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Jose Luis Zumeta


Jose Luis Zumeta

Jose Luis Zumeta was born in Usurbil , Guipúzcoa, in 1939.

At 14, he begins his work as graphic artist, studying later at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Asociación de Artistas of Guipuzcoa. At 19, he wins the gold medal at the at the National Young Painting competition in Madrid,

To avoid Franco’s regime isolationism, he moves to Paris in 1959. There he will first-hand know the current international avant-gardes, something that will have a deep impact on him. During his stay in Paris he will be interested in abstract expressionism, artists such as De Kooning, Pollock, Dubuffet… and European groups such as the Cobra. Also, in the French capital he will befriend Basque artists such as  R.Ruiz Balerdi, J.A Sistiaga and JM Ortiz.

In 1960 he returns to the Basque Country and settles in Hondarribia, where he begins to work with the sculptor Remigio Mendiburu.

Between 1962 and 1963 he lives in Stockholm and London. His work is marked by an abstraction based in horizontal stripes of pure colors. He will soon abandon this path introducing in his painting undulating and organic shapes.

In 1965 he is a founding member of the GAUR group, alongside Jorge Oteiza, Eduardo Chillida, Remigio Mendiburu, Nestor Basterretxea, Rafael Ruiz Balerdi, Amable Arias and Sistiaga. This group is born with the idea of recovering the dialogue and the relationship with the international avant-garde, something difficult during Franco’s regime, and ended being a pioneering force and a reference in terms of recognition of the Basque artistic activity on an international level.

In 1967 he wins the first prize at the Gran Premio de Pintura Vasca with his work “Homenaje al Gernika de Picasso”. From them on he will be commissioned several public works in  Irún (1968), Usurbil (1973), Pasajes (1974), San Sebastián (1976) or Zarautz (1986), among other places.

In the 70s his work will be featured in a group exhibition in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico as well as in a show in New York focused in young Spanish artists. During this decade he collaborates in several cultural meetings in the Basque Country and Navarre and begins his teaching activity in different ikastolas (Basque schools).

Since the 8’s, he increases his exhibitions in galleries as well as in public institutions nationally (Bilbao, San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Oviedo, Valencia…) and internationally (Prague,  Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Evanton or New York).

Jose Luis Zumeta is one of the most representative artists of the post-war Basque painting. His work is present in important museums such as: Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Museo San Telmo de San Sebastián, Museo  Artium de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Museo de la Concordia in Santiago de Chile…

Jose Luis Zumeta CV

Exhibitions

2019

Juan Manuel Lumbreras gallery, Bilbao.

2018  

Sala Dalmau gallery Barcelona.

2017

El arte y el sistema (del arte). Colección Artium. Artium Art Center- Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria.

2014

Juan Manuel Lumbreras gallery, Bilbao.

Galería Kur, San Sebastian.

Le Carré, Bayona.

2013

Ekain gallery, San Sebastian.

2012

Mixtos Pavillion at Pamplona’s Citadel, Pamplona.

2011

Luz adentro Artium Art Center- Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria.

Juan Manuel Lumbreras gallery, Bilbao.

2010

Portia vineyard, Gumiel de Izán. Burgos.

2009

Publishes with his daughter Usoa a book with texts by the interns of the Arrasate-Mondragón psychiatry illustrated with 35 serigraphies. It is presented at the Bilbao Fine arts Museum.

2008

Kur gallery, San Sebastian.

Luis Burgos gallery, Madrid.

Epelde & Mardaras gallery, Bilbao.

2007

Ekain gallery, San Sebastian.

Arteko gallery, San Sebastian.

2006

La obra maestra desconocida. Artium, Artium Art Center- Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria.

BBK Foundation, Bilbao.

2004

Expo 3+4, Biarritz.

Argucho  Iruretagoyena Antiquarian, Pamplona.

2003

Sala Kubo, San Sebastian.

2002

Haim Chanin Fine Arts, New York.

Crypte de Sainte Eugénie, Biarritz.

Exposition Atlantique. Epelde &Mardaras gallery, Biarritz.

2001

Epelde & Mardaras gallery, Bilbao.

2000

Depósito Franco Uribitarte de Bilbao.

La Brocha gallery, Bilbao.

San Martín market, San Sebastian.

