Biography of Carmelo Ortiz de Jáuregui Elgea

Contemporary painter, born in Aretxabaleta (Álava) on December 20, 1944.

Carmelo Ortiz de Elguea Foto

He has been painting since childhood, being fully self-taught. He quickly excelled in the art scene Vitoria: in May 1961, at sixteen, his first solo exhibition in the salons of the Municipal Culture Fund; in May 1962 he held the second, and in September 1964 the third. In all they strengthen its pictorial inclinations and his predilection for landscape issues. Landscapes that are more than the transcription of specific locations, but collect actual frames of the immediate environment.

Receives in 1963 one of the first grants from the Vidal and Fernando de Amárica Foundation for artistic studies. March for the first time in Madrid;completed his training at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, with frequent visits to the Prado Museum.The painter and engraver Luis Garcia Ochoa donostiarra you temporarily cedes his study, shared with Pinto Coelho. This first experience away from home has its endorsement, on his return, with a solo exhibition at the old mansion Amárica (Dato Street). To the governing of the Foundation shows the use of the scholarship long ago.

Carmelo Ortiz de Elgea Cuadros

You return back to the capital Madrid, now in the company of Vitoria painter Juan Mieg , with whom he joins since unbreakable bonds of friendship. During the initial months of 1965, both live in the studio with the Rioja Amaniel street artist Julian Gil.The result of this second stay Ortiz will be the exhibition of the circle 2 Elgea room from 8 to 25 April. José María Moreno Galván draft the text of the catalog. In July, will present “Recent Works” with Mieg in the Halls of Culture of Vitoria. Four months later, in November, will appear again in the same space Olaguíbel street, now alone.

Early artistic vocation of Elgea Ortiz is also manifested in the events in Alaves Art. In the XVI Contest (1959) presents the paintingsArechavaleta and still life. With the landscape of his hometown he wins the first prize of the junior section. In the seventeenth Contest (1960) refers four landscapes, returning to win the first prize in the second section Plencia, according to the jury because “a remarkable plastic can be seen sense”.Obtained in 1961 was the third prize and into the main section of the contest.

With Picture Back will receive the first prize of the twentieth Competition (1963), shared with Javier Vizcarra and Emilio Lope. We indicated at that issue two special prizes were awarded Pichot and Alonso Verástegui. Last participate in the call for 1964; You will get a second prize in painting .

Carmelo Ortiz de Elgea Cuadro Colección Gernika

By then, his own pictorial recommendations reflect environmental details of the countryside; but as environments characterized by exhibiting a rude and outspoken mark, going beyond pure contemplation. Landscapes reduced to essentials. Gradually, in the process of artistic self-assertion of Elgea Ortiz will tend to detach from the figurative reality to delve into more and more informal or abstract landscape interpretations: matter, pigments, texture and color will gain greater prominence.

Pintor Carmelo Ortiz de Elgue y Lourdes Ugarabe