Inauguration and awards ceremony of the 55 San Isidro Contest

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors delivered on May 8 the prizes corresponding to the “55 Contest of San Isidro of Madrid theme” organized by this centenary entity, in an act attended by many partners, friends and the general public, and in which was also proceeded to the official opening of the exhibition, although it has been open to the public since last May 3.

The inauguration and award ceremony was chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, who was accompanied by Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Member of the Board, Fernando de Marta and Sebastián, Librarian of the AEPE, Ana Martínez Córdoba, Treasurer of the AEPE, Itziar Zabalza Murillo, Adviser to the President and numerous public, partners and friends.

From left to right: Itziar Zabalza, Asesora del Presidente, Juan Manuel López Reina, Member of the Board, Ana Martínez Córdoba, Treasurer of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Fernando de Marta and Sebastián, Librarian of the AEPE and the painter and partner chosen at random, Concha Muñoz

The jury appointed for this occasion was composed of José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of AEPE and Fernando de Marta Sebastián, Librarian of AEPE, acting as President and Secretary of the Jury, respectively, both with voice and without vote; and as members of the board, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Ana Martínez Córdoba and Juan de la Cruz Pallarés, and the painter and partner chosen at random, Concha Muñoz.

 

The jury appointed for this occasion was composed of José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of AEPE and Fernando de Marta Sebastián, Librarian of AEPE, acting as President and Secretary of the Jury, respectively, both with voice and without vote; and as members of the board, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Ana Martínez Córdoba and Juan de la Cruz Pallarés, and the painter and partner chosen at random, Concha Muñoz.

The participation of this call that reaches its 55th edition, has been very high and the quality of the work presented has also been at the level of initial expectations, presenting an exhibition that as a whole stands out for the excellent quality of the works, what denotes the desire to overcome the participants to make this call one of the great examples of the moment in the city of Madrid.

The President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, wanted to thank the Madrid City Council, the District Board of Arganzuela and the Casa del Reloj Management for their interest in supporting the artists and highlights that in the shows are exhibited works of the best contemporary artists of the Spanish art scene.

Before the death on the morning of the opening day of the exhibition, the sculptor and friend of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Julio López Hernández, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, wanted to have a I would like to remember that he collaborated so much with the centenary entity, for which, he begged the attendees to observe a minute of silence, which only broke the emotional applause of all the attendees.

Afterwards, the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, proceeded to read the minutes of the Jury for the selection and qualification of the Show, thus making known the prizes and the selected works, which have resulted in the following way:

ANTONIO CASERO SANZ Painting MEDAL, endowed with Medal and diploma. Carmen Durán. Chueca at Christmas. Acrylic / paper. 63 x 84

 

Sculpture MEDAL LUIS BENEDITO VIVES, endowed with Medal and diploma. Antonio Téllez de Peralta. Bear. Direct wood carving 48 x 35 x 20

 

MENTION OF HONOR. Diploma. Paco Bertrán. El Capricho Park. Watercolor / paper. 81 x 100

MENTION OF HONOR. Diploma. Julio Nuez Martínez. Río Manzanares Bridge 19th century. Welded iron and painted / wood. 104 x 36 x 25

 

MENTION OF HONOR. Diploma. Carmen Bonilla. Cottage. Oil / canvas 81 x 100

 

The selected authors, with oils, watercolors, engravings and sculptures are the following: Joaquín Alarcón. Jesús Alcolea Ríos. Myriam Álvarez de Toledo. Mª Socorro Arroyo. Beatriz Bartolomé Díez. Juan Manuel Bernardo Bueno. Paco Bertrán. Mar Blázquez. Carmen Bonilla. Alfonso Calle. Ángela Cepeda. Alicia Da Col. Emilia Díaz Rull. Carmen Durán. María García García. Ángeles García-Quismondo. Isabel Garrido. Raúl Gil Rodríguez. Eva González Morán. Mª Luisa González Ossorio. Susana Huerta. Antonio Izquierdo Ortega. Mª Teresa Izquierdo – Tessais. Luisa Jiménez Garrudo. Paulino Lorenzo. Carlos V. Losa Revuelta. María R. Maluenda Gómez. Paloma Manglano. Carmen Marcos. Mercedes Martí Castelló. José Luis Martín de Blas. Leocadio Melchor. Christian Mera. Geanina Elisabeta Miler. Victoria Moreno. Emilia Moreno García. Antonio Municio. Julio Nuez Martínez. Angela Palomeque. José Mª Pedrosa. Juan Francisco Pérez Somalo. Paloma Ramírez-Montesinos. Pablo Reviriego Moreno. Irene Rodríguez Fernández. Manolo Romero. Sebastián Ruiz Rivas. Lola Santos. Jorge A. Segovia Gabucio. Antonio Segovia Sanz. Emilio Sotomayor. Antonio Téllez de Pertalta. Argentina Tamames. Arturo Tejero Esteban.

Some partners and authors have wanted to participate despite the fact that their works did not meet the requirements established in the bases, so some of the exhibited works do so in the non-contest category. In addition, there are many other participants who, not being partners, exhibit their works, but have not been eligible for the honorary prizes, reserved exclusively for members.

55 Contest of San Isidro of Madrid subject

Date: From May 3 to May 16, 2018

Place: La Lonja Exhibition Hall

Cultural Center Casa del Reloj

Paseo de la Chopera, 6-10

28045 Madrid

Julio López, the sculptor of the soul, passes away

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors wants to express its deepest condolences for the sad loss of one of the greatest artists of Spain, their relatives and friends, especially their daughters and Marisa and Miguel Angel Codina, whom he joined a close friendship .
The sculptor Julio López Hernández, belonging to the group of “Realistas de Madrid”, died on May 8, 2018, in a clinic in Madrid, at the age of 88, where he was hospitalized for a month after suffering a stroke. ictus.
Julio López belonged to the group of great artists, along with Antonio López, and his own brother Francisco, who died in January of 2017, who in the 1950s took up an alternative to the realist tradition, with the so-called magical or transcendent realism, far removed of the more academic and avant-garde realism that Saura, Tápies and Millares cultivated at that time.


