceived norms.

Wonderful letters full of light and color, of innocent and pure souls, which are those presented in this magnificent exhibition with which to recreate the essence of art in the purest state that today can be seen: “White Art” , as I would like to call it, and in which to include original proposals, non-toxic or adulterated by other types of current views that surround and suffocate us.

José Gabriel Astudillo López

President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Catalogo III Concurso Pintura MAXAM ArteDown AEPE