Juan Alcalde, “the last of Paris”, dies

The painter and engraver Juan Alcalde, one of the greatest exponents of the Paris School, died last Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Madrid, surrounded by his family, when he was 102 years old.
The artist had received the Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors four years ago, an award that recognizes those artists who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way in the world of artistic creation, and which turned out to be the last award and act attended.
Just 15 days ago, in his studio in a central Madrid street, he boasted before the AEPE Medal, which presides over the fireplace in the living room, acknowledging that he was very excited to receive it and meet again at that event with other artists, held in 2016 , with a multitude of friends who wanted to accompany him in such a special moment that he also had the assistance of Infanta Elena de Borbón, friend and admirer of the painter’s work.


Juan Alcalde felt unwell less than a week ago, entering the Clinical Hospital of San Carlos, where kidney failure ended his life. His sons Juan Luis and Sergio, who have been with him until the last moment, have respected his most intimate wishes for discretion. After his exhibition in the Madrid mortuary of San Isidro, this morning the crematorium of La Almudena was taken, after which he will be buried in an intimate and family ceremony.
We recall the speeches that the Secretary General, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, and the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, filled with references about his life and work, made at the AEPE Medal of Honor ceremony.
Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, made a brief tour of the artistic and professional career of the renowned painter, with special emphasis on providing those present with a summary sketch of what Juan Alcalde is like, and not just his biography, with cold and distant data and dates, but introducing those present to life, thought and a little bit in the artist’s magical soul.
“A great person and an excellent painter is the reason that brings us together today to make a simple and emotional tribute, like the ones we do in this century-old institution.
I could sketch you a biography here and carefully read dates and events of his long life, and I would do no more than save you going to the art encyclopedias, where you can find everything related to his artistic life, countless number of exhibitions, he could also describe his Haphazard life and fruitful work.
But if I did all this, you would still not really know the man to whom we pay tribute today, so I am going to try to talk about the man, the artist and what his work is like.
Juan Alcalde Alonso is pure, here we would say that he is an authentic cat, born in the Rastro, near Cascorro, and with parents who, far from falling into typism, only reinforce that stamp: his father, shoemaker, and mother , cigarette factory of the tobacco factory on Calle Embajadores, next to the gate, (There it is nothing).
At this point, perhaps you could specify the street and the exact number where you were born, so that this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors may request the Madrid City Council to place a commemorative plaque on the Plan’s facade. Memory of Madrid, to remember the happy event.
He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid, with Agustín L. González, at the Museum of Artistic Reproductions and at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, and later entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, having among other professors Aurelio Arteta, who was his supporter for the “Molina Higueras” Prize, awarded by the Academia de San Fernando, with a painting that Juan himself defined as “decadent realism”, although it is true that he was already given very good.

