Chema Madoz – Exhibition view, 2018 © Santiago Ortiz

Chema Madoz

Chema Madoz at Galería Elvira González, Madrid, 2018. Photo by Alex Mena

Madrid, Spain, 1958
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It is important for me to be guided by my own perception and not just passing the words to images… What interests me is the idea of discovery, of finding, of perceiving the mystery in the everyday.

Chema Madoz (Madrid, 1958) is one of the greatest Spanish artists with national and international recognition in contemporary photography. His career started in the 80’s when he held his first solo show at La Real Sociedad Fotográfica in Madrid (1983).

His first photographs combined theatrical seting in a surreal style with strong influence from René Magritte. From early 90’s Madoz begins to put aside the idea of chance and replacing it with the recreation of mental images. He stopped using external elements as natural light, nature and people in his photographs and begins to develop the idea of what objects mean to the viewer using careful illumination and a simple studio setting. His work is always black and white.

Since then, Madoz has exhibited in numerous galleries and institutions in Spain and abroad, such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Netherland Photomuseum in Rotterdam, Fundazione M. Marangoni in Florence; Museo de Bellas Artes of Caracas; Erarta Contemporary Museum in San Petersburgo; Fototeca Latinoamericana, FoLa in Buenos Aires; Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil e InstitutoCervantes in Rio de Janeiro; National Museum of Photography in Copenhague; Fundación Telefónica/Ministerio de Cultura in Madrid; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, IVAM in Valencia and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid.

In the early 90’s he began to receive recognition with awards and grants as the grant of Creación Artística of Fundación Cultural Banesto in 1993, first prizes as: Kodak Prize in 1991, PhotoEspaña. In 2019 he was awared with the prestigious Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes and Premio Aula de las Metáforas.

Works

Chema Madoz, Sin título, 2011
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 1998
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2009
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Sin título, 2012
162 x 125 cm | 63,7 x 49,4 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 1998
16 x 12 cm | 6 ⅜ x 4 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2012
110 x 155 cm | 43 ⅜ x 61 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2012
50 x 60 | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2012
50 x 60 | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2013
17,6 x 12,2 | 6 ⅞ x 4 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2013
50 x 50 cm | 19 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2014
27,5 x 20 cm | 10 ¾ x 7 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2014
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2014
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2015
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2016
150 x 115 cm | 59 x 45 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2017
60 x 50 | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2016
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in .
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2017
125 x 167 cm | 49 ¼ x 65 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
167 x 25 cm | 65 ¾ x 49 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
125 x 125 cm | 49 ¼ x 49 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
32 x 28 cm | 12 ½ x 11 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
37,6 x 28 cm | 14 ⅞ x 11 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2015
50 x 50 cm | 19 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2016. 60 x 50 cm | 23,6 x 19,6 in.
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath.

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
17,2 x 23 cm | 6 ¾ x 9 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2019
125 x 125 cm | 49 ¼ x 49 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2009
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
23 x 17,2 cm | 9 x 6 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
150 x 110 cm | 59 x 43 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Sin título, 2011
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 1998
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2009
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Sin título, 2012
162 x 125 cm | 63,7 x 49,4 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 1998
16 x 12 cm | 6 ⅜ x 4 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2012
110 x 155 cm | 43 ⅜ x 61 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2012
50 x 60 | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2012
50 x 60 | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2013
17,6 x 12,2 | 6 ⅞ x 4 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2013
50 x 50 cm | 19 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2014
27,5 x 20 cm | 10 ¾ x 7 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2014
50 x 60 cm | 19 ⅝ x 23 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2014
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2015
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2016
150 x 115 cm | 59 x 45 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2017
60 x 50 | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2016
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in .
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2017
125 x 167 cm | 49 ¼ x 65 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
167 x 25 cm | 65 ¾ x 49 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
125 x 125 cm | 49 ¼ x 49 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
32 x 28 cm | 12 ½ x 11 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
37,6 x 28 cm | 14 ⅞ x 11 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2015
50 x 50 cm | 19 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2016. 60 x 50 cm | 23,6 x 19,6 in.
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath.

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
17,2 x 23 cm | 6 ¾ x 9 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2019
125 x 125 cm | 49 ¼ x 49 ¼ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2009
60 x 50 cm | 23 ⅝ x 19 ⅝ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
23 x 17,2 cm | 9 x 6 ¾ in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Chema Madoz, Untitled, 2018
150 x 110 cm | 59 x 43 in
B/W photography on barium paper, with sulphide bath

Exhibitions in the gallery