Carlos Alcolea

The painting of Carlos Alcolea (A Coruña, Spain, 1948 – Madrid, Spain, 1992) is built on an evocative mix constituted by order and delirium, explosion and precision.


Since his beginnings we can clearly appreciate the influence of some figurative artists such as Felix Vallotton, Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha or David Hockney exercised over his work. Alcolea's painting shows an unconditional commitment to the main assumptions proposed by Marcel Duchamp and Pop Art. Because of that commitment we can recognize a powerful colours palette, sometimes accompanied by lines, which define bodies of colour. In 1997 MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain) presented an anthological exhibition of his work and career. Also, in 1980 the MEAC Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo in Madrid (Spain) organized a solo exhibition, which collect his most famous paintings.


His work forms part of museum and public collections such as Colección Los Bragales (Santander, Spain), Colección de Arte Novagalicia Banco (A Coruña, Spain), MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain) and Patio Herreriano Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español (Valladolid, Spain).