Avelino Sala (Gijón 1972) is an artist, editor (Sublime magazine) and curator.
Lives and works in Madrid.
His artistic work questions cultural and social reality from a late romantic perspective with a critical point of view. By continuously exploring social imagery, Sala identifies the painful points, demonstrating the power of art as a space for experimentation and for the creation of new worlds. Sala is a Spanish referent of art as a vehicle for political resistance, in his production there is a kind of poetics that reflect on State powers and the control they exercise. His recognizable aesthetic discourse is as necessary as it is powerful, encompassing sensitive and relevant themes such as migration, contemporary dislocation, the environmental crisis and the paradoxes of capitalism.
Sala works in the global context of contemporary art, exhibiting and participating in biennials in Caracas, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, among others. His production has been shown nationally and internationally in spaces such as Abrons Arts Center, New York; Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias; MAAC, Guayaquil; Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, NCCA, Moscow; Matadero, Madrid; among others. He has received several grants including Cajastur, Hangar, Bilbao Arte and the Premio Generaciones de CajaMadrid. In 2007 he was awarded by UNESCO and the New York Foundation for the Arts with the Artport International Video Award in Basel (Switzerland) and in 2010 with the VAD Prize, Girona Video Art Festival. He also received a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and from the Le Lait Art Center in Albi, France, in 2012.
His work has been presented in various exhibitions, national and international, highlighting among the latest: (2013 S.O.S) Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, (An Essay on culture 2013), NCCA, Moscow, (Distopia:right now) 2012 Museum marble of Carrara, (Funeral Pyre 2012) Matadero, Madrid, (Cacotopia 2011), First Screen, La Pedrera (AUTRUI 2011) Centre Dart Le Lait Grahulet, France, (Block House 2011)(, Galeria Raquel Ponce, ARTIUM (stop! 2010), Royal Academy of Spain in Rome, (Fatherland or Morte! 2010), Virgil de Voldere gallery, New York, (hostile 2009), National Museum of art Sofia (International Reencontres, 2009), Queen X Bienal de la Habana, (Comunicacionismos, 2009), A Foundation, London (Off the Street, 2009), Insert Coin, Spanish Young Art, October Contemporary, Hong Kong 2009) or Tina B Biennale Prague, (Small Revolutions 2008) or The Promised Land (Chelsea Art Museum, 2008). Generation 2003 by CajaMadrid award. Sponsored among others by Hangar and Bilbao art. In 2010 was a fellow of the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and the centro de arte Le Lait of Albi in France.