In fact, he defended realism as one of today’s artistic expressions: “Realism is as valid today as abstraction.
Julio López was part along with his wife, the painter Esperanza Parada, of the historical and generational group of painters and sculptors who lived and worked in Madrid since the 1950s, united as much by the link of their training and their work as by their personal and family relationships.
In addition to this marriage, the group was composed of Antonio López García, his wife, María Moreno, the sculptor Francisco López Hernández, Julio’s brother, his wife, the painter Isabel Quintanilla and Amalia Avia, married to the artist Lucio Muñoz. Although not all of them were born in Madrid, this city was the main place of residence and work.
Son and grandson of goldsmiths, was born in Madrid in 1930. He trained at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid, and at 19 he entered the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando, where he became friends with other artists such as Antonio López García and Lucio Muñoz He obtained a scholarship from the French Lyceum and the Fine Arts Pension of the Juan March Foundation, which allowed him to expand his training in France and Italy.
In 1962 he married the painter Esperanza Parada (deceased in 2011), with whom he had two daughters, models of many of his works. Since 1970, he worked as a modeling professor at the School of Arts and Crafts. Throughout his life, he received numerous awards and distinctions, including the 1982 National Plastic Arts Award, the National Prize of Tomás Francisco Prieto Medal of the National Currency and Stamp Factory and the Medal of Honor of the Menéndez International University Pelayo In 1986, he entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

From his first religious carvings, he evolves from expressionism to realism and his works are gaining daily life, with bronze as the most used material and a great relevance to textures. At the beginning of the 50s, he participated in the School of Coca Sculptors Project, where he met César Montaña and Eduardo Capa. Some of his great public works are the torso of Jorge Manrique, the monument to Federico García Lorca or the bust of Fernando de los Ríos.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1965, at the Galería Juana Mordó in Madrid, his work has been exhibited in important halls throughout the national territory, from the Rodríguez Acosta Foundation in Granada to the Savings Bank of Asturias, the Monastery of San Francisco in Cáceres, the National Sculpture Museum of Valladolid, the Santillana Foundation or the Leandro Navarro Gallery in Madrid.
His works can be found at the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum in Madrid, the National Museum of the Currency, the Figueira de Foz Museum, the Helsinki Atheneum Museum, the Warsaw Sztuki Medalierskiej Muzeum, the British Museum, the Vatican Museum, the Juan March Foundation Collection , Hakone Open Air Museum (Japan), Prado Museum, Palais de l’Europe (Strasbourg) and Chase Manhattan Bank (New York), among others.
At 88, he continued to work tirelessly. Last year he opened two exhibitions in Madrid: he was one of the protagonists of the exhibition that the Thyssen Museum dedicated to realism in Madrid and exhibited alone at the Academy of Fine Arts. “My sculptures are reunited and dialogue with the drawings that originated them. I make very finished drawings, which are not sketches, and large ones. They are the essence of the creation of a sculptor ».
When he became a widower, he also began to write. He also published the book “Notes on the ground,” in which he commented on “the core of my creations.” Some of his best-known pieces, such as “El painter del Prado” or tributes to Lorca, appear in the streets and squares of Madrid, such as Santa Ana, the Spanish Theater or at the foot of the Prado Museum.

His relationship with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors began in 2013, when the newly appointed President of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo, invited him to participate in the Jury of the 80th Autumn Salon. Their friendship was already from afar, and that made it easier for them to participate in the project.
The council of sages that José Gabriel Astudillo met in May 2014, in an important work meeting attended by the painter from La Mancha Antonio López, the Madrid sculptor Julio López, the Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCM, José Mª Quasante and the Doctor in Drawing of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCM, Luis Mayo, laid the foundations of what would be the new Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture, the result of the guidelines of the “current great masters of art”, which for a long time, they showed a very positive disposition to collaborate with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.


This attitude was soon reflected through their participation in the Jury of the Autumn Salons corresponding to the editions number 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84, as well as the 50, 51, 52 and 53 Reina Sofia Painting Prize and Sculpture.
On February 21, 2014, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors had the honor of presenting Julio López with the Medal of Honor of the AEPE, in recognition of his personalist realistic style and beyond the academic canons and the revitalization achieved of the classicist spirit.
The spontaneous homage, born from the hearts of all of us who form the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, not only wanted to remember the great sculptor in his artistic side, but he made special emphasis on the human values ​​that have always surrounded the person of Julio López.
José Gabriel Astudillo reflected it very accurately when he said that this renovator of sculpture has always been characterized by “the deep respect for the work and style of other artists and creators, for their kind and courteous treatment, for the deep love for their family , for the honesty reflected in his actions and words, … all this is nothing more than the tangible demonstration of the greatness of his soul, of the generosity of his heart and of the rectitude of his feelings “.
And above all these values, Astudillo highlighted that of companionship, “from which his own friends can give good faith and that together with their cordiality are the values ​​that most enrich their lives. For this reason, for this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors it is an honor to award this distinction to an excellent sculptor and an extraordinary person “.

 

 

In the same act, the Secretary General of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, made a personal profile of the honoree, in which he said that … “Julio López has always been an artist full of noble ideals. What I would like to highlight most about him is the undeniable fact that before being a sculptor, rather than an artist, he is a good person who is full of human values ​​… I would also like to transmit something that is not written in any biography, neither appears on the Internet, nor do we find in the books that speak about him: I refer to his profound humanity, to the human values ​​that have always characterized him … The values ​​that Julio López treasures are the qualities of his soul, principles that have always driven him to fight for life, for his work, for his style … His deep respect for the work and style of other artists and creators, his kind and courteous treatment, the deep love for his family, the recognition of the virtues of others, the responsibility that gives him credit and trust, his effort and commitment, the solidarity he has shown in becoming aware of the needs that this Association showed him, the honesty reflected in n his actions and words, … all this is no more than the tangible demonstration of the greatness of his soul, the generosity of his heart and the rectitude of his feelings …
With this motive, in February of 2014 the interview that the sculptor made Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez was also published, and the extract of an evening of shared dialogue in three bands with the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and that can be seen on the web, in the following links:

http://www.apintoresyescultores.es/entrevista-a-julio-lopez-hernandez/

y http://www.apintoresyescultores.es/a-tres-bandas-julio-lopez-astudillo-barreda/

Julio López continued to collaborate with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors in other types of activities, such as his participation in the exhibition under the title of “Three centuries of sculpture: Codina Foundry”, curated by the AEPE, were held in Alcorcón, Getafe and Leganés in 2014.


Last Friday, May 4, we opened in Toledo the best sculpture exhibition of all that will be held in Spain in 2018. An exhibition that has just become the greatest tribute we could make to the artist, since Julio López is present in “EScultura” with four pieces, the cover image of the catalog being the penultimate sculpture he made, since the one that is the last one is in the Codina Foundry, where Julio worked with her.
This is the text that one of his daughters has sent us, “Dear all, my father died this morning calm and sedated. It had gotten much worse on Sunday. He has been fighting to the end and with the discretion and elegance that characterized him. We are sure that he is now holding a conversation with his great friends Lucio and Amalia, who is with his brother and above all that he has reunited with my mother whom he missed so very much. A hug to all and a thousand thanks for the love and admiration that you had “.
D.E.P.

