Soledad Sevilla

Biography

SOLEDAD SEVILLA

Valencia, Spain, 1944

 

Soledad Sevilla is the author of a consolidated work with more than 40 years of track record that covers one of the exceptional paths of Spanish art: the rational abstraction, where form and colour have been combined from the field of painting in the 1970s to installations and large-scale works. She currently lives and works in Madrid.

She studied at the Sant Jordi Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona between 1960 and 1965. Without the slightest doubt, Soledad Sevilla’s participation in the Automatic Generation of Visual Forms Seminar at the Computing Centre of the Complutense University of Madrid between 1968 and 1973 was decisive in the development of that preference for geometry and the purity of lines and colours expressed in modular structures. Interests that the artist would end up developing when she moved to Boston, thanks to a scholarship to study at Harvard University between 1980 and 1982,

where she came into contact with the mental universe of the American plastic arts and especially with minimalism, which led her to produce what would become one of her most decisive stages.

In 1982, when she returned to Spain, she made various installations with light as a central common element, bringing a visual renovation to her work. During the 90s, its production evolved towards a more organic and vegetation-inspired aspect, as well as solid and construction materials such as wood and metal, always maintaining a certain reminiscence of those initial geometric shapes.

In her work, Sevilla has constantly maintained her main artistic concerns: space, light, colour and time, making our perception dilemmas turn into emotional experiences.

Among her most recent solo exhibitions worth mentioning Fictitious Spaces. Work 1969-1980 (Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona, ​​2021), El pensamiento al madurar es igual que el sol cuando amanece [Thought when maturing is the same as the sun when it rises] (Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, 2021), No todo es azar [Not everything is random] (C3A Andalucía, Córdoba, 2021). Likewise, her work has been part of numerous group exhibitions of Spanish institutions as well as Belgium, the United States and Germany.

Soledad Sevilla was awarded the Velázquez Award for Plastic Arts (2020), the Art and Patronage Award (2014), the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts (2007) and the National Award for Plastic Arts (1993).

Her work is part of important collections such as the ones of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, the “la Caixa” Foundation, the Helga de Alvear Foundation in Caceres, the art collection of the European Parliament, the Marugame Hirai Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art in Japan or the Künstmuseum Malmöe in Sweden, among others.