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On April 12, 2019, the act of donating the “Portrait of Ignacio Molina Niño”, by the artist Álvaro Delgado Ramos and the kindness of his son, Ignacio Molina de la Peña, who decided to donate it to the AEPE, took place at the headquarters of the AEPE. The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors for its custody and as a way to guarantee its adequate conservation.
The generous gesture of those who understand that art should be something that must be preserved for future generations, has understood that our centenary institution treasures a prestige and respect for artists, whether or not partners, which has become worthy of the custody of a beautiful work of art by that famous Spanish painter.
This detail is what was highlighted by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, who thanked Ignacio Molina for his selfless gesture and confidence in the institution on behalf of all its members and lovers of art in general.
He also revealed some details of the painter’s life and work, with special emphasis on the coincidence of the fact that the last portrait that was also donated to the AEPE was another disciple of Vázquez Díaz, as was Rafael Botí Gaitán and in this Álvaro Delgado Ramos, an artist who developed with particular intensity the genre of the portrait, interpreted in a unique expressionist way, conceiving this genre as a kind of serial essay approach to the intimacy of the portrayed until reaching its most defining features, which he underlined with expressive crudeness through some agile and bold strokes in line with the gestures and invoices of abstract expressionism.
In addition, the President commented how he personally experienced the repercussion that the portraits of Álvaro Delgado had in the city of Madrid, when he was commissioned to paint the Mayors Tierno Galván, Juan Barranco and Luis María Huete, since he was part of the municipal corporation at that time.
Astudillo also wanted to highlight the art of a Madrilenian who approached the group of painters of the Second School of Vallecas, embryo of the School of Madrid, where the importance of technique in painting and the sensuality with which the matter, treatment with which you could get various effects, including the intimate sense, endowing his works with a particular lyricism. De Solana took the trend towards monochrome.
Member of the Royal Board of the Prado Museum, appointed in 1970. He studied at the School of Painting in Madrid, forming part of the Second School of Vallecas. In 1949 he received a scholarship from the French Institute to travel to Paris, which allowed him to get in touch with the European avant-garde and to strengthen his admiration for the Cubist masters, Picasso and Braque. He is also interested in traditional Spanish painting and studies the work of Velázquez, Zurbarán and Goya. According to the artist himself, it is, however, El Greco the painter who has most influenced his work. In 1951 he participated in the Venice Biennial and, among other prizes, he won in 1953 the painting of the II Hispano-American Biennial, in 1955 the great painting prize of the Alexandria Biennial and in 1962 the gold medal of the National Engraving Salon . He is academic of number of the Real Academy of Beautiful Arts of San Fernando, from 1974; holder of the Academy of Art, Sciences and Literature of Europe, since 1988, and corresponding academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Our Lady of Sorrows, of Granada, since 1991. He is patron of the Friends of the Prado Foundation since 1995 to 2011. He has received, among other awards, the medal of the Madrid City Council for Artistic Merit, in 1991; the gold medal of the Villa de Madrid in 1995, and the national gold medal of Fine Arts, in 1996.