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September

Focus-Abengoa Foundation opens exhibition of the works selected in the Focus-Abengoa 2008 Painting Prize

September 15, 2008

Seville, 15 September 2008. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation today opened the exhibition of the works selected in the Focus-Abengoa 2008 Painting Prize, which features 31 works of art from finalists and award winners. The opening of the exhibition was attended by Felipe Benjumea and José B. Terceiro, chairmen of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, and Anabel Morillo, Director General of the Foundation.

The exhibition, which will be open to the public until 26 October, has reserved a special place for the work by Dis Berlin, entitled  Circuito de inspiración (162 x 195 cm; acrylic and oil on canvas), which won this edition of the Painting Prize. The exhibition also places special emphasis on the works by Simón Arrebola, Fons Vital (195 x 195 cm; acrylic and oil on canvas) and by Marina Rodríguez, entitled  Psicoideo. Máscara (185 x 185 cm; paper mounted on white melamine and methacrylate), which were runners-up in this edition. These three works now form part of the Focus-Abengoa collection of paintings and graphic art.

During the opening, Felipe Benjumea congratulated Dis Berlin and the other finalists, who he praised for “the great quality and professionalism of their works”. He reminded those present that the Painting Prize, which is now in its 25th edition, “is the best example of the important role that the Foundation plays in supporting artistic creativity and all types of cultural work”.

The Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, which has a long tradition and a prestigious reputation, has been held for more than 25 years and has become one of the leading European and American awards in the art world. This edition received more than 438 works of art, of which 77 were from foreign artists

Since its beginnings, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has had a clear interest in all cultural activities, not only in those directly connected to the city of Seville, but all artistic, literary and scientific expressions at a national and international level.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the Foundation has a mission to carry out Abengoa's social action policy, which it does on a non-profit basis for general interest purposes, focussing on welfare, education, culture, science, research and technological development. The Foundation has become a valuable instrument in Abengoa culture. Not only is it capable of supporting the professional and human development of its employees, but also of relating to society’s new sensibilities as a whole, globally managing intangible assets whose influence benefits and pervades the company’s own values and objectives.

Information about the award winners

Dis-Berlín (Mariano Carrera, Soria, 1959) began by studying information sciences but left them to dedicate himself to painting. Linked to contemporary and modern Spanish art, he uses a wide range of themes, materials and approaches to create catalogues of works where the most unexpected artistic encounters occur. He began to exhibit at the start of the 1980s. Today his work is exhibited in centres as prestigious as the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM); the Artium Museum in Vitoria; the Guillermo de Osma gallery in Madrid; the Atlantic Centre Museum of Modern Art in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias; and in the Marugame Irai Museum in Kagawa (Japan). His productive and extensive career has led him to exhibit in more than fifty galleries and exhibitions such as the Palace Gallery in Granada; the Columela Gallery in Madrid; the Exhibition Room at Banco Zaragozano in Zaragoza; the Dense Levy Gallery in Barcelona; the My Name’s Lolita Art Gallery in Valencia; the Siboney Gallery in Santander and the Conde Duque Cultural Centre in Madrid.

Simón Arrebola Parras(Torre del Campo, Jaén, 1979) is a fine arts graduate specialising in painting, engraving and design from the University of Seville. Despite his youthfulness, his work has already appeared in numerous exhibitions, including the group exhibition “Geografías del agua. Del inconsciente estático a la mirada líquida” in Antequera (Malaga); the “Becas Talens 2003” exhibition of the Young Art Talent Exhibition in Barcelona; the exhibition with the Manglar group in the Baluarte de la Candelaria, Cádiz, and the exhibition in the Palacio Quintanar in Segovia.
This young Sevillian artist received the final dissertation award and the Real Maestranza award of Seville for the best set of work in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville 1997-2002.

Marina Rodríguez Vargas (Granada, 1980) is a fine arts graduate from the University of Granada. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in galleries such as the prestigious Seville Arts Centre, the Contemporary Art Museum of Álava, the Museo de la Ciudad and the Círculo de Bellas Artes, both in Madrid. She is currently exhibiting her work outside of Spain in the Constantini Gallery in Milan, in the Lyle Oreitzel Gallery in Miami and in the Gabriel Elizondo Gallery in Mexico.
Her work also forms part of important private and public collections, such as the collection of the Basque Museum of Contemporary Art (Artium), the Caja Extremadura collection, the Gregorio Prieto Foundation collection and the Antonio Gala Foundation collection, as well as the Caja Granada collection.



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