The Reina Sofía Museum incorporates 2 works by Rafael Botí into its collection

The MNCARS, which already had in its collection two works by Cordovan painter Rafael Botí, (De la sierra de Córdoba, 1922 and Bodegón de los papel, 1928), incorporates in 2019 the pictorial works El Bidasoa in Fuenterrabía I, 1925 and Trees of the Botanist (Madrid), 1933.

In 1935, the Spanish State acquired Botí’s painting, De la sierra de Córdoba (also called the Cursed House), which obtained a mention in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts of 1924 and was awarded in 1929 in the Regional Exhibition of Modern Art from Granada.

Subsequently, the son of the painter, Rafael Botí Torres donated to the Reina Sofía Museum -in 2002- Still life of the papers, dated in 1928.

As Jaime Brihuega assures, due to the avatars of his extensive biography, the figure of Rafael Botí from Cordoba runs parallel to the entire Spanish art course of the 20th century.

From its beginnings in Córdoba under the teaching of Julio Romero de Torres until the outbreak of the civil war in 1936, Botí participates decisively in the process of renovating the Spanish plastic of the first third of the last century. From these years the two paintings that the painter’s son has recently donated to the collection of the Reina Sofía National Center of Art Museum date back.

During the 1920s, of which the painting El Bidasoa in Fuenterrabía I (1925) is a good example, his style, in the words of Paloma Esteban, curator of the Reina Sofía Museum, is configured in a personal way thanks to the use of a Increasingly defined chromaticism and an aesthetic based on the teachings of Cubism by Vázquez Díaz, which in this same composition are revealed both in the colorful and formal structuring as well as in the subject itself, so dear to the Huelva painter.

When in 1929 and in 1931 he traveled to Paris, retired by the Diputación de Córdoba, Botí came into contact with the latest avant-garde movements, as well as with many of the Spanish painters of the so-called School of Paris. Get to know firsthand the creations of the Fauvists and the Nabis, plastic experiences that, in the opinion of the conservative, materialize in later compositions such as the second of the works object of these lines, Botanical Trees (Madrid) (1933), which highlights the color and originality in the vision. Both works, of relevance in the trajectory of Rafael Botí, reinforce the production of the Cordovan artist in the collection of the Reina Sofía Museum.


Cordovan Rafael Botí diversified his studies from a young age, learning drawing with Julio Romero de Torres at the School of Arts and Crafts in Córdoba, modeling with Victorio Chicote, Art History with Ricardo Agrasot, and music at the Superior Conservatory with Cipriano Martínez Rücker . In 1917 he moved to Madrid, perfecting his learning both at the San Fernando School and the Higher Conservatory of Music and joining that same year of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Madrid, and in 1930 of the National Orchestra of Spain.

From 1918 he attended as a disciple the workshop of Daniel Vázquez Díaz, celebrating his first individual exhibition in 1923, in the Circle of Friendship. In 1931, from the Association of Plastic Artists Guild, of which he is co-founder, he contributes to the promotion of a vanguard manifesto in order to renew national artistic life. In 1980 the Ministry of Culture granted him the Silver Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, an award that would be followed in 1992 by the award of the Special Jury Prize at the National Plastic Arts Awards. In 1998, the Diputación de Córdoba constituted the Rafael Botí Provincial Foundation of Plastic Arts.

Summoned the 86th Fall Salon 2019

The visual image of the contest is the work of Javier Ortas

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors announces the 86th edition of the Autumn Salon, which has the support of the Maxam Foundation

Until October 5 the works can be presented

The winning works will be announced on November 7

The finalist works will be exhibited at the Casa de Vacas del Retiro in Madrid from October 31 to November 24

