CÉSAR LUENGO

Madrid, 1948

His professional education took place at the “Escuela de Bellas Artes” – School of Fine Arts -, in Madrid.

At the beginning of his career, his work was meanly focused in both drawings and etchings, following a figurative style with clear, oneiric references as shown in his first solo exhibition held in 1978 at the “Galería Juana Mordó“.

He worked for the above – mentioned gallery for the following ten years and throughout those years, his works were exhibited in Bilbao, Paris, Madrid and many other cities.

The work carried out in this second stage turns into a more accurate vision of reality, though holding a strong, poetic weight, evolving from at first a
one colour technique to a tempered colour one, which meant  a technical change.

From 1985, he resumed painting, usually oil on wood, giving rise to a proposal of images got from an apparently commonplace environment (apart from a more explicit series on gardens) which, under the artist´s gaze, becomes a world shrouded in evocation.

Since 1990, he has been being represented by “Galería Leandro Navarro”, where he has taken part in group exhibitions several times as well as in two solo exhibitions in1995 and 2007.

At present, he is working on a future exhibition of his latest paintings.

PUBLISHED COMMENTS ON THE WORK

The light is the main subject of his work. It is not a spectacular optical illusion, but the sign of what is not seen but it is there. The light is the element that makes body relief, its density and its dimension stand out in contrast to vegetables masses. The light, in César Luengo´s work, has shapes and words, it is the perfect guide that shows what he wants to be known: the presence of a non-visible personage who is about to turn up from around the corner or the track and mark of the human being at the half-open gate of a garden or a house.
C. G.

César Luengo´s work leads to confirm there is another reality overlapping with our reality: men´s emotions coexist with the sentiments of the entourage, with the soul of things, with the spirit of the form. By means of a clear, direct language, the artist´s aim is to transmit to us this way of observing; he holds time at the moment when things are extremely still, outside men´ live; he revives the original unit between nature and spirit; he avoids any kind of striving for effect which could break the harmony arising from each of his landscapes. His language is a synthesis of lyricism, intimacy and silence.
C. M.

The landscapes César Luengo paints reflect a particular reality observed through remembrance and feeling. They belong to an own geography he rediscovers and explores in each work. They are places found by chance, when travelling, or during a walk along the city. All of a sudden, an emotion springs up, he keeps in his memory the impression received, he thinks about it, he ponders over it and perhaps, some months later, a painting arises trying to reflect that experience. It is not only the rapture, but  thematuration and the innermost experience with remembrance as well what gives rise to works, which are exquisitely intense, subtle in details and show an emotional itinerary.
The essential fact is the atmosphere created, reflection of an indefinable experience surpassing the look and being closer to wonder.
Javier Mazorra

 

EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES

1978   Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid.
1979   Galería Mun, Bilbao.
1980   Galería Estampa, Madrid.
1983   Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid.
1995   Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
1998   Galería Ederti, Bilbao.
2007   Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
2010   Centro Cultural Príncipe de Asturias, Madrid

EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS

1974   Galería Seiquer, Madrid.

1975   Galería Seiquer, Madrid.

1976   “Realismo Español Contemporáneo”, Comisaría Nacional de Museos y Exposiciones, (itinerante).

1977   Galería Seiquer, Madrid.

1979   “Interiores”, Galería Estampa, Madrid.

1980   “FIAC 80”, París, Stand Galería Juana Mordó.

1981   Galería Etienne de Causans, París.
“Realismo en España”, Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
“Juegos de Arte”, Galería Estampa, Madrid.
“El Dibuix”, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca.
“Recuperación del Dibujo”, Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, (itinerante).

1982   “Homenaje de los grabadores figurativos a Juan Ramón Jiménez”, Galería Tórculo, Madrid. “Contrapasada”, Ayuntamiento de Murcia.
“Veinticinco grabadores españoles contemporáneos”, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. Colectiva, Estudio PPM, Madrid.

