Emilio Fornieles is an spanish artist based in Berlin.

Emilio Fornieles (1975),

is a Spanish, Andalusian (Lepe, Huelva) plastic artist although born in Terrassa (Barcelona), member of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and resident in Berlin since 2013, the date on which he arrived in the German capital brought by German artistic curators and promoters to carry out exhibition projects. Sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in Berlin and the Provincial Council of Huelva, it would be received by the Hon. Mr. Ambassador Mr. Pablo Garcia-Berdoy and presented at the reception before a select group of international cultural personalities residing in Berlin.

In November 2013 he would also be selected to perform a live plastic work of the mayor and governor of the city, at that time, Mr. Klaus Wowereit, sharing the stage with the flamenco dancer Mercedes Ruiz in the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning of Madrid and Berlin. Work that the mayor himself would later show their Majesties the Kings of Spain on their visit to Berlin in 2014, explaining the details of how in one hour the 189×96 cm work was conceived, and arousing the interest of Their Majesties.

International Artist, with a multitude of individual and group exhibitions, national and international painting awards, with work in different Museums, Foundations, Public Institutions, private collections both in Spain and in Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark, among other countries and since October 2018 in the Collection of Their Majesties the Kings of Spain (in personal donation at the Palacio de La Zarzuela).

Initially sponsored by the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Portuguese Jose Saramago, Emilio Fornieles is a representative of the new Spanish figuration at an international level, an ambassador of Spanish art, with artistic interventions and projects not only in Europe, but also in other continents such Asia, with her altruistic project for the School of Life in Chiang Mai. A teaching project specially developed for the 130 school children, children picked up from the streets with social difficulties, which had the institutional support of the Embassy of Spain in Bangkok. The result of the project was praised by the Founder of the project, Prof. Em. Dr. Jürgen Zimmer († 2019), (awarded the highest distinction that Germany grants: the Federal Cross of Merit), who assured that it was the best teaching project that the school had ever received.
In his 7 years in Berlin, Fornieles has also had teaching experiences at Lette-Verein Akademie and S.O.S. Kinderdorf, among others.

In 2015 it would be presented in Prague through the Spanish Embassy and the Cervantes Institute. That same year he would once again take part in an altruistic way for a project to help Autism, in a unique event organized by a well-known Czech Foundation and sharing an artistic project with the famous singer Karel Gott († 2019), who sponsored his appearance on stage. Fornieles would carry out an Action Painting with the presence of Karel Gott himself before the press and national televisions. The work would be acquired by Karel and the value of it destined to the Autism Help Foundation in a Gala that would be broadcast in all Czech television channels.

Also during his stay in Berlin, Fornieles had the opportunity to perform in Denmark the opening of the Bredgade Open Contemporary Art Fair that is held annually in Copenhagen, invited by a prestigious art gallery and performing an Action Painting for a congregated audience of more than 400 guests, in an hour again, and as a result a new portrait painted upside down, this time of the famous Australian composer and lyricist Nick Cave, from whom he personally received his congratulations.

In December 2018 he would be invited by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin to decorate with his artwork a special act on the Centenary of the creation of the former Czechoslovakia, «Masaryk and Jerusalem: A Night Celebrating Czech-Israel Friendship», with the portrait of T.G. Masaryk presiding over the event in the main auditorium of the Czech Embassy.

His recent exhibitions include the exhibition «Diez» at the David Bardía Gallery (Madrid, 2018) or his presentation in the wine-artistic program of Bodegas Campillo in La Rioja Alavesa, a project supported by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2019) in which presented its first 10-year retrospective.

Artist committed, and especially dedicated to the dissemination of the Spanish product, as is the case of the project on typical national esparto shoes «Riesen auf Espadrillen» (2018), portraits of personalities of painting and literature of the Cervantes language on small surfaces canvas shoes, miniature portraits, sponsored by a company from that almost extinct artisan sector, the Riojan brand Aedo.

