Hugo Alonso

Hugo Alonso

Hugo Alonso’s work reveals a clear interest in the relationship between audiovisual products and their viewers. Initially pictorial, it has come to embrace a wide range of media such as video installation, electronic music, visuals for theatre or painting. 

His recent individual exhibitions include RAW (Galerie Youn, Montreal, 2017), Blonde (Pigment Gallery, Barcelona, 2016), Pendulum (CEART, 2016, Madrid), Believers (La Salina, 2015, Salamanca) and How to resurrect a dead fly (Medina Film Fest, 2013); his most recent highlight achievements are Art Madrid Noca Paper Best Solo Project 2016 and Gaceta Fundation Young Painters Prize 2013.

Hugo Alonso
 

Hugo Alonso

 
 
 

Biography

Hugo Alonso’s work reveals a clear interest in the relationship between audiovisual products and their viewers. Initially pictorial, it has come to embrace a wide range of media such as video installation, electronic music, visuals for theatre or painting. 

His recent individual exhibitions include RAW (Galerie Youn, Montreal, 2017), Blonde (Pigment Gallery, Barcelona, 2016), Pendulum (CEART, 2016, Madrid), Believers (La Salina, 2015, Salamanca) and How to resurrect a dead fly (Medina Film Fest, 2013); his most recent highlight achievements are Art Madrid Noca Paper Best Solo Project 2016 and Gaceta Fundation Young Painters Prize 2013.

He has also been present in national and international contemporary art fairs such as ARCO (Spain), ART TORONTO (Canada), ART PAPIER (Canada), ART MADRID (Spain), CIRCA (Puerto Rico), ART FAIR (Germany), ART ELYSEES (France), CONTEXT (USA), ART SANTANDER (Spain) or CROSSROADS (UK). Hugo Alonso's works can be seen in public collections such as MUSAC, DA2, CAB , BMW Fundation, CEART, Diputación de Salamanca, Gaceta Fundation and Caja España.


Statement

From very early on Hugo Alonso has been interested in how to approach the pictorical image, sounding out its possibilities through the digital path. He has used sound and moving image, particularly the sensations close to horror movies and science fiction in order to act with the coldness of a surgeon in order to generate images that have a dialogue among mediums from a pictorical base that is independent of the support and of the tool or discipline called up to work at each moment. In this he generates an intermediate reality, between everyday reality and film reality, between the lived and that which we can still recall.

In his latest work he presents a series of delicate acrylic drawings on paper that might become paradigmatic; veiled images that come from movies and owe their names to female leads from suspense films, in this case, Laura, Sally, Regan, Norma, Kristen and Laurie. They formally fit into the interest that many contemporary artists have for the vague, and which journey towards the destruction of the image, blurring our view as spectators through a series of fuzzy framings. Memory and its difficulty of apprehension justify this reduction of the range, and time seems to remain suspended, as if we hushed the scene and stopped the development of the action. It is a matter of working on the uncertain, on the disturbing. As if the strangeness functioned as a misty curtain capable of erasing the outlines in order to turn the image into a whisper.

Hugo Alonso works on the decoding of images using fragments ‘also of sound’ from classic horror movies in order to in a certain manner expand the painting into a resonance. Like in many contemporary artists, in Hugo Alonso the canvas is not empty to start out with, and painting is not used to produce the image, but rather it is the image that is used to produce the painting. In this sense we could extrapolate the words of Gerhard Richter about photography in order to set the relationship that Hugo Alonso has in relation to the cinema: “when I paint from a photograph conscious thought is suppressed. I don’t know what I am doing. My work is closer to the informal than to any type of realism. Photography has an abstraction of its own that is not easy to penetrate”. This semantic ambiguity projects a problem for the gaze, between the desire to see and the difficulty of discerning what is told to us and the outcome.

Alonso lets us be seduced by the uncertain, in his own words, by a “hole behind a painting that one can approach so as to peer at that which seems far off to us in a strange manner, with a disturbing familiarity”. Hugo Alonso does not just work on deconstructing the processes of accessing painting but also the logic of the cinema and its elements ‘setting, plan, set dressing’ which he reorganizes in order to show new links to fiction, to a certain extent calling up the phantasmagorical.

 

Curriculum Vitæ

Education

2004 - Graduate in Fine Arts, University of Salamanca
Thesis Anatomy of the ominous 2011 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 RAW, Galerie Youn, Montreal
2016 Blonde, Pigment Gallery, Barcelona
2016 Pendulum, CEART, Centro de Arte Tomás y Valiente, Fuenlabrada, Madrid
2015 Believers, La Salina, Sala de Exposiciones de la Diputación de Salamanca
2013 Cómo resucitar una mosca muerta, Medina Film Fest, Medina del Campo
2010 Frederick Treves y la Cámara de cirujanos, Galería Salvador Díaz, Madrid
2007 Paintingdrome, DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca

Art Fairs and Group Exhibitions

2017 Seattle Art Fair, Galerie Youn, Seattle
2017 Group Show, Kir Royal Gallery, Madrid
2017 ForReal Art Fair, Miquel Alzueta Gallery, Amsterdam
2017 ArtMadrid Art Fair, Miquel Alzueta Gallery, Madrid
2017 Art On Paper Art Fair, Pigment Gallery, New York
2017 Art Paris Art Fair, Miquel Alzueta Gallery, Paris
2016 Toc, DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca
2016 Poétique quotidienne, Galerie Youn, Montreal
2016 Art Papier, Galerie Youn, Montreal
2016 Art Toronto, Galerie Youn, Toronto
2016 St-Art Fair, Pigment Gallery, Strasbourg
2016 Context Art Fair, Pigment Gallery, Miami Crossroads Art Fair, Kir Royal Gallery, London
2016 Art Elysees, Pigment Gallery, Paris
2016 ArtMadrid Solo Project Art Fair, Espacio Nuca, Madrid
2015 Fenómens, Sala Hiroshima, Barcelona
2015 This is not a love song, Pera Muzesi Museum, Estambul
2015 In situ 2013/2015 Projects of artists in residence in Addaya, Sa Quartera Centre D’Art, Inca, Mallorca
2015 La luz expandida: nuevas tecnologías en el videoarte español, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid
2015 Black Holes, Centro Negra, Blanca, Murcia
2015 La Casa en fuga, EDOM Espacio Doméstico para el Videoarte, Blanca, Murcia
2015 Dead at Home, Salamanca
2014 No limit, Centro Cultural Coreano, Madrid
2014 Sutiles paradojas, Luzi Bombón, Madrid
2014 Hinterlandmark, Addaya Centre d’Art Contemporani, Alaró, Mallorca
2014 Dos reyes abren juego, Nadie Nunca Nada No, Madrid
2013 This is not a love song, La Virreina Centro de la Imagen / Loop Festival, Barcelona
2013 Jóvenes pintores Fundación Gaceta 1996-2012, DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca
2013 Simbiotopías, Sala Unamuno, Salamanca
2013 Premio Jóvenes pintores Fundación Gaceta, La Salina, Salamanca
2013 A la sombra del árbol Otro arte, Palacio Quintanar, Segovia
2013 Última Pintura en las Colecciones de la Fundación Coca-Cola y DA2, Sala de Exposiciones del Instituto de Canarias Cabrera Pinto, Tenerife / Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (MIAC), Lanzarote
2012 Última Pintura en las Colecciones de la Fundación Coca-Cola y DA2, Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria / Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
2012 Paisajes Improbables, Monasterio Ntra Sra. de Prado, Valladolid / Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca / Museo de León / Galería de Arte del Teatro Municipal de Guarda (Portugal).
2012 Arte y Videoclip: Proyectos en la intersección, Primavera Sound / Screen Festival / Loop Festival, Barcelona
2012 Wunderkammer!, La Bañera Gallery, Madrid
2011 Última Pintura en las Colecciones de la Fundación Coca-Cola y DA2, DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca
2011 El fin de la historia...y el retorno de la pintura de historia, DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca
2010 Proyecto Vitrinas. Archivo de Artistas de Castilla y León. MUSAC
2009 Zoom In, Exhibición de Videoarte, Zamora
2009 Premio Caja España de Pintura, Sala de Exposiciones Caja España, León, Valladolid, Toro
2009 ARCO ‘ 09, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Galería Adora Calvo. Galería Salvador Díaz
2008 Videntes, Videoarte en la Colección Caja de Burgos. Sala Amós Salvador, Logroño
2008 Premio Caja España de Pintura, Salamanca, Palencia, Zamora
2008 Optica Festival 08, Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Gijón
2008 MIXED EMOTIONS, apuntes para una colección del siglo XXI, colección DA2 (Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca
2008 CAB(Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja Burgos), Certamen de Jóvenes Artistas de Castilla y León
2008 Generación 2008. Becas y Premios Cajamadrid, La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Barcelona
Sala de Exposiciones del Museo de Pasión y Sala de Exposiciones de la Iglesia de las Francesas, Valladolid. Centro del Carmen, Valencia. Santa Inés, Sevilla
2007 Optica Festival 07, Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Gijón
2007 EXISTENCIAS, MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), León
2007 Arte Santander 2007, Galería Adora Calvo
2007 HETEROTOPÍAS, Oktogon Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresde. Coproducción con DA2
2007 Della Pittura Digitalis - Painting and the digital momentum, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlín
2007 Certamen de Jóvenes Artistas de Castilla y León, CAB (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja Burgos)
2007 Pantallas sensibles, Vídeo “REC”, DA2( Domus Artium 2002), Salamanca
2007 ARCO ‘ 07, Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Galería Adora Calvo, Madrid
2006 Certamen de Jóvenes Artistas de Castilla y León, CAB (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja Burgos)
2005 Premio a la Pintura Joven, Sala Parés, Barcelona
2005 BAC VI!(Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo en Barcelona, sexta edición), Barcelona. CCCB (Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona)
2003 Una Realidad Otra, Capilla del Colegio Fonseca de la Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca. Sala de la Ciudadela, Pamplona
2003 Penagos, Sala de exposiciones Mapfre Vida, Madrid
2002 Penagos, Sala de exposiciones Mapfre Vida, Madrid
2002 XVII Premio de Pintura BMW, Sala de exposiciones Casa de Vacas, Madrid
2001 XXIII Salón de Otoño de Pintura de Plasencia, Sala de exposiciones Caja Extremadura. Jóvenes pintores, Sala de exposiciones La Salina, Salamanca

Awards

2016 Art Madrid-Noca Paper, Best Solo Project
2013 Premio Jóvenes Pintores Fundación Gaceta
2011 Premio Arte Joven Junta de Castilla y León
2008 Premio Especial Optica 2008. Optica Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Gijón. Premio de Pintura Caja España 2008
2007 Premio Jóvenes Artistas de Castilla y León organizado por Caja Burgos, CAB. Premio Optica 2007. Optica Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Gijón

Grants

2009 Proarte. Junta de Castilla y León
2002 Beca de Ayuda a la Investigación pictórica BMW

Collections

MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León). DA2 (Domus Artium 2002)
CAB (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Burgos). Fundación BMW
Facultad de Bellas Artes de Salamanca. Diputación de Salamanca
Obra Social Caja España
CEART
Fundación Gaceta
Instituto de la Juventud CyL