The Director of the Royal Academy, the Count of Romanones, promises him a scholarship to study in Paris, plans that will be cut short by the start of the civil war, where he will fight on the Madrid front.
He has to retire to France, being interned in a concentration camp where he is about to die of dysentery, until he is admitted to an old Perpignan hospital where he lives with mentally ill patients.
In 1944 he returned to Madrid where he married Conchita Moreda and continued his difficult life as a painter, having to paint film posters to cover his bare necessities.
In 1950 he emigrated to Caracas, where he managed to live well from his profession as a painter, carried out commissions and exhibitions, painted landscapes, made illustrations … his sons Juan Luis and Sergio were born there.
However, he does not feel at ease, the easy success bothers him and he decides to return to Paris, make his golden dream come true and paint the barges that cross the Seine, the taverns, the workers on the river bank.
There he meets other members of the Spanish School in Paris such as Baltasar Lobo, Joaquín Peinado or Hernando Viñes and he meets great friends, such as Marcel Marceau, Picasso, Neruda, …
The samples and exhibitions take place in Madrid, London, Paris, Caracas, …
In 1979 his wife died who had shared so many dreams and difficulties with him. For four years, Juan Alcalde did not exhibit again, until 1983, which he did in Madrid.
In 1984, he married Patrocinio Molero, with whom he began a new and important stage of his life.
So far, synthesized and summarized, a few biographical data that outline an intense life, but nothing yet that can show us his rich inner life, his thought and personality.
Of him it has been written, I will not be the one who says that little enough, but with really beautiful and admirable words, that describe his work like this:
“Stripped of all unnecessary artifice, beautiful in its absolute nakedness, it is an essential painting, in the most exact sense of the term. In his paintings we find loneliness, but not despair ”.
“The Work of Juan Alcalde, full of intelligence and sensitivity, has a poetic charge that transcends beneath its apparent coldness.”
“Painting of very personal invoice, without antecedents in the future of our artistic creation and without the mimetic influences of other great contemporary masters”.
“The painting of the Mayor is poetic. Lyric of the feelings made light; by the free verses of color. Without academic rhymes that tie it. With no other metric than yours. The one of the few things that are painted in his painting ”.
“Juan Alcalde is a classic above the academies and the conventional balances of writers because, alone with his heart, with his palette and with his solitude, Juan Alcalde knows how to paint the world first hand and with the gripping line –and overwhelming- of the wisest and most angelic of all innocences: that of the artist who has the magical grace – and even pain – of turning into speedy and mature art everything he touches ”.

“Mayor paints things that make a man, an artist, an essential and essentialist ascetic in painting, a lover of reality and life, a delicious and natural man.”
“The Mayor’s painting is one of those that go deep without the need for transcendentalism. He feels what he says and transmits it with the simplicity of what is important ”.
“Mayor addresses classical figurative themes: landscape, still life, still lifes immersed in a background of very original and distinctive cities, maternities, nudes and the human figure in general, treating them with great beauty in a style full of mysticism, harmony, delicacy and softness, qualities that affect both its shape and its background, and of course the color, abundant in whites. But also, the forms are simplified and synthesized ”.
I could go on to tell you pieces of writing that revolve around his work, but I think it is more interesting to know what he thinks of himself and how he defines himself.
“I work with oils because oil lives like a human being, it does not stay perpetual. Oil works by itself and I am sure that my paintings are not what they will be ”.
His inexhaustible vitalism is reflected in the phrase: “I would not like to die knowing, I would like to die learning.”
For Juan Alcalde, art is the search for itself.
His life is a continual uncertainty, but as he himself admits, “misfortunes can bring thanks.”
“The worst thing that can happen to human beings is not having grace or misfortune,” he adds.
“Problems are what generate thought; without them, the brain dies, ”he nods emphatically.
“Every day I think about rejuvenating myself, I would like to be somewhat less figurative, but I am not able to abstract myself completely, I am not able to reach pure abstraction. I carry a very heavy weight on my back, which I cannot unload, even if I try. I am interested in the abstraction of Velázquez, by Goya. The bad figuratives of the last century hurt, although there is also Rosales, who is fabulous. What matters is pure, what comes from the spirit of the soul, from the interior of man ”… Sensitivity above all.
To speak of Juan is to speak of his thumb. As he himself assures, his thumb is more important than brushes, he is the one that leads the colors to the canvas, and he also has a sensual component that the brush does not have, and in his own words, “it is that when you put your thumb on a cloth, there is your sensitivity, the projection of your spirit on the finger, almost like a self-portrait ”.
Juan has been his own patron, he has supported himself, he has believed in him, because the only thing he has tried to be all his life is Juan Alcalde.
That is why, far from schools, far from influences, far from comparisons or friends who interfere in this semblance, far from similarities and analogies, today we pay tribute to who has tried to be his whole life, and I would say that he has succeeded, Juan Alcalde ”
For his part, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, reminded everyone that his art is characterized by the personal style that has made this painter a benchmark for new creative generations in a dissertation in which He explained why Juan Alcalde has earned this award:
“This recognition to an artist like Juan Alcalde, is the unequivocal testimony of the constant commitment of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to culture, and is also our most determined support for its creators and diffusers.

