Javier Ortas, winner of the contest announcing the 86th AEPE Autumn Salon

On May 21, 2019, at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the meeting of the Jury for the selection of the poster was held, which will be the 86th edition of the traditional Autumn Salon, to be held from October 31 to November 24 at the Casa de Vacas of the Retiro Park in Madrid.

The jury was chaired by Juan Manuel López-Reina, Vice President of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, acting as President and Secretary respectively, and by the Members Antonio Téllez, Paloma Casado, Fernando de Marta and Ana Martínez .

In the words of our President, José Gabriel Astudillo, “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, which in this way regaining prominence in the Salon de Otoño. “

The winning work is an original idea of ​​the partner Javier Ortás, whom we congratulate from these lines, and it is a watercolor entitled “An autumn painter”, which has been presented on paper in vertical format measuring 60 x 40 cm.

The painter Javier Ortas does not interpret what he sees, but creates his works using only his imagination, without using any model. He works alone in front of the blank support without any reference other than the artistic impulse, inventing and creating scenes, characters and elements of his inner world: ideas, desires, feelings … The result is a pure, defined, resounding and different style , exclusive and diverse works that reveal the peculiarity of his talent.

Javier Ortas was born in Madrid. Being very young he received private classes of oil painting, watercolor, etc., in the school Corazonistas, of Alfonso XIII, of Madrid. Afterwards he has continued to paint and draw on his own “whenever I could”. He has lived most of his life in Madrid, although he also spent many years of his youth in Mexico and the United States.

He began by learning and perfecting his technique based on realism: landscapes, nature, portraits … But he soon felt the need to create without any model and to compose and invent starting from the blank support, without visual references of any kind. As he says, “I am convinced that this is the way in which an artist can offer more of himself and thus display imagination, inventiveness … What we call the purest creativity”.

In recent years he has been seduced by the technique of watercolor, although it is considered very classical, “the truth is that it allows to compose very modern and innovative works” and has established his own pictorial style, peculiar and different. It has also been professionalized and based on several exhibitions (Club Financiero Genoa, Ateneo de Madrid, etc. up to ten individuals), has managed to advance in this difficult world of contemporary art.

Splendid the dominion that the watercolor has Javier Ortas; It reels tones and lights in a dazzling, spectacular way. Before his watered down his ability for drawing is admired. His compositions, complex, are formed by the accumulation of sequences, all explained with the precise detail; You can admire the firm line with which any everyday scene is resolved. He is a different, different watercolorist.

Javier Ortas is an excellent watercolorist. Young and at the same time veteran, innate knower of the pictorial truth, knowledgeable and dominating as few of difficult technique of watercolor. All this, his personality and his pictorial creation, becomes a work of great quality impregnated with humanity, which invites us to know his vision of the world, as an artist and as a person.

The watercolors of Javier Ortas invite the viewer to joy and optimism through the strength of color and the precision of their strokes. Javier Ortas has consolidated his own and different style in which he plays with linear composition through a very precise line, addressing different points of view.

All the information can be followed on the website of the AEPE, tab “Contests and awards”, sub-tab “Hall of Autumn” 2019.

Maxam presented his 2019 calendar

The MAXAM Foundation inaugurated the Vanitas Exhibition on October 30, a show based on the work of Alfonso Albacete and which includes some of the most outstanding pieces of the MAXAM Painting Collection, with artists such as Arturo Mélida, Cecilio Plá, Julio Romero de Torres, Eduardo Arroyo and Pedro Batalla Xatruch.

On a regular basis, the Maxam Foundation presented its calendar within the framework of the celebration of the Autumn Salon, but this time they wanted to make this event an own exhibition that also includes some of the works mentioned in its calendar.

This was reflected in his words by the Chairman of the Maxam Foundation, José Fernando Sánchez Junco, thanking the work that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is doing in the dissemination of art and culture, and as official sponsors of the Autumn Salon that organizes the centenary entity.

The exhibition can be visited until next November 18 in the Sala Pardo Bazán of the Modern Spain building of the Lázaro Galdiano Museum and is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the history and iconography of the MAXAM Painting Collection. Composed of more than 100 works, this Collection is an initiative of pioneering business patronage in Spain, whose images have illustrated year after year the popular “almanac of explosives” that the company publishes since 1900.

“MAXAM Foundation arises from our company’s commitment to social progress through the promotion of culture and education. The exhibition that we inaugurated today at the Lázaro Galdiano 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 Global Head People & Resources of the company.

Vanitas, made expressly by Alfonso Albacete to illustrate the MAXAM Calendar of 2019, is based on such an exciting subject in the history of art as is the painting within 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 Spain in the 50s and 60s or the works that They preceded him in the MAXAM Collection.

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 Juan Manuel López-Reina, Vice President, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary , the Vowels Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado López, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, the Librarian Fernando de Marta and the Adviser Itziar Zabalza Murillo.

Alfonso Albacete

Alfonso Albacete (Antequera, 1950) is one of the most prestigious and innovative names in Spanish painting in recent decades. At the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, he promoted, along with other artists, a “return to painting”, to the canvas as a support perfectly capable of expressing any artistic concern. In his works, and Vanitas is a clear example of this, one can see his interest in Russian constructivism (geometrization of space), American abstraction (expressiveness of colors) and Spanish baroque (symbolism and iconography of the elements used) .


Alfonso Albacete held his first solo exhibition, In the studio, in 1979 at the Egam Gallery in Madrid. From that sample, Albacete has been considered one of the most reputed names in contemporary Spanish painting.

He has made more than 70 exhibitions, between individuals and collectives and his work is part of the collections of museums and collections such as the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum (Madrid, Spain), The Chase Manhattan Bank (New York, USA). ), at the White House Collection (Washington, USA), at the Collection Dobe (Zurich, Switzerland, at the Mie Prefectural Art Museum (Mie, Japan) and at the Wurth Museum (Kunzelsau, Germany).

The Open Door Day of the AEPE was held

The President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, welcomed the members and artists, “all friends, we form this great family” in the celebration of the Open Day that coincides with the celebration of the Patron of the AEPE, San Lucas, took place last Friday.

The talk was very animated and relaxed, and attendees were able to exchange impressions about the world of art in general, and the many activities that the Association is developing, reviewing all those initiatives most unknown to members and friends, and of which you can not give an account of your result due to being in full process or development.

If the impressive activity that the centennial entity carries out in these last three months of the year was highly commented, especially if we add the call for the 54th Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture, which will be published at the beginning of November, a month earlier than usual , and that constitutes another great call, very important as the diffusion that at national level receives.

After the lively talk, we offered for the entity and despite the unpleasantness of the day, for the effort that all those who attended did to share an afternoon so indicated for all.