Requena Nozal, October 25, 1947, Zaragoza (Spain).
At the age of 12 he begins his musical training in trombone and piano in the music conservatories of Zaragoza, Pamplona, Valencia and Madrid. For several years he plays professionally in different orchestras throughout Spain.
But his great passion for painting takes him on trips throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the USA and Russia, where he visits many museums acquiring valuable pictorial knowledge.
In 1973 he marries Concepción Barraqueta Egea, who will be his most precious support all throughout his artistic career.
His first solo exhibition takes place in 1975 at the Provincial Museum of La Rioja.
In 1982 he participates in the “National Painting Contest for Young Artists” organised by the newspaper ABC, in its “VII Black and White Painting Prize” edition.
In 1996 he is awarded first prize of the “II Summer Salon New York City” organised by the Goya Art Gallery in New York.
Since 1997 he is member of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, with member number 2,753.
His first works dedicated to encaustic art date back to 1968 and reflect marginal social issues that are figurative in style. Many works of this time end up being destroyed by the artist himself because of his dissatisfaction with them. Some his sculptures will eventually suffer the same fate.
REQUENA NOZAL’S TESTIMONY:
"In 1975 I discover for the first time the Copt sarcophagi panel paintings of El Fayum (Egypt). I am so impressed and captivated, that I decide to acquire more knowledge about wax and the encaustic technique with the artisans of this country, who work with similar techniques to that period.
Afterwards I travel to the ancient fortified city of Suzdal (Russia), where there are various monasteries and dozens of churches, and where their icons are restored using the encaustic technique, tempera and gold leaf.
In Asia, specifically in the pink city of Jaipur (India), I was able to visit the artisans who where working the delicate ivory tablets of Mughal style, and afterwards in the mythical Kathmandu (Nepal), I browsed the workshops where the wonderful Thangka fabrics were being fashioned, in both cases using ancestral techniques."
In 1992 he moves to the coast of Alicante, settling down in Dénia.
In 2004 he decides to radically change his style to abstract expressionism and tachism.
In 2016 the City of Dénia sponsors retrospective exhibition entitled "Hemeroskopeion 1980-2015" at the Centre d'Art l'Estació.
In this same year he participated in the International Fair ART MARBELLA 2016 and III ESTAMPA Fair 2016 Madrid. He also has an individual exhibition at the Fundación Caja Rioja-Bankia, Logroño.
In 2017 participates in the International Fair ART APART FAIR 2017 of Singapore. It has an individual exhibition in the "Sala Coll Alas" of Gandia (Valencia) and another in the Balearia Foundation "Es Polvorí" in Ibiza.
José Requena Nozal (October 25, 1947, Zaragoza, Spain) is a self-taught artist-painter who uses different techniques (encaustic, oils, acrylics and pastels). His works are scattered both Spain, Europe and the United States. He has held various exhibitions open both to the public and also to specialised art critics.
He was born in the district of El Arrabal, in the city of Zaragoza on October 25, 1947.
His first solo exhibition took place in 1975 at the Provincial Museum of La Rioja, which unveiled his figurative works of marginal themes and oil technique.
In 1982 he participated in the "National Painting Contest for Young Artists" organised by the newspaper ABC, in its "VII Black and White Painting Prize" edition.
In 1996 he was awarded first prize of the "II Summer Salon of New York City" by the Goya Art Gallery in New York. As he was unable to attend the awards ceremony, the prize was collected on his behalf by Luis Hernández del Pozo, curator of the Salon.
Since 1997 he is member of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, with membership number 2,753.
In 2016 the City of Dénia sponsors the retrospective exhibition entitled "Hemeroskopeion 1980-2015" at the Centre d'Art l'Estació.
Parts of his works are dedicated to encaustic art in which he "voluntarily seeks ambitious compositions and orderly crowds." In his work he has gathered a "variety of atmospheres (...) and a committed sense of humanity, a certain lyricism, where reality and an interest for expressing a particular emotion go hand in hand."
From 2004 he radically changes his style towards abstract expressionism or tachism, where he uses encaustic, acrylic and gold leaf in his works.
Salón Franco-Español, Bordeaux (France). – Palais des Fates de Talence (France). – Tárrega Town Hall (Lérida). – Provincial Palace of Zaragoza. – Town Hall of Zaragoza. – Palacio de las Alhajas, VII Premios Blanco y Negro de Pintura, Madrid. – Goya Art Gallery, II Salón de Verano Ciudad de Nueva York, New York (EE.UU.). – XIII Certamen Tema Jardines, Asociación Pintores y Escultores, Aranjuez.
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