Maxam presented the 2020 calendar, the work of Chema Cobo

The MAXAM Foundation presented on November 20 the Exhibition “If It Happens To Be”, a sample in which to present the work of Chema Cobo, which illustrates the MAXAM Calendar of 2020.

The Maxam Foundation carried out the presentation at the Carlos de Antwerp Foundation, located on Calle Claudio Coello, 99, in which the President of the Maxam Foundation, José Fernando Sánchez Junco, thanked the work of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors are performing in the dissemination of art and culture, and as official sponsors of the Autumn Salon organized by the centennial entity.

De izquierda a derecha: Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernanda Cardama, José Gabriel Astudillo, el Presidente de la Fundación Maxam, José Fernando Sánchez Junco, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Paloma Casado, Antonio Téllez y Fernando de Marta

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 Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary, the Vocals Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Married López, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta and Itziar Zabalza Murillo.

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

If it happens to be, made expressly by Chema Cobo to illustrate the MAXAM 2020 Calendar, part of such an exciting theme in art history as is the one in 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 the Spain of the 50s and 60s or the works that preceded in the MAXAM Collection.

Chema Cobo was born in 1952 in Tarifa (Cádiz), where his father worked as a doctor. He has lived in Tarifa, Ronda, Cádiz, Seville, Madrid, New York, Chicago, Brussels and long seasons in Rome and currently lives in Alhaurín el Grande (Málaga). He studied Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Madrid between 1970 and 1974. One of the components of the artistic group was the New Madrid figuration, a group of acidic and ironic artists who opened new avenues during the transition. His first individual exhibition was held in Madrid in 1974, at the Buades Gallery. In 1994 he was awarded the Andalusia Prize for Plastic Arts.

In 1981, he was a resident artist at P.S.1 in New York and participated in the 16th Sao Paulo Biennial at the Salon de los 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid.

In 1982, he participated in the Carnegie International of Pittsburgh.

In 1983 he was invited to several exhibitions in Europe and the United States; One of them was the “Recent European paintings” exhibition at Salomom R. Guggenheim in New York. The same year he exhibits at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery in Chicago.

The eighties continue with a series of individual exhibitions in Seattle, Boston, Milan, Rome, Madrid, Bern and Nagoya (Japan).

It is worth noting the exhibition held in “The mezzanine Gallery” of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1987 and the individual exhibition in the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York in 1988. The same year he also participated in the exhibition “Art Kites” organized by the Goethe Institute in Osaka. This same exhibition continued traveling through Japan, the United States and Europe until 1992.

The 1990s began with an exhibition at AC&T in Tokyo and several exhibitions between the United States and Spain. He was a visiting professor at the NY Art School in New York, at Northwestern University in Chicago and at the School of Art of the Art Institute in Chicago.

In 1994 he was awarded the Andalusia Prize for Plastic Arts and publishes the book of aphorisms entitled “Amnesia” on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name in La Linea de la Concepción (Cádiz).

In 1995 he exhibited in Brussels at the Gallery “20m2 d’Art Contemporain”.

In 1998, the exhibition “The Labyrinth of the Compass” was held at the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville, which collected works from all periods of his work and works never exhibited to date in Spain. The second installment of the book of aphorisms “Amnesia” is published.

In 2001 the exhibition “Salta a la Vista” in the Provincial Palace of the Diputación de Cádiz covers all his work on paper from 1974 to 2000.

Recently he has exhibited in Valencia (Tomas March Gallery), Santander (Siboney Gallery), Barcelona (M. Marcos Gallery), Malaga (A. Viñas Gallery), Madrid (A. Machón Gallery) and the Duques de Soria Foundation (Soria) .

In October 2008, he opened the “Eclipse” exhibition at the A. Machon Gallery in Madrid, an exhibition for which he won the “Francisco de Goya” Painting Prize of the Villa de Madrid, 2009.

In the 2009-2010 season he exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art in Malaga a sample of 33 recent works entitled “Out of Frame”.

