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Focus-Abengoa Foundation opens exhibition of the works selected in the Focus-Abengoa 2010 Painting Prize

December 20, 2010

  • The exhibition comprising 35 works by finalists and award winners will be open to the public until 13 March in the Hospital de los Venerables.

Seville, 20 December 2010. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation today opened the exhibition of the works selected in the Focus-Abengoa 2010 Painting Prize, which features 35 works of art by finalists and award winners. The opening ceremony for the exhibition was attended by Felipe Benjumea, Chairman of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, Anabel Morillo, Director General of the Foundation and the award winners at this edition, Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano, Francisco Díaz García and Ramón David Morales.

The exhibition, which will be open to the public until Sunday 13 March, has reserved a special place for the work by Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano (Málaga, 1976), entitled Cabeza (Head), which won this edition of the Painting Prize. The exhibition will also feature the winning works by Francisco Díaz García (Madrid, 1977), Pablo en el jardín (Pablo in the garden), and by Ramón David Morales García (Seville, 1977), Candela en el parque (Fire in the park), which were the runners-up at this edition. The prize-winning works will form part of the Focus-Abengoa contemporary art collection that includes paintings, sculptures and graphic works and which already contains pieces by Antonio López Botero, Carmen Laffon and Gustavo Torner, among others.

The exhibition also includes works by Pascual Carratalá López and Antonio M. Melo Montero, which received a special mention by the jury.

At the opening of the exhibition, Felipe Benjumea congratulated Mª Ángeles Bueno Castellano, as well as the other finalists, who he praised for “their expectations and trust in this Prize”. He also highlighted that the Painting Prize “is an outstanding example of the Foundation’s strong commitment to promoting fine arts and young artists”.

The exhibition of the finalists’ and award winners’ works will be open to the public from Monday 20 December, between 10.00 and 14.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00, at the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, the headquarters of the Foundation, where it 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 the last 27 years and has become one of the foremost European and American awards in the art world. The jury for this edition, which was chaired by Anabel Morillo León, Director General of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, also comprised Jaime Brihuega, Juan Carrete Parrondo, Juan Fernández Lacomba, Guillermo Pérez Villalta and Manuel Sánchez Arcenegui, who analysed a total of 375 works of art, of which 118 were by foreign artists.

From the outset the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has expressed a clear interest in all cultural activities, not only those directly connected to the city of Seville, but 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. Furthermore, in 2007, thanks to the acquisition of the Santa Rufina, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation created the Velázquez Centre, which has become a focal point for research, reflection and popularising the work of the Sevillian painter.

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 education in this field after further studies in engraving and drawing also in Toulouse. Since 2005 she has held solo and group exhibitions in Cannes, Malaga, Paris, Toronto, Cordoba, Sicily, Toulouse and the USA. 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 for 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

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