Virginia Rivas (artist)
Madrid BNM Blanco, Negro y Magenta and AVAEX
The association of Visual Artists and Associates of Extremadura, Spain
Born in Madrid, 1981. Lives and works in Hervás, Cáceres (Spain).
Virginia graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca in 2006, specialising in Painting and receiving an Erasmus scholarship to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. In 2012 she obtained the DEA Diploma with First Class Honours in Advanced Studies in History of Art (videoart) at the University of Extremadura. Her teachers and mentors include Marta Verde, Ignasi Aballí, Javier Codesal, Mª del Mar Lozano Bartolozzi, José Hernández andJosé Fuentes, among others.
Painting awards that Virginia has won include: Galerias VI Artistic Intervention Project prize, La Carcel Creative Centre, Segovia (2018); the Accésit XXIV National Visual Arts Competition Art Nalón, Langreo, Asturias (2016); the Acquisition-prize in the 9thCity of Badajoz Awards for Painiting (2016); First Prize in the XVI UNED Plasencia Painting Competition (2016); Second Prize in the XIX Indalecio Hernandez Painting Awards (2015); First Prize in the Caceres Young Artist Paining Competition XII (2012) and Second Prize in Juan Jose Narbón International Paining Competition IV (2010).
She has won support and funding for her artistic projects on several occasions, receiving Visual Arts grants from the Extremadura Regional Council (2018, 2009 and 2007), a Young Creation grant from the Extremadura Young Initiative Office (2012), the mentor’s scholarship in the EU’s Art Has No Age project between Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey (2017) and a Contemporary Art and Painting teaching scholarship in Udine, Italy, through the Spanish Ministry of Education and culture (2013) .
Her individual projects include: Solo Show at Contemporary Art Fair Art Madrid 19 within the ONE PROJECT curated by Nerea Ubieto, “Fiction, masks and landscapes: colour as the backdrop” (2019), Sound Map, El Brocense Art Rooms, Cáceres and SOUNDSCAPE, DA2 Domus Artium Contemporary Arts Centre, Salamanca (2018), Synesthesia, a travelling exhibition reaching the Eduardo Úrculo de Langreo Gallery in Asturias, the Anabel Segura Arts Centre in Alcobendas and the WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization, United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (2017/2016), Attraverso la finestrain Galleria d’Arte La Loggia, Udine, Italy (2014),Distinguishing Marksin the Barrantes Palace, Trujillo (2008) and Those Who Look In from the Other Sidein the Fonseca Palace, Salamanca (2007).
Virginia has also participated in the following group exhibitions: Women on an Artistic Footing, Extremadura Assembly (2018),Cáceres Openin the Extremeña Foundation for Culture and ‘Incarcerated’, Lecrác, Palencia (2017), Stories of Along the Way(scholarship artists), Extremadura Regional Government (2016), Overture, MUBA Fine Arts Museum, Badajoz (2015), Modern Art, Picenum Gallery, Cingoli, Italy (2015), The Pavilion of Illustrious Women, Madrid (2015),ARTE 50, Visual Arts Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal (2014),Spanish Artists, 9 Ocre Gallery, Montemor-O.Novo, Portugal (2014),Young Extremeños Artists, Estremadura Regional Council (2010),OPTICAL, International VideoArt Festival, Paris, France (2009), Art of Equality, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (2009)and Explorafoto, Salamanca (2006).
She has taken part in art fairs JusLX Lisboa Contemporary Art Fair 2019 (Portugal), Art Madrid 2019 (Spain), Arte Cremona 2014 (Italy), Art Santa Fe International Art Fair 2013 (USA), Art Jaen 2010 (Spain).
Virginia Rivas’s work can be found in public collections such as the Eduardo Úrculo gallery, Badajoz Town Hall, UNED Plasencia, the Indalecio Hernández Foundation, Hospedería de Garrovillas, the Caceres Municipal Institute of Social Affairs, the Berrantes Cervantes Palace and the Foundation for Equality of Citizens, as well as in private collections in Spain, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.