Directed by Jakob Milikowski 2007, 2.20 min

 

Amadeo Peñalver

Biography

Born in Spain, 1965.
Amadeo Penalver began his studies of fine art in 1984 at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain. Upon finishing his degree in 1988 he won a prestigious scholarship to attend the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. There, he works with a group of international artists involved in the European avant-garde. In 1989 he sets off for San Francisco to do research on Chinese Contemporary Art for his MBA at the University of Berkeley. He later leaves the programme to dedicate himself solely to his artistic work. In 1990, Amadeo continues his travels between New York, South America, and Europe. In 1991, he established “Ape Gallery” in Soho where he exhibits paintings, installations, performances, and sculptures with other artists. During this time his paintings are influenced by his travels, many of them nature based. This is especially notable in the Yellow and Magenta series, based on his experiences in the jungles of the Caribbean and the Amazon. In 2000, Amadeo founded the “Fish Tank Gallery” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continues to share his ideas with the then newly bourgeoning, local art community. In 2005 at the Catskills Natural Reserve, in New York, he created an open space, home to an art studio and sculpture garden. This space is continually developing. In 2007 Amadeo established “Peñalver Studio & P.S. ArtLab” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he experiments, creates, and exhibits art. In 2012 he founded “San Bernabe” bronze foundry in Spain.            

Amadeo’s latest paintings have been created through performance, capturing the energy of the here and now.                                               

Peñalver continues to work and live in New York City.

Selected Exhibitions and Timeline

2012

May 9th ; Amadeo Penalver Exhibition in Instituto Cervantes, New York.

February ; Sculpture at " San Bernabe Foundry" Valencia Spain

2011

December 4 Performance-painting " Positive Energy" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

November 4 Performance-Video "Portrait" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

October 9 Performance-painting "Out of my Castle" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

September 4 Performance-painting "Look in my Eyes" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

August 7 Performance-painting "Paella on the Grass" at Catskill Natural Reserve, New York.

July 3 Performance-painting "Whitification" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

June 5 Performance-painting "Garrote" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

May 1 Performance-painting "Brooklyn Roommate" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

April 3 Performance-painting"Head Full of Birds" at P.S. Art Lab Brooklyn, New York.

March 6 Performance-painting " Duel" at P.S. Art Lab, Brooklyn. New York.

2010

October 6-7 Performance-painting "Red Circle", at Time Square Plaza, New York, Spain Art Fest'10

July 28 - Performance-Painting "Bull on a Rope" ,at Theater Zero,Seoul, 9th Korea Experimental Art Festival.

January-April ,China

2009

September 18, 2009,"Melting and Melding: 20 Years of Transformation" Phase 2 paintings Large format
at Peñalver Studio

September 9 – October 22, 2009 "BLACK AND WHITE"
Location: The Gabarron Foundation-Carriage House Center for the Arts
149 E 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

July 16th"Melting and Melding: 20 Years of Transformation"Phase1; paintings small format at Penalver Studio

2008

September 19th, "BLACK" oil on linen paintings large format solo exhibition at Penalver studio, New York.

2007

October 20th , LIVEIII: "Internal Lanscapes" Review by Alex Palmer  In L.A. Splash Magazines Worldwide

March-09 opening new studio: "Penalver studio" 307 Eckford street. Brooklyn. New York 11222.

April-29 exhibition of etching in the Winter Tree Gallery in Sag Harbor.

2005-2009

Catskills natural reserve, Greenne County, New York, establish a new open space, home of an art studio, sculpture garden and experimental exhibition space. Long term continually developing.

2003

Solo exhibition, Paintings,Atelier M&W , New York
Group exhibition, Etchings, Winter Tree Gallery, New York

2002

Gets chosen as one of the artists for "The New Irascibles", photo session with the photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.   

Live2 “Circle” in the clock tower, P.S. 1, "MOMA" Museum of Modern Art. New York, USA.

                                                                                    

2001

After 7 years working mainly in painting, he creates for the city of Valencia “The Dog of Marchalenes”, a sculpture of iron.

Starts a new painting period of vivid colors and happiness. Gets the opportunity to work with Chinese artist Pan Xing Lei, a post Tiananmen Square artist.

Group Exhibition, MPI Gallery, New York
Solo Exhibition “Paintings”, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
“The Marchalenes Dog”, sculpture, public park, Valencia, Spain


2000

Founds the Fish Tank Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an experimental space with the purpose of sharing new ideas with the effervescent artistic community of Brooklyn.

Group Exhibition “Splash”, Fish Tank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA
Solo Exhibition “Blood Dripping In Single Position”, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
Live1 “The Rape of Europe”, live creation, Fish Tank Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
“ Elsewhere” Art Festival, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA
Miami Art Fair, M.Y. Art Prospects, Florida, USA  


1999

Short visit to this home town in Spain where he reconnects with the old tradition of "the killing of a pork".He documents this event in photographs. Important for him to see the relation between "domesticated" land and animal and humans in the need for survival.


