Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Aurelio Rodriguez

“Crisis ?”  © Aurelio Rodriguez López

Name: Aurelio Rodriguez López
Bio: Aurelio Rodriquez López was born in 1958 in Génave, Jaén, Andalucia, and moved to Madrid to train as an engineer in 1976; after a year he quit university to become an artist. Like many another Spanish artist he took to painting street portraits, first in Madrid (where in 1978 he took lessons in Soto Mesa School of Art), then Marbella in the summer of 1983, and Tenerife in 1991, where he studied sculpture with Guillermo Batista Diáz. He received a commission from the royal court of Bahrain in 1996. He has since painted some of the major players of the world, from the kings of Morocco, Hassan II and Mohammed VI, the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Tamara and Petra, daughters of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, and members of the rock band Def Leppard, among others.
Rodriguez has taken several courses in etchings, aquatint, linocut and photogravure, besides learning lithography from José Montañes Garnica, Spanish Museum of Contemporary Etchings, Marbella.  His picture Crisis? showing two children looking at a loaf of bread won first prize at the First International Pastel Biennial in Spain, 2011.
Rodriguez had his first solo exhibition in 1979 and a retrospective in 1995, with numerous shows in between. Rodriguez has shown his work in Madrid, León, Marbella, Valencia, Malaga, Granada, Düsseldorf, Munich, Miami, New York, and London.
Aurelio Rodriguez López lives in Puerto Banús, Marbella.
Medium: Pastel; oil; watercolour; pastels are painted on acrylic plaster.
Subjects: Landscape; Nudes; Portraits/figurative; Still life
Style: The website lists: Realism, surrealism, hyperrealism, magic realism and abstract  
Navigation: This website is available in Spanish, French, and English. I have confined my remarks to the English version. I don’t see any evidence that the site has been updated in recent years.
Gallery: To see all the pastels grouped together go to Techniques – Pastel; and to Portraits – Pastel. There is much more to be viewed in the other gallery pages under different techniques and media.
Image View: Thumbnails open in a viewer on same page. Information on medium and size is provided. Download is possible, although most if not all the images are splashed with a copyright watermark.
Demo: See a brief video on the 2012 BP Portrait Awards and a ten minute interview on YouTube 

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