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VALENTÍN GONZÁLEZ

Gijón,  ESPAGNE

Email :  mail@valentinfotografo.com

Site : www.valentinfotografo.com

Facebook: Valentin Art Photograpy

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY 

 

Born in 1955 in Gijón, Asturias, Spain.

 

He’s been a professional commercial photographer. At the same time, almost from when he started, he developed a fruitful creative career. While still young, in 1977, he gives his first individual exhibition.

 

The dedication he’s put into his personal works has been the fundamental reason for giving up his work as a commercial photographer in 2003.

 

Nowadays, he has no relation at all with the production of commercial photos in any field, dedicating himself exclusively, to where photography is concerned, to his own personal works.

 

After several collections in his possession, determined to overcome the limitations imposed by the object or the persons used as the starting model for his photos, he began to investigate a way to avoid having to express himself through recognisable forms or identifiable persons.

 

His investigations were successful, giving way to the first non-objective collection in 1991. From then on, he used the reality only as a ground for searching and discriminating the symbols that, after, will be converted into new characters within his works and collections. The main feature of his photos is that their origin is unrecognisable.

 

The system he uses for calculating makes his photos look like they have been manipulated, but all his works up until 2010 has been done on negative, and it’s only from then on that his captures are digital.

 

In 2011 he published the book “Simultaneous Reality. Essay on the approach to another type of photography”, where the key can be found for understanding the possibility of using an object as something that is not real.

 

The book, in Spanish language, has been translated into English and Russian. He is considered the father of Photosymbolism.

 

From 1991, the time he started his work on the Simultaneous Reality, he began giving titles and numbers to his collections. At the time of writing these lines he had completed 30 collections and is working in the next one.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST WORKS

 

 

Number of copies and sizes for each and every picture :

 

100 x 100 cm: 5 copies and 2 author tests. 

40 x 40 cm: 10 copies and 2 author tests. 

 

Prints : All copies are printed with HDR ink on Cold Press Bright Museum Art paper of 340 gr. All the works includes Digigraphie certification on the serial number and technical aspects of the copies. 

 

 

BOOKS FULLY DEDICATED TO HIS WORKS

 

 

 Simultaneous Reality. Essay on the approach to another type of photography”. 2011. 206 pages, 21 x 15 cm. Also in Issuu.

 

 “Somnios”. 2017. 86 pages, 18 x 15 cm. Also in Issuu.

 

 “Imitalmas – Auctores”. 2017. 94 pages, 18 x 15 cm. Also in Issuu.

 

 “Yoes”. 2018. 100 pages, 18 x 15 cm.

 

(The books “Somnios”, “Imitalmas – Auctores” and “Yoes”, belongs to a collection of 12 books about my works that Ferramulin Editions is doing on my collections)

 

Círculos de Confusión. 2018. 326 pages, 28 x 24 cm.

 

 

Other books 

 

Internationale Kunst Heute 2017, pages 130 and 131, 30 x 22 cm. 

 

 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 

Photography is my world.

 

My photographs deviate from Photorealism to enter Photosymbolism with the metaphysical vision of a simultaneous reality of which I consider myself a privileged witness.

 

For me, the evident is only the mask of reality.

 

I have had to find a way to change the most obvious reality into symbols and these symbols into a new reality from which my scenes originate; scenes that I see when I'm able to take off that mask of reality.

 

With my work I have discovered that what we don't see is exactly in front of our eyes.

 

The objects made me think of the object itself and not about my sentiments, this is the reason why in my photographs the starting object used is not recognisable, so that the final image can speak for itself.


Each picture comes from one solitary shot and without this shot there is no picture.

 

My work made me a better human.

  

 

 

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS

 

 

1977

 

Diciembre - Sala San Félix. Candás. España

 

 

1978

 

Julio - Sala Caja de ahorros. Avilés. España

 

Agosto - Sala Banco de Asturias. Gijón. España

 

 

1980

 

Mayo - Casa de cultura. Burgos. España

 

Junio - Club de tenis. Gijón. España

 

 

1985

 

Diciembre. Sala Caja de ahorros. Gijón. España

 

 

1986

 

Marzo - Galería de arte Capilla San Lorenzo. Gijón. España

 

Julio - Casa de Asturias. Buenos Aires. Argentina

 

 

1987

 

Febrero - Sala Cajastur. Mieres. España

 

Marzo - Sala Caja de ahorros. Gijón. España

 

Marzo - Sala Caja de ahorros. Oviedo. España

 

Abril - Sala Caja de ahorros de Asturias. La Felguera. España

 

Abril - Sala Caja de ahorros de Asturias. Avilés. España

 

 

1990

 

Enero -  Sala San Félix. Candas. España

 

Abril - Sala Principado de Asturias. Madrid. España

 

 

1996

 

Septiembre - Galería de arte Capilla San Lorenzo. Gijón. España

 

 

2011

 

Febrero - Palau de Vivel. Vall d´uixó. Castellón. España

 

Marzo - Auditorio Wenceslao Ayguals de Izco. Vinaròs. Castellón. España

 

Agosto - Feria de arte Forte Di Marni. Italia. España

 

Septiembre - Museo etnográfico y de arte moderno. Chielavinsk. Rusia

 

Octubre - Sala de exposiciones del castillo. Peñíscola. Castellón. España

 

Octubre - Galería Le Petit Atelier. Lérida. España

 

Diciembre - Museo de las Artes. Kurgán. Rusia

 

 

2012

 

Marzo - kunst Art. Bolzano. Italia

 

Junio - Carrousel del Louvre, Art shopping. Paris. Francia

 

Julio - Central gallery Constantin Brancusi. Kishinev. Moldavia

 

Septiembre - Museo de Bellas Artes. Castellón. España

 

Octubre - Carrousel del Louvre, Art shopping. Paris, Francia

 

Noviembre - AFF Hamburgo. Alemania

 

Diciembre - Art-Expo Miami.  EEUU

 

 

2013

 

Febrero - AFF Bruselas. Bélgica

 

Marzo - AFF Milan. Italia

 

Mayo - FA Pordenone. Italia

 

Octubre - Art Shopping Paris. Francia

 

Noviembre - Arte Padova. Italia

 

 

2014

 

Marzo - Arte Cremona. Italia

 

Abril - Almoneda. Madrid. España

 

Junio - Galería Le Petit Atelier. Lérida. España

 

Septiembre - Art3F Bordeaux. Francia

 

Diciembre - Feria de arte de Piacenza. Italia

 

 

2015

 

Febrero - Feria de Arte de Génova. Italia

 

Abril - Feria de Arte de Lyon. Francia

 

Septiembre - Art3F Paris. Francia

 

 

2016

 

Febrero - Feria de Arte de Génova. Italia

 

Mayo - Afundación Abanca. Vigo. España

 

Octubre - MUCBE. Benicarló. España

 

 

2017

 

Enero - Art3F. Paris. Francia

 

Mayo -  Art Fair Lausanne. Suiza

 

Agosto - Art Sylt. Alemania

 

Septiembre - Museo etnográfico y de arte moderno. Chielavinsk. Rusia

 

Noviembre -  Art Fair Luxemburg. Luxemburg

 

 

2018

 

Enero - Art Fair Paris. Francia

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