Luis Ángel Prestell

Madrid, 1964, Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense Madrid, Area of Specialization: Painting. During his studies he travels abroad to Italy and France, territories that leave a profound mark on him. Another important place for the artist is Istanbul, with its fusion of Occidental and Oriental cultures, but none like the “Serenísima”.

His paintings incorporate poetic elements together with the search to open the gates of perception onto our inner world. Prestell calls himself a "classic avant-garde" and the main leitmotiv of his work is its beauty as a manifestation of the sublime.

 
ARTIST’S STATEMENT
“Be scrupulous with your work, because it’s a divine work;
if you omit or add a single letter, you will destroy the entire world.”
G. Sholem  
 
In this way, with a gesture, a glance, a thought, we create ephemeral worlds and destroy them with such bewildering speed that sometimes we don’t even notice.

My paintings reach their physical status by way of working ideas, the symbols chosen, the colors, the compliance of the spaces, transmitting with shapes and calligraphies the search for a pantheistic ideal. There is not one single direction, there are many, and all lead to the same place, to this eternal solution.

I invite the spectators to involve themselves in the work with the will to contemplate and by doing this, by contemplating nakedly, by surveying intently, by enjoying the material, through its shapes, its poetry, its component parts - to receive its message. Entering into a direct and personal conversation with the work itself.

My proposal is a meditation on the purpose of the last notion, on how all material is being transcendedby the ambition that elevates us from the material world to reach the world of ideas.

I work with physical elements and their formulas, like an intuitive alchemist, but I talk to the soul. It’s the eternal return of the gaze as it goes in search of beauty.
 
GRANTS
1989
Academia di Belle Arti Venedig (Italy)
1988
Université Clermont-Ferrand (France)
 
VISITING ARTIST LECTURES
2004
Workshop “The Spanish Avant-garde in the 20th century: Miró, Picasso, Dalí”. Instituto Cervantes of Tétouan, Morocco, in collaboration with the University of Fine Arts Tétouan, Morocco
 
AWARDS
1999
XXX Edition of the Premios Ciudad de Alcalá, Foundation Colegio del Rey, Alcalá de Henares/Madrid, Spain
1995
II National Competition Ayuntamiento de Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain
XIV National Competition Ciudad de Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
1994
XII Painting Competition Ayuntamiento Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Spain
V Painting Competition La Tarterie, Madrid, Spain
 
COLLECTIONS
Museum van Bommel van Dam (Netherlands)
Museum of Ceuta (Spain)
University of Alcalá (Spain)
Foundation of the University of Alcalá (Spain)
Instituto Cervantes (Morocco)
Caja Rural de Toledo (Spain)
Caja Castilla-La Mancha Cuenca (Spain)
 
 
 
 
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