Meeting of genios in the Jury of 53 Reina Sofía Award of Painting and Sculpture

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Organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, has the collaboration of Google

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The prestigious jury that endorses the 53 Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture has been integrated by the “greatest masters” of current art in their respective fields, constituting an exceptional meeting of geniuses, difficult to surpass and uncharacteristically twinned by the common spirit of enlarge a call that has already become one of the most important in the Spanish art scene.
Under the auspices of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the most outstanding artists, writers and critics of Spanish art have come together to confront and take the pulse of the current world of fine arts, and can now be considered as one of the meetings of geniuses more important than those made in Spain to date.
To think that today a photograph of the same characteristics can be repeated is going to be a bit difficult, since the continuous occupations of each one of the portrayed ones do not make it possible to coincide as they did last Tuesday, February 13, date in which took part in the jury of the edition number 53 of the Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture.

The Jury was chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, acting as Secretary of the same Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, both with voice, but without vote, and having as members to Antonio Vargas Cano de Santayana, Manager of Policies and Public Affairs of Google, Antonio López García, Painter and Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Julio López Hernández, Sculptor and Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando , Eduardo Naranjo, Painter, sculptor, engraver and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Painter, sculptor and multidisciplinary artist, Evaristo Guerra, Painter, Javier Sierra, Journalist and writer of the Planeta Award 2017, Javier Rubio Nomblot, Art Critic and curator and Tomás Paredes Romero, President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics.


From left to right and from top to bottom: Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, José Gabriel Astudillo, Antonio Cano, Javier Rubio Nomblot, Javier Sierra, Eduardo Naranjo, Julio López, Evaristo Guerra and Tomás Paredes

In an intense and long day that lasted almost six hours, the works of selection and qualification of the works that will be exhibited in the exhibition of the 53 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD, which from March 2 to 18 will be open to the public, were carried out. at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro.
The exhibition will open on Friday, March 2, but it will not be until the 8th of the same month when S.M. Queen Sofía gives the prize that bears her name in the same place, thus making known the jury’s decision.
The 53 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD is endowed with 10,000 euros, medal and diploma from the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
There have been almost 300 works submitted to the contest, which have had to make an exhaustive selection that in the opinion of the jury, has tried to maintain a coherence and a variety of styles to reflect the current state of art in Spain, also accommodating to young creators and other authors already known, but above all, with novel trends and subtle winks at the forefront.
But the jury also wanted to highlight the excellent quality and special creativity of the works presented, as well as the remarkable increase that the sculpture has had in this edition, which has made the selection and final determination of the prize more difficult and complicated, but that is going to suppose that the sample that reunites all the works, has an exceptional quality, becoming one of the best exhibitions that will be able to be seen in Madrid in the next months.
After the exhibition, it can be seen in the Google Arts & Culture, where previous editions of the REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE PRIZE are already available and where you can also see other exhibitions that the centenary entity is uploading to this important and prestigious art portal with which to reach all corners of the world.

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José Gabriel Astudillo López

Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

Antonio Vargas

 Antonio López 

 Julio López

Eduardo Naranjo

Alejandro Aguilar Soria

Evaristo Guerra

Javier Sierra

Javier Rubio Nomblot

Tomás Paredes

Rafael Canogar will receive tomorrow the “Medal of Honor” of the AEPE

In an act to be held on January 26, at 7 pm. In the institutional headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the artist Rafael Canogar will receive the “Medal of Honor” of the institution, which will be granted by its President José Gabriel Astudillo, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the world of art.
The event, which is expected to be attended by countless partners and friends, as well as some of the top representatives of the world of academic art and criticism, will be presented by the General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, who will make a brief tour of the biographical and artistic career of the honoree, as an introduction, give way to spontaneous homage, born from the hearts of all those who form the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, revealing not only the extraordinary professional, but with special emphasis on the human values ​​that surround the person of Rafael Canogar.
For his part, José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the centenary entity, will give way to an emotional speech in which he will highlight that “Rafael Canogar has always been a brave painter when it comes to defending his artistic values, and despite the difficulties he may have find throughout his career, but that the sacrifices he has made, the joys he has experienced, the unique meaning that for this artist has the whole of his production and artistic and professional experience, are today an example for many artists and creators, for many of our partners. That’s why the example of your life interests us all. ”
The delivery of the Medal and the accrediting Diploma will be verified, after which, Rafael Canogar will address a few words to the attendees and sign in the Book of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.
The Medal of Honor of the AEPE has been granted in previous occasions to Julio López Hernández, Tomás Paredes, Eduardo Naranjo, Juan Alcalde and Venancio Blanco.

Acto: Medalla de Honor de la AEPE
Fecha: 26 de enero de 2018, 19 h.
Lugar: Sede de la Asociación Española de Pintores y Escultores
C/ Infantas, 30, 2º drcha.
28004 Madrid

Meeting of the 84 Jury of Autumn

Last October 3, the selection and qualification jury meeting took place, which will be the 84th edition of the traditional Salón de Otoño, the oldest event of those celebrated in Spain and the most prestigious of them all by the category of the awards it awards.
The Jury was formed by artists such as Julio López Hernández, Rafael Canogar, Eduardo Naranjo and Alejandro Aguilar Soria, as well as by the critic Javier Rubio Nomblot, the President of the National Association of Art Critics, Tomás Paredes, and José Vicente Moreno Huart, representing the Maxam Foundation, acting as President of the same José Gabriel Astudillo López and as Secretary Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, both with voice but without vote and representing the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, organizing entity of the contest.
In total, there have been twenty-two award-winning works, which, together with the 42 selected ones, will be exhibited at the 84th Autumn Fair that will open on October 27th at Casa de Vacas del Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid. 19 h., Day in which the minutes of the Jury and the list of winners will be announced.

