Lorna Benavides, Finalist of the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

Lakmé. Red marble carving-Alicante and granite-Zimbabwe. 78 x 38 x 38

He was born in San José de Costa Rica in a family where art was breathed daily. His mother, Sonia Romero, painter, draftsman and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Costa Rica, was her first teacher. In Costa Rica he began studying Fine Arts, which he then followed in Madrid and Valencia. As a student in Madrid, he was fortunate to have Joaquín García Donaire as a modeling teacher in the second year, to whom he owes the decision to take the exciting path of sculpture as a specialization.
For years he devoted himself mainly to painting oil, watercolor, pastel … However, since 2000 he has devoted himself to sculpture almost entirely, with stone being his favorite material, and within this, marble is his favorite. In his work with the stone, he seeks to establish a close link with the block following the fundamental spirit of direct carving. The work with the material is influenced by the response that the stone gives it as it progresses in the subtractive work of roughing and carving.
Since 2015 he combines his residence in Valencia (Spain) with annual stays of three months in Costa Rica, where he continues to produce and expose his work to the Costa Rican public.

From March 6 to 22, 2020
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Works echibition opened selected and awarded from 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD




Last Friday, March 6, now open to the public, the opening ceremony of the exhibition of selected and awarded works of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD took place, a total of 72 works by 69 different artists, with 42 paintings and 30 sculptures, and that had a massive influx of public, artists and friends of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

We remember that the artists selected for the exhibition have been: Ana Alcaraz Montesinos. Javier Aldarias Montiel. Teruhiro Ando. Juan Asensio de Cárdenas. Miguel Barbero. Lorna Benavides Romero. Carmen Bonilla. Rosa Patricia Bravo Díaz (Patricia Bravo). Kevin Bustamante Vergara. Lin Calle Corral. Francisco Carrillo Rodríguez. Lola Catalá Sanz. Gloria Cediel Lafuente. Jorge Cerdá Gironés. Teddy Cobeña. Michael de Coca Leicher. José María Cháfer. Manuel Díaz Meré. Dong Yang. Francisco Escalera González. Manuchehr Eftekar. Magdalena España. Teresa Esteban. Gonzalo Fernández Atance. José Manuel Galán Martín (Manuel Galán). Juan Carlos García Moreno (Morris). Rafael Juan Gómez Mena (Mena). Javier González Casanueva (Javier Casanueva). Eva González Morán. Agustín González Salvador. Ana Gutiérrez Mengual. Manuel Higueras García. Gen Isoe. Susana Jiménez Barrero (Susana Ximénez). Bartolomé Junquero García. André Lambert. Pepe Linares Molina. Francisco Javier López del Espino. Juan Manuel López-Reina Coso. Daniel Lorenzo Goñi. Antonio Lucas García. Joel Llopis García. Antonio Marina Rodríguez. Juan Ramón Martín. José Luis Martín de Vidales. José Manuel Martínez Pérez. Javier de Mendoza Soler. José Molares Fernández. Salvadora Morales Fernández. Juan Naranjo Torres. Antonio Navarro Menchón. Cristóbal Olmedo Aranda.  Javier Ortas González. Pedro José Pavón Pérez. Juan Francisco Pérez-Rosas Hidalgo. Diego Peribáñez Villalba. José María Pinto Rey. Agustín Pontesa. Gonzalo Prieto Cordero. José Pablo Puente Jerez. Enrique Rodríguez García (Guzpeña). Rodrigo Romero Pérez.  Pilar Sagarra Moor. Bárbara Saínz Vizcaya. José Ramón Sala. Lidia Sancho Heras. Antonio Téllez de Peralta. Trinidad Toscano Martín. Leovigildo J. Cristóbal Valverde.

At the ceremony, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, accompanied by the members of the Board of Directors: Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the AEPE, Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Married, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta, Ana Martínez and Itziar Zabalza Murillo, presented the diplomas to the finalists attending.

It was a more informal act and in which everyone present could exchange impressions with artists and visitors, and for which everyone had a special thanks to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

Finalista: José Manuel Martínez Pérez

Finalista: Lin Calle

Finalista: Lorna Benavides

Finalista: Francisco Escalera

Finalista: Teruhiro Ando



(Español) S.M. la Reina Doña Sofía presidió el fallo del Jurado del 55 PREMIO REINA SOFIA DE PINTURA Y ESCULTURA

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The award and the finalists of 54 Queen Sofia Award of Painting and Sculpture

Jorge Gallego García
Empty Oil on linen. 160 x 200

Born in Seville in 1980 and resident in Montellano (Seville), where he works inextricably linked to the landscapes that saw him grow and that undoubtedly have marked his artistic career from the beginning to the present, evident in the early days and more mixed in the last.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Seville. He is fully dedicated to the pictorial creation, highlighting and obtaining a multitude of prizes, among which the first prize of the Figurative Painting Contest organized by the Foundation of the Arts and Artists of Barcelona, ​​in 2009; and the Medal of Honor in the BMW Painting Prize, in 2015, handed over to Queen Sofía. He has exhibited in galleries and art fairs in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville, as well as in institutional rooms and collective exhibitions internationally. His work is in many public and private collections.