This Medal recognizes a life, a personal journey that you thus come to transmit in your works, a visible reference in which you offer us, by reliving and contemplating them, the possibility of also being artists.
Your work, all your work, is also an unequivocal source of hope, because you have exerted as a painter and engraver, a profession in which you not only see the enthusiastic and optimistic charge that your targets give off, but also reaches the public and the viewer with a new look, as a gesture of encouragement and encouragement in which to demonstrate that in their lives and works the idea can come true that on many occasions, it is in difficulties and limitations where creativity is expressed with special intensity.
Juan Alcalde is a great artist, and he is because he dominates what is in his heart, and only the one who best understands and knows his affections and passions, becomes a great artist; an artist who dominates light and form through sensitivity.
That essential part of his artist soul is the one that manages to unite matter to the immaterial, giving shape to the spirit. My always admired Sorolla, who honored this institution when he was its President, used to say that painting is a “state of the soul”, a phrase that perfectly fits the art that Juan Alcalde gives us.
Juan is a great artist, a painter who has made his work a lifestyle, a painter who paints all day, every day of the year, who paints even when he does not. That when he sleeps he paints and when he sails he paints. Because the gift he has given to all of us who love art, the gift of being a painter, has hidden the poison and the sweet burden of the total dedication and dedication with which he has governed his life.
The world of culture, society in general, we can only thank him for his contribution and recognize the creative art that underlies the back of all his work, in which the most original illusion that fits for life beats, that of making life pure beauty.
That is what this Medal that we give you today intends, to be the shared vision of who you are and what we want to be through your work. Miguel de Unamuno, whose sensitivity is shared by each and every one of Juan Alcalde’s works, said that “the artist and especially man, will continue to speak through his work, for the benefit and enjoyment of many generations.”
That is the example that you leave and that in a simple way, we appreciate.
Today we pay tribute to who, as the Secretary General said before, has managed to be Juan Alcalde. May this shared moment always remain in your heart, as it will remain in our history and our memory.
Let it be engraved in gold. Forever, dear Juan. There is no medal that can be made of the alloy of affection, friendship and gratitude, with which this Medal is symbolically made, which we present to you today from the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors ”.
The President then presented the Medal of Honor to Juan Alcalde, who received it excitedly and addressed a few words to the attendees in which he could only thank the honor and declare himself happy and excited for being there, and knowing himself to be the object of such special attention.
He was later required to sign in the Book of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and he did so with firm, clear and neat handwriting, before the expectation of those present for the comments that the honoree made at all times and in the that jokingly was about the 99 years he had already completed.
The Infanta Doña Elena, sitting up to that moment among the public, came to congratulate the friend and artist and affectionately posed with the members of the presidential table, as well as how many assistants and friends were in the act.
It is worth remembering the multiple occasions in which the royal family has attended events organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, taking into account that SS.MM. the kings don Juan Carlos and doña Sofía are the Honorary Presidents of the centennial entity, which is about to announce the 52 Queen Sofia Prize for Painting and Sculpture.
He then signed the Infanta in the entity’s Book of Honor, just below the signature that he dedicated in the year 90 on the occasion of his visit to the traditional Autumn Salon, and promised to attend, to the extent possible, other events of the entity.
D.E.P.

Eduardo Naranjo opens exhibition at the Muba

On January 16 the painter Eduardo Naranjo, Medal of Honor of the AEPE and so attached to the centenary entity, inaugurates the exhibition that under the title of “The place of the figure”, will present a selection of about thirty works of his own private collection created in the last two decades, at the Museum of Fine Arts (Muba) in Badajoz.

Twenty years after his last stay in this same exhibition space, the painter of Monesterio returns to his native Extremadura with the support of the Provincial Council of Badajoz and just when the museum celebrates its hundred years of history.

