XI Spring Salon “For land of Castilla La Mancha”, in the Municipal Museum of Valdepeñas

Organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

The Municipal Museum of Valdepeñas hosts from June 1 to 25, 2017, the XI Spring Salon “Por Tierras de Castilla-La Mancha”, for which a total of 36 works have been selected from more than one hundred presented to the Organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, the Vice President of the entity, Juan de la Cruz Pallarés, as well as different members of the Board of Directors, in addition to the Delegate of Valdepeñas and Ciudad Real, Enrique Pedrero and the municipal authorities.

At the opening ceremony, the jury minutes were read and the prizes were awarded. The jury was presided over by Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and Itziar Zabalza Murillo, Adviser to the Presidency, both with voice but without vote, also counting as vocals of the same Alicia Sánchez Carmona, Member of the Board of Directors, Fernando de Marta, Librarian and Ana Martínez Córdoba, Treasurer of AEPE.

According to Jose Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the interest of the Board of Directors that presides over the support of this Spring Salon of Valdepeñas “For land of Castilla La Mancha”, has led to the express creation of two awards , The José Moreno Carbonero Painting Medal and the Lorenzo and Federico Coullaut Sculpture Medal, both founding members and outstanding artists who are honored, as well as Honor Mentions that the Jury considered appropriate.

The work entitled “Primavera en la quinta”, by Federico García Zamarbide, has been awarded the José Moreno Carbonero Medal of Painting, while a glazed terracotta titled “Adonis II” has obtained the Medal of Sculpture Lorenzo and Federico Coullaut . In addition, the Jury has awarded Honorable Mentions to the works of María García, Manuel Gracia, Adriana Berges, Ricardo Montesinos and María Xesús Díaz.

At the awards ceremony and opening of the exhibition, Enrique Pedrero, AEPE Delegate in Castilla-La Mancha said that this event is already a consolidated event and considered “one of the most important in the region with a national character.” With respect to the works that have been selected this year, he spoke of his variety of styles and techniques, although in a global way can be observed in all “the constant intention for the creativity and the investigation of the Plastic Arts”.

For his part, José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of AEPE, recognized the support of Valdepeñas City Council to the Association and the Spring Room during its eleven years of existence. “After 107 years of history, it is very gratifying to reach a Public Administration and see how well it is hosted by our organization so that AEPE has a dignified exhibition in Castilla-La Mancha.”

In this regard, the municipal responsible for culture, Manuel López, has told them that they will continue to count on the support of the City Council, because “we work to spread the culture”.

He also pointed out that if Valdepeñas is a reference in the world of art and culture it is thanks to the work that is done from the Consistory, but also thanks to “collectives that move between the world of art and painting.” So thank you that a year more bring this exhibition to the city. “If you had not noticed in Valdepeñas we would not be that reference also thanks to you”.

The artists selected on this occasion from among the more than a hundred works presented to the competition, to integrate the exhibition of the XI Spring Salon, are: Adriana Berges. Carmen Bonilla. Martina Cantero. Ataúlfo Casado. Alicia Da Col. María Xesús Díaz. Magdalena Spain. Carmen Espinosa. Pilar Feran. María García. Federico García Zamarbide. María Luisa González Ossorio. Manuel Gracia. Jesús Hornero. Teiji Ishizuka. Carmen León. Paulino L. Tardón. Carlos Losa. M. R. Maluenda Gómez. Fruits María. Martmina. Ricardo Montesinos. Victoria Moreno. Antonio Municio. Navas D. Velázquez. Berta Otero. Juan de la Cruz Pallares Paloma Ramírez-Montesinos. Pura Ramos. Royo Ubieto. Tomás Santos Alcalá. Lola Santos. Javier Sempere. Antonio Téllez. Austion Tirado.

The exhibition shows the latest works by more than thirty artists belonging to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, who have been finding a prominent place in contemporary Spanish art. Each of them represents different generations, but united under the common denominator of the contemporary language that moves between the figuration, the abstraction and the vanguard.

