Elena García de la Fuente

Elena García de la Fuente

London, United Kingdom

About Elena García de la Fuente

I make contemporary figurative paintings that explore certain codes of behaviour inside the museum in a playful manner. When visiting exhibitions I become a voyeur looking for interesting scenes that catch my attention and taking photos of people without them noticing. I later use these photos as source material for my paintings, which make reference at how we’re looking and interacting with the world around us, touching themes such as the way we look at art through modern technology. The paintings also reflect spaces of quietness and stillness that hold a poetic element, inviting us to meditate and create our own narrative.

I'm interested in the meta-referential aspect of the paintings and the parallelism created by the scene represented and the moment the viewer faces it, realizing they have become part of the work and that they’re probably being observed by an audience.

‘If we discover how we see paintings we shall also discover something about ourselves and the situation in which we are learning’ John Berger.


Elena García de la Fuente was born in Madrid (1975) and raised in Málaga. She has lived and worked in London since 1999. She studied Fine Art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, before finishing her studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997. She completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute in London in 2001.

In 2015, one of her paintings was selected for her first group museum show 'Beauty' at MAD Antequera, curated by Fernando Francés director of CAC Málaga. The same year her work has been shortlisted for the ‘Winsor & Newton Painting Prize’ and the ‘National Open Art Competition’. Most recently, in 2016, she has been shortlisted for the ‘Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize’ and was selected to exhibit at the ‘Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’.

Elena’s works are in the private collection of Gavin Turk (UK), Jim Chanos (USA) and Font-Irwin Collection (UK), as well as in other private collections in Azerbaijan, Argentina, Georgia, Spain and Switzerland. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in London, Leeds, Berlin, Salzburg and Spain.

Education

2000-2001 MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute, London.
1997-1998 Erasmus exchange programme at Leeds Metropolitan University.
1993-1997 BA Fine Art at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.

Events

2016
Selected for RA Summer Exhibition.
Shortlisted for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.
2015
Shortlisted National Open Art Competition.
Shortlisted Winsor & Newton Painting Prize.
In 2015 Elena had her first museum group exhibition titled ‘Beauty’ at MAD Antequera, Spain. This group exhibition was curated by Fernando Francés, curator and CAC Málaga director, and is now travelling to different places in Spain.

Exhibitions

SOLO
2017
-To See or Not to See. The Last Supper Gallery, London.

GROUP
2017
-The Other Art Fair NY, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York.
2016
- ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
- Open Studio Show (Nov) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery, London.
- Libro de bolsillo, Cortijo de Miraflores, Marbella.
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Guildford House Gallery, London.
- Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
- Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- Beauty, Centro Exposiciones Ayto. de Benalmádena, Málaga.
- The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London.
- Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London.

2015
- Open Studio Show (November) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- Beauty, curated by Fernando Francés, La Térmica, Málaga.
- National Open Art Competition, Royal College of Art, London.
- The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London.
- Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London.
- Beauty, curated by Fernando Francés, MAD Antequera, Málaga.
- Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London.
- Twelve, Menier Gallery, London.

2014
- Open Studio Show (November) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- ART50, Loud and Western, London
- The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London.
- ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
- Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London.

2013
- Open Studio Show (November) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- The Other Art Fair, The Truman Brewery, London
- I Love You Because, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London.
- Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.

2012
- Open Studio Show (November) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
- Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.

2011
- Invest in futures. Natural History Museum, London.

2010
- Muerto de Amor, MP Birla Millenium Art Gallery, London.

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