Juan Zamora, 2017 Princess of Girona Foundation Arts and Literature Award

The award winner was chosen for his aesthetic approach, one of the most esteemed values of which is social intervention. With his choice of basic materials, he creates a polyphony of meanings that is not bound to just one culture.

Juan Zamora González is a graduate in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master of Contemporary Art from the Universidad Europea de Madrid. He has been a lecturer at the University of California – Irvine and Long Island University (USA) and at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Zamora González has received important national recognition, such as the INUVE (2006), ABC (2009) and GENERACIONES2016 awards, and won grants from international centres such as ISCP (New York, 2011-2012), NIROX Foundation (Johannesburg, 2014-16), Lugar a Dudas (Cali, 2015) and the Real Academia de España (Rome, 2015-16). His projects have been exhibited in galleries, fairs, biennials and museums such as ICO (Madrid, 2007), CAAC (Seville, 2008), DA2 (Salamanca, 2010), Matadero (Madrid, 2011), MAMM (Medellin, 2012), Artium (Vitoria, 2013), MCA (Sydney, 2014), La Tertulia (Cali, 2015), NC-Arte (Bogotá, 2016) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2016). In addition, he designed the sets for the play Lorca al vacío, at the Sociedad Cervantina (Madrid, 2012), and was creative director of the fashion brand Redhero. His career began with Animailiyos (2006), a series of cartoons about human beings and their nature. In New York, in 2011, he produced the piece A dead pigeon and its shadow singing based on animist concepts. In 2014, he began the project Ora (bajo el cielo de la boca) in Johannesburg, which is currently on display in the Museo de Altamira. In 2015, he collaborated with the pre-Hispanic indigenous Muisca people in the project ‘Cuerpos de agua’ to revive their extinct language. During his time at the Real Academia de España in Rome he created the ‘Montorio’ project, which portrays nature as divinity.

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