For more information, on the website of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, www.apintoresyescultores.es tab “Contest and prizes”, sub-tab “Spring Salon Valdepeñas”, where you can also see the digital catalog edited with such a reason.



A project of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors carried out by the Community of Madrid

Last November, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors held an interview with the Director General of Tourism of the Community of Madrid, Carlos Chaguaceda, in which he explained the idea of ​​making the best hotels in the capital A large exhibition hall where the members of the centenary entity could show their works and also serve as a complaint and encouragement to visitors and customers.


The idea, which was not only liked by the General Directorate, but which was supported by the Hotel Business Association of Madrid since its inception, has been profiled until the official inauguration of a first “pilot experience” Place on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, coinciding with ARCO.

For this, AEPE has been insisting its partners for some years, in which artists send photographs of their works and above all, keep us informed about the availability of them, so that at any time Can count on your participation in this and in many other projects that we carry out.

The transformation carried out by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors in the last four years and which has placed it as one of the main institutions generating culture and art throughout Spain, presents a project that has wanted to be baptized as “HOTELS WITH ARTE “, born with the support of the Community of Madrid and the Hotel Business Association of Madrid, in which the centenary entity, which groups together the best Spanish artists, has searched for incredible and special spaces in which to display their works.


Hotels with art represent the best spirit of collaboration between entities and the interaction of these with artists, and promises a continuity in time so that each hotel adhering to the project, can present an art space to its visitors in an exclusive way.


The hotels thus offer guests a stay among authentic works of the best contemporary art with all the comforts of a hotel of high standing. It is about offering the guests an unforgettable experience: being able to rest in magnificent facilities surrounded by precious works of art of the best artists of the moment.

The project now reaches its plenitude coinciding with ARCO and consists of the inclusion of different pictorial or sculptural pieces (depending on the facilities and available space) in the common areas of the hotel, so that it is possible to bring contemporary art closer to the greatest number Possible of people, giving the opportunity to guests and visitors in general, to interact with art.

The first of the exhibitions that served as a “pilot experience” took place on February 21 and has brought to ten hotels in Madrid the work of eleven of the best painters and sculptors of the moment, artists of recognized prestige, members of the Spanish Association Of Painters and Sculptors. Among the most outstanding pieces are two works by Auguste Rodin, spectacular sculptures of the Codina Casting that will delight the public in comparison with the avant-garde work of the painter Manuel Gracia, already consolidated in the national and international exhibition circuit.


Also worthy of note is the presence of the sculptor José Luis Fernández, author of the Goya awards statues or the Dalinian symbolism of Alejandro Aguilar Soria, disciplinary author ranging from the most classic works to the most avant-garde visual poetry, passing through the jovial vision of Sonia Home in destructured landscapes and the veteran colorist perception of maestro Ramón Córdoba, whose outdoor painting is well known in Spain.

The animal motifs of enormous strength and expression run from the hand of Güiomar Alvarez de Toledo, while the absolute finesse and the grandeur of the sculpture of Andres Lasanta, gives force to a composition that nobody will leave indifferent. So it is with the master Luis Javier Gayá, whose buildings in Madrid are the excuse to display an art so methodical and portentous that it astonishes with its formats and well-known views.

The watercolor is present thanks to the renowned Beatriz de Bartolomé, whose watercolors are recognized in the continuous samples that her art has been doing regularly, while also discover the collection of “Girls” that gathers in his work the artist Jesus Soler, in A reason studied, exercised and that serves as an excuse to unravel the peculiarities of his special way of understanding art.


In this way, ten of the best hotels in Madrid will offer art lovers an experience of contemporary art like no other space before it, in a joint action that seeks to welcome visitors to the city in a Unique and special environment full of magic that infuse the spectacular works that will be exhibited.

