All publications of activities related to COVID-19. Summaries of sessions as well as documents and legislative proposals as a result of the work of the Crisis Cabinets.
The relationship with art was born from the desire to strengthen the links between art, Fide and its environment, based on the conviction that the knowledge society, and therefore the dynamization of culture, are fundamental today. In response to the cultural concerns of Fide members, we develop activities related to literature, music and other humanistic areas.
During the year the walls of Fide are covered with works by different artists.
Here you can find the artists who have exhibited so far:
After a year of confinement forced by the pandemic in which we experienced that the impossible can be improbable, and the improbable, a cruel reality, there we were again.
We published the summary of the online art conference on June 8, which dealt with Art Foundations.
On May 28, the IV Fide Day with Art was held where issues on the Law of Art were addressed, focusing on responsible collecting in times of Covid-19.
The added value of this edition was the extraordinary result of bringing together leading authorities, jurists, academics, experts, collectors, journalists and art dealers.
Fide has organized the second edition of its Art Day. Reference event in the artistic-legal world in Madrid.
Some ideas on the improvement of Spanish cultural policies, by Rafael Mateu de Ros.
Fide, January 2020- April 2020
Christopher Muttukumaru, is a member of the Fide Academic Council (based in London). Christopher is CB, DL and attorney. Consultant at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. He has been a member of Monckton Chambers at Gray's Inn in London from 2014 to 2018. He was a member of the General Council for the British Department of Transport where he served as Chief Legal Counsel for eight successive State Secretariats for Transport between 2001 and 2013. In the General Council was also a member of DfT Executive Council.
Photography is one of Christopher's great hobbies and, on this occasion, he gives us the opportunity to exhibit a small collection of his photographs that he has entitled «Reflections».
The images are mostly landscapes from the countries with which he has been closely associated, Australia, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and of course Spain. A constant theme of his photography is seeing the world reflected.
Christopher will donate all funds from any sale of these photographs to the *Balia Foundation*.
(*) Foundation that since 2001 has been fighting child poverty in Spain through education. (www.fundacionbalia.org )
Fide, November 2019 - January 2020.
"It was necessary to drill the thickness of the light to begin to see."
Jose Angel Valente
“My way of painting is totally archaeological. Like digging in the stars.
It is curious that the more you descend into matter, increasing the scale of the
vision, as if it were to open a tunnel or enter a cave, the images that remain with you
in the hands they bear a formal resemblance to the photos sent to us by satellites.
The more weight or density you introduce to the object, the more lightness you produce in it. Far and near
they become confused when self-conscious matter sheds its brilliance. "
César Barrio (Oviedo 1971) is a mid-career artist with international projection. His work is, among others, in the collections of various universities and foundations and in private collections in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. He has exhibited individually in cities such as Salzburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Santander, Oviedo and Pamplona. Graduated in architecture, he teaches courses and conferences as a visiting professor in architecture schools. He is a regular collaborator, as an artist, in architecture studios and in heterogeneous projects with writers, musicians and fashion designers.
Curator: Elena Rodríguez Mayol
Javad Tafti Farashah.
Fide, September-October 2019
Born in Karaj, Iran in 1977.
Visual and scenic artist. In different periods he has worked on stage acting, photography and, since 2015, documentaries and shorts.
He makes multiple interventions, standing out in directing and editing as well as in the production of documentaries and short films. His latest most outstanding works revolve around civil works projects, dams and complexes carried out in recent years in Iran.
Since 2011, he has made visits to various places in the Iranian geography and exhibits in different national galleries in his field his photographic work about the daily life of Iranian society, as well as the landscapes that surround him and in which he sits. Thus, he carries out a visual research work on the symbolic aspects of the society of which he is a part, opening his work to interculturality.
The photographic retrospective covers Iranian social news, accompanied by the natural and monumental Persian landscape, of great intrinsic beauty.
Visualize the daily experience of people, especially children (the future), the local culture (visualized in the current singular crafts, the present), and integrate them into a setting where monumental spaces are still valid (the past), allow to integrate the big and the small, the singular with the particular, allowing to offer this Persian singularity from within.
The main objective of this exhibition offers, through a strictly social vision, the close, personal carelessness and without certain expectations, to offer the possibility of changing the stereotype of politicized social radicality of Iranian society, changing said paradigm when a country is visualized from inside, from the point of view of the "other" (the observed).
