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José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960) is a painter and a photographer. Degree in Fine Arts, 1984. Since then he has won various awards and scholarships. He has participated in a lot of exhibitions all over the world, including the international ARCO fair for the last ten years. His work forms part of the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and it has been exhibited in Beijing, Canada, New York, London, Sao Paulo, France, Germany, Tokyo and Colombia. First Prize in Painting in the XVIII Biennial of Alexandria and the National Print Award, 1998.Premio Nacional de Fotografía 2010.

His artistic career began with a particular attention on the technique of the Italian and Flemish painting of the XV and XVIII centuries. Since 1990, he started to blend painting and photography. We can highlight, between his numerous exhibitions, Lugares de paso, Valencia, 2003; Setting Out, New York, 2003; or Habitación 523, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2005; and recently Fervor de metrópolis, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2011; La abstracción de la realidad, Sala Alcalá 31, Community of Madrid and DA2, Salamanca, 2011; and Espacios ocultos in the Spanish Academy, Rome, 2012. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions in art fairs as ARCO, Art Chicago, Artforum Germany, Paris Photo and Art Miami and in cities such as Dallas, Paris, Miami, São Paulo, Dubai, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto and many others. And some more current ones like: Gli Spazi Nascosti di José Manuel Ballester Nei Palazzi di Genova, Museo di Palazzo Reale e Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa, Italy (2017), Paisajes encontrados: El Bosco, El Greco, Goya, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid, Spain (2016), Museos en blanco, Ivorypress, Madrid, Spain (2015).

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José Juan Barba (1964) architect from ETSA Madrid in 1991. Special Mention in the National Finishing University Education Awards 1991. PhD in Architecture ETSAM, 2004. He founded his professional practice in Madrid in 1992 ( He is an architecture critic and editor-in-chief of METALOCUS magazine since 1999, and he was advising different NGOs until 1997. He has been a lecturer (in Design, Theory and Criticism, and Urban planning) and guest lecturer at different national and international universities (Roma TRE, Polytechnic Milan, ETSA Madrid, ETSA Barcelona, UNAM Mexico, Univ. Iberoamericana Mexico, University of Thessaly Volos, FA de Montevideo, Washington, Medellin, IE School, U.Alicante, Univ. Europea Madrid, UCJC Madrid, ESARQ-U.I.C. Barcelona,...).

Maître de Conférences IUG-UPMF Grenoble 2013-14. Full assistant Professor, since 2003 up to now at the University of Alcalá School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain. And Jury in competitions as Quaderns editorial magazine (2011), Mies van der Rohe Awards, (2010-2022), Europan13 (2015). He has been invited to participate in the Biennale di Venezia 2016 as part "Spaces of Exception / Spazi d'Eccezione".

He has published several books, the last in 2016, "#positions" and in 2015 "Inventions: New York vs. Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi " and collaborations on "Spaces of Exception / Spazi d'Eccezione", "La Mansana de la discordia" (2015), "Arquitectura Contemporánea de Japón: Nuevos territorios" (2015)...


- First Prize, RENOVATION GRAN VÍA, “Delirious Gran Vía”, Madrid, Spain, 2010.
- First Prize, “PANAYIOTI MIXELI Award”. SADAS-PEA, for the Spreading of Knowledge of Architecture Athens, 2005.
- First Prize, “SANTIAGO AMÓN Award," for the Spreading of Knowledge of Architecture. 2000.
- Award, “PIERRE VAGO Award." ICAC -International committee of Art Critics. London, 2005.
- First Prize, C.O.A.M. Madrid, 2000. Shortlisted, World Architecture Festival. Centro de Investigación e Interpretación de los Ríos. Tera, Esla y Orbigo, Barcelona, 2008.
- First Prize. FAD AWARD 07 Ephemeral Interventions. “M.C.ESCHER”. Arquin-Fad. Barcelona, Sapin 2007.




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