Hugo Fontela


Curriculum Vitae

Hugo Fontela was born in Grado (Principality of Asturias, Spain) in 1986. From an early age he became interested in drawing and painting, but it was not until he was 14 years old in 2001 when he entered the School of Arts and Crafts of Avilés, guided by the Asturian artist Amado Hevia "Favila". It was here that he would academically learn how to paint, which led him to receive the Extraordinary Award for Merit in Arts, granted to the most outstanding pupils.  He left the school in June 2002 at the age of 16 on completion of his compulsory secondary education. He later took a High School Diploma in Art at the Oviedo School of Art with a view to studying a degree in Fine Arts. From then on, he gradually made his name in the world of art, combining his training with active participation in the art world of Asturias. In 2004 he took the P.A.U. tests, with results that enabled him to begin studying Fine Arts, although he finally decided to move and study at the Art Students League in New York. Once in the United States, in November 2005 he obtained the 20th BMW Art Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Spain, which he received in Madrid from Her Majesty Queen Sofía. After receiving this important award, he attended the 18th City of Zamora Biennial Art Exhibition as the guest artist. In 2007 he received the Award for the Best Artist at the ESTAMPA graphic arts fair, granted by the Association of Art Critics of Madrid. During 2008, Madrid and Asturias were the stage for two important exhibitions of his work, including all of the American works, which placed him as one of the leading figures in young, modern Spanish art.
Since 2005 he has lived and worked in Manhattan.




Solo Exhibitions

 •    2002. Primeras Pinturas, BBVA Exhibition Hall, Oviedo, Principality of Asturias.
•    2003. Paisajes. Entre el mar y la industria, Acinas Art Gallery, Avilés, Principality of Asturias.
•    2004. Obras recientes, Sharon Art Gallery, León.
•    2005. Hugo Fontela. Últimas obras, School of Arts and Crafts of Avilés, Avilés, Principality of Asturias.
•    2006. Hugo Fontela. Polluted Landscapes, Fruela Art Gallery, Madrid.
•    2006. Hugo Fontela. Back Yards, City of Xamora 18th Biennial Exhibition, Palacio de la Alhóndiga, Zamora.
•    2008. Hugo Fontela., An American Vision. Casa de Vacas Cultural Centre. Madrid.
•    2008. Hugo Fontela , New York, New York. Palacio Revillagigedo. Gijón, Principality of Asturias.
•    2009. Hugo Fontela: Obra Grafica 2006-2009.Palacio Valdecarzana. Grado, Principality of Asturias.
•    2009. Hugo Fontela: Cinco años de obra sobre papel. Circulo del Arte. Barcelona
•    2009. Hugo Fontela. Gulf of Mexico Days. Instituto Cervantes. Chicago
•    2010.Hugo Fontela. Golfo de Mexico. 100Kubik. Cologne, Germany.


Group Exhibitions


  • National Library, Madrid.
  • National Gravure Library, Madrid.
  • Zamora City Council Collection.
  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Collection, Madrid.
  • BMW Collection, Madrid.
  • Cajamadrid Collection, Madrid.
  • Cajastur Collection, Oviedo, Asturias.
  • Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo Collection, Murcia.
  • Instituto Cervantes Collection.
  • Diario La Nueva España Collection, Oviedo, Asturias.
  • Duro Felguera S.A. Collection
  • School of Arts and Crafts of Avilés Collection, Avilés, Asturias.
  • Cruzcampo Foundation Collection, Seville.
  • La Gaceta Foundation Collection, Salamanca.
  • Príncipe de Asturias Foundation Collection, Oviedo, Asturias.
  • Regional Government of the Principality of Asturias Collection, Oviedo, Asturias.
  • Hispanic Society of America Collection, New York.
  • Masaveu Collection.
  • Pinacoteca Eduardo Úrculo Collection, Langreo, Asturias.
  • Pérez Simón Collection, México.
  • Olor Visual Collection. Barcelona.
  • Telecable Collection, Gijón, Asturias. 
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias, Oviedo, Asturias.
  • Museum of Contemporary Spanish Engravings of Marbella, Malaga.