From left to right and top to bottom:

José Gabriel Astudillo, Rafael Canogar, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Tomás Paredes, Javier Rubio Nomblot, José Vicente Moreno Huart, Eduardo Naranjo, Alejandro Aguilar Soria and Julio López Hernández

The opening ceremony of the exhibition, which will remain open until November 26, will be attended by different personalities from the world of arts and letters, as well as sponsors and members of the Jury, who will deliver the awards.
It is noteworthy the enormous effort being made by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to make the traditional Salon of Autumn a benchmark in Spanish artistic life, and as José Gabriel Astudillo comments, “for our institution has been a great triumph to achieve such a high level of participation and with such quality, and it has been a great success, and a remarkable achievement, to achieve such a reliable decision guaranteed by a jury composed of such important and representative figures from the art world in Spain. ”
“The Salón de Otoño is a call to which artists come running away from selfishness, immodesty and adulation, because it is a unique artistic manifestation because it is of a breadth of judgment, a nobility and a lack of interest that, will not hit understand the majority of the public and even the artists themselves, “says Astudillo, as” it is not a matter of winning an economic prize, it is a reward that every artist seeks, for the pleasure of enjoying one of his prestigious awards. ”
As Astudillo assures us, the main thing about the Salón de Otoño “is the discovery of the young values ​​and the possibility that gives us our call to be visible before the specialized critic and public opinion in general, being a platform of discovery of new promises, spirit with which was born the Hall of Autumn and with which it endures today “.
The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors works in a line of innovative culture, that is to say, it does not look for a display of prizes that suppose an economic endowment, but an excellence that becomes a diffusion of the work and the artist, and that, as he confesses the President of the AEPE, José Gabriel Astudillo, does not endow the prizes financially, but rather be creative and channel the selected and awarded in the difficult path of artistic creation.
This is manifested in the way art is understood in a society, acquiring a commitment of support and new opportunities to those who can be seen through the Autumn Fair, enhancing their artistic project in a way that supports artists with resources in the that bets clearly and forcefully by his work.
The Autumn Fair is sponsored by the Maxam Foundation, which at the opening ceremony will also present the traditional calendar of the former Spanish Union of Explosives (UEE), and for which historical memories of posters such as that of Romero of Torres, Cecilio Plá or Manuel Benedito or the most modern of Canogar, Genovés, Eduardo Arroyo or Urculo.
Recognizing talent is just what entities like INTERESARTE TV, Tritoma Gestión Cultural, the City Council of Getafe, Codina Escultura, Sala Baluarte, Santiago de Santiago and the Spanish Association of Watercolorists, who join in this new edition of the Salón de Otoño together to the City Council of Madrid, which will showcase the works selected and awarded in the House of Cows of the Madrid Park Retiro from 27 October to 27 November next.

Thanks to the special collaboration of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors with the CULTURAL ASSOCIATION MORE HISPANO, and given the success of last year, a series of Concerts of the Salon de Otoño, of Spanish music of the XII century to the XX, interpreted by the best musicians of the moment, that throughout the month November and in this House of Cows, they will put the soundtrack of this great celebration of the art that supposes the Hall of Autumn.
In this way the AEPE tries to emulate the first Autumn Salons, in which they were programmed all kinds of cultural activities and not only related to the world of Fine Arts.
For the first time in addition, and as a result of the collaboration between Down Madrid and the historic AEPE, the Medal of Painting Down Madrid will also be awarded to one of its artists, which is a clear example of inclusion of this group in the world of fine arts, so that the winner will see his work exhibited at Casa de Vacas along with the rest of professional and novice artists. A great opportunity to make visible a group with an extraordinary sensitivity.

Coderch & Malavia 52 Reina Sofia Painting and Sculpture award

Queen Sofía presided over the decision of the Jury and delivery of the
52 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

SS.MM. The Kings Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía are the
Presidents of Honor of the centenary entity since 1964.

He later visited the exhibition and greeted the artists

YE. The Queen Sofia Doña presided on Tuesday March 14 at the Hall of Acts of the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Parque del Retiro the event in which the Jury’s ruling and the presentation of the 52 Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture Organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, in collaboration with Google.
The winning work has been a bronze sculpture of 173 x 42 x 37 cms, entitled “Hamlet”, original by Coderch & Malavia (Joan Coderch Pares and Javier Malavia Tabares), sculptors who live in Valencia and work in four hands “forgetting the Ego to prime the quality of the final result in an unusual project that unites two sensitivities to create a joint work.

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The event was attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, the Director of Policies and Public Affairs of Google Spain and Portugal, Francisco Ruiz Antón, the Secretary of State for Culture and the General Secretary of The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, as well as members of the Jury, among other authorities and guests related to the world of culture.

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We recall that the Jury was formed by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Antonio Vargas Cano de Santayana, Manager of Policies and Affairs Julio López Hernández, Sculptor and Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Eduardo Naranjo, Painter, Sculptor, Engraver and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Painter , Sculptor and multidisciplinary artist, Evaristo Guerra, Painter, Javier Sierra, Journalist and writer, Javier Rubio Nomblot, Art Critic and curator and Tomás Paredes Romero, President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics.
As José Gabriel Astudillo comments, “it has been a great triumph for the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to bring together such distinguished personalities for an event as the Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture, which reaches its 52nd anniversary; But it has also been a great success, and very remarkable, to achieve such a reliable and unanimous decision, endorsed by such illustrious representatives of the world of art.

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In addition to the award-winning work, the Jury has decided to name the works of Carmen García Bartolomé, known artistically as Carmen the Greek, Juan José Lozano Rosado, Pedro Quesada Sierra and Leonor Solans Gracia.
At the invitation of the 52 REINA SOFÍA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE PRIZE, more than 250 works by artists from all over Spain have been presented. The jury has selected a selection of the best works that total 69, corresponding to 67 different artists.
The artists selected for the exhibition were: Ana Alcaraz Montesinos, Erik Arenas Gómez, Ángel Arribas Gómez, Martín Ballesteros Esteban, Miguel Barbero, Juan Manuel Bernardo Bueno, Tino Canicoba, Teddy Cobeña, Coderch & Malavia (Joan Coderch Pares and Javier Malavia Tabares ), Ramón Córdoba Calderón, Raquel Coronado García, Leovigildo Cristóbal Valverde, Antonio de Ávila, Soen Bravo, María Ángeles Elías Serra, Magdalena Spain, Raimundo Folch, Ismael Fuentes, José Enrique Gómez Perlado, Manuel Gracia García, Guzpeña, Carla Hoet, Chari Horcajada Fernández, Rodrigo Hurtado Parra, Teiji Ishizuka, Carmen the Greek, Fernando Lafuente Lestón, Andrés Lasanta Jimeno, Luis López Villamor, Coro López-Izquierdo Botín, Juan Manuel Lopez-Reina Coso, Juan José Lozano Rosado, Ana Llestín, María R. Maluenda Gómez, Ángel Maroto García, Juan Ramón Martín, Luis Martín Duque, José Enrique Melero Blázquez, Carmen Merino, Vicente Molina Pacheco, Sandra Molina Yus, Luis Olaso Garralda, Belén Ordovás Muriel, Juan de la Cruz Pallares García, Nélida Pecharroman del Cura , Maria Pinto Rey, Gonzalo Prieto Cordero, Pedro Quesada Sierra, Pablo Reviriego Moreno, Pilar Rivero Donoso, Marcelo Daniel Rodríguez, Sergio Romero Linares, Pilar Sagarra Moor, Cristina Salvans Moreso, Mark Sanfer, Lidia Sancho Heras, Lola Santos, Paco Segovia, Leonor Solans Gracia, Jesus Soler, Manolo Tabernero, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Austion Tirado, Omaira Trujillo, Jorge Rodríguez Fernández and Pablo Vidal.