Lorna Benavides Romero
Aura. Direct size in buixcarro cream marble. 72 x 30 x 28

He was born in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1960, moved to Madrid to study Fine Arts in the Complutense, studies that ends at the University of Valencia in which he obtained a degree specializing in sculpture.
Lorna devotes herself completely to art: painting, watercolor, drawing, molding, volume and ceramics star in her life. His favorite materials: marble, alabaster and onyx if it is stone, but also dares with iron and wood.
His sculpture can be defined as “abstract figurative”, always starting from the human figure and especially the female figure.
His work is easily recognized by its rounded shapes and empty concavities.


Xavier Denia Valls
Orfeo. Oil s / canvas. 154 x 97

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Barcelona, he has also studied at the school Joso i La Llotja in the same city. He devoted one year to the drawing course at Angel Academy of Art in Florence. Later he graduated in the drawing and painting program at the Florence Academy of Art, where he also studied sculpture. He has done numerous workshops with artists such as Jason Seiler and Max Ginsburg.
He has done different group exhibitions in Europe. Currently his work is also at the American agency Mad Artist Group. He currently directs in Barcelona Atelier of Realist Art.


José Manuel Martínez Pérez
The morning. Resin and fiberglass. 167 x 89 x 92

José Manuel Martínez Pérez was born in Lepe (Huelva) in 1972. Since he was very young he shows great interest in drawing, which he practices in a self-taught way until he starts his studies in Fine Arts in Seville. Once licensed, in the specialty of sculpture, he opens his workshop in Lepe, where he receives his first assignments.
In 2002 he moved to Madrid to work with the sculptor Víctor Ochoa. A year later, he established his workshop in Madrid and began to shape his most creative work.
He also makes several commissions of different kinds, urban sculptures among which stand out. It also realizes some prizes, like the “Antonio Gimbernat” of Medicine that gives the Clinical Hospital San Carlos of Madrid or the prize of the Animation Festival Madimation, among others.
Currently his work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona and in several foundations and galleries in the country.
He has made important solo exhibitions throughout the national geography, and has participated in countless collective exhibitions, busts, monuments … and his work is present in museums and cultural institutions.


José Molares Fernández
Get out of me Polyester resin. 135 x 145 x 130

Born in Vigo in 1961. His almost 30 years of career have revolved almost exclusively around figuration. In his first works the material used was exclusively terracotta, but soon he went on to use foundry materials, such as bronze.
He has made countless exhibitions, both individual and collective, throughout the peninsula, so that his work is in both public and private collections.
His work focuses on the person in all its facets, his “faces” of different sizes being the central part of his work, in which he reflects a great expressiveness and realism, as well as his great passion for his land and the sea.
It has a large amount of monumental public works.


José María Pinto Rey
Hypnosis evanescent oil s / canvas 195 x 195

Born in 1959 in the Biscayan town of Barakaldo. At the age of sixteen, he began studies in Decoration at the Institute of Decorative Arts of Bilbao. Subsequently, he continued to deepen the technical developments of drawing, oil and watercolor in the Museum of Artistic Reproductions of Bilbao. Until in 1989 he won his first prize at the XLV Alavés Art Contest, which will open the doors of his first solo exhibition. From this moment, he will continue to exhibit regularly in different rooms and towns. Currently, you can find his work in private and public collections.


Gonzalo Prieto Cordero
The whale spotters. Acrylic / Canvas 195 x 130

Born in San Sebastian in 1971, the roots of Gonzalo Prieto Cordero are distinctly Leonese: from Torneros de Jamuz on their mother’s side, and, on the paternal side, from Destriana de la Valduerna. He followed high school studies in Palencia and León and superiors of Agricultural Technical Engineering in Palencia.
With proven aptitudes for drawing, from an early age he thoroughly explores his artistic abilities, entering the world of painting.
His first subjects were extracted from urban life, iconographies of a dry and strong prose, which led to his canvases. Then, he set course for more expressionist spaces, until he ends up in abstraction, where he seems to be comfortable and has found numerous and convincing answers to his plastic interests.
He has already made individual and several collective exhibitions, witnesses of his artistic evolution.
Create spaces of mixed textures in which light, color and gesture arise from your subconscious in a sort of automatism barely influenced by the composition, which is often woven into the creative impulse.
His artistic progression contributes to his versatility, his plasticity, intellectual and pragmatic, which allow him to approach different themes and styles, obtaining, in most cases, suggestive works, with a vitalist environment and a powerful and certain appeal.

Jorge Gallego, 54 Queen Sofia Award of Painting and Sculpture

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.

From 6 to March 24, 2019
Exhibition Hall Casa de Vacas
Buen Retiro Park in Madrid
Paseo de Colombia, s / n, 28009 Madrid
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