Darío Villalba


    • Male
    • Painter
    • Neoconceptual
    • Mixed media

    About the artist

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    Was born in San Sebastián in 1939. His family has a long artistic tradition. With 18 years staged his first exhibition at the Bishop of Madrid Gallery and begins his studies at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, at the same time studied law, he leaves, and philosophy and letters. Also practiced drawing at the circle of fine arts of Madrid.

    In Paris painting in the workshop of André Lhote for a few months. In 1962 he received a scholarship to study at Harvard University, which is a series of exhibitions in the USA, thus unveiled its series: La Duquesa de Alba and fossils, torsos and footprints. In 1967 he began his trips to London which becomes an excellent source of urban photographs. His series Los encapsulated provides you with a great international success.

    Obtains the international painting award in 1973 at the XII biennial of Sao Paulo. In 1979 he received the international prize of the jury in the XIII biennial of graphic art in Ljubljana. In 1983 it obtains national prize of plastic arts. The 17 of November of 2002 he joined as member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando; a speech input: "around the creative act: new reflections". In 2003 the Medal for merit in the fine arts is imposed.

    His work is part of much prestige, such as Solomon Guggenheim collections; Metropolitan Museum of New York; National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo; IVAM; Spanish in Cuenca's abstract art museum; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; as well as in other cities such as: Geneva, Ostend, Lausanne, Paris, Amsterdam, Seville, Canberra, Humlebæk, Rotterdam, Bochum, Brussels, Tehran, Kruishouten, Vitoria, Tenerife, Linz, Massachusetts, Connecticut, San Sebastián, Warsaw, Cleveland, Santander, Castellón, Elche, Zaragoza, Rome, Alicante, San Francisco, Cologne, Barcelona, Finland, Mallorca.

    A feature of his work is the use of photography in his plastic research. His works are pioneers in this type of expression and allowed him to be representative at the Venice Biennale in 1970. His photographs become pictorial base, as a medium of pictorial elements; It's photos you get different media or performed which are as a source of icons, removed them, defomarlas, etc. In a statement said: "in my work, the painting is photography and photography is painting".

    In 1994 is an anthological exhibition at the IVAM: Darío Villalba 1964-1994 in which could be observed as it was predecessor of subsequent aesthetic attitudes. This exhibition was touring the following year by "The National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo". In 2001 in the Galician contemporary art Centre (CGAC) is an exhibition called "Basic documents 1957-2001" which is a diary in pictures that collects the general approach of his work.

    Source: Wikipedia