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Coderch & Malavia Sculptors
52 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD
Of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

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Joan Coderch was born in Castellar del Vallés (Barcelona) in 1959. She started her studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona in 1979 and graduated in the specialty of sculpture.
Javier Malavia was born in Oñati (Guipúzcoa) in 1970, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos in Valencia in 1993.
Both artists met as they joined the team of sculptors at the Lladró porcelain company, where they learned to master the language of this delicate material while demonstrating their work traveling around the world.
In 2015 they decide to embark on this joint project.
Fascinated by figurative sculpture, the human being is the central element of his aesthetic discourse. Always starting from natural models, his sculptures made in bronze * explore different human attitudes to life and the viewer will decode according to his own experiences establishing a unique relationship that will provide a personal experience.
Despite their short career as Coderch & Malavia, they have participated in more than 15 collective and individual exhibitions, obtained several selections and awards in contests and some of their works are part of private collections in different countries in Europe, Asia and America.

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Failure of the Jury of 52 Reina Sofía Painting and Sculpture Prize

The act can only be accessed by personalized invitation

PRESIDED BY S.M. THE QUEEN DOÑA SOFIA, PRESIDENT OF HONOR OF THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS

Afterwards, he will visit the exhibition that gathers the 69 selected works

YE. Queen Sofia Doña will preside on Tuesday March 14 in the Hall of Acts of the House of Cows of the Madrid Park Retirement the act in which will be announced the ruling of the Jury and will be held the delivery of 52 Reina Sofía Prize Of Painting and Sculpture organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, in collaboration with Google.

The event will be attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, the Director of Policies and Public Affairs of Google Spain and Portugal, Francisco Ruiz Antón and the Secretary of State for Culture, among other authorities.

The announcement of the 52 PRINCE REINA SOFÍA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE has proved to be an excellent proposal of the best Spanish artists, some already outstanding, other novices, which has had the support of the specialized jury gathered for this important prize, formed by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Antonio Vargas Cano de Santayana, Manager of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Julio López Hernández, Sculptor and Academician Of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Eduardo Naranjo, painter, sculptor, engraver and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, painter, sculptor and multidisciplinary artist, Evaristo Guerra, Javier Sierra, Journalist and writer, Javier Rubio Nomblot, Art critic and curator and Tomás Paredes Romero, President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics.

The 52 PRINCE REINA SOFÍA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE is endowed with 10,000 euros to a single work, becoming the second best prize in Spain. Google is the entity that has collaborated to make possible a prize that until only three years ago was reserved only to the members of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

The artists selected for the exhibition have been: Ana Alcaraz Montesinos, Erik Arenas Gómez, Ángel Arribas Gómez, Martín Ballesteros Esteban, Miguel Barbero, Juan Manuel Bernardo Bueno, Tino Canicoba, Teddy Cobeña, Joan Coderch & Malavia (Joan Coderch Pares and Javier Malavia Spain, Raimundo Folch, Ismael Fuentes, José Enrique Gómez Perlado, Manuel Gracia García, Guzpeña, Carla Hoet, Chari Horcajada Fernández, Rodrigo Hurtado Parra, Teiji Ishizuka, Carmen the Greek, Fernando Lafuente Lestón, Andrés Lasanta Jimeno, Luis López Villamor, Coro López-Izquierdo Botín, Juan Manuel Lopez-Reina Coso, Juan José Lozano Rosado, Ana Llestín, María R The author of this article is the author of the book “Maluenda Gómez, Ángel Maroto García, Juan Ramón Martín, Luis Martín Duque, José Enrique Melero Blázquez, Carmen Merino, Vicente Molina Pacheco, Sandra Molina Yus, Luis Olaso Garralda, Belén Ordovás Muriel, Juan de la Cruz Pallares García, Nélida Pecharroman del Cura, Maria Pinto Rey, Gonzalo Prieto Cordero, Pedro Quesada Sierra, Pablo Reviriego Moreno, Pilar Rivero Donoso, Marcelo Daniel Rodríguez, Sergio Romero Linares, Pilar Sagarra Moor, Cristina Salvans Moreso, Mark Sanfer, Lidia Sancho Heras, Lola Santos, Paco Segovia , Leonor Solans Gracia, Jesus Soler, Manolo Tabernero, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Austion Tirado, Omaira Trujillo, Jorge Rodríguez Fernández and Pablo Vidal.

As José Gabriel Astudillo comments, “it has been a great triumph for the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to bring together such distinguished personalities for an event as the Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture, which reaches its 52nd anniversary; But it has also been a great success, and very remarkable, to achieve such a reliable and unanimous decision, endorsed by such illustrious representatives of the world of art.

Date: March 3 to 20, 2017

Location: Casa de Vacas

Madrid Retiro Park

Judgment of the Jury: March 14, 2017. 19 h.

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Venancio Blanco received the “Medal of Honor” of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

The sculptor who has revolutionized sacred art, Venancio Blanco, received last Friday February 24 the Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, surrounded by numerous friends and partners who did not want to miss this simple tribute to which came numerous Friends and followers of the salmantino artist.

The presidential table was formed by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, by the Vice President of the centenary entity, Juan de la Cruz Pallares García, by the honored guest, Venancio Blanco, the General Secretary of AEPE , Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, by the Honorary Member and also sculptor Julio López Hernández, who did not want to miss the act, and by the President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics, Tomás Paredes.

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In addition to the son of the honoree, several members of the Board of Directors of the institution were present, such as the members Juan Manuel López-Reina, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Pedro Quesada, the Treasurer Ana Martínez Córdoba, the Librarian Fernando de Marta and Sebastián , And Presidential Adviser Itziar Zabalza Murillo, as well as various personalities such as Francisco Molina, Prado Workshop Director, Venancio Blanco Foundation Director and many artists and partners.

Full of personal and artistic references, an emotional act took place in which, by way of introduction, the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, made a brief tour of the artistic and professional career of the renowned painter with a special emphasis on providing those present with an outline Summarized as Venancio Blanco, and not only his biography, with data and dates cold and distant, but introducing those present in life, thinking and a little bit in the artist’s magical soul.

