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IntroductionWhether in powerful red, vibrant orange, or gentle green, Alfredo Palmero’s Meninas and their charming colours have an almost hypnotic effect. In his large-format portraits, tradition meets modernity, and abstraction collides with the paintings of the old masters. It is no coincidence that his series is named after the famous painting “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez, one of the most important portrait painters of the Spanish Baroque. Palmero shares Velázquez’s love for detail as well as his unique ability to express his model’s personality in just a few brushstrokes.
Palmero created his Meninas as symbols of femininity, allegories for the mysteries of women and their role in society. We seem to recognise typical female attributes in their expressive poses: Gentleness, pride, and sensuality are almost tangible. Each embodies a different disposition and symbolises a different allure – one that is reflected in the background colours. It is not only the exquisite colours of Palmero’s portraits that stand out, but also the pieces’ compositional nature. While the upper halves of the images follow a realistic, figurative style of painting, the bottom halves lose themselves in complete abstraction. His use of expressive brushstrokes to portray the Meninas’ opulent dresses is almost reminiscent of a sketch by Miró. This contrast-rich relationship creates the distinctive charm of Palmero’s works, whose beauty is matched only by that of the Meninas themselves.
Palmero was raised in an artistic Spanish family that hails from a long tradition. The public can view the most important works by the Palmero family in two private museums in Spain. Other paintings by Alfredo Palmero can be found in the private collection of the former Spanish King, Juan Carlos, as well as that of the late Duchess of Alba.
1966 Born in Barcelona, SpainExhibitions
2015 Alfredo Palmero, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Miami, USA Alfredo Palmero, Galerie Tornby, Bindslev, Denmark Alfredo Palmero, Zenitart, Mallorca, Spain 2014 Alfredo Palmero, Galerie Artmundi, Paris, France 2013 Alfredo Palmero, A priori Art Gallery, Panama City, Panama 2012 Alfredo Palmero, Boushahri Art Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait 2011 Alfredo Palmero, Grand Hyatt, Doha, Qatar Meninas y Arlequines, The Harbour Gallery, Hong Kong, China Alfredo Palmero, Subex Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 2008 Alfredo Palmero, Galeria Sargent, Madrid, Spain 2007 Alfredo Palmero, Kennebek Fine Art, Jacob Javitz Center, New York City, USA 2006 Alfredo Palmero, Galeria Versalles, Bilbao, Spain 2005 Alfredo Palmero, Galería de arte Altea, Madrid, Spain 2002 Alfredo Palmero, Galeria Alfican, Brussels, Belgium 2001 Alfredo Palmero, Galería Art Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
2014 Glauben, Magicum, Berlin, Germany