«Sometimes the smile of a child is so sweet that you are not willing to exchange that moment for anything in the world. This is the record of photos taken a year ago. Photography is not just a visual recording of people, it is immortalized human life, by bringing us qualities of happiness, sadness, hope and emotions of all kinds. There is a direct connection to the soul of the photographer. The value of this profession is not only a quantitative and qualitative value, it is much more, because people, managers of institutions and organizations as well as their human potential, protect projects that have seen, see and will see a social environment that breathes well-being for people, in a claim for cosmic justice that reaches the infinitesimal part of each universe. "
Fide, April - September 2019
Agustín Martín Francés.
Fide, January - April 2019
Agustín Martín Francés (Madrid, 1959) is a graphic designer and photographer. Doctor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid since 1992.
Professor of Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts. He lectures on photography, design and digital art. He has carried out graphic and space design projects for different companies and has given numerous conferences on photography, design and digital art, although his artistic career has always focused on the photographic image, exhibiting inside and outside our borders.
He was president of El Caballito, an association for the promotion of author photography and has been Coordinator of the Degree in Design at the UCM, Director of the Official Master's Degree in Design at the UCM and Director of the Department of Design and Image at the UCM.
Photography is usually considered a minor art, although it floods art fairs. After its appearance in the XNUMXth century, the fidelity of the image it provides brought with it the emergence of the artistic avant-gardes, which sought to transcend realism in Painting. However, the ability to pick up in an instant the trace of an unrepeatable event, and always from a single personal point of view, has determined the consideration of this artistic, technical, mechanical method, devised in a human and cold way of looking. and diligent. Photography has thus found a niche of identity by which it is recognized as an authentic document or as art.
However, there have always been mestizo artists. David Hockney made cubism using polaroids, Francis Bacon photographed himself in photo booths and Salvador Dalí collaborated with Man Ray, Brassaï, Cecil Beaton or Philippe Halsman. Long before, Caravaggio himself used the camera obscura, a photographic device, to create his magnificent paintings. On the other hand, there are also innumerable crossbreeds, such as those of Joel-Peter Witkin or Lucas Samaras, who have not hesitated to work on the support of the photographic image. In this way the cold realism of a photograph is converted into warm expression, tactile matter and volcanic passion.
Images Fantasy World they are indebted to these magnificent precedents, they inquire into expression, matter, mystery, surrealism and passion. Reality always raises an existential doubt, it only shows us what we do not feel. However, we sense that there is something behind that appearance, something alive that must be discovered. That is why these images rescue and show the looming reality, interpreting it without adding anything, just playing to wake it up, like blowing on a sleeping angel. Fantasy World it is a pop world, fantastic, mysterious and expressionist. It reflects what can be even though it may not seem like it, the freedom of form, the expression of the inanimate.
Fide, September - December 2018
Curra Rueda (Madrid, 1971), pseudonym of Cristina Rueda Núñez de Villavicencio, is an elegant mid-career painter who has been awarded several prizes such as the annual Federal Drawing Contest Crestmond New Jersey (USA), or the Complutense Foundation Acquisition Prize .
Curra Rueda has a degree in Fine Arts, a double specialty in Design and Painting, and also a degree in Art History, all from the Complutense University of Madrid. Erasmus scholarship in Leeds (Great Britain), and training working in the studio of the renowned artist Cruz Novillo.
He has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Spain and Belgium. He has also participated in art fairs such as ArtMadrid14 OneProjet (Madrid), Off Art Fair OAF13 (Brussels), and 2016 JustMad2016 (Madrid).
Fide, August - September 2018
Paula Anta works in series based on arguments that she later develops on-site, in most cases, as stagings that, in an installation way, build the final image. The relationship between nature and artificiality together with the structures created by man, history and travel configure the path of his work but it could mainly be pointed out that the conceptual line of Anta's work focuses on showing the meaning of each landscape as a cultural fact in itself.
The use of materials that are configured in "toxic" areas due to their composition, such as plastic paints, aerosols, PVC or different types of plastics, contrasts with the vision of a kind of increasingly denatured landscape, which, through its elements (trees, plants, stones) and their strength for and for survival, is imposed in the different locations chosen allowing, in this way, an internal dialogue.
Anta takes nature beyond its real possibilities without impostures. The images create possible situations starting from a landscape or an apparently spontaneous space without imposing a forced narrative.
