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Bio

Nerea Azanza is a Spanish emerging contemporary visual artist based in Paris.

Due to her background as a scientist and restorer of Cultural Heritage, she is passionate about managing different materials in the space, looking for patterns, developing mutations, and visual cloning.

Nerea Azanza has a Ph.D. in Fine Arts, and an MFA specializing in Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the Fine Arts Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain) where she studied with the artist Antonio López García, and also worked as an art teacher. She has been a Preventive Conservator and Restorer of wax anatomical models at the Anatomical Museum of the Faculty of Medicine of the UCM, and at "The Museum of Human Evolution" (Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain) in collaboration with Professor J. L. Arsuaga.

Back to making art in 2018, she is a finalist of the Clavecin de France Art Contest 2022 organized in collaboration with the UNTERLINDEN Museum (Colmar, France); she is a semi-finalist of the COCA PROJECT 2020 and has worked with artists such as Philippine Schaefer and Anna Uchiyama amongst others. Her work has been exhibited in collective exhibitions in Spain, Chicago, New York, and Paris, and published by galleries in Basel and Spain (ModPortrait). Her first solo show took place in 2021 in Paris with Galerie Estrella.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D IN FINE ARTS

NOVEMBER 2015

Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain.
Doctoral Thesis: Cirugía Restauradora. Restauración Estructural de Modelos Anatómicos en Cera. (Restorative Surgery. Structural Restoration of Wax Anatomical Models).
Directed by Dra. Alicia Sánchez Ortiz (UCM) and Prof. José Ignacio Pastor Caño (UPM).

MFA - POSTGRADUATE MASTER IN FINE ARTS

JUNE 2009

Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain.
Conservation-Restoration, Preventive Conservation and Exhibition of Cultural Heritage.

BACHELOR IN FINE ARTS SUMMA CUM LAUDE

JUNE 2008

Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain.
Double Specialty: Visual Arts and Conservation-Restoration.

EXHIBITIONS

DECEMBER 1ST 2021 - JANUARY 31ST 2022

UNTERLINDEN MUSEUM
COLMAR, FRANCE

OCTOBER 1ST - DECEMBER 12TH 2022

Exhibition of the six finalist artworks from the Clavecin en France Art Contest 2022, in connection with the Fabienne Verdier exhibition at the Unterlinden Museum

EPHEMERAL / ETERNAL
NEW YORK, USA

JUNE 25TH - JULY 31ST 2022

Online Collective Exhibition
Visionary Art Collective

DISRUPTED
BARCELONA, SPAIN

MARCH 14TH 2022 - APRIL 30TH 2022

Online Collective Exhibition
WO Foundation

MONUMENTAL
CHICAGO, USA

Online Collective Exhibition
Sergio Gomez Curates Gallery

UNE RECONTRE, UNE HISTOIRE, UNE RELATION
PARIS, FRANCE

19TH - 24TH OCTOBER 2021

Collective Exhibition
Galerie Estrella

METAMORPHOSIS: THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION
NEW YORK, USA

 SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2021

Online Collective Exhibition
Visionary Art Collective

SEPTEMBER 1ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2021

OPENING
CHICAGO, USA

Online Collective Exhibition
Sergio Gomez Curates Gallery

DNA SOLO SHOW
PARIS, FRANCE

JULY 1ST - SEPTEMBER 30TH 2021

Online Solo Exhibition of the DNA Series
Galerie Estrella

DNA SOLO SHOW (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19)
PARIS, FRANCE

MAY - JULY 2020

Gallery 15 Martel

JUNE 2003

LA DANZA - CENTRO CULTURAL TORRELODONES
TORRELODONES, SPAIN

Collective Exhibition

JUNE 28TH – JULY 4TH, 1997

AGRUPACIÓN ARTÍSTICA ARAGONESA
ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

Collective Exhibition

JUNE 28TH – JULY 4TH, 1996

AGRUPACIÓN ARTÍSTICA ARAGONESA
ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

Collective Exhibition

AWARDS AND HONORS

FINALIST - CLAVECIN EN FRANCE ART CONTEST 2022

MAY 2022

Organized by Clavecin en France in collaboration with the UNTERLINDEN Museum

Colmar, France

SEMI FINALIST - COCA PROJECT 2020

2020

Presented a Land Art Project (Installation Art)

COCA – Center of Contemporary Artists.
The House of Collectors. Italy.

VALEDICTORIAN

2007/2008 CLASS

Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain

1ST PRIZE AS PROFESSIONAL COPYIST OF OIL PAINT ON CANVAS CLASSIC MASTERS

MAY 1996

Agrupación Artística Aragonesa, Zaragoza, Spain.

PUBLICATIONS

NEW VISIONARY MAGAZINE Nº2

APRIL 2022

Published by Visionary Art Collective
Brooklyn, New York, USA

GUÍA DE ARTE LEONARDO 2021

2021

Collective Book - Invitation by the Director of the MEAM Museum (Barcelona, Spain),  ModPortrait and Galería arteLibre
Publisher: José Enrique González (Zaragoza, Spain)
Publication of 5 pieces of the DNA Series, Bio and Art Statement full page

ANNA UCHIYAMA. MUSE AND MODEL

JUNE 2021

Book – Collective Publication compelling the pieces developed by 42 international contemporary artists inspired by the Japanese artistic model Anna Uchiyama
Project Leader: Felix Ackermann – Director of the Gallery Heuberg24/Raum für Kunst – Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
Publisher: Frizt Franz Vogel
Editors: Aki Norton – Tokyo (Japan) & Cole Norton – USA, Tokyo based.
Included piece: Origin. Installation. Mixed Media on Japanese paper and artisanal ecofriendly textile with golden leaf. Piece developed in collaboration with Fine Artist Photographer Philippine Schaefer

CIRUGÍA RESTAURADORA.
RESTAURACIÓN ESTRUCTURAL DE MODELOS  ANATÓMICOS EN CERA

NOVEMBER 2015

Book - Doctoral Thesis
Directed by Dra. A. Sánchez Ortiz (UCM) and Prof. J. I. Pastor Caño (UPM)
Publisher: Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain.

