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Carmen Calvo signs the poster for the 62nd Corrida Goyesca
Spanish painter Carmen Calvo (Valencia, 1950) was commissioned to illustrate the poster announcing the bullfights that will be held during the 2018 Feria de Pedro Romero from August 31 to September 2, including the 62nd traditional Corrida Goyesca, the 37th Rejoneador bullfight in Ronda, and Extraordinary Novillada con Picadores. As she explains, "It is a poster, probably unique, with images of time, tradition, and participation, as it always was with women on the holiday. Those on the poster look at us from the front row."
Rafael Atienza, Teresa Valdenebro, and Francisco Rivera


She graduated with a degree in advertising from the Valencia School of Arts and Crafts in 1970. She later studied at the city's School of Fine Arts. In 1977, she participated in the Venice Biennale with the poet Joan Brossa. In the 1980s, she won several grants and awards, including the Lasalle Painting Award and the Alfons Roig Award. During that same time, she participated in the "New Images from Spain" exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York and the first year of Madrid's contemporary art fair, ARCO.

She moved to Paris in 1985. Pop art, although gradually abandoned over time, influenced her artistic beginnings. She is a leading example in the contemporary conceptualization of fragmentation as an archaeological reminiscence. She uses a wide variety of materials in her works. Her work transforms the objects into metaphors of the motivations of internal strain. The images are offered as symbolic relics, and the objects cling to paintings and photographs in their own language. Her sculpture installations are based on fragmentation and collection.

Projects

In addition to her dedication to painting, in a territory we can describe as "hybrid" and unique in our country's artistic scene, she stands out for her work on projects, including some permanent ones on public buildings. She has split her work among Madrid, Paris, and Valencia and is a member of the Saint Charles Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Valencia. In 2013, she received the National Prize for Fine Arts.

Among her most recent exhibitions include Galerie Thessa Herold in Paris in 2016, Sala Alcalá 31 in Madrid and Art Bärtschi & Cie in Geneva from 2016 to 2017, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art in Vienna in 2017, and Galería Ana Serratosa in Valencia and PHotoEspaña in Madrid in 2018.

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