The list of artists and hotels is as follows: Hotel Artiem. Sonia Casero Lázaro; Hotel NH Abascal. Ramón Córdoba Calderón; Gran Melia Fénix. Giomar Alvarez de Toledo; Rafael Hotels. Andrés Lasanta; Gran Melia Palace of the Dukes. Luis Javier Gayá; NH Colon. Beatriz de Bartolomé; NH Palacio de Tepa. Manuel Gracia and José Luis Fernández; Wellington. Auguste Roden and Manuel Gracia; Hotel Opera. Alejandro Aguilar Soria; Hotel Girls. Jesus Soler.







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Inaugurated Summer Salon III Cuenca

The event brought together numerous authorities, participants and the general public

The Diputación de Cuenca has opened its doors Tuesday to III Awards Hall Summer of Cuenca, which has organized a year the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors (AEPE) with the collaboration of the provincial institution. The Hall of the Provincial Palace was the venue chosen for both award ceremony this year to host the exhibition of this III Hall Summer with the winning works and a selection of papers presented at the event.

From Madrid, attended by some members of the Board of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, headed by its President, José Gabriel Astudillo, Vice President, Juan de la Cruz Pallares, the General Secretary, Maria Dolores Barreda Perez, voice Alicia Carmona Sanchez and Juan Manuel López-Reina, and the Chief of Castilla La Mancha, Enrique Pedrero.


The president of the Delegation, Benjamin Prieto, did not want to miss the appointment and, accompanied by Deputy Culture, Francisco Javier Domenech, it has been commissioned to inaugurate this exhibition, which, he asserted, is the true example of close cooperation existing between the two institutions; a collaboration that has said he expected to endure over time and continue paying off.

Therefore, he has not hesitated to urge citizens to visit this exhibition, ensuring that quote works of high quality and excellent artistic level, including no shortage of allusions to the city of Cuenca and beauty are given in it.

The president of the AEPE, Jose Gabriel Astudillo, meanwhile, wanted to thank the Council for their collaboration and their special interest in supporting artists, while recognized its effort to support this Summer Salon, placing the institution to maintain the same spirit of support for future editions.

Astudillo also wanted special emphasis on the relevance of Cuenca in the art world, to have an enviable artistic offer works by the best contemporary Spanish artists. Not surprisingly, in his view, have a strong presence in this exhibition with various paintings of landscapes of the capital, precisely when celebrating its twentieth anniversary as a World Heritage Site.

This sample III Hall Summer of Cuenca, which will remain installed in the Hall until July 29, brings together a total of 32 works, including 25 paintings and 7 sculptures. Along with the four winning works in this edition, we have selected other works presented to the contest, with those who wanted to show the excellent level of this third edition, which was attended by more than 180 artists from around the country.

An exhibition, incidentally, that, as announced Mª Dolores Barreda, secretary AEPE will be included in the Google Art Project, becoming part of the hosted samples in the Google Cultural Institute and may, therefore, be enjoyed by the whole world through Internet.


During the inauguration of this exhibition, it has also proceeded to the award ceremony of the III Summer Salon de Cuenca:

EXCMA PRIZE. Provincial de Cuenca, endowed with 1,000 € and Diploma and Medal: Manuel Gracia Garcia, “Logos 135”. Varnishes and oil / MDF. 110 x 110



First prize Medal and Diploma to: Concha Muñoz, “Foundry”. Oil / board. 122 x 100

Second prize Medal and Diploma to: Begoña Sanz Castedo. “The musician”. Acrylic / canvas. 114 x 146

THIRD prize: Medal and Diploma to: Martina Canter, “medieval Figure”. Terra cotta patina. 57 x 15 x 15

After the award ceremony, the audience, including the deputy of the Government in Cuenca, José Montalvo was; the local deputy Defense Basin, Angel Maria Cantera; the provincial traffic chief, María Lidón Lozano; and the popular senator, Monserrat Martinez has been enjoying the exhibits, that have not left anyone indifferent.

