Alberto García-Alix

Leon, 1956

Lives and works in Madrid. In 1976, at the age of twenty, he left his family home and university to mount his first laboratory with his friend Fernando Pais in Madrid. Self-taught, he created miniature portraits of his most immediate surroundings between 1976 and 1986, which became a chronicle of his generation, marked by the democratic transition, and included intimate autobiographical references. He moved to Paris in 2003, where he faced a personal crisis while battling a severe illness. In the French capital, García-Alix explored a new format – video – with the work Mi alma de cazador en juego, which is part of the “Tres videos tristes” trilogy.

He returned to Madrid in 2005, where he founded the production company No Hay Penas. On the occasion of a group photography exhibition organised by the Seacex in 2007, he first came into contact with China, and Chinese society affected him so deeply that the following year he decided to settle there for a time. In 1999, he received the Premio Nacional de Fotografía awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and has also won the Premio Bartolomé Ros at Photoespaña (2003), the Premio de Fotografía de la Comunidad de Madrid (2005) and the Premio PhotoEspaña 2012. His work has been displayed in Madrid, London, Havana, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Beijing, Lisbon among other cities, and has been the object of various retrospectives, the most recent at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2008). In 2010, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma organised the exhibition “Lo más cerca que estuve del paraíso”, dedicated to the photos the artist took in the Balearic Islands. His work is present in important public and private collections such as that of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Colección Fundación Coca-Cola, Fundación Rafael Botín, Fundació Foto Colectania (Barcelona), Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Museo Patio Herreriano (Valladolid), Speed Art Museum (USA), Fonds nationales d’art contemporain (France), and others.