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, with the unconditional support of the Maxam Foundation, announces the 86th Autumn Salon, the oldest and most prestigious artistic event in Spain, whose purpose is to stimulate creation and contribute especially to the promotion and the projection of artists in Spain.
The call has 7 free access prizes, the Down Madrid Painting Medal, reserved for artists of this group who will exhibit the winning work for the third time within the framework of the Exhibition and a total of eleven more Medals, reserved for the members of the centenary entity, whose attraction lies in the recognition of artists by other artists and in the prestigious awards, which bear the name of the founders of AEPE.
“Reaching the 86th edition of a renowned event such as the Salon de Otoño, says José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, is a triumph in itself, since no other contest in Spain treasures that age, nor a list of names such as the one that the institution has gathered all these years, names that are already part of the history of art such as Picasso, Alberti, Benlliure, the Benedito brothers, Benjamín Palencia, Vázquez Díaz “…
The 1st Autumn Salon of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors was born in 1920 and since its inception seeks the promotion of new values ​​in a line of innovative culture, that is, does not seek a display of awards that involve an economic endowment, but a excellence that transforms into the dissemination of the work and the artist, and that, according to José Gabriel Astudillo, means not endowing the awards economically, but being creative and channeling those selected and awarded on the difficult path of artistic creation.

Recognize talent is just what entities like Tritoma Cultural Management, the Getafe City Council, the Baluarte Hall of the City of Tres Cantos, Codina Escultura, Encuentro Real Estate, Santiago de Santiago and the Spanish Association of Watercolor Painters, which converge in this new edition of the Autumn Salon, next to the City Hall of Madrid, which will exhibit the selected and awarded works in the Casa de Vacas from the Parque del Retiro in Madrid from October 31 to November 24, and the Maxam Foundation, the official sponsor of the Hall.
The jury of the award, which will be made up of prestigious people in the fields of criticism, art history and artistic activity, will be chaired by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, acting as Secretary of the same Maria Dolores Barreda Perez, Secretary General of the AEPE, will make a selection of the works presented, from which will come the winners, which will be exhibited in the Casa de Vacas of the Retiro Park in Madrid between October 31 and on November 24, 2019. The winners will be announced on November 7, at the moment of the jury’s decision, awards ceremony and opening of the exhibition.
Throughout these last 6 years, the Salon de Otoño has become a traditional event within the Spanish art scene, a must in terms of novelties, trends and new contemporary plastic proposals, as well as a showcase for the best painting and current sculpture.
Each year the artists have the opportunity to present their new creations and opt for an accredited Prize that includes the edition of a catalog, the exhibition of their pictorial work and the knowledge that it has been selected by a highly qualified and prestigious jury .
The Prize can present Spanish artists or residents in Spain, in the modalities of painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving and watercolor in formats designed to enable the participation of all creators, from 46 cms to the maximum size of 200.
The bases and the registration form can now be downloaded from the AEPE website, tab “Contests and Awards”, sub-tab “Bases”, and in the same tab, sub-tab “Salón de Otoño”.

(Español) Rafael Botí Torres recibe la Medalla de Honor de la AEPE

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Rafael Botí Torres, Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

The Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, AEPE, chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo, has awarded his Medal of Honor to the collector Rafael Botí Torres, ‘in recognition and gratitude’ to his trust in the Association, unwavering faith in the entity , maximum cordiality ‘and great predisposition always shown when collaborating with our institution’. The Medal of Honor will be delivered on December 21, 2018 at the headquarters of AEPE, at the end of the traditional Christmas Cup.

Rafael Botí Torres, son of the Cordovan painter Rafael Botí, important figure formed in the workshop of Vázquez Díaz, grew up in that paternal artistic world and until in some occasion was model of Vázquez Díaz to realize the figure of a bullfighter; and when he was older he worked hard to create a collection that, over time, reached a high level when he acquired numerous works by Vázquez Díaz. A patrimonial fund that for years tries to share and therefore donated a substantial part of the works of his father to the Cordoban, donation made to the Provincial Council that disseminates the Rafael Botí Foundation, constituted in a cultural factor with remarkable projection; and in his testament he leaves in legacy to the Vázquez Díaz de Nerva Museum (Huelva) the sketches and drawings made by Mr. Daniel Vázquez Díaz to make the frescoes of the Discovery of Santa María de la Rábida.
Collector, patron, entrepreneur; a life dedicated to the promotion of culture. Sponsors artistic contests and promotes exhibitions; is a member of the Spanish Association of Art Critics; academic … And the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors recognizes that detached and intelligent work giving Rafael Botí Torres his Medal of Honor.

(Español) Marisa Roesset Velasco

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