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.

The artist Hugo Fontela Rodríguez (Grado, Asturias, 1986) joined the School of Arts and Crafts of Avilés at the age of 14, where he learnt to paint in an academic fashion and was later awarded the Special Merit Award in the Arts. He went on to enrol for an Art Baccalaureate of the Oviedo School of Art with a view to studying Fine Art, a decision he later put on hold in order to move to the Art Students League, in the city of New York.

At the age of 19 he won the 20th BMW Painting Award, which was presented by HRH Queen Sofia of Spain. After receiving this prize he attended the 18th Painting Biennial in Zamora as a guest artist. In 2007 he won the Award for Best Artist at the ESTAMPA trade fair, presented by the Madrid Association of Art Critics. In 2011, the Prince and Princess of Asturias and of Girona inaugurated a large exhibition of his work at the Museum of Montserrat. As a result of his stay with Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro, he created Niemeyer by Fontela at the centre designed by the architect in Avilés and which currently forms part of the Carles Taché Gallery. Since 2005 he has lived and worked in Manhattan.

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