They release records at their own pace, without pressures of any kind. Teresa Iturrioz and Ibon Errazkin, the members of Single, are cult artists in their own right. Their music, however, is open to all publics — an exquisite blend of pop and folk that could belong to any period, but which always sounds fiercely personal.
Talento a bordo has a space devoted to art lovers. Enjoy exclusive interviews with the most recognized artists on the national scene.
Juana de Aizpuru
She conceived ARCO, as well as many of the great contemporary art exhibitions that have been shown in Spain over the years, from Sol Lewitt to David Hockney to Andy Warhol. We are talking about Juana de Aizpuru, a gallery owner and art collector —regarded today as an iconic figure in Spanish culture — who, in the midst of the political transition, endeavoured to introduce Spain into the international art scene.
Art by Women
Thanks to these women, today, female art continues to gain visibility around the world, in all five continents and in multiple forms of expression. An unstoppable phenomenon reflected in these five exhibitions where women are the theme.
Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy... The girls, women and natural elements that fill Lula Goce’s work are being flaunted by façades around the world, including the mecca of street art, New York. Additionally, two of her pieces are on the list of the 100 best graffito in the world.
Christian G. Bello
He’s one of the most recognised Spanish artists within young contemporary plastic creation and one of the five finalists of the IV Premio Cervezas Alhambra de Arte Emergente [4th Emerging Art Alhambra Beer Awards]. These days, Galician Christian García Bello will spend his fifth consecutive year at ARCOmadrid with several proposals which are the result of his research as a sculptor.
In its 38 years of life, the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCOmadrid has become a must-visit event for collectors and art lovers from around the world. Its secret? An impeccable selection of art galleries and an inspiring program curated to bring the most transformative art closer to all audiences.
Ana Laura Aláez
Twenty years ago, Ana Laura Aláez turned the art circuit upside down with an installation that consisted of creating a night club inside a national museum. Now established as one of the key voices of her generation, the artist who made orthodox critics feel very uncomfortable in the 1990s once again delights us with an exhibition that traces her entire career and starts a dialogue with the spectator about the possibility of what could have been.
His work reached the masses through the cover of a C. Tagana album. Nevertheless, ‘hyperactive’ Carlos Fernández-Pello has been on Madrid’s artistic scene for years, both as an artist, teacher, editor and commissioner. We dive into his workspace to discover the practice of this millennial artist first-hand, who in just a few years has won over the art masters.
They emerged under ARCO, but in the last few years, these fairs have come into their own. During Art Week, Madrid hosts a steady stream of fairs for all audiences, tastes and pockets. Whether you like illustration, urban or contemporary art, you have a date in the capital of the kingdom.
Based in Valencia and Barcelona, the Espai Tactel art gallery has worked as a platform for avant-garde contemporary art since 2013. Among their proposals, which in recent years have been showcased in the world’s most important art fairs, are 3D installations, net narrative, and digital art.
Jaime Mato turns entomology into fine art. But the artist doesn’t do it the old-fashioned way; he creates beetle collections with recycled coffee capsules. Welcome to the era of sustainable art!
Ceramics and an overflowing imagination, that’s all Lusesita needs to create imaginary beings, animals, and objects with a childlike yet mysterious feel to them. She takes us by the hand to take a plunge into her personal and extraordinary world.
Caniche Publishing House
A book bound with a stippled cover. A photo diary by a band on tour in Mexico. A poetry book devised as a Duchampian readymade. A selection of books turned into a pictorial artwork by a plastic artist. The Caniche publishing house sees publishing as a space of freedom and adventure, in which each project follows its own rules.
Juan Carlos Bracho
Artist and draughtsman Juan Carlos Bracho explores the relationship between space, time, and perception in the exhibitions Architecture and the Self, on show at Sala Alcalá 31, and Tutti Frutti, at the Alcobendas Art Center.
Madrid illustrator Fernando Vicente is a household name in Spanish illustration, with a career spanning several decades. Winner of three Awards of Excellence from the Society for News Design, his latest effort is a tribute to New York City through some of the icons that are part of our collective imagination when it comes to The Big Apple.
For the second time, Taschen has reserved a place for María Herreros on the Olympus of illustration, among the 100 best artists in the world. Possessor of a distinct and unique style she defines as “empathetic and nervous”, she is also launching the book ‘Viva la dolce vita’, alongside Máximo Huerta.
Andrés Rábago wanders around discretely hidden behind the pseudonym El Roto: for many, the most clearheaded portrait painter in current society. Today, the illustrator is featured in the Museo Nacional del Prado with ‘One Cannot Watch’: a splendid exhibition inspired by the illustrations of Francisco de Goya.
Ferrán Adriá, Paco Roncero, Dabiz Muñoz… Many of the biggest Spanish chefs show their haute cuisine creations on crockery made by Pedro León. We met this artisan (this is what he considers himself) in his authentic workshop in Madrid to talk about his pieces, the raku technique and the growing interest in this millenary art from the world of gastronomy.