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Because of the intimacy of his words and the fiery defense of his human profile, we next describe the entire intervention of the General Secretariat:

“Ladies and gentlemen, dear partners and friends, very good afternoon to all and welcome to this common house which is the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

Today we celebrate the act of imposing the Medal of Honor of the entity to D. Venancio Blanco.

This is a sincere and heartfelt act that the only thing that pretends is to pay homage to a great artist, a great person.

I must here recapitulate his artistic career in great strokes, but what about a genius like him … I think I would always fall short.

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From his relationship with this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors I can cite you that Venancio has participated in the National Exhibitions, of which he has the First Medal, and has been several times a member of the Autumn Hall Jury, the last time in the year 1990, when it arrived at the edition number 57 of traditional contest.

From his biography, as on previous occasions that this award has been granted, I would like to send you to any encyclopedia, or better yet, to the Venancio Blanco Foundation website, where you will find detailed information about his life, which I will trace only a few lines, since what interests us here is the human profile of a great man like Venancio Blanco.

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Venancio Blanco was born in 1923 in Matilla de los Caños del Río (Salamanca), but later he was raised in the neighboring town of Robliza de Cojos, cattle ranches with bulls and oak trees, which will mark his work.

He studied in the Elementary School of Work and in the Applied Arts and Crafts of Salamanca and in the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid.

In Italy, he discovered sculpture, not only as an element of artistic expression, but as a way of life. There he learned the whole process of casting bronze. And as he says: “Rome has been everything to me.”

Much later he would discover the classical Greece where he was ecstatic of this dispossession of formal essences, in the total purification he had always sensed and found there.

Professor of Modeling at the School of Arts and Crafts of Madrid, he is an Academic of Fine Arts and a corresponding member of the Pontificia Insigne Artistic Academy of the Virtuosi to the Pantheon, as well as many others such as the Royal of Santa Isabel de Hungary of Seville, the Real de Córdoba and the Purísima Concepción of Valladolid.

In 1981 he was appointed director of the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

The work of Venancio turns in two great subjects: the religious one and the bullfighting.

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In the religious theme they coincide their aesthetic and spiritual concerns with the renewal of the Second Vatican Council, but without neglecting the traditional imagery.

In his tauromachias, which part of the models of Mariano Benlliure, dispenses with the detail of detail to focus on the search for forms with an obvious economy of matter, in a line very close to abstraction.

When he remembers the bull in the field, he does it first with fear, then with respect and later with the ideal of beauty that the animal gives off, transferring it to sculpture, figure, aesthetics and dynamics, to the grandeur of His nobility.

Other themes present in her work are sports, flamenco, cante jondo, the female nude … all expressed through elemental forms that are identified with the overwhelming weight of feeling in the forms. And also as a subject the bullfighters, who at first were impersonal and abstract but who ended up adapting to certain right-handers like the Sevillian Juan Belmonte.

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He is a member of the Six Sculptors group, formed by José Carrilero Gil, Joaquín García Donaire, César Montaña, Benjamín Mustieles and Jesús Valverde.

The group of Six Sculptors was created in the 1960s in Madrid and is part of the neofigurative sculpture, a tendency that shows an interest in representing reality through forms between academic figuration and informalism.

Venancio is a long career full of exhibitions, prizes and recognitions of various kinds, reflecting the art of a sculptor of the best, who has managed to find and maintain the purity of forms, and an optimistic sculptor who has been Always learning and starting.

In 1997 Venancio Blanco created the Foundation that bears his name, aimed at promoting the diffusion of sculpture and drawing in society, especially among young people and children.

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Formed in the wake of the classics within the most up-to-date avant-gardes, Venancio Blanco is a figure in his own right in the art world. Within the currents of naturalism, for some scholars of his work, part of the group next to the neofigurativismo of the Six Sculptors for others and a free genius impossible to be pigeonholed in a concrete tendency for the majority of those who observe his work, the artist salmantino creates With the need to “discover beauty and transmit it,” as he has manifested on many occasions.

Blanco considers life and personal experiences as a succession of workshops that have gone on an endless journey on hundreds of works of art, today spread across our country and beyond our borders.

Like all great artists, he considers indispensable an excellent technical training in drawing and modeling. Proof of this are his own compositions, perfect, inspiring, figurative or schematic, his impressive vision of the void, of voids, which the viewer can understand as the soul of the pieces.

In short, a creation thoughtful, detained, full of sensations that masterfully translates to a material such as bronze.

In his work as a creator there is a constant presence of the drawing that he defines as a mystery. In his own words, “If you know how to draw, you seldom waste time looking anywhere. Drawing is understanding, even of what may be surprise. Beauty is always linked to surprise, to drawing, to life. If you want to enjoy life, you have no choice but to observe nature and watch how the drawing teaches you. The idea, until it finds the matter, is a mental fact. It is the drawing that chooses the ideal material so that the caprice of the idea – almost always the idea is capricious – does not lose its meaning “.

He values ​​the man, the friend, the friendship. He misses the constructive criticism he has always cultivated surrounded by friends and students and is a lover of sense of humor, trust and sincerity.

Artists only give them advice: “to draw every day and to know the different subjects to have the freedom to express an idea. And above all, that every day they have greater illusion “.

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He is proud to be an Academician, because in his own words, “The Academy is full of teachers, who respect the work you do.” And he continues to think that for an artist, being an academic is one of the most important awards.

The humanist aspect of Venancio has influenced all his creative and educational work, which shows us the profound religious dimension of his work. Because Venancio is a Christian artist and a believing sculptor.

Venancio is a man who prays. When today he blushes to confess some beliefs, Venancio is brave and assures that “they taught me to pray as a child, and praying I learned to draw.” The Lord’s Prayer is the first drawing he does every morning, because later, “the ideas are clearer.”

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For all this, Venancio Blanco has contributed to the transformation of the Spanish sacred art, is a reference of the renewal of this art, having to appreciate its capacity to renew the sources of the Christian inspiration from an attitude of faith that equates it to other consecrated artists, For its artistic quality and its creativity, which transcends the anachronism in which religious art was plunged.

His work conveys a strong expressiveness and spirituality, which flood all its forms. The evident gravity of his creations, the tragic dramatism and the stylization towards verticality add all his work to an ascetic world full of hope.

For Venancio, the exercise of sculpture is almost contemplative because being a believing artist, he has become an expert of the transcendent search based on daily dialogue with God, with others and with matter.

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Venancio is a kind, attentive man, knows to listen, reprimand with affection, with desire to encourage and to make the best of each one.