The third exhibition of Naranjo in Extremadura can be visited until next March 8 and it is already predicted to be one of the most visited in the history of Muba, in which the artist has placed special affection because it is about “returning to my land and teach my work to our people ».

Almost all the paintings object of this exhibition are property of the author, and are part of a private collection that could well be part of the funds of the museum foundation in which the artist has been working with the town hall of the town. Moreover, at this point in his career, Naranjo does not want to get rid of these paintings. “I plan to sell very little,” says Naranjo, so that “there is a work that can be seen forever in a museum.”

‘Eduardo Naranjo. The place of the figure ‘is the title of the exhibition that on Thursday, January 16, at 12 noon, will be presented in the courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts of Badajoz -calle Duque de San Germán-. The exhibition may contemplate until March 8. Mornings, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 14; Afternoons, from 16 to 20 hours.

Source, The Newspaper of Extremadura

Soledad Lorenzo received the “Medal of Honor” from the AEPE

At an event held last Friday at the institutional headquarters of the AEPE, the art gallery owner Soledad Lorenzo collected the “Medal of Honor”, ​​which was awarded to her President José Gabriel Astudillo, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the art world.

Full of attendees, among which were numerous partners and friends, as well as different collaborating entities of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, an emotional event took place in which by way of introduction, the General Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, performed a human profile of the gallery owner, highlighting the spontaneous tribute, born from the heart of all those who form the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, and with special emphasis on the human values ​​that surround the person of Soledad Lorenzo.

Soledad Lorenzo, who at some moments was nervous, excited and grateful, and wanted to correspond by making a small review, always from his experience and his special experienced look, to the current art situation, in which he stood out, finds nothing new that I moved her especially.

There were many friends and admirers who wanted to accompany Soledad Lorenzo in this act, such as the Managing Director of the Thyssen Museum, Evelio Acevedo, the President of Down Madrid, Ignacio Egea, the Adviser to the Councilor for Culture of the City of Madrid, Isabel Rossel , the representative of the Councilor for Retirement, Antonio Pardo, the Director of El Taller del Prado, Francisco Molina, other illustrious recipients of the Medal of Honor, such as Rafael Botí Torres and Tomás Paredes Romero, in addition to the members of the Board of Directors, Juan Manuel López Reina, Alicia, Sánchez Camacho, Antonio Téllez de Peralta, Paloma Casado, Carmen Bonilla Carrasco, Fernando de Marta, Ana Martínez Córdoba and Itziar Zabalza.

The President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, made special mention to the authorities who have excused the attendance to the act, with special emphasis on the call of the Royal House, in which S.M. Queen Doña Sofía, Honorary President of the institution, and Infanta Doña Elena, begged her to send her most affectionate congratulations to the honoree.

As on other occasions, because of the endearing words that Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez made as an introduction, words that moved not only the honoree, but all the attendees, and by the fiery defense of his human profile, we review below the intervention of the General Secretariat:

“Soledad Lorenzo is one of those essential figures when talking about art in Spain.

As I always tell you on these occasions, you can go to her website to consult her biography, the books published about her and her work, a multitude of writings in which to dive and discover her life.

What I would like to offer you here is just a few strokes about your person, so that you can get a broader idea of ​​your conception of art.

Soledad Lorenzo is small and meticulous, patient, elegant, a full-fledged art lady, a beautiful and spiky woman who has had to suffer in her personal life great ravages from which art and work saved her. And although he has never been a collector, he sometimes stayed with works by artists that he believed were important.

After his initiation stage, he set up his own art gallery, now mythical among all of us who are part of this world, a project that closed, just as it closed a stage of his life, turning the page and reflecting on what was achieved.

They were 40 years of gallery owner who, fortunately, have been reflected in the book “A life with art”, a project prepared by Antonio Lucas and Mariano Navarro, the result of the prize that the Art and Patronage Foundation gave him in 2012.

