Soledad Sevilla (Valencia, 1944). She studied at the San Jordi School of Fine Art in Barcelona and, after moving to Madrid, at the Automatic Generation of Visual Forms Seminar in the UCM Computing Centre. Her first individual exhibition was held in 1969 at Galería Trilc...read more
Soledad Sevilla (Valencia, 1944). She studied at the San Jordi School of Fine Art in Barcelona and, after moving to Madrid, at the Automatic Generation of Visual Forms Seminar in the UCM Computing Centre. Her first individual exhibition was held in 1969 at Galería Trilce, Barcelona. She received grants from the Juan March Foundation (1979), Centro de Promoción de Artes Plásticas (1980) and the U.S.-Spanish Joint Committee for Cultural and Educational Cooperation (1981). Thanks to the last award she was able to further her studies at Harvard University. Her work went from Figurative to Art informel and from there to Geometric Abstraction and Constructivism. However, in spite of the rise of Op-Art and Kinetic art, she did not develop a cold geometric approach and soon enjoyed some of her greatest successes. She suggests spatial depth through the vibration of light located in a dense network of lines, a fine mesh through which she sieves objects and backgrounds. However, she later abandoned this procedure in favour of less rigid forms. In 1983 she began to create installations and even before that she combined her creative work with graphic design (including a long period working with Gerardo Delgado). In 1993 she received the Ministry of Culture's National Award for the Visual Arts; two years later she became a teacher at the Faculty of Fine Art in Granada and the Palacio de Velázquez in Madrid hosted the first major retrospective of her work from 1975 to 1995: Memoria (Memory). In the late 1990s the mesh disappeared, although there was still a certain geometric feeling, with walls and spaces, using plant forms, the shape of leaves, subtly evoking Granada, a city with which the artist has strong links. In 2001 the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern organised a retrospective of her work entitled El espacio y el recinto (The Space and the Enclosure) and in 2007 she was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Art. Her latest work takes the shape of the window as a pictorial space and also the surface textures of wood and metal, as can be seen in the series on Los Apóstoles de Rubens (Ruben's Apostles) and El Retablo (The Tableau).
In 2008 she received the José María Rodríguez-Acosta Medal from the Granada Academy of Fine Art. In 2010 she participated in the Pontevedra Biennial and exhibited her work at the Iberia Art Center in Beijing. In 2012 she created an installation at the Glass Palace in the Retiro Park in Madrid, which reproduced the internal architecture of the Palace and depicted the sky. The title Escrito en los cuerpos celestes (Written on Celestial Bodies) alludes to the punctuation marks printed on the membrane which forms the piece, which was produced between 2001 and 2012.
In 2014 she received the Art and Patronage Award as "Best Artist in 2014".Read less