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“Cabeza” by Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano wins the Focus-Abengoa 2010 Painting Prize

November 30, 2010

  • In this edition of the Prize, the jury also gave runners-up mention to the works submitted by Francisco Díaz García and Ramón David Morales García.

Seville, 30 November 2010. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has announced the winner of the 27th edition of the Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, which goes to Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano for her work Cabeza (“Head”. Acrylic on canvas; 160 cm by 130 cm) which has stressed that “ it’s a risky work because of the range of colours used, that has strong contrasts and the use by the artist in a childish art form. However, both elements achieve that the picture gets a highly and communicative strong which approaches it to this hallucinatory tradition what it is placed a large part of contemporary art. This work is a logical continuation of the trajectory of the artist in her search of the surrealism, which is reflected in this painting by an imaginative explosion that approaches her to the magical view of the world that this movement shares.

As runners-up the jury chose the work Pablo en el jardín (Pablo in the garden) by Francisco Díaz García “for its notable command of an analytical technique in a multi-faceted representation of the pictorial space that culminates in a well-rounded work”; and the piece by Ramón David Morales García entitled Candela en el parquet (Candle in the parquet) “for its capacity to give symbolic and emblematic values to a language that, based on figurativism, unfurls its most subtle adjectivizations”.

The jury for this edition, which was chaired by Anabel Morillo León, Director General of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, and comprised Jaime Brihuega, Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Guillermo Pérez Villalta and Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui analysed a total of 375 works of art, of which 118 were from foreign artists.

Furthermore, at this 27th edition, the jury decided to award special mention to the works submitted by Pascual Carratalá López and Antonio M. Melo Montero, highlighting the exceptionally high quality and the outstanding level of professionalism among the participants.

The Focus-Abengoa Painting Prize, awarded for any technique and theme, is worth a total of €36,000, with €24,000 going to first prize, which will be awarded to Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano, and two runners-up prizes of €6,000 each, which will be presented to Francisco Díaz García and Ramón David Morales García. The works of the three winners will form part of the Focus-Abengoa Contemporary collection of paintings, sculptures and graphic art that already has works from Antonio López Botero, Carmen Laffon or Gustavo Torner.

The exhibition of the finalists’ and award winners’ works will be opened on Monday 20 December at the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, the headquarters of the Foundation, where they will remain on show until Sunday 13 March 2011. Entry to the exhibition is free.

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 international prize reflects the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to contemporary art and promotes an exchange of artistic experiences beyond our borders, reflecting the concerns and wishes of the award’s founders.

As shown in recent years, participation in this award strengthens the value of the works of recognised painters and creates new opportunities for young talent, who need both financial and social support in their careers towards becoming professionals.

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

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance of the company’s involvement in activities that directly benefit society, beyond its core technology work, which led to the creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation. In addition, in 2007, due to the acquisition of the painting ST. Rufina, Focus-Abengoa Fundation create Velazquez Center, benchmark research, information and reflection of the painter from Seville.

Information about the award winners

Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano (Malaga, 1976) María Ángeles holds a degree from the La Laguna Faculty of Fine Arts in Tenerife and a diploma in fine arts from the University of Toulouse. She completed her studies in this field with additional training in engraving and drawing also in Toulouse. Since 2005 she has had solo and group exhibitions in Cannes, Malaga, Paris, Toronto, Cordoba, Sicily, Toulouse and the USA and her career has also included work for the media, international catalogues and private collections.

Francisco Díaz García (Madrid, 1977) Francisco holds a degree in fine arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and completed his training in the UK at the Centre of the Arts and Contemporary Studies. He has exhibited individually since 1995 at various events and collections in Madrid, Seville, Santander, Paris and in the United Kingdom. Francisco has also received numerous awards, including the Spanish National Painting Prize in several of its formats.

Ramón David Morales García (Seville, 1977) Ramon holds a fine arts degree from the University of Seville. His training included the Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Artists, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla y León and the Bilbao Art Foundation. His work has been exhibited in Seville, Santiago de Compostela, Malaga, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Bilbao and Colombia. He is also a founding member of the Sala de eStar, an independent space for young people’s art in Seville.

For more information please contact:

Patricia Malo de Molina Meléndez

Loreto González Goizueta

Cristina Cabrera Angulo

Tel: +34 954 93 71 11

"Cabeza" - Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano

"Pablo en el jardín" - Francisco Díaz García

"Candela en el parque" - Ramón David Morales García

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