Prophet in his land, he has also been recognized with a multitude of awards and distinctions, such as the illustrious torrelavegense, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, the Gold Medal for Merit at Work, the Great Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise …

Soledad Lorenzo, although she does not know it, already has a work that links her to this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors: it is the Gold Medal of the Madrid City Council, an original work made by the President of this centennial institution, José Pascual Ortells López …

Today he receives another Medal, the work of another of our Presidents, in this case, of Fructuoso Orduña, which will already be two works with which our house approaches this …

He has always lived events and experiences in a natural and logical way, although from a perspective of curiosity and research.

Fascinated with life, she firmly believes in the idea of ​​overcoming that we all carry inside and never complains about anything.

Since its inception, he has worked with living artists, from whom he can learn and assimilate his creativity and brilliance, which he seeks tirelessly with exquisite sensitivity.

He believes that “the wonder of art is emotional and non-transferable and culture is the basis of the progress of society.”

In his own words, “his goal has never been success, but to avoid failure.”

He thinks that despite the freedom we enjoy, we do not speak freely, but nevertheless, if it is painted freely.

An indefatigable worker, she is a strong person, who seems to have found peace far from the anguish of failure.

After having given his whole life to art and artists, surrounded by art in a unique artistic and cultural environment, from his home in Madrid de los Austrias, he looks forward to his impressive collection, deposited in the Reina Sofía Museum and continues to reflect on of the cultural and artistic reality of Spain, collaborating in an altruistic way, in activities such as the one that concerns us today in the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

She better than anyone knows and knows the sorrows of those who dedicate their lives to the world of art; she, who has boasted and raised great contemporary artists.

Soledad Lorenzo represents everything that has already disappeared and that the artist of today misses so much: the role of a professional gallery owner.

The current galleries are limited to rent their spaces and entrust all the promotion and marketing to the artist himself, unable to cover all the necessary aspects to develop his career.

She didn’t, because she used to be a real intermediary between collectors, critics, curators, between the artist and his work.

That’s why Soledad Lorenzo meant a before and after in the art world. She understood the artists, guided them through the difficult world of creation and knew how to put herself in the place of her clients, selecting for them those works that best fit her personality.

Soledad, who despite the name, has never been alone, has understood that despite the overvalued that is the ideal of beauty, art accompanies and gathers and in some people with sensitivity, as is the case, it is essential in their lives, It is a need that never runs out.

Soledad Lorenzo values ​​the work of the gallery owners in its rightful measure, as a profession in which the gallery owner presents the artists that excite him and work so that both can live off their work.

And all that is also, and really, an art that painters and sculptors of all time value and miss today.

A whole art, as I say, that has our deepest admiration for his work and that today is thus rewarded with the award of the Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors so deserved.

Thank you very much

 

Then, the President handed the Medal of Honor to Soledad Lorenzo, who received it excitedly and in which he could only thank the honor and declare himself happy for the fact of being there, and knowing himself really the object of such special attention.

Las palabras del Presidente fueron:

The President’s words were:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, authorities, dear partners, friends:

Welcome to this humble act that, although not covered by the solemn and institutional solemnity of a regular awards ceremony, does contain in itself, the best of this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

Free of rigid protocols, we prepare this act with the love and feeling of those who pay a sincere and emotional tribute to those who have done so much for art in Spain.

Today we deliver the Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and it is up to me, as President, the honor to materialize it.

A true pride in the brilliant career and excellent biography of our honoree, who has managed to channel her vocation so successfully, helping artists of different styles and techniques, to encumbrate in the always difficult world of contemporary art.

Soledad Lorenzo helped them with her example until she achieved recognition and notoriety, also creating an environment conducive to it, for the creation and transmission of knowledge, involving the whole society and inviting her to a work of reflection on the culture that It has been fruitful and tremendously positive.