The treatment of nature with black elements bases its meaning on the relationship it establishes between black and light. Black is the color that absorbs most of the spectrum of light that we see and reflects the least of it. In our culture, light is what gives objects existence. Without light, they disappear, they become translucent to our eyes. The existence of photography from its origins is also due to the deposition of light on a sensitive surface. The non-light, the darkness, the black, originates the disappearance of reality. Therefore, black and light is the contrast between nature that disappears but that, at the same time, contains the sum of the luminous spectrum. As Soulages describes “black is no longer the instrument but that secret light that arises from black”. Both in the photographic series Black Routes 2011, Ivy X L'architecture des arbres In 2013, as in the latest installations, a discourse is created between the existence and disappearance of reality (the natural element) that stands out at the same time as it is diluted in the absorbed depth of black.
Fide, April - September 2018
The exhibition is made up of the latest creations of this young artist (1989), and is divided into three differentiated series:
On one hand, Landscapes in Discourse It is a set of paintings that have been born from different training sessions (conferences, congresses, debates). Two of these landscapes were painted in FIDE during the Neuro-leadership session held on February 27th.
A Miudiño Walk it is a series in continuous evolution. All these works have Galicia as their central theme, where light and sound are important factors during the creation process.
Por último, la ContraLUZ Series. A series of small and delicate pieces painted on dark supports. Cardboard and steel serve as the basis for capturing moments in which the sky and its colors are in irrepressible transition.
Alex Barros He works as Creative Director at the consulting company Quid Qualitas. He is a specialist in imagination and innovation in the field of "Customer Experience" and an expert in Co-Creation programs.
Graduated in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCM (Madrid), as an artist he is the author of group and individual exhibitions in art galleries nationwide. His pictorial work is already part of several private collections.
Fide, February - March 2018
Antonio Guerra (Zamora 1983), visual artist who mainly uses the photographic medium and installation to reflect on the transformation processes of the landscape and our perception of it through the image. Photographic staging and performance in nature make up the core of his work.
He has received numerous awards, including the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation scholarship for residence and participation in La Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, the Villalar Foundation Artistic Creation scholarship, the MUSAC Plastic Arts scholarship and the Young Creators Contest Award. from Madrid.
His work has been exhibited individually in institutions and contemporary art centers such as the DA2 in Salamanca, the Sala del Teatro Calderón in Valladolid and the Centro Covado Photo in Seville, among others. He also participates in art festivals, such as PhotoEspaña, the Biennial of Mediterranean Artists in Italy and Greece, Outono Fotográfica and Foto Noviembre Tenerife and in various group exhibitions in Spain, Europe and Latin America.
"Mitate" houses a careful selection of the artist's work, made between 2012 and 2016, where we can see a dialogue between reality and fiction, the landscape and its representation.
Fide, January - February 2018
Marisa Ruiz-Zorrilla (Madrid, 1955) is a plastic artist who has to her credit numerous awards, such as the Gold medal of the Academy Européenne des Arts in Paris, the Medal of Honor in the BMW Prize for Painting in Spain and the Silver Medal in the 40 Grand Prix International of Belgium.
He has exhibited in several countries in Europe and in the US, some of the cities that have hosted his exhibitions are Madrid, Paris, Venezia, Gembloux and New York.
Graduated in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Madrid, she delves into the study of Art and Psychoanalysis, impregnating her artistic creation with all this. His creative process, marked by continuous experimentation, emerges from the interrelation of artistic fields and techniques that he fuses until their limits dissolve, thus creating the plastic representation of an idea.
This exhibition houses a careful selection of the artist's work made between 2007 and 2017, revolving around two common threads, light in cities, and the deconstruction of nature.
Fide, November 2017 - January 2018
Felipao is the stage name of Felipe Garcia-Bañon Sanz-Briz, an artist born by chance in Morocco who throughout his life, being the son and grandson of diplomats, has lived in half the world, United Arab Emirates, France, Kenya, Nicaragua , Pakistan, ... this cosmopolitan life and exposure to different cultures have allowed him to have a multifaceted vision of the world.
He settled in Madrid in 1983. He has a degree in economics and business from ICADE, his working life is spent in multinationals such as Bristol-Myers, Telecinco, Repsol, etc.