1984   Exposición colectiva, Ateneo de Madrid.

1985   Grabados, Casa de Cultura, Fuengirola.

1986   “Voces Interiores”, Fundación Santillana, Santillana del Mar. “Doce Realistas Españoles”, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid.

1987   Exposición colectiva, Galería Juana Mordó, Mdrid.

1988   “Realismo y Figuración” Fundación Rodriguez Acosta, Grabada.
“La realidad, objeto de contemplación”, Galería 16, San Sebastián. “Desde Rosales” Galería Arteara, Madrid.

1989   “Exposición 25 aniversario”, Galería Juana Mordó, Madrid.
“Madrid Prints”, Printmakers Workshop Gallery, Edimburgo.
“Madrid graba”, Galería Clave, Murcia. Galería Cartel, Granada. Galería Pardo Bazán, La Coruña. Casa de la Cultura, Leganés. Galería Nolde, Navacerrada.

1990   “Evolución y continuidad del realismo”, Galería Seiquer, Madrid.
“Permanencia del realismo”, Galería Nolde, Navacerrada.
“Otros ecos”, Realismo español para los noventa, Glasgow Prints Studio, Glasgow.

1991   “Realismo español. Dos generaciones”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
“El paisaje en España”, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores. Exposición itinerante por Alemania.

1992   “Tierra de nadie”, Madrid Capital Europea de la Cultura. Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid; Casa del Cordón, Burgos; Sala América, Vitoria.
“Madrid pintado”, Museo Municipal, Madrid.
“Jardín de vidrio”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
“II Bienal Internacional de Grabado” , (artista invitado), Caixa Ourense.

1993   “Arquitecturas”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid. “Donebastian Hirira”, Galería 16, San Sebastián.
“Tierra de nadie”, Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao; Palacio Provincial, Cadiz.

1994   “Realismos”, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid. “14 realistas españoles”, Palacio Almudí, Murcia.
“Arte en dos”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
“III Bienal Internacional de Grabado”, Caixa Ourense.

1995   “Realismo español entre dos milenios”, Sala Municipal de la Pasión, Valladolid. Centro Cultural Caja Rioja, Logroño. Palacio Almudí, Murcia.

1996   “Sensibilidades”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.
“Realismo español entre dos milenios”, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca. “Artexpo 96”, Fira de Barcelona.
“Au tour de la realité: Realismes espagnols”, Galeríe Lina Davidov, París. “25 Años”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid. Galería Nolde, Navacerrada.

1997   Galería Artis, Salamanca.
“Ocho miradas”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.

1998   “25 Aniversario”, Galería Nolde, Navacerrada.
“Realismos en el grabado”, Galería Laberinto, Granada.
“Realismo actual”, Universidad de Granada, Palacio de la Madraza.

1999   “Mirar Madrid”, Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas, Madrid. “Rosas para el 2000”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid.

2000   “Bilbao 2000, 18 Artistas”, Galería Ederti, Bilbao.

2001   “Nocturnos”, Galería Leandro Navarro, Madrid. “Realismus”, Galería Mainel, Burgos.
“Nuovo Realismo Spagnolo”, Galería Marieschi, Milán.

2003   “Mirada al siglo XX”, Palacio de los Serrano, Ávila.

2004   “Palabras pintadas. 70 Miradas sobre Madrid”, Fundación Caja Madrid, Sala de las Alajas.

2005   “Visiones de la realidad. 2a generación”, Fundación Caja Vital, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
“Otra figuración, nuevas realidades”, Colección Caja de Burgos. Casa del Cordón, Burgos. “Real current spanish art”, Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum.

2006   “Realidad. Arte spagnola della realitá”, Galleria Civica di Pallazzo Loffredo. Potenza “Jardines y flores”, Galería Meriem Mezian.

2007   “Homenaje a la galería Nolde”, Espacio Nolde.

2008   Exposición colectiva Galería Nolde.

2012   “El artista en la ciudad”, Exposición Palacio de Cibeles de Madrid.

2013   “Realismo Español, generación años 50”, Fundación VaderLinde Montánchez.

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