Last year 2019 he was selected as a national artist to represent Spanish art in Bratislava, in the II Spanish Week, a project prepared by Spaniards in Bratislava and the Hispano-Slovak Chamber of Commerce and with the support of the Embassy of Spain among other Sponsors. The Exhibition marked the opening of the week with a sample of 10 years of selected work at the Pistoryho Palace in the Slovak capital. As a novelty, the «Hollywalls» series was presented, a special series made on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, even reproducing a piece of the wall in one of the rooms of the Palace.
The artist would close the spanish week with a Flamenco-Action Painting show similar to that of the 25th Anniversary, this time with an Action Painting portrait lasting one hour and painted upside down paying tribute to the figure of Paco de Lucía, at the Wüstenrot Theater.

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Emilio Fornieles by Jose Saramago

Disturbing faces of artists set in wooden boards (Text by Jose Saramago)

So many times running after his own shade, between multiplication in many cases fleeting, trend, schools and ways, the painting which nowadays made, with some well-know exceptions, it seems incapable of surprising more than the exacerbation, almost always free, of provocations in search of the technical skill too often overlaps over the artistic talent…
These provocations perhaps be effective in a first observation, but soon his own character just exhausting gimmicky novelty and restlessness seizes the anxious look . Therefore, certain proposals before us with boldness revolutionary intentions give us , in the end, the painful feeling of deja vu…
It may happen, however, that far from the luxury market where, as a rule, the artist usually discreetly invited, if not lower his head, at least resigned to live with the rules of production and trade, marked by marchands and criticism, an artist autodidact that is not ashamed to be it, they just moved by his own genius, seeks to find suddenly new paths, unexpected uses of color, shapes , if sometimes appear that come from expressionism , they are simply because its realism of the beginning knew how the renounce wisely to respect the limits that are inherent to it.
This artist is Emilio Fornieles, of he who nothing more will say here, unless that from now on I will pay attention to his artistic and vital course. I do not think that I mistake, concluding that we are in front of the revelation of a great artist. Now he is, and he will still be more…

Jose Saramago, Writer and Nobel prize on Literature 1998


Emilio Fornieles von José Saramago*

Künstlergesichter, unruhig auf lange Tafeln fixiert (Vorwort zur Serie Maler in Großbuchstaben)

So viele Male dem eigenen Schatten hinterhergelaufen, im Wirrwarr der oft so kurzlebigen Multiplikation von Tendenzen, Schulen und Richtungen, scheint die Malerei – abgesehen von einigen ehrenwerten und allgemein bekannten Ausnahmen – zu keiner Überraschung mehr in der Lage, die über den benahe immer willkürlichen Reiz und die Suche nach Provokationen hinausgeht, in denen das technische Geschick allzu oft das künstlerische Talent übertrumpft. Vielleicht zeigen diese Provokationen auf den ersten Blick noch Wirkung, aber gleich darauf erstickt ihr eigener aufgesetzter Charakter diese Neuheit im Keim und die Unruhe bemächtigt sich des begierigen Blicks (des Betrachters).

Weit weg von den luxuriösen Märkten, wo der Künstler in der Regel heimlich dazu aufgefordert scheint, vielleicht nicht direkt den Kopf zu senken, aber sehr wohl dahingehend zu resignieren, dass er sich an die von den Marchands und Kritikern aufgestellten Regeln von Produktion und Handel hält, mag es jedoch vorkommen, dass plötzlich ein Künstler auftaucht, der Autodidakt ist und sich noch nicht einmal dafür schämt, der einfach aus seiner Veranlagung heraus plötzlich neue Wege, unerwartete Expressionismus herrühren aber nur, weil sein Realismus von Anfang an in weiser Voraussicht darauf zu verzichten wusste, sich den ihm innewohnenden Grenzen zu unterwerfen. Emilio Fornieles ist dieser Künstler, zu dem ich hier nichts weiter sagen will, außer, dass ich von heute an seine künstlerische und private Laufbahn mit größter Aufmerksamkeit verfolgen werde. Ich bin sicher, ich täusche mich nicht, wenn ich abschließend sage, dass wir der Entdeckung eines großen Küntslers beiwohnen. Schon heute ist er groß, aber er wird noch viel weiter kommen.

José Saramago

José Saramago (* 16. November 1922 als José de Sousa Saramago in Azinhaga, Portugal; † 18. Juni 2010 in Tias auf Lanzarote) war ein portugiesischer Romancier, Lyriker, Essayist, Erzähler, Dramatiker und Tagebuchautor. 1998 wurde ihm der Nobelpreis für Literatur verliehen.


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