Mallorca International Art Award

Short description:

The Mallorca International Art Award aspires to pay tribute to and to raise a greater international awareness of contemporary artistic creation in Mallorca.

The MIAA is directed at Mallorcan artists or artists with close ties with the island who stand out for the quality of their work and for their background in contemporary art.

The Awards:

A jury with prestigious professional links with the international contemporary art scene will invite a series of previously selected artists to take part, based on the quality of their work and their background history on the Mallorcan contemporary art scene.

1st category:

The first category is aimed at artists or artist collectives over the age of 18, of any nationality or origin, who either live in Mallorca or have ties with the island.

The winning artist will be awarded a monetary prize of €12.500, and a solo exhibition of their work will be held at Museo de Mallorca to coincide with Nit de l’Art 2022.

Artists will be personally invited to enter the award.

2nd category:

The second category is aimed at artists or artist collectives between the ages of 18 and 35, of any nationality or origin, who either live in Mallorca or have ties with the island.

The winning artist will be awarded a monetary prize of €5.000, and a solo exhibition of their work will be held at Museo de Mallorca to coincide with Nit de l’Art 2022.

Artists will be personally invited to enter the award.

Entry Conditions:

This award is directed at artists from Mallorca or artists with close ties with the island. Artists will be invited to take part at the criteria of the organizers.

Address & location of the exhibitions:

The solo exhibitions by the winning artists of both categories will be held at Museo de Mallorca.

Museo de Mallorca is a scientific and cultural centre conceived to meet the research, educational and recreational needs of different types of users. It is also a centre for scientific research, studies and consultation purposes and for learning, exploration, discovery and enjoyment in fields relating to the island of Mallorca’s history, art and culture.

Conservation is the museum’s main function so that research can be conducted into its artistic objects and other materials, in addition to the documentation and dissemination of its collections and local cultural heritage. In this way, the museum bears witness to our history and it characterizes past cultures, acting as means of cohesion for current and future society.

Museu de Mallorca:
Carrer de la Portella, 5, 07001 Palma

The Jury

Enrique Juncosa

Fernando Gómez de la Cuesta

Jule Kewenig

Julia Campbell Carter

Mercedes Estarellas

Patricia Asbaek

Paul Jörg Feldhoff

The Winners

1 st category

Marcelo Viquez

Marcelo Viquez is a multidisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media, including drawing, sculpture, installation, painting, video, photography and music. Born in 1971 in Montevideo, Uruguay, Viquez studied fine arts in his home town and later in Cuenca, Spain, before attending graphic de-sign classes in Mallorca, where has been living for more than three decades.

A fine observer of human nature, Viquez creates a protean oeuvre ba-sed on his own life – not without irony – from his emigration to Spain to the most mundane encounters. His works are shaped by his hopes, chances and unsatisfied needs, mirroring society through the lens of his idiosyncratic experience. Boldness is symptomatic of Viquez’ aesthe-tics, genuinely reflecting his musical practice as drummer in the punk rock band Prenatal. His visual work plays a personal game that develops from the most delicate drawings on paper to large-scale installations.

A saw made of rubber, a fire hose studded with nails, a wooden pallet turned into a gate, the roof of a taxi, Viquez finds inspiration in ever-yday objects that he turns into extraordinary sculptures, mockingly questioning their purpose. Playing on the concept of scale, juxta-posing antagonistic materials and decontextualising them, the artist thrives on oxymorons that often become a key to otherwise cryp-tic pieces. His paintings and drawings are articulated around writ-ten words that alert the viewer rather than being simple titles, be-stowing a deeper layer of meaning upon the figurative compositions.

Viquez has had solo exhibitions at Taller Los Guayabos, Guadalajara, Mexico (2019); Museu de Porreres, Spain (2019); NR Projects, Berlin, Germany (2015); Es Baluard Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporá-neo de Palma, Spain (2014); and participated in the seminal exhibition ‘Socle du Monde: Biennale between Cultures’ at the Museum of Con-temporary Art in Herning, Denmark, in 2010. His work is included in se-veral institutional collections, such as Es Baluard Museuo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Palma, Colección Olor Visual – Fundación Ernesto Ventós, Barcelona, Colección Tomás Ruiz – MAKMA, Valencia, and Fundación Barceló, Palma, Ajuntament de Palma, amongst others.

2 nd category

Alba Suau

Alba Suau (Pollença, 1997) is a multidisciplinary artist. Suau studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and the École supérieure d'art et de design Marseille-Méditerranée. The artist currently lives in Brussels, where she is studying for a Master of Painting at La Cambre, École Nationale Supérieure Des Arts Visuels Brussels.

Suau has exhibited individually at TACA (Mallorca) with the project Dentro, and at Kaplan Projects (Mallorca) with Moi Moi.
The artist participated in group exhibitions including Tell me louder (HISK Gosset site, Brussels), 12 Voices of Studio Weil (Studio Weil, Mallorca), Marine Aspirations (TACA, Mallorca), Space is the place (Atelier Hyph, Marseille), Uncommon Ground (Friche le Belle de Mai, Marseille) and in the permanent exhibition of the Hotel Son Brull in Mallorca.
In her career, Suau has also completed residencies at DNA Artist Residency, Massachusetts, USA and Creative Center of Stöðvarfjörður, Stöðvarfjörður, among others.

“For some years now, my work has focused on the experience of entering the painting; of allowing oneself to be enveloped, absorbed by it. These spaces of isolation are not places of passage, but on the contrary, places to stop and stay; they are spaces marked by slowness, by contemplation. It is a question of creating a meditative state and plunging into the pigments.

Through the installations, the experience of isolation, the total absorption of the spirit by the object, reaches its literal paroxysm. The body penetrates the painting and is surrounded by it. These pieces are isolating objects, but not isolated themselves. They allow themselves to be impregnated by the outside, by the light that penetrates the room, and which only accentuates the presence of this delimiting zone.

In a more abstract language, my paintings continue this same experience. Their existence depends on my will, by making them, to introduce myself into them, to plunge into the unexpected, into the ineffable. To inhabit the space «with sensitivity, that is to say, not by inscribing oneself in it but by impregnating oneself with it, by making a body with the very life that is this space [...].» 1 With the canvas on the stretcher, far from the distraction of the form, I interrogate the act of painting. In this interior, questions emergeabout the material relationship between the support and the painting. A conversation, a game, appears.”

1 Yves Klein, L’Évolution de l’art Vers l’immatériel (Paris: Éditions Allia, 2020), 15-16.


Mercedes Estarellas
+34 971 422 833

c/o Kaplan Projects
Costa de Santa Creu 10a
07012 Palma

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