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David López Panea wins the Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize for 2004

November 12, 2004

Seville, November 12th, 2004. David López Panea has won the 24,000 euro first prize in the Focus-Abengoa Painting Competition of 2004 for a work the artist has left untitled. Furthermore, two special mentions, each for 6,000 euro, were awarded to the works entitled Ubicuos 24, and ¿Por qué?, by Chus García-Fraile París and María José Ruiz López, respectively.

Thirty works of higher quality and better than those entered in other years were selected as finalists and the Jury reached a unanimous decision. The work by López Panea was deemed to be the winner for its “plastic capacity and connection with nature, which mixes with the Spanish tradition in the interpretation of telluric, somber and restless type landscape”.

David López Panea was born in Seville, in 1973. This young artist completed his History of Art studies in the University of Seville, in 1997. In recent years, his works have been awarded different prizes such as First Prize in Grúas Lozano’s 4th Painting Competition, in 2002, or First Prize in the 28th Alcalá de Guadaira National Painting Competition, in 1999. Furthermore, throughout his career, he has participated in individual and group exhibitions, such as those in the “El Pasaje” workshop Gallery, in Seville, in 2004 or, together with the group “Signos de Mediodía” in the Vejer de la Frontera House of Culture, in Cadiz, in 2003.

In addition, the jury awarded a special mention prize to Chus García-Fraile París (Madrid, 1961), for his work Ubicuos 24 “for its clarity of style, forcefulness of realization and metaphor capacity”. The second special mention prize went to María José Ruiz López (Cordoba, 1966), for her work ¿Por qué? “for its domestic violence denouncement content and the female vindication made with objective quality and impeccable technical execution”.

The Jury for the Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize for 2004, formed on this occasion by Rafael Canogar, Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui and chaired by Anabel Morillo León, Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s General Manager, studied a total of 277 works by artists of different nationalities.

The Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, now of long-standing tradition, is a prestigious and unanimously acknowledged prize in the Art world, and is one of the international prizes open to artist from Spain, the European Union and the entire continent of America.

The Foundation will put the thirty works selected as finalists in this year’s competition on display in an exhibition organized at the Foundation’s headquarters in Hospital de los Venerables, which will be inaugurated on December 27th and remain open to the public until January 31st, 2005. Entry to the exhibition will be free of charge.

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