Organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with the special collaboration of Google
The finalists are from Madrid (Costa Rica), Barcelona, Lepe (Huelva), Vigo, Baracaldo (Vizcaya) and San Sebastian
The President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, Ana Abade Gil, representative of Google Spain and Portugal, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, the members of the Jury, Eduardo Naranjo, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Paula Varona, Tomás Paredes and the journalist and writer Javier Sierra, Premio Planeta 2017, as well as the entire Board of Directors of the centenary entity, presided over March 6, at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro, the act in which the jury’s decision was announced and the 54th Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture, organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with the collaboration of Google, was carried out.
The 54th QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD went to the Sevillian artist Jorge Gallego García, with a work titled “Empty”, an oil on linen of 160 x 200 cm, after which in the past two editions, the winning works would have been sculptures.
But in addition, the Jury wanted to highlight a total of six finalists who, in strict alphabetical order, were:
Lorna Benavides Romero, with a sculpture in direct size in marble, entitled “Aura”
the sculpture by Xavier Denia Valls titled “Orfeo”;
the resin and fiberglass sculpture by José Manuel Martínez Pérez entitled “La mañana”;
the sculpture of great proportions of José Molares Fernández, entitled “Vete de mí”;
José Mª Pinto Rey’s oil painting titled “Evanescent Hypnosis”;
and finally, the acrylic by Gonzalo Prieto Cordero, entitled “The whale spotters”.
One more year, the excellent recovery of the sculpture is demonstrated, which until a few years ago had an almost testimonial presence in competitions and contests, and which is surpassing in quality and almost almost quantity, the pictorial work, at least in the Reina Prize Sofia of Painting and Sculpture.
The selected authors represent the entire national geography, as do the finalist artists, who are from Madrid (Costa Rica), Barcelona, Lepe (Huelva), Vigo, Baracaldo (Vizcaya) and San Sebastian and the award-winning artist himself, of Sevilla.
All in all, they make up an exhibition of enormous quality that presents the talent of the Spanish creators represented in the call.
In his speech, José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and President of the Jury, stressed that “the success of our call is only possible thanks to the artists, because this is an event designed by artists, organized by artists, who qualify other artists and that is officially displayed for artists and the general public “.
He also wanted to highlight the excellent work that the Jury has done, with the selection of works that result in an exhibition that has its own language and discourse, which connects with the public (whether profane or scholarly) and critics thanks to an independent, free classification and in which everything is extreme art, creativity and sensitivity “.
As stated by Ana Abade, on behalf of Google, “the Queen Sofia Award has consolidated and become a national benchmark in which the most innovative artistic trends of these two disciplines are presented and serves as a prelude to the rest of national competitions. For Google it is an honor to be part of this great call that always precedes ARCO and presents the best of current and avant-garde art. ”
In the words of the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, “the success of this call for the AEPE is given by specific characteristics that make it a nursery of creative originality and aesthetic seduction in a prize that combines avant-garde and tradition, the permanent with the ephemeral. ”
The artists selected for the exhibition have been: Miguel Ney Alcántara, Ana Alcaraz Montesinos, Javier Aldarias Montiel, Elías Aparicio, Miguel Barbero, Lorna Benavides Romero, Roberto Bolea Martínez, Lola Catalá Sanz, Jorge Cerdá Gironés, Teddy Cobeña, Marisa Cruz Jiménez, Beatriz de Bartolomé, Michael de Coca, Alberto de la Peña Garoz (Garoz), Xavier Denia Valls, Coro Eizaguirre Orbe, Santiago Oswaldo Elejalde Redondo (Santi Elejalde), Magdalena España, Gonzalo Fernández Atance, Jorge Gallego García, Carmen García Mesas (Naná Messás), Juan Carlos García Moreno (Morris), Federico García Zamarbide, Juan Carlos Gil Gutiérrez (Juan Gil), Esmeralda González López, Javier González Casanueva (Javier Casanueva), Eva González Morán, Agustín González Salvador, Manuel Gracia García, Iria Groba Martín, Vicente Herrero Cáceres (Vicente Heca), Chari Horcajada Fernández, Liane María Rabêlo (Liane Katsuki), Juan Manuel López-Reina Coso, Daniel Lorenzo Goñi, Carlos Losa Revuelta, Juan José Lozano Rosado, Javier Lledó Tiedra, David Llorente Sanz, Maribel Manzanares Linares, Antonio Marina Rodríguez, Julián Maroto Fernández, José Luis Martín de Vidales, José Manuel Martínez Pérez, José Molares Fernández, Cristóbal Olmedo Aranda, Javier Ortás González, Fernando Peña Corchado (Leodegario), Elías Peña Salvador, Juan Francisco Pérez-Rosas Hidalgo, José Mª Pinto Rey, Gonzalo Prieto Cordero, José Pablo Puente Jerez (Puente Jerez), Carlos Purroy, Cristóbal Rodríguez Leiva (Cristóbal Leiva), Marcelo Daniel Rodríguez Rodríguez (Daniel Rod), Jennifer-Virginia Rotter, Pilar Sagarra Moor, María Dolores Santos Castillo (Lola Santos), Leonor Solans Gracia, Carmen Susaeta Salichs, Mª Iluminada Vinuesa Cortázar (Ilumin Cortázar), Blanca Tamames Yraola, Concepción Tejeda Gamarra (Concha Tejeda), Antonio Téllez de Peralta y Olegario Úbeda Sánchez.
The Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture is usually chaired by S.M. Reina Sofía, Honorary President of the AEPE, who this year has not been able to attend due to the agenda, but who has sent her most sincere congratulations to the selected, finalists and winners and her most cordial congratulations to organizers and artists in general.
54 REINA SOFIA AWARD OF PAINTING AND SCULPTURE
From 6 to March 24, 2019
Exhibition Hall Casa de Vacas
Buen Retiro Park in Madrid
Paseo de Colombia, s / n, 28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Subway: Ibiza (L9), Retiro (L2)
Bus 1, 2, 9, 15, 19, 20, 28, 51, 52, 74, 146, 202
BiciMAD Stations: 60, 65