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December

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has inaugurated the exhibition of the works selected for the Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize 2004

December 27, 2004

Seville, December 27, 2004. - This afternoon, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation inaugurated, at its Hospital de los Venerables headquarters, the exhibition of the works selected for the Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize 2004. The prize, which celebrates its twenty-second anniversary this year, is now one of the most prestigious painting prizes in Spain. The exhibition comprises the thirty works chosen as finalists for this edition – from a total entry of 277 from Spanish, European Union and American artists – which are on view from December 27 to January 31, 2005. The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge.

David López Panea has been awarded the 24,000-euro Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize 2004, for his work which he left untitled.

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

Likewise, Chus García-Fraile París, (Madrid, 1961) and María José Ruiz López, Montilla (Cordoba), were awarded the 6,000-euro special-mention prizes for their works Ubicuos 24 and ¿Por qué?, respectively.

The ceremony was attended by the prizewinners, the Foundation’s and Abengoa’s co-chairmen, Felipe and Javier Benjumea, the general manager of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, Anabel Morillo León, and the members of the jury, comprised on this occasion by Rafael Canogar, Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez and Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was established in 1982 as a consequence of the cultural activities Abengoa commenced in 1972 when it published the works “Temas Sevillanos” and “Iconografía de Sevilla”. Over the same period a collection of documents, books and prints on the Kingdom of Seville or by Sevillian authors had been gathered. This initial cultural activity led Abengoa’s senior management to realize the importance of it being seen by the public outside its essential technological activities through an activity that would be of benefit to society, the result of which was the establishment of the Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla.

The Foundation’s activities have been increasing, complying with its foundational objective of promoting culture in its diverse artistic and scientific forms. The main role-players throughout Focus-Abengoa’s existence have been education, painting, restoration and music, followed by seminars, the written word and prints.



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