And he did everything guided by his intuition and thanks to his immense talent, the one he is born with and that cannot be learned or granted happily; talent that in ancient times was a currency, a measure of wealth.

The parable of the talents now comes to mind, which serves as a reflection to ask where our talents have gone and admire how well Soledad Lorenzo has managed to manage what she discovered.

As you all know, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors was born in 1910. The Foundation Act was signed by more than 180 great artists of the time, with whom I am sure, Soledad Lorenzo would have been excited, because we talk about artists like Sorolla, Cecilio Pla, Benlliure, Romero de Torres, Gutiérrez Solana, Miguel Blay, José Clará … and thus a long list of, allow me the bullfighting term, “first swords” of art.

Art. That is what unites us, Soledad Lorenzo and this Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the art of those who have managed to create the right environment for talent to develop, recognize it, raise it, and present it to society to appreciate it.

We live in convulsive years, not only politically speaking. The loss of the direction of society affects all areas of life, and especially in what surrounds the world of art.

That is why we must recognize those who like Soledad Lorenzo, like this same Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, fight and bet on talent, for those who claim and value the talents in Spain.

We are institutions such as the AEPE, such as Soledad Lorenzo, now an institution and legend, who believed and continued to believe in them. Because we believed and continue to believe in their values, in their vocation.

And we clothe you with all our example. A wonderful example of more than 100 years, in our case, and a paradigm of professionalism like the one that Soledad Lorenzo brings together, to whom today we pay tribute.

A consideration and respect that I am convinced, Soledad will appreciate because it comes expressly from the artists, those who throughout his life has helped so much.

This is not a pompous award or a title awarded by high instances so far away from the patent and pathetic reality that we live today. It is a simple show of consideration to those who have known how to fall in love with modern art, on the part of those who are doing it right now, of the same artists who see with admiration who has fought so much throughout a lifetime, for them .

An honor that we grant to a lifetime of personal struggle and vicissitudes of the spirit, not for glory or profit, but for realizing something that did not exist.

A recognition with which to encourage that among all those who listen to us and dedicate themselves to the same struggle and desires, there is one that one day stands here, where Soledad Lorenzo sits today, and once again serves as an example of tenacity at the service of art and culture.

The artists, grateful, honor you today and applaud, expressing our most sincere recognition.

Después, llegó el momento de compartir entre todos los asistentes, brindando y celebrando el momento.

 

 

On Friday, the Medal of Honor is awarded to Soledad Lorenzo

Next Friday, December 13, 2019, at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, located on Calle Infantas, number 30, at 7 pm. The ceremony of delivery of the AEPE Medal to the Spanish contemporary art gallery owner, the undisputed reference of the art market in Spain in the last quarter of the 20th century, will take place.

 

Soledad Lorenzo García (Torrelavega, Cantabria, September 13, 1937), spent his childhood in his hometown, but due to political problems of his father, Pedro Lorenzo Molleda (Republican mayor of Torrelavega imprisoned during the civil war), the whole family moved to Madrid, Zaragoza and later to Barcelona. He received the title of Illustrious Torrelaveguense from his hometown in 2007.

Soledad Lorenzo was left without a family when he was still very young, one of the reasons he gave his whole life to art and its artists, according to his own words “the wonder of art is emotional and non-transferable and culture is the basis of progress of the society”.

Since she was a child she attended gatherings and exhibitions with her father in Barcelona, ​​which encouraged her love for painting and sculpture. With six years he had already posed for Joaquim Sunyer, a leading member of Catalan Novecentismo.

She married in 1960 at age 23, lived with her husband in London, executive of the Spanish construction company Huarte, for eleven years, but as a result of a cancer she died in Madrid in 1973 and at 36 she became a widow. “I don’t believe in God, I believe in life,” he would say later in an interview.