He has works in many collections in Europe and the United States among others at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, at the Nazionale d’Arte Contemporaneo Gallery in Rome, at the Fundazione Lucio Amelio in Naples, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the Museum of Art in New York, at the Frederick Weisman Collection in Los Angeles, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, not forgetting Spanish collections such as the Caixa de Pensiones Foundation in Barcelona, ​​the Cajasol collection in Seville, the Caja Madrid Foundation, the Reina Sofía National Art Museum in Madrid, the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art in Seville and the Center for Contemporary Art in Malaga, to name just a few of them.



 Painting Contest for people with Down Syndrome or other intellectual disability

The Down Syndrome Foundation Madrid, in collaboration with the Maxam Foundation and the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, has just called the IV Maxam Painting Contest for people with Down Syndrome or another intellectual disability.

Fundación MAXAM, Down Madrid and the AEPE today announced the convening of the IV MAXAM Painting Contest for people with intellectual disabilities. From November 21, 2019 until February 24, 2020, artists with intellectual disabilities who wish may present their works.

The central theme of these should be a free interpretation of “If It Happens To Be”, recently incorporated by MAXAM to its collection of paintings, the work of Chema Cobo, and image of the MAXAM Calendar of 2020, and that during the next few days will be exhibited at the Carlos de Antwerp Foundation on Claudio Coello Street, 99 in Madrid.

The winning works and finalists will be exhibited to the public in a sample that will take place in March 2020 at the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park.


“The contest aims to give an opportunity to people with intellectual disabilities, showing their sensibilities and abilities. This is a group with a high creative potential, which is finally being recognized worldwide for its original perception, freshness and quality of his works , “explains Fernanda Cardama, Patron of the MAXAM Foundation and Global Head People & Resources of MAXAM.

With this type of initiative, artists with intellectual disabilities claim the artistic value of their creations. In Spain, these artists are gradually gaining social recognition with demonstrating their participation in prestigious exhibitions such as the Autumn Salon, organized annually by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

This project is part of the continuous collaboration of these three institutions for years in projects with which to promote social inclusion, training and employment of people with Down syndrome or intellectual disability.

It will be this other occasion in which the AEPE collaborates and participates in a sociocultural action, since since 2016, in which the 1st Workshop of Inclusive Culture of Drawing at Carboncillo was held, the centennial artistic institution is increasingly immersed in specific actions that fill with art the special world of those who live this disability.

This same year 2019, within the framework of the 86th Autumn Salon, and for the third time, the AEPE included the Down Syndrome Painting Medal for artists of this group, thus offering them the opportunity to exhibit their work within the framework of An artistic show of the first order.

The Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid (Down Madrid) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to work for the full inclusion of people with Down syndrome or other intellectual disability and their full social inclusion. The work that Down Madrid has been doing for more than 25 years would not have been possible without the collaboration of the people and entities that support its work.

The MAXAM Foundation ( is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural and educational programs to contribute to the progress and sustainable development of society. Among its activities in the field of culture are the MAXAM Painting Collection, a pioneering initiative in the field of business patronage, the House of Explosives (MUMI), the preservation of the historical legacy of the company and the dissemination of the figure of Alfred Nobel. In the field of education, the MAXAM Foundation carries out programs for the development of knowledge through the MAXAM Chair-Company of Explosive Technology (ETSIME, UPM) and agreements with reference universities around the world. It also promotes projects with schools and students in the local communities in which the company operates.

MAXAM ( is a global technology company, specialized in the design, development, manufacture and application of energy materials. It structures its activity in fourth business units: blasting solutions for mining, quarries and public works, cartridges and gunpowder for use in hunting and sports shooting, products and systems for the defense and security sector, and production of key raw materials in Nitro chemical activity. Founded by Alfred Nobel in 1872, MAXAM currently has more than 6,500 employees on 5 continents, with 80 industrial facilities, subsidiaries in more than 50 countries and commercial operations in more than 100. The company closed the fiscal year 2018 (31 March 2018) with a turnover of 1,141 million euros.


National scope

Delivery deadline: from November 21, 2019 to February 24, 2020


First prize: € 1,000

Second prize: € 600

Third prize: € 400

Works requirements:

Maximum 2 works per author

Collective works are not allowed.

Framed and signed

Indicate at the back what is the top part of the work

Free format

Minimum size: 50 x 60 centimeters

Painting, drawing and other techniques (works by computer are not allowed)

Works protected with glass are not allowed, plastic or unbreakable materials can be used