Artist of the Week 51
Alfredo Palmero is the third generation of a lineage of artists that began with his grandfather, with whom he shared a name and a great love for painting.
Since 1991, Alfredo Palmero has been holding personal exhibitions in European cultural hubs such as Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Brussels, London, Lisbon, Montecarlo, as well as around the world like Qatar, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Panama, California, and New Mexico.
The Palmero family has founded two private museums in Spain; one in Barcelona in the XV Century House, and the second in Central Spain. Works by the family can also be found in private collections, including of King Juan Carlos of Spain, and Duchess of Albe de Tornes, Grandee of Spain.
Palmero’s figurative language is influenced by some of the best 19th and 20th century European Art, namely Velazquez, Renoir, Picasso and Klee. The influence of Mediterranean culture is always present and prominent in his work, as well.
Alfredo Palmero is now considered one of the most interesting contemporary Spanish artists in the artistic panorama, with a heritage relating back to traditional European Art, while simultaneously connecting with the aesthetics of the 21st century.
Classic and contemporary polarities exist in each work, created with ease and the artist’s personal vision of painting.
“Paint, paint, paint. Surrounded by it in the family studio with my grandfather ever since I was small, I watched pictures be created on canvases and colors made ready, exhibitions… and long conversations about painters and their works. Above all, that smell- that smell of oil and turpentine, that gets in your blood and makes you paint… there is no going back.
My training as an artist, very marked by the figure of painters- Velazquez, Picasso, Klee- more than by styles of trends, explains part of my work. The series “Meninas,” inspired by Velazquez, is really an exaltation of Woman and Nature- Mother Earth- as origins of life.
The Harlequins are the ambiguous duality of the human condition, of the artist himself. My other paintings are made up of pictures marked by the freedom to shift styles, “isms” and themes, giving clear lead to the expressiveness of colour and line.
And the drawings… (I call them “frameworks”) represent a section of special importance. The drawing never lies- it’s “pure truth,” the framework that will support, or not, what comes next.”
-Alfredo Palmero Artist Statement
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