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Bio

Nerea Azanza is an emerging Spanish visual artist based in Paris. Due to her scientific background and experience in cultural heritage restoration, she is passionate about experimenting with diverse materials, investigating spatial patterns, and developing visual mutations and cloning.

 

She holds a Ph.D. in fine arts and an MFA in conservation-restoration of cultural heritage from the Fine Arts Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Spain), where she studied with artist Antonio López García and worked as an art teacher. She has been a preventive conservator-restorer specializing in wax anatomical models at the Javier Puerta Museum (Faculty of Medicine of the UCM) and The Museum of Human Evolution (Burgos, Spain) in collaboration with Professor J. L. Arsuaga.

 

Back to making art in 2018, she stands as a finalist in the Clavecin en France art contest 2022, with Fabienne Verdier as jury president and a semi-finalist in the COCA PROJECT 2020. She has been part of group exhibitions in Europe and the USA. Her first solo show took place in Paris in 2021 with Galerie Estrella. She exhibited for the first time in a museum, the UNTERLINDEN (Colmar, France), in 2022 due to the Clavecin en France contest.

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 Dr. A. Sánchez Ortiz (UCM) and Prof. J. I. Pastor Caño (UPM)

MFA - POSTGRADUATE MASTER IN FINE ARTS

JUNE 2009

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

BACHELOR IN FINE ARTS SUMMA CUM LAUDE

JUNE 2008

Fine Arts Faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain
Double Specialty: Fine Arts (Painting, Engraving, and Sculpture) and Conservation-Restoration

EXHIBITIONS

NOVEMBER 23 - 27TH 2023

ALL WE NEED IS LOVE
PARIS, FRANCE

Collective Exhibition

Galerie Le Laboratoire d´Exposition

UNTERLINDEN MUSEUM
COLMAR, FRANCE

OCTOBER 15TH . DECEMBER 12TH 2022

Exhibition of the six finalist artworks from the Clavecin en France art contest 2022, in connection with the Fabienne Verdier exhibition Le chants des étoiles

EPHEMERAL / ETERNAL
NEW YORK, USA

JUNE 25TH - JULY 31ST 2022

Collective Exhibition
Visionary Art Collective

DISRUPTED
BARCELONA, SPAIN

MARCH 14TH - APRIL 30TH 2022

Collective Exhibition
WO Foundation

MONUMENTAL
CHICAGO, USA

DECEMBER 1ST 2021 - JANUARY 31ST 2022

Collective Exhibition
Sergio Gomez Curates

UNE RECONTRE, UNE HISTOIRE, UNE RELATION
P
ARIS, FRANCE

19TH - 24TH OCTOBER 2021

Collective Exhibition
Galerie Estrella

METAMORPHOSIS: THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION
NEW YORK, USA

 SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2021

Collective Exhibition
Visionary Art Collective

SEPTEMBER 1ST - OCTOBER 31ST 2021

OPENING
CHICAGO, USA

Collective Exhibition
Sergio Gomez Curates

DNA SOLO SHOW
PARIS, FRANCE

JULY 1ST - SEPTEMBER 30TH 2021

Solo Exhibition

Galerie Estrella

DNA SOLO SHOW (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19)
P
ARIS, FRANCE

MAY - JULY 2020

Gallery 15 Martel

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.
President of the Jury: Fabienne Verdier

SEMI FINALIST - COCA PROJECT 2020

2020

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

VALEDICTORIAN IN FINE ARTS

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

SUBOART MAGAZINE ISSUE 13

NOVEMBER 2023

Lisbon, Portugal

ALL WE NEED IS LOVE - EXHIBITION CATALOG

NOVEMBER 2023

Published by Gallery Le Bonheur Est Dans L´Instant
Exhibition Galerie Laboratoire d'Exposition, Paris, France

NEW VISIONARY MAGAZINE Nº2

APRIL 2022

Visionary Art Collective
Brooklyn, New York, USA

GUÍA DE ARTE LEONARDO 2021

2021

Published by José Enrique González, Director of the MEAM Museum (Barcelona, Spain),  ModPortrait, and Galería arteLibre
Zaragoza, Spain

ANNA UCHIYAMA. MUSE AND MODEL

JUNE 2021

Book - Felix Ackermann – Gallery Heuberg24/Raum für Kunst - Basel, Switzerland
Publisher: Frizt Franz Vogel
Editors: Aki and Cole Norton – Tokyo, Japan

CIRUGÍA RESTAURADORA.
RESTAURACIÓN ESTRUCTURAL DE MODELOS  ANATÓMICOS EN CERA

NOVEMBER 2015

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

2008

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

COLLECTION « GABINETE DE DIBUJOS »

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

WORK EXPERIENCE

DIRECTOR AZANZA.ART

2018 - TODAY

Freelance Multidisciplinary Artist

  • Visual Artist

  • Designer

  • Artistic Director

  • Art Educator

ART COACH - FREELANCE

2015 - 2019

MUSEO DE LA EVOLUCIÓN HUMANA 
BURGOS, SPAIN

2014 - 2015

Conservator-Restorer of Wax Anatomical Models for Cuerpos de cera Exhibition
Dr. A. S. Ortiz Team in collaboration with Prof. J. L. Arsuaga, Museum Director

ANATOMY MUSEUM JAVIER PUERTA
MEDICINE FACULTY OF UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID (UCM)

MADRID, SPAIN

2011 - 2015

Preventive Conservator-Restorer of Wax Anatomical Models

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

2013 - 2015

Scientific Researcher Specialized in the 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

Assistant Lecturer
Subjects:

  • Restoration of Paintings on Canvas

  • Color Theory

  • Artistic Techniques and Materials

2011 - 2015

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

Predoctoral Researcher (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). Directed by Dr. A. Sánchez Ortiz (UCM) and Prof. J. I. Pastor Caño (UPM)

Scientific Researcher specialized in Wax Materials Artificial Aging and Structural Restoration of Wax Anatomical Models

NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT I+D+i
ANATOMIC MUSEUMS OF FACULTY MEDICINE UCM AND VALLADOLID, MADRID, SPAIN

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

Private Restorer & Art Cataloguer

ESTUDIO BEA
ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

1995 - 2001

Profesional Copyist for Private Collections

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 PH. D. SCHOLARSHIP UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
MADRID, SPAIN

ACADEMIC YEARS
2011 - 2015

Scholarship to support the Predoctoral 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 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. Museology. Fine Arts Faculty, UCM, Madrid, Spain

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

JUNE 30TH - AUGUST 15TH, 2008

Scholarship by the Fine Arts Faculty (UCM), Madrid, Spain
Program: Learning Art Techniques and Development of Creative Process with Spanish Artist Antonio López García

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