Queen Sofía of Spain presented the Queen Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture in Madrid on Tuesday, 14 March, on its 52nd anniversary. She was accompanied by the Secretary of State for Culture, Fernando Benzo, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, the Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs for Google Spain and Portugal, Francisco Ruiz Antón, and the director of Casa de Vacas, María Dolores Chamero, as well as other well-known Spanish personalities.
The contest began in 1964 by Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors. The purpose was to “distinguish creativity, passion for beauty and, above all, work done By the great artists of this country, painters and sculptors, in order to recognise their daily work and reward their effort,” said Casa Real.
This year’s winners were Juan Coderch Parés and Javier Malavia Tabares of Coderch & Malavia for their work “Hamlet.” Both are sculptors who live in Valencia, Spain.
After the presentation of the awards, Her Majesty visited the exhibition of the works competing in the contest. In total, there were 69 works of art which included 43 paintings and 26 sculptures. Visitors will have the opportunity to view these paintings and sculptures until 20 March this year at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid’s Retiro Park.
Google sponsors the Queen Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture which awards 10,000 euros, a medal, and a diploma of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to one work each year. There were 250 submissions this year from which the 69 finalists were chosen. Some of the other artists who had their work featured included Augusto Arana, Ana Alcaraz Montesinos, Juan José Lozano Rosado, and Pablo Vidal.