Isidoro Valcárcel Medina
He lives and works in Madrid.
At 19, he settled in Madrid, where he studied Architecture and Fine Arts, although he did not finish these studies. His work, carried out over more than forty years, is endowed with great rigor and consistency. His proposals assume a committed attitude, away from the commercial aspects of art. His artistic conception can be seen in one of his statements: "Art is a personal action that can be used as an example, but can never have an exemplary value." Thus, for this artist, art only makes sense when it makes us aware of and responsible for our personal reality, usually through the relationship game that art establishes.
He began his artistic work painting, influenced by informalism; his only exhibition within this trend was made in 1962 at the Lorca gallery in Madrid. Subsequently, his work was framed in objective, constructivist and rational art; in 1967 he was selected for the First Hall of Constructivist Art. In 1968, after a stay in New York, he established contact with and was influenced by minimalism.
From a phase he called "habitable painting", he evolved into the construction of places through "environments" and "performances." From 1972 his works are carried out mainly in urban spaces and his intervention in large dimensional spaces.
In 2007 he received the National Prize of Plastic Arts of Spain and in 2015 the Velázquez Prize.