Hugo Fontela, FPdGi Arts and Literature Award 2014

Has been awarded for having developed paintings that are reflective, pared down and committed to protecting nature, and which impressed the jury with their maturity and intensity.

Hugo Fontela was born in Grado (Asturias, Spain) in 1986. He began his education in painting at the School of Arts and Crafts of Avilés, where he learnt to paint in an academic style, and later the Oviedo School of Art, where he began preparing for studies in the Fine Arts. However, he finally decided not to register and instead moved to New York at the age of eighteen. In this city he broadened his studies at The Arts Students League and set up his artist’s studio. In 2005 he won the 20th BMW Painting Award in Spain, and in 2007 the Award for Best Artist at the Estampa graphic art fair, a prize presented by the Madrid Association of Art Critics.

In 2006 he participated as a guest artist, together with Juan Hidalgo, in the 18th Painting Biennial in Zamora. In 2011 he organised a large exhibition of work he had created in America, which was inaugurated by the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the Mu-seum of Montserrat (Barcelona). The same year, as a result of two stays in Rio de Janeiro with Oscar Niemeyer (2009 and 2011), he produced the exhibition Niemeyer by Fontela, held at the centre designed by the architect in Avilés. He currently forms part of the Marlborough Gallery, which represents him, alternating between his studios in Madrid and New York.

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