Until 31 March, the Fundación Carlos de Amberes (Calle Claudio Coello, 99) presents the exhibition José María Fajardo, Paintings. Free admission.
The exhibition takes the form of a broad and varied journey through Fajardo’s work. The visitor will be able to travel through the abstract forms that, intermingled with some figurative elements, such as blurred faces, eyes, hands or masses of anonymous faces, evoke different sensations.
Oil paintings and drawings make up this journey, which often calls upon one of the great masters admired by Fajardo: Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The work of the Aragonese painter, and above all his unmade backgrounds learned from Velázquez, for example, are perfectly in tune with the abstraction of the painter from the Canary Islands. Despite the deconstruction of Goyaesque reality, the figures of his famous portraits, such as those of the Duchess of Alba, can still be sensed in Fajardo’s works.
José Luis Fajardo was born in La Laguna (Tenerife) in 1941. Linked to this land, he later moved to Madrid, where he took up residence in 1964. Although Fajardo began painting as a self-taught artist, it was his friendship with other Canary Islanders, Martín Chirino (1925-2019) and Manolo Millares (1926-1972), which profoundly marked the course of his art; always ascribed to the Spanish avant-garde.