Eli Azurmendi is an artist from San Sebastian, Spain and her artistic path has been one of different threads, interwoven through the years. Her passion for painting formed the fabric of other successful professional activities, weaving in and out of different artistic scenes; documentaries, productions and promotion development in the world of Rock and Roll, with Enrique Morente, Sex Museum and DEF CON DOS, among others. Despite a frenetic professional life, however, the thread never disappeared and Eli has always found a way of bringing it to light. Working in painting and watercolour, her exhibitions have taken place in a wide variety of spaces and times, with impressive constancy, and filling her résumé to date. Eli Azurmendi is an original and atypical artist who has had the ability to extract the strands from her different professional experiences and tie them together again in her paintings, without turning her back completely on academic art; this we can see in her diverse and intense portfolio
In the 1990s Eli Azurmendi, a native of Donostia/ San Sebastian, moved to Madrid to finish her studies in Art Restoration in the XXX School. In this city, in the middle of a boom in the music scene, Eli rapidly became involved in the music industry, working first as a designer of concert posters. She wanted to go further and later started working directly with a concert venue, the renown Revolver.
During her time in the Revolver she programmed and promoted a large number of music bands, organised festivals and actively participated in various projects, with groups as well known as Manu Chao or Enrique Morente. At the same time she started working in different record labels, and as manager of bands such as Sex Museum or DCD, for which she was a key part of their launch and subsequent success.
After 11 years working on the music scene, she changed tack and went to the world of documentaries, where she worked in documentation for two productions, La Ruta de los Exploradores (The Route of the Explorers) and La Ruta de Samarcanda (the Route of Samarkand) directed by Gerardo Oliveras.
Throughout these intensive years her painting, far from being sidelined, formed part of each of her different tasks: posters, portraits of musicians, murals in the concert venues, as well as landscapes, portraits of the people and places in which the documentaries were filmed.