Felipao is the artistic name of Felipe García-Bañón Sanz-Briz, casually born in Morocco, from a diplomatic family, he has spent his early age around the globe living in France, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Kenya, UAE, … This unique opportunity brought him a wide exposure to different realities and the chance to observe the fusion of diverse cultures.
He settled in Madrid in 1983, holds a degree in economic and business administration from ICADE. His working life passed throughout various multinational companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Telecinco, Repsol, etc.
In 2009, the need to communicate his experience and vision of beauty brought him naturally to what mattered to him: Express himself visually. He resigned from Bristol-Myers Squibb and started a radical new life, 100% dedicated to art.
Throughout these years he has exhibited in Germany, United States, Hong Kong, Mexico, United Kingdom, among other countries, collectively and individually. He has held public exhibitions (“Podenco Dafne y Lucas” – PArt Ibiza Gallery). His works are part of the private collections of Philippe Starck, former Colombian ex-President César Gaviria, the Koplowitz family and the March family, among others.
He has collaborated in specific artistic projects with brands like MINI, Tag-Heuer, Glenfiddich, Bulldog Gin, Apodemia, eBay and Beefeater.
In 2012, he launched the decoration line Felipao at home offering contemporary furniture based on LED and inspired by his bulldog sculptures.
His iconic creations have positioned him now as one of the most recognized Pop Artist in Spain, considered recently by ebay as “the Pop Artist of the moment”.