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Jose Luis Cena Ruiz

José Luis Ceña is an established Spanish artist, who specialises in Visual Arts. His work has been widely appreciated and has become an integral part of various museum and gallery collections worldwide. He was awarded a grant by The Royal Mint, Madrid, which enabled him to structure his studies of engraving and graphic design. This funding supported his training aand provided resources and tools to aid his creative process and special art plasticity.

His paintings are rich in character. Part of his iconography emerges from his thoughts based on readings or personal experience. There is an undeniable echo of romantic mystery throughout the oeuvre. The paintings do not directly evoke meaning, but rather suggest the hidden reality in emotion, a chance, a narrative. The tangibility of the composition allows the viewer to project their own feeling and meaning onto the work,  creating their own individual interpretations. Therefore, his art will function as a matrix of the melancholic feeling amongst the audience who, despite having not experienced the events depicted, will be poetically invited to feel the nostalgia of moments that belong to their own past.

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Solo exhibition, Sunny Art Centre, London
Honorable Mention & Artemiranda award IV Painting Prize ModPortrait 016.
Exhibition “Honoring the Legacy of David Park” curated by Huffington Post art critic, John Seed, California
Contemporary Art Fair AAF, Battersea Park, London
Contemporary Art Fair AFF, Brussels
Contemporary Art Fair Art3F, Toulouse

Solo exhibition Red Nankim Gallery, Oporto
Solo exhibition `Miradas´ Jordi Barnadas Gallery, Barcelona
Exhibition OPEN MIND, Essen, Alemania, Real Círculo Artístico de Barcelona
Contemporary Art Fair AAF London, Battersea
International Figurative Biennale, John
Natsoulas Gallery, California
Contemporary Art Fair S. A.C.O., Sevilla
Contemporary Art Fair AAF, Bristol

Honorable Mention XVIII Painting Prize
Foundation Mainel
Affordable Art Fair, Bristol
Contemporary Art Fair, “Affordable Art Fair”, London, Battersea
Contemporary Art Fair “Affordable Art Fair”, New  York
Prize Foundation Caja Rural de Jaén.
Contemporary Art Fair,  Chelsea

Honorable Mention II Award Mod Portrait
Contemporary Art Fair, “Affordable Art Fair”, London
Prize adquisition, Bodegas Lozano Prize, XIII Award, “ Virgen de las Vifias”, Tomelloso
Contemporary Art Fair, “Affordable Art Fair”, Bristol
Finalist International Competition of Graphic Art Carmen Arozena.

Finalist, XIV National Engraving Award “Jose Caballero”
Second Prize Competition, XXVI Francisco Pradilla  Award.

Painting Prize Finalist XXL Lopez Villaseñor
Collective exhibition “Mediterranean”, National Wetland Museum, China
Artistic Exchange with the National Wetland Museum of China.

Medal of Honor, XX Lopez Villaseñor Award
1st Honorable Mention, XXV Emilio  011ero Painting Award.
Finalist VI Figurative Painting Award, Arts & Artists Foundation.
MEAM·European Contemporary Art
Museum Barcelona, Barcelona.
Madrid Art Fair 2011, Stand Arts & Artists Foundation.
Exhibitions “Color” and “Water”, Santiago Echeberria Gallery, Madrid
Salao Spring Exhibition 2011, Oporto

Bodegas Lozano Prize, IX Award “ Virgen de las Vifias”, Tomelloso
Solo exhibition Sanchez & Juan Gallery, Elche
Solo exhibition, Space 36 Gallery, Zamora
Finalist and Price adquisition V Figurative Painting Award 2010, Arts & Artists Foundation, Barcelona
Honorable Mention, National Award “Retiro’s Park”

1st Prize, painting competition X Brihuega.
1st Prize, Young Artist, VII National Award “The  Green Brush”
Art Hotel 2009, Cartagena Artfair
Prize “Casino Gran Madrid Torrelodones “, X National Award Rafael Boti, Torrelodones

Prize adquisition, National Competition Contemporary Art, Torrelodones
1st Prize, XIV International Painting Award, Cifuentes
1st Prize, XV Siguenza National Award
1st price, “Casino Gran Madrid”, Torrelodones, IX Rafael Boti Foundation
Prize “Ricardo Arredondo”, IV National
Painting Contest Toledo

Honorable Mention, Painting Award “ Plaza de Oriente”, Foundation Madrid’s Friends

1st prize, VII International Award Valparaiso Foundation
1st prize in the XXVI National Painting Competition Villa de Parla
1st prize in the National Award  XXIV Azuqueca’s Village

Prize adquisition in the IX National Award
Painting and Sculpture Aranjuez ‘s Village





Fine Arts
Complutense University, Madrid.
Engraving & Graphic Design.
Royal Mint Grant. Madrid.
Professor of Etching at Master in Media Graphics Printing.
Castilla la Mancha University.
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