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Ángel Baltasar Criado Ballesteros

Born Place: Madrid Birthdate: 1955 Creative environment: Madrid, Ávila Artist Web Formation:

Graduate in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, Specialising in Sculpture (1979). Permanent civil servant in Faculty of Visual Arts and Design at La Escuela de Arte La Palma in Madrid (1986). Associate Professor in the Department of Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Madrid (1995 - 2002). Professor of Volume at the Francisco Alcántara School of Ceramics of the Community of Madrid (2003-2006).

Awards and Honours:

Artistic Grant for Sculpture in the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1982-83). First Prize for Sculpture VIII Muestra Cultural del Mundo Laboral UGT [VIII UGT Cultural Exhibition of the Labour Market], Madrid (1993). Runner-up at II Concurso Pintura Rápida Puente de Venta [Quick Painting Competition of Puente de Ventas], Madrid (1994).

  • ABOUT THE ARTIST

Like "a continuous trickle in time" is how he describes his artistic pieces. Light rainfall that has always been interrupted by teaching and research to which he has devoted most of life and with which he sacrificed, to a certain degree, himself as an artist.


His small-scale works unveil inspiration, emotion and tenderness in a subtle contrast with the bronze, a material that enables him to model feelings, supplement them, enhance them, connect them... For this purpose, he begins with a drawing (a vehicle between the mind and the piece) and emotional intelligence (that he always advises his students) and by doing so he touches on human relationships, people and love.


In nature Ángel Baltasar Criado finds abstract concepts with which he subsequently encompasses the essence of figurative art, and in terracota he discovers the inspiration that emanates from each one of his creations, with which he sustains dialogue from start to finish. Until they tell him when they want to finish. For him, each piece is a procedure, a part of the journey. He does not seek satisfaction or a specific outcome. "A bird flies, period. The same happens in art, you focus and fly". 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2005. Terracotas y objetos encontrados [Terracota and objects found]. Sculptures 2003-2005. Escuela de Arte Francisco Alcántara. Madrid.


2002. Opiniones y Expresiones [Opinions and Expressions]. Sculpture and Collage. Escuela de Arte La Palma. Madrid


2000. Sculpture. Escuela de arte Francisco Alcántara. Community of Madrid.


1990. Collage and Painting - Series de un Proceso [Series of a Process]. Galería La Tour. Madrid.


1989. Collage and Painting - Fragmentos Rotos [Broken Fragments]. Sala Triángulo. Madrid.


1985. Painting and drawing. Café Galería El Ratón.


Madrid.Sculpture. Volume, shape and rhythm. Official School of Ceramics of Madrid.


1984. Sculptures on the porches of Caja Madrid. Plaza de las Descalzas. Madrid.


1980. Sculpture, painting, drawing. Faculty of Fine Arts of Madrid.


COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS


2013. Francis Daubresse, en el recuerdo de los amigos [in memory of friends]. Escuela de Arte La Palma Madrid.


2008. AAF Affordable Art Fair London Spring Edition. Capa Esculturas. London. United Kingdom.


2007. Estampa [Print]. Salón Internacional del Grabado y la Edición de Arte Contemporáneo [International Printmaking and Contemporary Art Fair]. Capa Esculturas. Madrid.


2006. Index Dubai 2006. United Arab Emirates.


2004. Estampa [Print]. Salón Internacional del Grabado y la Edición de Arte Contemporáneo [International Printmaking and Contemporary Art Fair]. Capa Esculturas. Madrid.


2003. Estampa [Print]. Salón Internacional del Grabado y la Edición de Arte Contemporáneo [International Printmaking and Contemporary Art Fair]. Capa Esculturas. Madrid.


2002. Capa Esculturas. Brussels, Belgium


2001. Inclusion in Capa Esculturas. Madrid.


1999. Teachers' Exhibition. Escuela de Arte La Palma. Madrid.


XXV Anniversary of the School of Art. Burgos.


1992-93. Villa de Madrid Awards Centro Cultural Conde Duque. Madrid.


1985. Most recent artistic grants from the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Faculty of Fine Arts. Madrid.


Contemporary Spanish Sculpture. Patio of Conde Duque Cultural Centre. Madrid.


1983. Spanish artistic grants in Italy. The Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and Spanish Institute of Naples. Italy.


1980. First Centenary of the Círculo de Bellas Artes. Madrid.


AWARDS AND RECOGNITION


1975. Molina Higueras Award. Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando [San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts]. Madrid.


1977. Emiliano Barral sculpture scholarship. Faculty of Fine Arts. Madrid.


1979. End of Studies Scholarship. Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Fernando [San Fernando Higher School of Fine Arts]. Madrid.


1980. Second Prize for Sculpture. I Concurso Nacional de Artes Plásticas [I National Visual Arts Competition]. Municipal Council of Alcobendas. Madrid.


1993. First Prize for Sculpture. VIII Muestra Cultural del Mundo Laboral UGT [VIII UGT Cultural Exhibition of the Labour Market]. Madrid.


1994. Runner-up. II Concurso Pintura Rápida Puente de Ventas [II Quick Painting Competition of Puente de Ventas]. Madrid.


TRAINING


1979. Graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid. Specialising in Sculpture.


1981. Scholarship for Young Artists from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Madrid.


1982-83. Artistic Grant for Sculpture in the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


1986. Permanent civil servant in Faculty of Visual Arts and Design at la Escuela de Arte La Palma in Madrid.


1995 - 2002. Associate Professor in the Department of Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Madrid.


2003 - 2006. Professor of Volume at the Francisco Alcántara School of Ceramics of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.


 


Works by Ángel Baltasar Criado Ballesteros

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