Capturing reality with an almost painterly sensibility is part of Recuenco’s brilliance. Now, this photographer from Madrid explores his most personal universe from several angles. A compilation of one thousand and one photographs and a series are his proposal against the culture of immediacy, conformity and lack of freedom
Although he lives in New York, Isidro Blasco hasn’t forgot its roots and has just opened a studio in Madrid, a city that is currently showcasing 'Espacio emergente' a site-specific installation at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum until 26 January.
Borges and Bolaño are his great influences, but Aitor Sarabia’s field of action goes beyond literature. A creator above anything else, he’s a total artist that conjures up magic in his work, lending it a healing power. His latest book is a good example of this.
Although they claim they don’t ascribe to any particular style, the furniture designed by Madrid-based studio Kresta has a personality of its own. With iron-forged elements and a colour palette that enlivens spaces, completely changing their intention, their pieces are more artistic than they are intended for industrial production. Each piece aims to transcend utility, that’s why they conquer the aura of any living room.
Núria Madrid’s work is an explosion of colours, textures and volumes, a playful display of movements and gears. The Barcelona illustrator gives her pieces personality and character, presenting, she says, complex concepts “in a fun way through illustration”. She defines herself as a designer and her works are indeed packed with design, but also very artful.
Ouka Leele, Alberto García-Alix, Pablo Pérez-Mínguez and Miguel Trillo star in the photographic exhibition 'La Movida. Chronicle of A Turmoil. 1978-1988', which opens in Barcelona on 17 October.
Sanz i Vila
His illustrations have been featured in international television series, festival posters, beverage and furniture campaigns, and book covers. The iconography of the Alicante-born Sanz i Vila is part of a new graphic imaginary that creates a personal style to talk about issues that matter.
José Naranja is not a common artist, nor does he consider himself one. However, his illustrated notebooks are real works of art everybody wants. A pleasure for lovers of contemplation, calligraphy, and drawing.
After being closed for eight years, the Chillida Leku museum has reopened its doors. The spectacular home where most of Eduardo Chillida’s work is showcased was selected by ‘Time’ magazine as one of the greatest places in the world to visit.
Her name and work appears, both in Spain and abroad, on TV commercials, beverage and perfume packaging design, exhibition halls, art books, and fashion stores. And, of course, on Instagram. Coco Dávez’s artistic universe is expanding endlessly.
Let’s Go Gallery-Hopping!
Apertura Madrid Gallery Weekend, an art fair launched 10 years ago with the aim to support emerging and consolidated artists, promote art collecting and, most importantly, to attract people to their galleries.
Choreographer Víctor Ullate says goodbye to his audience, after a career of almost forty years, with Sophocles’ tragedy 'Antigone', starring the great Lucía Lacarra.
From drag balls in 1920s New York to Parisian ballrooms in 2019, voguing has never lost its lustre. Now landing in Spain, it is here to stay. Come on, vogue!
The Leon town of La Bañeza is fighting the exodus to big cities with street art. Every August, the town’s facades serve as a canvas for artists from all over the world participating in the Art Aero Rap festival.
In a move towards originality, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum reinvents the appeal of painting, bringing it closer to the charms of haute cuisine with a scrumptious art book.
With over 100.000 followers on Instagram and near 25.000 on Facebook, her fans discovered Elena Pancorbo’s art in the virtual realm. Publishing houses including Planeta, Penguin Random House, and Anaya have given it visibility in the real world.
We have a chat with Jorge Arévalo, without a doubt one of the most important illustrators in Spain today. Creative and multidisciplinary like no other, the Madrilenian combines his gorgeous illustrations with an analytical mentality and a great capacity to communicate, which he applies in projects for companies like BBVA and Cartier.
It’s time to reclaim one of Spain’s most established and talented photographers, probably one of today’s best portraitists. Hardened in many battles, Javier Salas is the one to call when a cover is meant to endure.
Their work decorates the streets of cities such as Berlin, New Delhi, Panama and São Paulo. For Boa Mistura, art is participative—both the place and its neighbours have a say because they believe in resident’s critical and human capacity.
Okuda San Miguel
An explosion of colour. Geometrical shapes. Fantasy animals. Lysergic prints. Imaginary landscapes. Welcome to Okuda’s universe, a sparkling, unprejudiced world expanding at light speed.
The Spanish-Brazilian artist returns to Madrid with 'lindalocaviejabruja', a project denouncing everyday sexism through the most dangerous means—the small things in life.
Velázquez, Rembrandt And Vermeer
Velázquez, Rembrandt and Vermeer had more in common than history has wanted us to realise. As part of its fantastic and rewarding 200th anniversary celebrations, the Prado Museum is now revealing it to us, until the end of September.
In order to understand the present of Balenciaga, the most important Spanish couturier ever, we must look back into a past that, curiously enough, mirrors our time. The exhibition 'Balenciaga and Spanish Painting' is on show at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza until 22 September.
The Prado Celebrates Its Birthday With A Tour Of Spain
The exhibition 'Gira por España' has been inviting the public to enjoy the works of Goya, Velázquez, Rafael and Rubens and join the celebrations for Museo del Prado´s bicentenary on different locations throughout the country.
Rogelio López Cuenca
At 60, Rogelio López Cuenca is facing a key moment in his life that is also a double-edged sword—a retrospective exhibition. A statement of intent highlighting the language, painting, poetry, collage, irony, and tons of humour permeating his work.