First of all I would like to remember that wonderful day of urban plein air painting in July where at least 300 artists took the streets of London: it was Pintar Rápido competition, and we all managed to complete a whole painting in just one day! I choose to paint in King's Road, the window shop of John Lewis-Peter Jones and the flowers that hang along that street. It is not a usual subject for me, but I enjoyed the challenge and I got to remain close to the Old Chelsea Town Hall, where all the paintings needed to be handed over by 7pm. My composition was very challenging but I managed to find the way to balance it, putting a figure closer to the viewer. This bigger figure was a mix of 2 girls to whom I asked to pose for me there and then. The problem with oils is that they don't dry in the day, in fact the next day, hung in the exhibition, in the Chelsea Old Town Hall, my painting had several unintentional touches that blurred or deleted some small areas, coming either from the hanging process or from some unaware member of the public, often carrying racksacks or coates in their hands. However there was a beautiful surprise that day for me: my painting was given the third prize! There were some really good paintings around, and narrowing down to just a few prizes must have been a very difficult task for the jury. You can browse almost all of the works made in that day by clicking here.
My exhibition "Viaje de no retorno" has been shortlisted for the "Premios Luces" among the five aspiring to the "Best solo exhibition of the year" prize. The prize is awarded by the leading newspaper in Perú, "El Comercio" to what is considered to have been, during the last year, the best work of literature, the best theatre play, the best TV program, fashion designer, music album, etc. Readers and internet surfers can cast their votes until 8 January 2012. For me it is already a big satisfaction that El Comercio has selected my exhibition among the best five of the year together with high-profile artists like Roberto Huarcaya, Francis Alÿs, Nicolas Lamas and Liliana Porter.
Mi exposición "Viaje de no retorno" ha sido seleccionada entre las cinco aspirantes al Premio Luces dentro de la categoría de "Mejor muestra individual" en Perú. Los "Premios Luces", otorgados por El Comercio, el periódico líder de Perú, son una cita anual para premiar lo que se ha considerado, en el año que acaba, el mejor cine, disco musical, espectáculo de teatro, obra de literatura, el mejor diseñador de moda, la mejor exposición de arte, etc. La elección del ganador está en manos de los lectores y de los internautas que podrán votar hasta el 8 de enero. Para mi ya es una enorme satisfacción que El Comercio haya elegido mi exposicion entre las cinco mejores del año junto a artistas de la talla de Roberto Huarcaya, Francis Alÿs, Nicolas Lamas y Liliana Porter.