The list of participating artists is: Pedro Ania Gérez. Raul Apausa. Martina Cantero. Castedo Begoña Sanz. Alicia Da Col Olivotti. Carmen De la Calle Llurba. Felix Gala Fernandez. Weight Rosa Gallego. Federico García Zamarbide. Isabel Garrido Serrano. Manuel Gracia Garcia. Leodegarius. Juanpe Linares. Juan Manuel López-Reina Coso. Paulino Lorenzo Tardón. Mercedes Martí Castelló. Mayor Rachel Lazarus. Victoria Moreno. Antonio Municio. Concha Muñoz. Amalia Jara Navarro. July Nuez Martinez. Berta Otero. Juan de la Cruz Pallarés García. Enrique Pedrero. David Sagnier Riviere. Mariángeles Salinero. Felipe San Pedro. Carolina Hernandez Sauca. Zárate.

The digital catalog published for that purpose can be downloaded at: http://www.apintoresyescultores.es/salon-de-verano-de-cuenca-de-la-fundacion-caja-castilla-la-mancha/

For more information about the history of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors you can check your web www.apintoresyescultores.es


Inauguration, failure Jury and awards: Tuesday 12 July 19 h.

Date: From 12 to 29 July 2016

Location: Hall of the Provincial Palace Cuenca

C / Aguirre 1

16001 Cuenca

Monday to Saturday from 12 to 14 and 18 to 21 h.



Manuel Gracia en el Centro Cultural de la Villa de Móstoles

Bajo el título de Ambient/Geo, el socio Manuel Gracia expone su obra en el Centro Cultural de la Villa de Móstoles (Plaza de la Cultura s/n) desde el pasado 6 de junio y hasta el próximo 2 de julio.

Francisco Carpio es el introductor de su obra, que reproducimos a continuación.

Las manos de la mente

La pintura, esa tarea de contar y entender el mundo a través de un puñado de lienzos, colores y pinceles, continúa gozando de muy buena salud creadora. Una tarea que también ocupa los afanes pictóricos de Manuel Gracia. La búsqueda de una huella primigenia, de la presencia física y psíquica de la mano –como prolongación de la mente-, de la arquitectura del gesto, de la mancha y el trazo.

Gracia, un creador vocacional que, a lo largo de estos últimos años, ha sabido poner en marcha su propio lenguaje pictórico, basado en el trabajo, el estudio, la pasión por el arte y el inagotable motor de la curiosidad, articula sus pinturas en distintas series que presentan de algún modo relación entre sí, nos remiten en gran medida a la sensación de unos paisajes pictóricos (en los que puede percibirse el aroma compositivo y cromático de la naturaleza), y cuya tensión formal se hace patente estableciendo un contrastado diálogo entre los espacios vacíos y silenciosos y los oasis de formas, entre lo positivo y lo negativo, entre azar y orden, libertad y dominio.

En algunas de las pinturas que presenta –estoy pensando en la serie GEO-asistimos a la estructuración del escenario del cuadro a base de franjas o de espacios compartimentados, o también de áreas geométricamente delimitadas, lo que le sirve para articular encuentros entre espacios y profundidades, diálogos entre planos y dimensiones. Las superficies, trabajadas con exactitud y precisión, se ordenan como si fueran las capas estratigráficas de un yacimiento de pintura.  Con la serie AMBIENT, será la línea la que defina las reglas compositivas, creando en ocasiones una fina maraña que se entrecruza. El punto en movimiento deviene línea sobre el plano. Las grafías y los gestos lineales pueblan el espacio pictórico.

Sus cuadros también dejan oír el idioma del color. Una voz fuerte y a la vez modulada, musical y, en ocasiones, mitigada por la sordina de las veladuras y los registros tonales. Como contrapunto de estas notas cromáticas coloca también a veces una nota de frialdad y precisión al situar franjas y campos de pintura plana, al mismo tiempo que escenifica con su estructuración geométrica, una voluntad de convertir el cuadro en ventana; otro de los eternos afanes de este oficio de luces y tinieblas al que seguimos llamando pintura…