In the course of his work there is no dilemma between abstraction and figuration. Both qualities are always united and inseparable. Reality presents us with forms, apparently understandable, tangible but that carry with them a component of abstraction that is the one that distinguishes and individualizes them.

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That is why, when we enjoy the work of Venancio we can see in it something else that hides behind the surface. A gesture, a texture, the intense stroke done with coal. They are the ones that make drawing or sculpture something that transcends matter. It is what moves us and excites us, it transmits truth, goodness and beauty, three qualities implicit in each of its pieces regardless of the theme.

All this is nothing more than the tangible demonstration of the greatness of his soul, the generosity of his heart and the rectitude of his feelings.

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That is why, for this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, it is an honor to grant this distinction to an excellent sculptor and an extraordinary person.

Venancio: We just want this to be a sign of the deep admiration that all the members and friends gathered here, we feel for your work and the merits for the award of this Medal that today proudly distinguishes you.

Thank you very much”.

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The President then handed the Medal of Honor to Venancio Blanco, who received it excitedly and addressed a few words to those attending in which he could only thank the honor and declare himself happy and excited by the fact of being there, and truly know object Of such special attention.

The President’s words were:

“D. Venancio Blanco, members of the Board of Directors, attending authorities, dear partners and friends, all welcome and thank you for your presence in this act that honors me to preside.

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This Association has always believed that honoring the great artists that Spain has was a duty with history, with the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with all the people who have demonstrated your love and commitment to this institution and the world Of the fine arts.

Spain is losing the custom of paying homage and monumental tributes to the true geniuses of art. The memory of artistic personalities that magnify our society with its art is no longer glorified or perpetuated. There are no longer any important commissions to make great monuments in which to look for the most permanent sculptural values ​​and of secular validity.

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This is the great demand that I want to make today from this rostrum. From our media, with our grain of sand, we want to pay tribute to one of the great geniuses of the sculpture: Venancio Blanco.

We do not do it with necklaces or decorations, or pompous acts full of media and curious. We do it in a simple, heartfelt and humble way, in a sincere recognition to who has done so much for the sculpture in Spain.

Tomorrow there will be no newspaper headlines or TV reviews because Spain no longer likes to pay tribute or honors.

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To pay homage always ennobles the one who receives it, but it also enhances the one who gives it. Because it is right to praise and recognize who should be admired and respected by his creation and by his example.

Our present society, especially our young sculptors, need references and values, they need momentum and hope. And that’s what Venancio Blanco represents: the humanist values ​​that emerge from his creations are the result of work, effort and sacrifice, which are the only way to success.

But also Venancio Blanco is a reference and example to follow, a man capable of influencing the youth, with the capacity to excite and encourage it to assume the risks that every artist must face, as well as to stand again in the face of failures and Critical.

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The work of Venancio Blanco is timeless. It likes different generations because it transcends, because it makes us think, it makes us feel, it makes us identify ourselves as part of a creative idea that knows how to project and share its creation with the rest of the world.

And for this we must thank him and for this he has become worthy of this recognition, because only men like him are impelling the creators and perfectly show a singular description of our identity and our qualities as men.

We recognize here the difficulties that Venancio has encountered throughout his life. But the sacrifices he has made, the joys he has experienced and the singular meaning that he has for the whole of his artistic and professional production and experience are today an example for many artists in Spain. Because the example of his life interests us all.

It has been said that perhaps the sense of art is to offer incessantly the option of perfecting itself to men. For this reason, this award recognizes a life, a personal path that bequeaths us in the works delivered, a visible reference in which we are offered, by reviving and contemplating them, also be artists. It offers us a possibility of action that transcends mere enjoyment and allows us, merging in the dynamics of its own strength, also improve.

The life of Venancio Blanco represents an essential moment of our sculptural culture; In each and every one of his works we recognize something of ours and find references to express ourselves and communicate.

The Medal of Honor that we present today is a way of confirming, reaffirming that, in the full effort to overcome adverse circumstances, we are happy to live and that in life there is a great beauty. You have shown us this. As you have also taught us that there is no progress without culture. And as we also know that Spain will not progress without examples like the one you represent.

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Your humanist trajectory, your work, your illusion, your example, are the attitudes that we recognize today with the award of this Medal that in the name of all the artists of Spain I have the honor to surrender.

After listening to the words of our General Secretary, who has essentially reflected who Venancio Blanco is, there would be a great deal more to say about his sculptures, because here we have hardly been able to approach his life and work very narrowly, but I would like you to leave Today after having been able to transmit some of the spirit that animates the extraordinary work of Venancio Blanco, which we are celebrating now as it deserves.

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However, before concluding, I wish to record an exceptional part of Venancio that directly concerns us and is the fact that we can be proud that Spain has an incomparable set of pieces of this humanist, this worker, this walker and indefatigable ascetic; The best representative today in the world of what, thanks to him, we continue to call sculpture today. Seldom have I felt more proud and happy to participate in a solemn act of recognition as the present.

Congratulations Venancio “.

He was then required to sign in the Book of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and he did so, leaving also drawn a simple cross, vigorous and a tremendous force that made the delights of all who contemplated it.

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Meeting of the jury of the 52 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

 

Organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and sponsored by Google

The Jury of the 52 PRINCE REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, granted by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and has the important sponsorship and collaboration of Google, a single work of these two sections, met yesterday at 16 h. To decide the winner of this year.

The prestigious Jury that endorses the Prize has been integrated by Antonio Vargas Cano de Santayana, Manager of Policies and Public Affairs of Google, Julio López Hernández, Sculptor and Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Eduardo Naranjo, Painter, sculptor, Rector and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Painter, sculptor and multidisciplinary artist, Evaristo Guerra, Painter, Javier Sierra, Journalist and writer, Javier Rubio Nomblot, Art critic and curator and Tomás Paredes Romero, President of the Spanish Association of Art Critics, acting as President of the same José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and as Secretary of the Jury Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, both With voice, but no vote.

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From left to right and from top to bottom: Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, José Gabriel Astudillo, Antonio Cano, Javier Rubio Nomblot, Javier Sierra, Eduardo Naranjo, Julio López, Evaristo Guerra and Tomás Paredes

In an intense and long day that lasted more than five hours, the works of selection and qualification of the works that were exhibited in the exhibition of the 52 REINA SOFIA PRINT OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE were carried out, that from the 3 to the 20 of March will be open to the Public in the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Retiro Park.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on March 3, but it will not be until the 14th of the same month when S.M. The Queen Doña Sofia will deliver the prize that bears his name in the same venue, thus making known the ruling of the jury.