In 1974 he began his professional learning in the art world when he worked at the Fernando Guereta gallery, soon he is gaining confidence and ease, and the artists were becoming his great friends. From 1976 he began working for eight years at the Theo Gallery in Madrid, with its owners the marriage formed by the painter Fernando Mignoni and Elvira González. In 1985, through the Ministry of Culture, she was the curator in Brussels of the exhibitions that Spain presented at the Europalia Spanish culture festival, on the occasion of Spain’s entry into the Common Market.

In 1989 the photographer Helmut Newton, one of the great figures of the twentieth century, Australian of German origin known for his fashion photographs and his famous portraits of celebrities, looks at Lorenzo and takes an exquisite photograph, which has been part of the extensive production of this international photographer.

Lorenzo needed direct contact with the artists so he decided to create his own art gallery in 1986. His reference as a gallery model was the Juana Mordó gallery. He settled in a very spacious and bright place on Orfila street in Madrid and remained there until it was closed. The reform was done by his architect brother, Ricardo Lorenzo García, with the painter Gustavo Torner.

He opened the gallery with the artist Alfonso Fraile, followed by Gustavo Torner, Jordi Texeidor, Vicente Rojo, Antonio Lorenzo, Pablo Palazuelo, of whom he was a great friend. Later he worked with artists such as Tàpies, José Luis Gómez Perales, Guillermo Pérez Villalta, Miquel Barceló, Soledad Sevilla, Hernández Pijoan, Luis Gordillo, Antonio Lorenzo.

The first young artists who worked with her were the Basque sculptors Txomin Badiola and Pello Irazu, Broto, Pedro Mora, Susy Gómez, Juan Uslé, PereJaume Victoria Civera, Íñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Jorge Galindo, José Maria Sicilia, Sergio Prego, Ana Laura Alaez, La Ribot. Very soon it opened to the international market by participating in the best contemporary art fairs. He has worked with internationally renowned artists such as Louise Bourgeois, an artist with whom he had a close relationship, Julian Schnabel, Ross Blecker, Tony Oursler, Robert Longo, Paul McCarthy, David Salle among others. He has participated in the best European art fairs, such as the ARCO Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid, the Basel Art Basel fair in Switzerland and Frieze in London.7

In December 2012, he closed his gallery that he directed for 26 years, since he considered that with his well-known self-demand and with an age of 75 years, he could not deliver at the same pace and with the maximum intensity that the work with his artists required. And although he has never been a collector, he sometimes stayed with works by artists that he believed were important. A selection of them has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art of Santander and in Valencia.

He lives in a large loft in Madrid de los Austrias where he lives surrounded by works by his artists such as Juan Uslé, Philipp Fröhlich, José María Sicilia, Victoria Civera among others. It also preserves a sculpture from the spider series by Louise Bourgeois (author’s gift). He has never sought success, however, he has always accompanied him.

He wished that the works he owned were in the Reina Sofía National Art Museum in Madrid so that the maximum number of people could enjoy them. So in 2014, he delivered a deposit in donation proceedings for most of his legacy, 406 works by 89 artists.

With the award of the Arte y Mecenazo prize, he decides, encouraged by his friends, to write his biography and is entrusted to the art critic Mariano Navarro and Antonio Lucas entitled A life with art. It is the first monograph dedicated to a Spanish gallery owner.

Patron of honor of the Reina Sofía Museum Foundation.

Awards

Among the awards, prizes and tributes granted to Soledad Lorenzo, are among the most prominent:

Gold Medal of Fine Arts

Torrelaveguense Illustrious

Gold Medal of the Madrid City Council

Gold Medal for Merit at Work. Council of Ministers of Spain

Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise

(Español) Rafael Botí Torres recibe la Medalla de Honor de la AEPE

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On Friday it is awarded the Medal of the AEPE to Rafael Botí Torres

Next Friday, December 21, 2018, at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, located at Calle Infantas, number 30, at 7:00 p.m. will take place the act of delivery of the Medal of the AEPE to the patron and philanthropist Rafael Botí Torres.

