Bio & CV
María José R. Escolar is a Spanish artist. She has a Degree in Fine Arts(University of Salamanca, Spain). She completed her formation in The Netherlands (Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten, Amsterdam) and in Belgium Institut Wallon de Formation IFAPME, Namur). In the last 25 years she has lived in China, Syria, Morocco, Belgium, Gabon and Spain. She is currently living and working in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
María José began her career in 1989 and has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, UAE, China, Morocco, Syria… She is a member of the Board of The Art Circle, Abu Dhabi. Last June, she presented the exhibition The Universality of Family Photographs in Warehouse 421, in cooperation with Lest We Forget. Tow pieces of her latest series The Colour of Memory will be exhibited in the ADMAF Pavilion in Abu Dhabi Art 2019.
María José’s work (painting, sculpture, collage, installations…) is characterized by an intrinsic duality in which we observe a contrast of concepts and of ways of representing. Attracted from the beginning by the parallelism that she establishes between art and life, her works narrate the osmosis between reality and fiction, representation and life, technique and concept, where the objects depicted symbolize an idea or interpret a story. The titles of the series, as well as those of the different works inside these series, contribute in an explicit way to give another twist to what she wants to tell us. This duality is reflected in the technique and the materials used (flat sculptures in the series Mise-en-scène; academic drawings taken from their traditional place of exhibition and placed inside boxes full of sand in her latest series, The Color of Memory; surrealist images accompanied by texts in the Sandboxes series, where she shows us her perception of the world through “emblem cases”; the trompe-l’oeil effects in her series The Hands of the Soul, where painted photographs (synonym of true representation of reality) deceive us; or the flaky walls of the Pinilla series that serve as a background of fragments (legs, plugs, branches…) executed with great delicacy.
2017 Kodak/The Hands of the Soul, Fundación Díaz-Canaja, Palencia, Spain. 2015 Espacio Rina Bouwen, Madrid, Spain. 2013 Portraits, Institut Français, Libreville, Gabón. 2004 Fleurs et pierres, Galerie Gavilan, Bruxelles, Belgique. 2003 Galería Sardón, León, Spain. 1999 Sand Boxes, Instituto Cervantes, Damasco, Syria. 1998 Galería Sardón, León, Spain. 1997 The Frontier, Centro Cultural García Lorca, Melilla, Spain. 1994 Secrets and Lies, Sala Luis de Ajuria, Vitoria, Spain. Galería Sardón, León, Spain.
2019 The Universality of the Family Photographs, Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2018 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, UAE. 2012 Galería Artis, Salamanca, Spain. 2011 UBS Bank S.A., Madrid, Spain. Galería Artis, Salamanca, Spain. 2009 ASPACE, Valladolid, Spain. 2000 Contemporary Art Fair LINEART (Galería Sardón), Ghent, Belgium. 1998 Galería Sardón, León, Spain. 1995 Galería Novart, Madrid, Spain. 1993 Ritan Gallery, Beijing, China. 1992 Made in Europe, Kettle´s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Carta Blanca, Diputación Provincial, Palencia, Spain. Consecuencias, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlín, Germany. 1991 Goethe Institute, Madrid, Spain. 1990 Germinations 5 (European Biennaion of Young Artist), ELAC, Lyon, France; Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany, Centrum voor Beeldenden Kunsten Kert, Breda, Netherlands. 1989 Muestra Nacional de Arte Joven, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, (Spain).
BIBLIOGRAPHY & ARTICLES ON THE ARTIST
The Universality of Family Photographs,2019. Edition LEST WE FORGET
Barbara Farahnick Mathonet, “María José Escolar”. Madame Magazine, May-June-Summer 2019.
Sheikh Zayed: A Century of Memories,2018. Edition by M. Bambling/Fundation: Lest We Forget.
Alfredo Mateos Paramio. Text for the exhibition catalogue: María José Rodríguez Escolar. Kodak/The Hands of the Soul. Fundación Díaz-Caneja, Palencia. April, 2017.
Catalogue of Exhibition ASPACE, 2009.
2009 Javier Ruiz. “Cada día más dentro del cuadro”, catalogue text of the exhibition at Cervantes Institute, Damascus. June, 1999
Ma Teresa Alario. Catalogue text of exhibition “Carta Blanca”. Diputación Provincial de Palencia. April, 1992
Catalogue for the Exhibition Muestra de Arte Joven, 1989
Catalogue for the Exhibition Germinations 5, 1989/90
www.theluxonomist.es “El tiempo recobrado de María José Rodríguez Escolar”. 9 Dic 2015
Diario de Burgos. “La obra de una familia, tres generaciones después”. 5 August 2014
L’Eventail, April 2004, nº3.
Natalia Fernández. “María José Rodríguez…” El Mundo, Crónica de León. 5 July, 2003.
M.C.Santos. “Por un sendero de piedras”. Diario de León. 5 July, 2003.
Ángel Meléndez: “La obra de María José Rodríguez”. Melilla Hoy. 28 March, 1997
María Ángeles Basanta: “María José Rodríguez Escolar”. Diario de León. 3 October, 1994.
Andrés F. Rubio: “Muestra de Arte Joven 1989”. El País.20 July, 1989
Ana Izquierdo: “Dos palentinas en el Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo”. El Diario Palentino. 24 August, 1989.
Teresa Puertas. “El MEAC acoge una muestra de nueve jóvenes artistas”. Ya. 20 July, 1989.
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