Permanent Collection

Daniel Quintero

Málaga, 1949
Niño irlandés, 1980
Niño irlandés, 1980

Daniel Quintero enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Madrid, where he was a student of Antonio López García during the mid-1960s. In the early 1970s he became known for being one of the fi rst young artists to dispose of avant-garde methods. In 1970 he participated, along with other followers of the painter from Tomelloso, in a realist group show.

However, in spite of partaking in this collective exhibition at Galería Seiquer in Madrid, Quintero was never a friend of group efforts and has tended to shy away from them. For this reason he has always kept to himself, both abroad—he lived in Great Britain and Ireland during part of the 1970s—and at home, where Juana Mordó organized a solo exhibition of his work in Madrid in 1984. However, ten years were to elapse before a second one-man show was held at the Spanish branch of the Marlborough Gallery, in whose New York and London venues he had exhibited regularly during previous years. More recently, the artist's work was featured at the Museo Sefardí, housed in the Sinagoga del Tránsito in Toledo, in 2000.

In recent years, Quintero has painted a series of strange and penetrating portraits that have little to do with the traditional conceptions of portraiture which have prevailed in Spain over the past decades. En el metro (In the Subway, 1972), Ventanas (Windows, 1982–83), and Los coleccionistas de pájaros (Bird Collectors, 1983–84), are among his most ambitious and serve as examples of his later work.

Niño irlandés (1980), featured at the Juana Mordó exhibition in 1984, exemplifies Quintero's precise yet mysterious style. The work is dominated by light and a sense of balance reminiscent of Georges de la Tour's best paintings.


Juan Manuel Bonet

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