Manuel Domingo Castellanos

Manuel Domingo Castellanos, painter from Madrid.

He studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid where he received his doctorate with the thesis:

The technification of the sketch: Jardiel, Delacámara and García Benedí (ucm.es).

Manuel acknowledges having an evolution with different stages that they have in common representing the everyday environment. The realistic bias is present in the work and at other times it is immersed in a set of stimuli, graphic and textural, of great beauty.

His doctoral thesis begins by reflecting on the role of photography in painting after his invention. In the introduction, Manuel affirms that photography has progressively taken over representation, alluding to the visual objectivity of photography. Photography, according to Manuel, serves by itself as a technical sketch, without ceasing to consider photography as an art.

 The art of photography forces the artist to learn foreign to representation and also to an ideology that has little to do with what painting had been. His doctoral thesis reflects his curiosity in the search for the keys to figuration and, through three little-known Spanish artists, make an analysis of the incidence of photography in Spanish painting of the 60s, 70s and 80s. That curiosity and that search is reflected in his work.

When Manuel abandons photorealistic painting, evolution begins to what it is today. Observing the current work of Manuel it is visible that his works hide the essence of what one day led him to be the artist that he is today. His works are far from being a static image, the interplay of colors and textures reveal the dynamics of the painted motif.

This simple line reinforces the idea that what exists and evolves always preserves part of an essence from the past. The final work is an eclectic combination of styles in perfect harmony. A story set within a pictorial beauty of color and dynamism that quickly connects with the viewer.

In his blog, Manuel affirms that the new century brought him back to the photographic style very close to realism. According to his own words, they were images close to realism mediated by a color far removed from the traditional representation. In the first decade of the 2000s, Manuel recognizes playing with different conjugations between matter, color and narrative line. Evolution has led him to a style in which, as he himself writes on his blog, the matter wants to stand out less and adapts to a sharper and more faithful structure to what is being narrated where the texture-line binomial is harmonized for this.

Manuel Domingo Castellanos has a long history of solo and group exhibitions both throughout Spain and in other countries such as the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Dominican Republic or Finland. He has also participated in various Art Fairs in countries such as the United States, Belgium, France, Spain and the Netherlands. He has won nine art awards in Spain, and his work is in important public and private collections and in a Museum of Contemporary Art.