Rafael Botí Torres, son of the Cordovan painter Rafael Botí, important figure formed in the workshop of Vázquez Díaz, grew up in that paternal artistic world and until in some occasion was model of Vázquez Díaz to realize the figure of a bullfighter; and when he was older he worked hard to create a collection that, over time, reached a high level when he acquired numerous works by Vázquez Díaz. A patrimonial fund that for years tries to share and therefore donated a substantial part of the works of his father to the Cordoban, donation made to the Provincial Council that disseminates the Rafael Botí Foundation, constituted in a cultural factor with remarkable projection; and in his testament he leaves in legacy to the Vázquez Díaz de Nerva Museum (Huelva) the sketches and drawings made by Mr. Daniel Vázquez Díaz to make the frescoes of the Discovery of Santa María de la Rábida.

Collector, patron, entrepreneur; a life dedicated to the promotion of culture. Sponsors artistic contests and promotes exhibitions; is a member of the Spanish Association of Art Critics; academic … And the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors recognizes that detached and intelligent work giving Rafael Botí Torres his Medal of Honor.

At the end of the act, we will celebrate the traditional Christmas glass.

 

Rafael Botí Torres, Medal of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

The Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, AEPE, chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo, has awarded his Medal of Honor to the collector Rafael Botí Torres, ‘in recognition and gratitude’ to his trust in the Association, unwavering faith in the entity , maximum cordiality ‘and great predisposition always shown when collaborating with our institution’. The Medal of Honor will be delivered on December 21, 2018 at the headquarters of AEPE, at the end of the traditional Christmas Cup.


Rafael Botí Torres, son of the Cordovan painter Rafael Botí, important figure formed in the workshop of Vázquez Díaz, grew up in that paternal artistic world and until in some occasion was model of Vázquez Díaz to realize the figure of a bullfighter; and when he was older he worked hard to create a collection that, over time, reached a high level when he acquired numerous works by Vázquez Díaz. A patrimonial fund that for years tries to share and therefore donated a substantial part of the works of his father to the Cordoban, donation made to the Provincial Council that disseminates the Rafael Botí Foundation, constituted in a cultural factor with remarkable projection; and in his testament he leaves in legacy to the Vázquez Díaz de Nerva Museum (Huelva) the sketches and drawings made by Mr. Daniel Vázquez Díaz to make the frescoes of the Discovery of Santa María de la Rábida.
Collector, patron, entrepreneur; a life dedicated to the promotion of culture. Sponsors artistic contests and promotes exhibitions; is a member of the Spanish Association of Art Critics; academic … And the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors recognizes that detached and intelligent work giving Rafael Botí Torres his Medal of Honor.

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.

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

Venancio Blanco, receives tomorrow the Medal of the AEPE

The artist Venancio Blanco, belonging to the group of Six Sculptors, whose work represented the transformation of Spanish sacred art in the twentieth century, and one of the members of the Group of Six Sculptors, will receive this Friday, February 24, 2017, the Medal Of Honor of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, a purely honorific award that is solemnly awarded under clear conditions of exemplary resonance and public appreciation and recognizes those artists who have distinguished themselves in an outstanding way in the world of artistic creation.

The delivery of this distinction will occur during an event that will take place at the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors from 18 hours, and in which the Secretary General of the centenary entity, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, and the President of the same, José Gabriel Astudillo López.

The Insignia is a distinctive feature of the institution that designed in the 1940s the President of the entity and sculptor, Fructuoso Orduña, and symbolizing art in the form of a woman who holds Palas Athena, goddess of the arts, and Who before Venancio Blanco have received personalities such as José Cruz Herrera, Julio López Hernández, Tomás Paredes Romero or Eduardo Naranjo.

After the presentation of the award, the honored Venancio Blanco, will lecture about his long life in an expected interview that promises will be entirely interesting.

anuncio medalla honor Venancio Blanco

Invitación Medalla Honor Venancio Blanco