1999

The Hangar, Evanton, Scotland

1998

Altxerri gallery, San Sebastian.

La Brocha gallery, Bilbao.

Pintores vascos en las colecciones de las Cajas de Ahorros. Bilbao Fine arts Museum.

1997

Arco, Madrid.

Oxford Aretoa, Zumaia.

Pintores vascos en las colecciones de las Cajas de Ahorros: VII. Nueva figuración. Bizkaia Kutxa exhibition center Bilbao.

1996

Sala García Castanon, Pamplona.

1995

Altxerri gallery, San Sebastian.

Afinsa Almirante gallery, Madrid.

1994

Artand History Museum, San Agustín Center, Durango.

1993

Windsor gallery, Bilbao.

1992 

San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian.

1990

Retrospectiva, Fine Arts Museum, Vitoria and San Telmo Museun, San Sebastian.

1989

Homenaje a las víctimas del franquismo. Madrid. Seville. Valencia.

Retrospective show at the Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.

1986

Moderne Baskische Kunst, Frankfurt- Colonia.

1985

Sástago Palace, Zaragoza.

Asturias Fine Arts Museum, Oviedo.

Bonnat Museum, Bayona.

San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian.

San Prudencio Hall, Fine Arts Museum, Vitoria.

1984

La Ciudadela, Pamplona.

Del Palau gallery, Valencia.

Perspectives 56 gallery, Bayona.

1983

Volsbank gallery , Biberach, Germany.

Caja Provincial de Guipuzcoa, San Sebastian.

1982

Inter-Art Galerie, Union Freischaffender Kúnstler und Kunsfreunde, Stuttgart.

Arteder 82, Bilbao.

Artistas Vascos: entre el realismo y la figuración, 1970-1982. Provincial Museum,  Paris.

Alga gallery, San Sebastián.

Ossuna Art Center, La Laguna, Tenerife.

San Telmo Mueum,  San Sebastian.

1981

La trama del arte vasco. Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.

Arteder 81, Bilbao.

Pintores Guipuzcoanos.1939-1979). San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian.

Zumeta. Dibujos. Gran Vía 21 gallery, Bilbao.

1980

Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona.

1979

Erakusketa 79, Velázquez Palace, Madrid.

1978

Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.

The citadel, Pamplona.

Juana Mordó gallery, Madrid.

Euskadi en la pintura, Art Centrum, Prague.

1976 

Euskal Erakusketa 76-Art Bask 76, Barcelona.

1975 

Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona.

Eder Arte gallery, Vitoria.

Mikeldi gallery, Bilbao.

1974

Pez gallery, San Sebastian.

1971

Ateneo de Madrid, Madrid.

Durán gallery, Madrid.

Mikeldi gallery, Bilbao.

1970

Pintura y Escultura Contemporánea Vasca. Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico.

Young Spanish Painters, New York.

1969

Grupo Gaur de la Escuela Vasca. Grises gallery, Bilbao.

1968

First Salon of Contemporary Sculpture, Barcelona.

Grises gallery, Bilbao.

Huts gallery, San Sebastian.

1966-65

Grupo Gaur   (alongside Oteiza,  Chillida, Remigio Mendiburu, Néstor Basterretxea, Sistiaga, Amable Arias and Rafael Ruiz Balerdi), Barandiaran gallery, San Sebastian.

Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.

Sala América, Vitoria.

1961

Tres pintores y un escultor. Salas municipales de arte, San Sebastian.

Arte Actual  Carlos V Castle, Fuenterrabía. Guipúzcoa.

 

Public collections

Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.

Artium, Contemporay Basqye Art Museum, Vitoria, Alava.

Vitoria Fine Art Museum, Vitoria, Alava.

San Telmo Museum., San Sebastian.

Art & History Museum, Durango

Kutxa bank Colelction

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Contemporary Art Collection, santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Solidaridad Museum, Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Testimoni Collection, Caixabank, Barcelona.

Basue Parliamentc ollection.

 

 

Works in public spaces;

Mural  in Artaleku street, Irun.

Mural at Ursubil square, Usurbil.

Mural at the Caja Ahorros Provincial de San Sebastián.

Mural at Pasajes Harbor.

Open air sculpture at Zarauz, Gipuzkoa.

Open air ceramic at San Sebastian park, San Sebastian.

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