In 2009 he decided to make a big change in his life, his need to communicate his experiences, his vision and what had been his passion until then, led him to leave the world of the multinational and dedicate himself completely to art.
Throughout these years he has exhibited in Germany, the United States, Hong-Kong, Mexico, the United Kingdom, among other countries, collectively and individually. He has held public exhibitions ("Podenco Dafne y Lucas" - Gallery PArt Ibiza). His works are in important collections such as those of Philippe Starck, former President César Gaviria, the Koplowitz family and the March family, among others.
He has collaborated on exhibitions and specific artistic projects for brands such as MINI, Tag-Heuer, Glenfiddich, Beefeater, Ebay, Apodemia and Bulldog Gin.
His iconic creations have positioned him as one of the most recognized pop artists today, considered by ebay as “the Pop artist of the moment”. His sculptures are a symbiosis of art, design and decoration.
Ramón González de la Torre.
Fide, September - November 2017
Attracted from a young age by art in general and by photography, painting and music in particular, he learned, almost always in a self-taught way. In 1989, he made his first illustrations for publications, after receiving tutorials from Ramón González Teja. A year later, he bought his first Mac, after completing a Master in Graphics and Multimedia at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. From then on, he combines airbrushing with illustration in digital graphics systems.
After 6 years working in the graphic studio Artefacto de Comunicación in the field of packaging, he created, together with Marta Huerta Bodas, Contracorriente Estudio Gráfico. A study with the philosophy of doing things in a different way.
His relationship with video editing technology led him to work as a professor of graphics, non-linear editing and special effects at the Seventh Ars Film and TV school.
Fide, April - July 2017
The word "architect" derives from the Latin "architectus" and comes from the sum of two ancient Greek words "archos" (guide) and "tekton" (builder). The architect is the "construction guide" (the site manager). Architecture is defined as the art and technique of creating habitable physical spaces.
There is another architecture that is essential and intrinsic to the individual. I am referring to the architecture of the deep and intangible atmospheres that constitute us as people and determine our relationship with ourselves and with others. Each of us devises, projects and builds the intimate space that we inhabit. Conscious or not and through a complex web of elements (experiences, thoughts, feelings, emotions…) we are the “guide”, the “site manager”, the architect of our intimacy.
El artistic language Montse Clausells speaks to us precisely of those essential "secret" lines that make us function as people; the guides that base and give meaning to our inner “city”. Scenarios in which there are structures, tensions, balances, weights, floors, different surfaces, various depths, openings and closures…. The pictorial universe of this artist is that of these landscapes not physical or abstract but metaphysical: the landscapes of the architecture of the soul.
The first time I saw a work by Montse Clausells, I identified the colored spots, the white, the black, the mists, the geometric shapes ... Later, in the color, I discovered the layers of superimposed pigments and the glazes or transparencies between them. ; white ceased to be paint and was transformed into light as well as black into darkness; I sensed the mists as empty spaces and geometric shapes like the lines that sustain them.
Those layers and glazes connected me with the passage of time, with the stages, with the routes, with growth and development. White light with energy, hope and the possibility to flow. The darkness of the blacks with the “I”: the strength, the power, the toughness, the robustness, the “ego” presence that coexists with the nebulous volatility of insecurities and with the rigidity and immobility of linear containment.
Montse asks us a single, essential question that encourages us to introspection, but his canvases contain infinity of answers; as many as the individualities that contemplate them. (…)
Mercedes Durban Monreal. Barcelona, July 2016.
Fide, October 2016 - March 2017
The aim of this exhibition is to develop an area of knowledge of Spanish painting Modern the beginning of the XNUMXth century and the development of Contemporary Art also Spanish (1960-2016) in the different supports of painting, photography, sculpture and Video within the vision of a private collector who owns the Los Bragales Collection.
The exhibition will be accompanied by two sessions (the first took place on October 18 and the second will be on January 24, 2017) with Jaime Sordo, who will contribute his experience of 40 years collecting Modern and Contemporary Art
Although the works can already be seen at the Fide headquarters, the exhibition will be inaugurated on October 18, in which Jaime Sordo will comment on the CCharacteristics of private collecting in Contemporary Art. The session will be held at Fide (Calle / Serrano, 26-4ºright) from 14.00:16.30 p.m. to 30:XNUMX p.m. with an informal snack in the first XNUMX minutes.
