November 16, 2005 - Castellón County Council Painting Prize - Melvin Martínez
November 16, 2005

Melvin Martínez

Melvin Martínez
until 20 November 2005

Espai DArt Contemporani Castellón (EACC)

Calle Prim, s/n
12003 Castellon

Image: Melvín Martínez, Wonderland, El País de las Maravillas (2005), 229x214cm,mixed media: confeti, purpurin, acrylic, polyurethane. Courtesy: the artist and Castellón County Council.

Melvin Martínez wins II Castellón County Council Painting Prize 2005
Shortlisted artists and winner
exhibited until 20 Nov. at

The Castellón County Council (Spain) and Modern Painters are delighted to announce that the winner of the II International Painting Prize is Melvin Martínez from Puerto Rico with the work Wonderland/El país de las maravillas (2005), 229x214cm, mixed media (glitter, confetti, acrylic, and polyurethane).

Winners of an Honour Mention are Manu Muniategiandikoetxea (Spain) and Toño Barreiro (Spain).

The Castellón County Council Prize of 60.000 euros was communicated to the artist by Miguel Angel Mulet, the Deputy for Culture of the Province of Castellón.

The winner was decided by this years jury, consisting of Barry Schwabsky, writer and art critic, Karen Wright, Editor Modern Painters, Ray Smith, artist, Javier Panera, Director Domus Artium (DA2), Salamanca, and Wences Rambla, Professor of Esthetics at the University Jaume I, Castellón.

According to the statement of the 2nd Castellón County Council Painting Prize Jury Committee: The choice Melvin Martínez is a complete surprise. Martínez creates a different kind of work then we might usually choose, but full of life, energy, strength dealing abstractly with a variety of materials and a variety of subjects. Alice in Wonderland/El país de las Maravillas is a Neo-Baroque celebration of life and sensuality; a celebration of excess in which we find an exciting point of provocation which we normally dont see in European painting. Melvín Martínez is an artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1976. He lives in and works in San Juan.

The Castellón County Council Painting Prize received 210 entries from 35 countries. The jury said to be highly impressed by the quality and variety of entries.

The work of 24 artists selected by the jury for the final exhibition will be on display at the ESPAI (the Contemporary Art Centre) in Castellón till 20th November. The artists are Jenny Watson (Australia), Garikoitz Cuevas (Spain), Josie McCoy (UK), Ramón Roig (Spain), Sara Shamma (Syria), Joao Louro (Portugal), Marta Marcé (Spain/UK), Ingrid Rodewald (Germany), Toño Barreiro (Spain), Melvin Martínez (Puerto Rico), Dani Marti (Australia), Manu Muniategiandikoetxea (Spain), Raúl Cordero (Cuba), Clemencia Labin (Venezuela), Manuel Bouzo (Spain), Saso Stanojkovik (Macedonia), Dewey Ambrosino/Rubén Ortíz-Torres (USA/Mexico), Deva Sand (France), Jaime Gili (Venezuela/UK), Manfred Peckl (Austria), José Ramón Amondarain (Spain), Maro Mihalakakou (Greece), and Miguel Ángel Molina (Spain).

Miguel Angel Mulet and Paco Barragán, advisor to the Prize, are delighted with the variety of the works received which, as was our intention, explore the new pictorical modes and make the Castellón Painting Prize unique in the world: painting, photography, projected painting, sculpture, installation, and digital painting.

Spanish artist based in Berlin Pablo Alonso (Gijón, 1969) was the winner of the I Castellón Painting Prize.

The II International Painting Prize is sponsored by Modern Painters, an LTB publication, one of the worlds largest arts publishers and art information provider.

For further information and display of selected works, please look into the Castellón County Councils website (English) (Español)

Media Sponsor: LTB

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