Perfomance Whitification 2011
Born in Valencia, Spain in 1965 Amadeo Peñalver graduated with a degree in fine art from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in 1987. In 1988, he won a scholarship to attend the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris.
He developed his painting style in tandem with international artists involved in the European avant-garde of the 1980’s.
In 1989, Peñalver travels extensively in South America and his experiences in the Amazons in particular reverberate through much of his work in the 1990’s
In 1991, Amadeo moves to New York and founds “Ape Gallery” in Soho. From this vibrant and experimental art space he exhibits paintings, installations, performances and sculptures by himself and a range of international artists.
In 2000, Peñalver co-founds “Fish Tank Gallery” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The gallery was one of the first art spaces to open in Williamsburg, an area which has grown into an artistic Mecca for American artists. He continues to exhibit there with a range of US and international artists.
In 2007, Amadeo moves his studio to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Over the next 7 years he dedicates himself to large format oil paintings on linen and creates the series “Black” and “Live”.
Studio Greenpoint Brooklyn 2007
Head full birds 2011
In 2010, ‘Live” is a collection of 12 paintings created through performance painting, capturing the energy of the here and now.
In 2014, Amadeo establishes “Peñalver Studio” in Montclair, NJ. In the following years Amadeo develops a body of work on paper, using a mix of printmaking techniques, oil paintings and sculptures, focusing on human relations. He works and exhibits from his studio.
Peñalver Studio. Openning 2014
Peñalver Studio. Montclaire 2014
In 2021, after more than thirty years in the US, Peñalver has returned to Europe and is living and working in Valencia.
Amadeo’s artwork is included in private and public collections around the world.