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2018 Juror: Nico Munuera, Valencia, Spain

Nico Munuera (*1974, lives and works in Valencia, Spain) moved from Lorca to Valencia in 1993 to study Fine Arts at the Faculty of San Carlos, during which he was was the recipient of several awards. He has been included in exhibitions at various art galleries since 1998, as well as in national and international art fairs. In 2003 he moved to Paris thanks a scholarship from the College of Spain to continue research on his project, primarily based on color field painting, perception ability, and process.

In 2004 he was chosen to collaborate and show with Spanish painter Joan Hernández Pijuan in the Relevos program – a series of three institutional exhibitions in Madrid, Murcia and Barcelona. In 2007 he moved to New York thanks a grant from the Casa Pintada Foundation to work on a project on Japanese paper, based on color, automatic movement, and gesture.

From 2008 to 2012 he lived and worked in Berlin, exploring the ideas of time, limits, and uncertainty. During the same period, he participated in the exhibitions To paint or not to paint at the
Museum of Fine Arts in Murcia (2009); and the exhibition Rational Abstraction. Aldrich / Loureiro / Munuera / Uslé at the Galician Center of Contemporary Art, CGAC, in Santiago de Compostela (2011).

His work has been exhibited in several international institutions in Geneva, Switzerland (at the Villa Bernasconi, in 2011); at the now defunct Gabarron Foundation-Carriage House Center for the Arts in New York, NY (2007); and at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, MMOMA, in Moscow, Russia (2011). Noteworthy exhibitions are Stimmung (2014) at Proyecto Paralelo Gallery, Mexico City; and Frame Time (2014) at Veronicas in Murcia, Spain. Of particular importance for his career are the solo exhibitions No Flags (2008) and Boneless Island (2015), both at Max Estrella Gallery in Madrid, Spain, and terreno áspero | rugged terrain, five contemporary artists from Spain, at Maus Contemporary (2017). His work was recently the subject of a solo Museum exhibition, titled Praecisio, at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, IVAM, in Valencia Spain, and his first solo exhibition with Maus Contemporary opens Saturday, April 28 (1.30 – 6.00 pm). Munuera’s work is in numerous private and institutional collections in Europe, including the AENA Foundation, the Barrié Foundation, the Belondrade Foundation, the Banco de España Collection, the La Caixa Foundation Testimoni, the Cajamadrid Collection, the Cajamurcia Foundation, the Cajasol Collection, the CAM Collection, the Centenero Fundation, the Chirivella Soriano Foundation, the Coca Cola Foundation, the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, the DKV Foundation, the Entrecanales Collection, the FEVAL Collection, the Foster-Ochoa Collection, the Helga de Alvear Collection, the MACUF Collection, the Madrid Community Collection, the Ministry of Culture ES Collection, the Murcia Community Collection, the Olorvisual Collection, the Patio Herreriano Collection, the Pilar Citoler Collection, the Purificación García Collection, the Sabadell Bank Collection, etc.

PAST JURORS

2017 Juror, Wassan Al-Khudhairi
2016 Juror, Paul Kremer
2015 Juror, Ramiro Gomez
2014  Caroline Taylor, Montgomery, AL
2013  Bayete Ross Smith, Harlem, NY
2012  Jiha Moon, Atlanta, GA
2011   Matt Chambers, Los Angeles, CA
2010  Dan Tague, New Orleans, LA
2009  Skylar Fein, New Orleans, LA
2008  Shana Berger & Nathan Purath , Coleman Center, York, AL
2007   Ron Platt, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, BMA
2006  Rick Lowe
2005  Louise Shaw
2004  Dr. Jerry Cullom
2003  Scott Stephens
2002  Brett Levine
2001   Lorenzo Pace
2000  Paula & Russell Panczenko
1999  Lisa Sette & Joseph M. Segura
1998  Max Protetch
1997  Gronk & John Wetenhall
1996  Peter Boswell
1995  Kim Abeles
1994  John Scott & David Gilhooly
1993  Gianfranco Mantegna
1992  Mel Edwards & Helen C. Frederick
1991  Jerry Beck & Jo Tartt
1990  Jo Hanson & Stephen Young
1989  Cam Newell
1988  Fay Gold & Michael Lucero
1987  Tom Butter & Vicki Kopf
1986  Jane Kessler & Hollis Sigler
1985  Elaine Horwitch & Harvey K. Littleton
1984  Paul Brach & Ivan Carp