The 52 PRINCE REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE is endowed with 10,000 euros, medal and diploma of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

There have been more than 250 works presented to the contest, which has been made an exhaustive selection that in the opinion of the jury, has tried to maintain a coherence and a variety of styles that allows to reflect the current situation of art in Spain, accommodating Also to the young creators and other authors already known, but above all, with novel tendencies and subtle winks to the vanguard.

But the Jury also wanted to highlight the excellent quality and special creativity of the works presented, which has made the selection and final determination of the prize more difficult and complicated, but which will suppose that the sample that brings together all works, has a Exceptional quality, becoming one of the best exhibitions that can be seen in Madrid in the coming months.

Subsequent to the exhibition, this will be seen in the next few months in Google Arts & Culture, where the previous editions of the REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD are already available and where other exhibitions can also be seen that the centenary entity is climbing to This important and prestigious art portal with which to reach all corners of the world.

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The death of a great sculptor

He has died Francisco López Hernández, one of the “Realists of Madrid”

The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors wishes to express its deepest sympathy for the sad loss of one of the greatest artists in Spain, their relatives and friends, especially their widow and brother Julio, with whom we are united by a close bond of Friendship and collaboration.

The sculptor Francisco López Hernández, belonging to the group of “Realists of Madrid”, passed away on January 8, 2017, in Madrid, at the age of 85 years.

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Francisco López was part along with his wife, the painter Isabel Quintanilla, the historical and generational group of painters and sculptors who lived and worked in Madrid since the 1950s, united both by the bond of their formation and their work as by their Personal and family relationships.

In addition to this marriage, the group consisted of Antonio López García, his wife, María Moreno, the sculptor Julio López Hernández, Francisco’s brother, his wife, the painter Esperanza Parada and Amalia Avia, married to the artist Lucio Muñoz. Although not all of them were born in Madrid, this city was the main place of residence and work.

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Son, brother, husband and father of artists, Francisco López was characterized by his incomparable drawing and the way of getting to intervene the sense of space and time, the being of things, the roughness and the sweetness of touch, the most cherishing of The real thing to know how to feel like their beautiful fragility.

An excellent sculptor, a former pupil of Julio Capuz in the School of Arts and Crafts, between 1951 and 1955, López Hernández had a portentous sense to model and compose spaces and, let us say, to approach the most endearing of figures.

However, perhaps his best artistic quality was to look unseen, a humility that subtracted public projection, but nevertheless increased, the depth of his vision.

Francisco López Hernández stands out for the originality of his profile, for his classic inspiration, whose incursions gave a posture of beauty to his insightful look at reality and his impeccable sense of the trade, which make him one of the most authentic creators of Spanish art contemporary.

He was born in Madrid in 1932, in a family of goldsmiths where the brothers López Hernández, live the tradition that starts from his grandfather Francisco López, who in turn comes from a tradition handmade Albacete (Riopar). He founded a goldsmith’s workshop in the Madrid neighborhood of Tetuán, which in turn inherited his son Julio López Blázquez and in which his first experiences Julio and Francisco, children of the latter. The father of the brothers L.H. Is also professor of engraving in hollow in the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

He began his training at the School of Arts and Trades of Madrid and later entered the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando, where he studied his brother Julio and where he would meet Antonio López and Lucio Muñoz.

 He exhibited for the first time in 1955, accompanied by other artists belonging to the Spanish contemporary realist school, Antonio López and Julio López Hernández, his brother, and the informalist, Lucio Muñoz. Since then, along with other artists such as his wife, Isabel Quintanilla, Esperanza Parada or Amalia Avia formed the vanguard of Spanish realism in art.

In 1956 he traveled to Rome with a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and completed his training with stays in Paris and Greece. He returned to Rome and remained between 1960 and 1964 in the Academy of Spain, occupying a square won by opposition. On his return to Spain he was awarded a scholarship by the Juan March Foundation in 1966 and from 1969 he was a professor of medals at the Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando.

A year later, in a show at the Kunstkabinett in Frankfurt, the concept of Spanish Realism is coined for the work of Francisco, Julio López, Amalia Avia, Antonio López, Isabel Quintanilla and María Moreno. These artists, along with some more, were presented in London at the Marlborough Gallery in 1973.

From the seventies, Francisco López participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany, France, Switzerland, the United States, as well as in Spain: Realistes a Madrid (Barcelona, ​​1984); Another reality: colleagues in Madrid (Madrid, 1992); Realism and its roots (Vigo, 1996); Luz de la mirada (Segovia, 2002) or Realities of reality (Valencia, Badajoz, Salamanca and Castellón, 2006-2013).

The original “School of Madrid” made its first exhibition in 1945 (Anthology Exhibition, Madrid School, Caja de Madrid, 1990). Javier Tusell defines it as: “The previous to the school of Vallecas, the teachings of Vázquez Díaz, some brilliant contemporaries, a will of modernity within realism and a commercial procedure imagined by successive galleries.”

The generation to which these artists belong is that of the postwar period. Its childhood develops in a Spain in which the war has left devastated the economy and the artistic and intellectual means

For Francisco, “sculpture has always had a public function, from the Colossi of Memnon to the Alfonso XII of Benlliure, it has been a part of civic life, it is very difficult to perform. I do not know how difficult it is to calculate that, so in my case the public character of the sculpture is always present, not necessarily always external, but it is something that I have in mind. Indoors it is less frequent and smaller. “

Francisco was of the opinion “that the work of art must be driven by aesthetic components that transcend the mere reproduction of the real object. The creative action consists in (an intensification of the representative form), that is to say, to go beyond the traditional pact between the gaze and the work, so that the rules of the game are transgressed, conferring reality to the work itself. “

His works are in numerous prestigious museums, including the Reina Sofía National Museum of Art in Madrid, the British Museum in London, the New Pinacoteca in Munich and the Juan March Foundation. It also has a good number of works in public places in Madrid, such as the Velázquez Monument, Relieve in the Faculty of Philosophy of the Complutense University, Tribute to the commercial agent in the Puerta de Atocha Station in Madrid or the Monument to Enrique Tierno Galván del Planetarium Park.

And in different Spanish cities like Malaga (Portrait of the painter Pablo Picasso in the Plaza de la Merced), Barcelona (Ofelia drowned in the Gardens of Villa Cecilia), Logroño (Woman in the source), Pamplona (Monument to Carlos III, Noble , Plaza del Castillo with Carlos III Avenue), Bilbao (Monument to José Antonio Aguirre and Lecube, Calle Ercilla or the Monument to Blas de Otero).

There is very little representation of this artist in the large specialized publications of art, which may be due to the lack of knowledge of the person and the lack of information about him, rather than the fact that he can be considered an artist eclipsed by others Of their own movement.