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

COLLECTION « GABINETE DE DIBUJOS »

2008

Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Espagne
Included piece : Untitled – Mixed Media design on paper

WORK EXPERIENCE

DIRECTOR AZANZA.ART

2018 - TODAY

Freelance Multidisciplinary Artist

  • Visual Artist (Painting, Collage, Photography, Installation Art)

  • Designer (analogic design)

  • Artistic Director

SELF EMPLOYED

2015 - 2019

Freelance Creative Art Coach of Visual Contemporary Artists (Painting

MUSEO DE LA EVOLUCIÓN HUMANA, BURGOS, SPAIN    
(MUSEUM OF HUMAN EVOLUTION)

2014 - 2015

Structural Restorer and Preventive Conservator of Wax Anatomical Models for “Cuerpos de cera” (Wax Bodies)
Exhibit at Museo de la Evolución Humana. Burgos, Spain.
In collaboration with Dra. A. Sanchez Ortiz and Prof. J. L. Arsuaga, Museum Director.

ANATOMY MUSEUM “JAVIER LA PUERTA”
MEDICINE FACULTY OF UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID (UCM)
MADRID, SPAIN

2011 - 2015

Preventive Conservator-Restorer of Wax Anatomical Models.

FACULTY OF ENGINEER (ETS) OF THE UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID (UPV)
MADRID, SPAIN

2013 - 2015

Scientific Researcher specialized in deterioration processes of wax materials and their structural restoration .
Department of Physics Materials, in collaboration with Prof. J. I. Pastor Caño

2011 - 2015

FINE ARTS FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID (UCM) MADRID, SPAIN

Teacher in Honorific Collaboration under a FPI UCM Program, Spain.
Subjects:

  • “Restoration of Paints on Canvas”

  • “Introduction to Color”

  • “Drawing from the Natural III”

  • “Visual Artistic Techniques”

  • “Art Concepts and Creative Process”

2011 - 2015

FINE ARTS FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID (UCM) MADRID, SPAIN

Researcher in development of the Doctoral Thesis: Cirugía Restauradora. Restauración Estructural de Modelos Anatómicos en Cera. (Restorative Surgery. Structural Restoration of Wax Anatomical Models).
Directed by Dra. A. Sánchez Ortiz (UCM) and Prof. J. I. Pastor Caño (UPM).

NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT I+D+I

2010 - 2012

Researcher. Incorporation in the National Research Project I+D+i “El arte de la ceroplástica anatómica: caracterización de materiales y metodología de actuación en conservación de colecciones de modelos anatómicos en cera (Museos Anatómicos Facultad de Medicina UCM y Valladolid)”  “The Art of Anatomical Ceroplastics: Materials Characterization and Intervention Methodology in Conservation of Collections of Wax Anatomical Models (Anatomic Museums of Faculty Medicine UCM and Valladolid, Madrid, Spain) Ref. HAR2009-10679.

FUNDACIÓN JOSÉ FÉLIX LLOPIS
MADRID, SPAIN

2008 - 2010

Restorer of colonial paintings on canvas. J. F. Llopis Private Collection. Fundación Llopis, Madrid, Spain.
Art Collection Cataloger – Collection of colonial paintings, colonial goldsmith, Pre-Columbian art of J. F. Llopis Private Collection.

BEA STUDIO
ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

1995 - 2001

Professional Copyist of Classic Masters (Oil on Canvas and Pastel on Paper)

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

CHÂTEAU D’ORQUEVAUX INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY ORQUEVAUX, FRANCE

NOVEMBER 2018

Artist in Residence

FPI PHD SCHOLARSHIP UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
MADRID, SPAIN

ACADEMIC YEARS
2011 TO 2015

Grant to support the Research Fellowship (FPI UCM Program, Spain) for the Doctoral Thesis: Cirugía Restauradora. Restauración Estructural de Modelos Anatómicos en Cera. (Restorative Surgery. Structural Restoration of Wax Anatomical Models).

II HERITAGE AND DIGITAL INNOVATION SEMINAR
ALCALÁ DE HENARES, SPAIN

SEPTEMBER 2012

Fundación Carlos de Amberes. Grant given to the best 2012 Fine Arts Student of the UCM. Madrid, Spain.

INSTITUTO DE CRÉDITO OFICIAL (ICO)
MADRID SPAIN

ACADEMIC YEAR 2009/10

Scholarship to support the Postgraduate Master in Fine Arts: Conservation-Restoration, Preventive Conservation and Exhibition of Cultural Heritage. Fine Arts Faculty, UCM, Madrid, Spain.

ARTISTIC TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTED BY ANTONIO LÓPEZ GARCÍA 
EL ESCORIAL, SPAIN

JUNE 30TH - AUGUST 15TH, 2008

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) Scholarship.
Program: Learning Art Techniques and Development of Creative Process from the Remarkable Spanish Artist Antonio López García