The emotional aspects of the private collector, the passionate part and the strong emotional impact will be addressed, the generic identification of the collectors and the essential value of art will be analyzed.
The opinions that different critics and curators have on collecting will be seen at the national and international level.
A description will be made of the Los Bragales Collection and the composition of its works in its different supports and the first 4 of the eight exhibitions held in institutional centers will be described, analyzing the most relevant works of each exhibition.
During the duration of the exhibition, the Fide collaborating entities will be offered the possibility of organizing private visits for closed groups with a collection expert. After a cold dinner, the group will be able to know the details of this collection in a very close way. Fide offers the opportunity to develop this activity in Spanish, English, French and German.
At Fide we have enjoyed the exhibition of Felipao's sculptures until July 2016.
Fide, April - May 2016
Herminia began from a very young age with her fondness for capturing nature among her children's drawings. She graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1981 and specialized in Occupational Medicine in 1983, currently working in the Occupational Medicine Area of the Prevention Service of the Community of Madrid and is the Medical Director of Risk and Work. His greatest hobby is painting and he has exhibited his work in Madrid on several occasions.
"Many good draftsmen may not reach your soul, if the drawing is perfect or not, it does not indicate whether the painting is better or worse. Sentimentally we cannot talk about technique, how difficult it is if the painting makes you fall in love to say if it has technique or not picture you noticed. Is nature perfect? perhaps, in its functioning, but in its visual reflection, it is as perfect or imperfect as the one who contemplates it. Nature above all is capricious, often the result of chance, capricious yes, but is it beautiful? Well, it depends on the moment, that moment in which you find yourself, beautiful or not is the one you see, it is your reality, your way of understanding it. Well, those are my paintings, they do not reflect any more world than the one I have invented ”.
Fide, April - May 2015
Luis Soares, the multidisciplinarity of a symbolist expressionist creator.
Luis Soares, is a born researcher and creator. Painter, sculptor, printmaker, poster artist, graphic artist and ceramist, his work is characterized by presenting a marked symbolic expressionist accent.
Born in Mozambique, of Portuguese descent, currently living in the Portuguese country and in our country, his great artistic production and his desire for knowledge have projected his creation internationally, consolidating himself today as a great artist of recognized prestige and work in significant museums from different countries.
In this exhibition, he presents edited work from different stages, in which his eagerness to discover and experiment, always with a constant, his marked primitivist accent, his ascription to the symbolic representation of an organic type but also of a deep mythifying and deifying accent is confirmed.
Luis Soares, a Portuguese painter, with an African soul and a universal destiny.
Fide, April - July 2015
More information about the artist and her work can be found at: http://mencheta.com/
Fide, January - April 2015
For more information on the artist and his work: http://www.joaquindecardenasacuarelas.wordpress.com
Fide, October - December 2014
Fide exhibited from October to December 2014 a sample of Eduardo Laborde's work: “In March 2014 I was walking through the streets of Manhattan and camera in hand I tried to visualize the dynamism and activity of the city that has been the center of reference in recent years ”.
For more information on the artist and his work: http://www.EduardoLaborde.es
Fide, May - September 2014
Fide presented a selection of Monica Ridruejo's work, consisting of oil paintings, ink on paper and sculptures.
Contrast the oil painting on display with a sample from the Scrolls & Life series, creations in counterpoint of sizes but united by the diversity of colors in ink on paper technique, recently painted. The exchange of perspectives and the versatility in the figurative scale give an interesting variety to this sample, and allow a better perception of the creative value of the whole.
Monica Ridruejo's work has been exhibited in Spain, several European countries and Morocco, and is present in various private collections and international museum galleries.
Fide, September 2013 - April 2014
Check the work at: http://www.javiermontesol.com
Fide, April - September 2013
Various pieces, made with different photographic techniques that capture light, angles, instants, that surprise, catch the eye and bring us closer to realities and not so close, with an almost magnetic effect…. Most of them are made with time long, to capture the movement of the branches of a tree on the Tunisian sea, or to capture the gliding of a rowing canoe on the Retiro lake, in Madrid. They are photos of varied subjects, some of travel, others taken in the exit tunnel of a model parade, or framed in the tradition of street photography, or in the landscape. We can also see different printing techniques, from black and white to acrylic printing, which gives a special shine to the colors of some beech trees in autumn, in a forest in the north of Navarra.