Solo Exhibition “The Cry Of A Child”, Atelier M&W, New York, USA
Group Exhibition at the Tabakman Gallery, New York, USA
Group Exhibition at M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA
Group Benefit Auction “New York Academy of Art”, New York 

          
1998

Returns to NY. Develops the Magenta Series based on the spirituality of the Amazon forest.   

Group Exhibition, White Box Gallery, New York, USA
Group Exhibition “Generous Miracles”, New York, USA

1997

Lives 4 months in Madrid. Works with painter Amadeo Roca, who won the silver metal of the Grand Palais in 1930. Departs for 3 months for the Amazon again. Visits different Caribbean Islands in search for nature untouched by human beings. 


1996

Presents to the public “The birth of Bernabe Villar” at the Art Fair in Caracas.

Travels to Turkey. Discovers the beginning of the occidental culture: Kuroi and Korai, archaic Greek sculptures, Ephesus and the rich legend of the ottoman emporium. Paints at Cunda Egeo Sea. Has incredible, mind opening conversations with the writer Serham Ada specialist on Turkish art and culture and Juan Luis Marco arabic specialist.

Solo exhibition “From Your Breast Milk, From The Sky Water”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA
Solo exhibition, Briseno Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

1995

Returns to New York. Continues the APE Gallery in a new experimental space in Chelsea, Pier 64.
Group exhibition, Roger Smith Gallery, New York, USA
Group exhibition, Galleria La Florida, Caracas, Venezuela
Group exhibition, Ape Gallery’s new location,Chelsea- Pier 64 


1994

Travels to Mexico where he experiences with hallucination mushrooms in Tuztlade Gutierrez, which is a pre-hispanic ritual.

1993

Moves back to the Spanish Mediterranean coast to search for his Mediterranean root. There he develops works which reflects the light and colors of his ancestral heritage. Studies the Iberian pre-roman culture and visits the Altamira Caves. Travels to Morocco where he is very impressed by the colors of their markets, especially the Medina of Fez.


Solo exhibition “I, Man”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA

1992

Is strongly dedicated to Ape Gallery. Develops installations and sculptures which questions the relationship between humans and society. Presents to the public “The birth of KEIJITO”.

Solo exhibition “Don’t touch me, I am glass”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA
Solo exhibition “You have lost the faith fools”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA
Group exhibition “Event”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA
Solo exhibition “Paintings”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA
Group exhibition “Prescribed Sanctuaries”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA
Group exhibition “Occident in Orient”, Ape Gallery, New York, USA

1991

Founds APE Gallery, an "experimental space", at 9 Bond Street, New York.


Solo exhibition, Marques del Campo Museum, Valencia, Spain
Group exhibition, Montserrat Gallery, New York, USA
Solo exhibition, Ape Gallery, New York, USA

1990


Moves to Venezuela where he works in the heart of the Amazon jungle and then to Los Roques in the Caribbean. “The power of nature is impressive. Men had to build cities to be able to control nature”, he says.

Get's invited by Mr.Cueco and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des beaux Arts to travel to Paris and to develop there as an artist. But he turns this offer down and leaves for Ibiza (Balear Islands, Spain) with painter Rafael Bujanda instead.

Charmed by the energy and cultural life of what he considers the world’s capital of art, he returns to NY.

1989

Group Exhibition at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Art, Paris.

    
Leaves for San Francisco to do research on Chinese Contemporary Art for his MBA at the University of Berkeley. But gives up his academic career to dedicate himself solely to his artistic work.

1988

Wins the first art scholarship in Spain given by the European Community, to attend the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris.

There he works in the Atelier Cueco with a group of international artists in the European avant-garde alongside Boltansky, Cobra Group etc.

In that year travels to Mexico and establishes a relationship with sculptor Francisco Soto and painter Adrian Bellon.
He is strongly moved by the Meso-American culture and the surrealistic Mexican life.

Also travels to the United States for the first time and visits Boston and New York.

1987

Visits the “Documenta” in Kassel, Germany.

Gets selected as one of ten Spanish artists for the ”Quintanar Palace Grant”. Works in the landscapes of Castilla.


Takes part of the group exhibition at La Bomba, Valencia, Spain
Group exhibition, Torreon de Lozoya, Segovia, Spain

1986

Travels to Paris and later to Italy to study further the post-modern and neo-realists movements.      

1985

Travels to Italy where he is deeply impressed by the people and the culture.


Group exhibition, Ateneo Mercantil, Valencia, Spain.

1984

Begins studies in fine art at the University Politecnica of Valencia, Spain.

1984-1981

Studies drawing and painting at the Academy of Jose Calvo Falomir, painter.

1979

Travelto Barcelona (Spain) where he discovers the work of Dali, Picasso, Miro and Gaudi.

First Group Exhibition at the age of 14 in Centro Cultural Casinos (Valencia, Spain).

1971

First paintings of Valencian landscapes.

1965

Born in Valencia, Spain