Soriano awarded prestigious Velazquez prize
12 May 2005, MADRID — Mexican artist Juan Soriano was awarded the prestigious Velazquez Prize for plastic arts in recognition of his contribution to Ibero-American culture.
12 May 2005
MADRID — Mexican artist Juan Soriano was awarded the prestigious Velazquez Prize for plastic arts in recognition of his contribution to Ibero-American culture.
The prize was presented to the 84-year-old painter - who is currently living in Paris - by the Spanish culture ministry and comes with a cash award of some EUR 92,000.
In addition, the prize includes a special exhibition of Soriano's work at the Reina Sofia Art museum in Madrid, and the winner can designate an artist under the age of 35 as recipient of a Velazquez scholarship totalling about EUR 29,000.
Admired by artists such as Diego Rivera and Maria Izquierdo, Soriano is the creator of a body of work that is "figurative and non-figurative, lyrical, mythological, sensual and even lewd at times," according to Jose Miguel Ullan, a member of the judges panel and expert on the artist's career.
Ullan added that Soriano approaches his work "freely and even in a licentious way, which has always been his style".
In Mexico, where he had much contact with the Spanish exile community and where he influenced many artists, Soriano's figure "was the detonator for a stampede toward creative freedom, via prefabricated routes," added Ullan, who organized the painter's first exhibitions.
Soriano, who has homes in Mexico City, Paris and Warsaw, was informed of the award in the French capital and said that he was delighted to receive the honour.
Last year, Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Palazuelo was the recipient of the award.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news