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Biography of José Manuel Ballester

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b. 1960, Madrid

1983
Receives the Primer Premio de Dibujo Antonio del Rincón, awarded by the provincial government of Guadalajara, Spain.
1984
Completes a fine arts degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Wins second place in drawing at the 51 Salón de Otoño at the Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid.
1985
Receives first prize in drawing in the II Certamen de Artes Plásticas de la Comunidad de Madrid at the Centro Cultural Casa del Reloj in Madrid.
1987
Wins the Primer Premio de Pintura Ciudad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid.
1988
Receives an honorable mention at the IX Bienal de Pintura Ciudad de Zamora; the work he presents in the exhibition is purchased by the regional government of Castile and León.
Has his first solo exhibition at Teatro Albéniz in Madrid.
1989
Receives a grant to attend the XXIII Université Internationale d’Été, organized by the Institut National de la Jeunesse in Paris.
Receives first prize at the III Bienal de Pintura de Murcia; the work he presents in the exhibition is purchased by the regional government of Murcia.
1990
Exhibits at the Fundación Colegio del Rey, Capilla del Oidor in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid; and Sala Imagen, Caja San Fernando in Seville.
1991
Exhibits at Galería Levy in Madrid.
Ballester’s work is included in the exhibition Realisms: Spanish Contemporary Art at the Takashimaya Museums in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, and Kyoto.
1992
Exhibits at Levy Galerie in Hamburg.
1993
Exhibitions of Ballester’s work are presented at Galería Clave in Murcia and Espacio Caja Burgos in Burgos, Spain.
1994
Receives first prize in painting at the XVIII Alexandria Biennale in Alexandria, Egypt.
Galería Tórculo in Madrid and Galería Antonio de Barnola in Barcelona present exhibitions of Ballester’s work.
1995
Fundación Arquitectura COAM in Madrid presents Fragmentos, an exhibition of Ballester’s graphic work.
1996
Exhibitions of the artist’s work are held at the Palacio del Almudí and Galería Espacio Mínimo, both in Murcia.
1997
The Palacio de Exposiciones in Medellín, Colombia, and Sala Amós Salvador in Logroño, Spain, present exhibitions of Ballester’s work.
1998
José Manuel Ballester: Naturalezas muertas opens at the Museo Ibercaja Camón Aznar in Saragossa, Spain.
1999
Receives the Premio Nacional de Grabado, presented by Calcografía Nacional, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.
Exhibits at Galería Espacio Mínimo in Murcia; Sala Rivadavia in Cádiz; Galería Estiarte in Madrid; and Galería Antonio de Barnola in Barcelona.
2000
DRAC Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France, presents an exhibition of Ballester’s work, Traits d’Architecture, as part of Les Mars de l’Art Contemporain.
Galería Estiarte in Madrid features a series of photographs by the artist as part of the PhotoEspaña photography festival.
2001
Participates in the VIII Bienal de Artes Plásticas Ciudad de Pamplona; the work he presents in the exhibition is purchased by the city of Pamplona.
Galería Estiarte in Madrid presents Heliograbados: José Manuel Ballester.
2002
Ballester’s work is included in exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin; National Gallery in Athens; ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Centro de Arte Museo de Almería in Almería, Spain; and Galería Marlborough and Galería Estiarte, both in Madrid.
2003
Sala La Gallera in Valencia, Spain, presents the exhibition Lugares de paso.
2004
Ballester’s work is included in Monocromos, de Malevich al presente at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
2005
José Manuel Ballester: Habitación 523 is presented at the Palacio de Velázquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.
2006
Receives the Premio de Pintura Francisco de Goya from the city of Madrid.
Exhibitions of the artist’s work are held at Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke in Paris and Galería Vanguardia in Bilbao.
Ballester’s work is included in the exhibition Modern Photographs: The Machine, the Body and the City, Selections from the Charles Cowles Collection at the Miami Art Museum. The exhibition later travels to the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York.
2007
The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing presents the exhibition Obra reciente sobre China.
Exhibitions of Ballester’s work also take place at Casa Asia in Barcelona; Fundación Astroc in Madrid; Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto; and Charles Cowles Gallery in New York.
2008
Receives the Premio de Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid for photography.
Exhibitions of Ballester’s work are held at Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke in Paris and Distrito 4 in Madrid.
Work by Ballester is included in En Privat 1 at Es Baluard, Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo in Palma.
2009
Exhibitions of the artist’s work are presented at the Monasterio de San Juan de la Peña in Jaca, Spain; Palacio del Almudí in Murcia; and Galería Estiarte in Madrid.
2010
Wins the Premio Nacional de Fotografía.
An exhibition of Ballester’s work, Fervor de metrópolis, is presented at the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo.
Exhibits at Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke in Paris.
2011
Exhibits his work at the Museo Lasar Segall, São Paulo (Brazil); the Museo Arqueológico, Madrid; and Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid. La obra de Ballester se incluye en Ficciones y realidades: Arte español de los 2000 en la colección arte contemporáneo del Museo Patio Herreriano de Valladolid (España).
2012
Spazi Nascosti. Il lavoro del renascismento italiano is presented at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome. His work is included in the exhibition Trayectorias. Diez años de vídeo y fotografía en la colección Coca-Cola at the MEIAC Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz (Spain).
2013
60 miradas a Ferrovial opens at CaixaForum, Madrid; Concealed Spaces is presented atl Frost Art Museum, Miami; and Bosques de Luz is inaugurated at Tabacalera, Madrid. He participates in the exhibitions Seducidos por el arte: pasado y presente de la fotografía, at CaixaForum, Barcelona and Madrid; On Painting, at Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain); and Selecciones de la Colección del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao IV at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
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