Eluska Zabalo wins the Nautilus Lanzarote Prize

Septembre 17, 2018

Nautilus Lanzarote has chosen Eluska Zabalo for a two-week artist residency in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) next year, in the context of its partnership with the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for young artists in the Basque Country.

Nautilus Lanzarote runs an apartment hotel complex in Lanzarote committed to ensuring accessibility for handicapped visitors, protection of the environment and promotion of artistic creativity. It demonstrates its commitment to art by organising artistic residencies that have welcomed around 15 artists each year for the past 10 years. This is the fourth time that Nautilus Lanzarote has given its support to the competition for the Itzal aktiboa prize.

In her submission for the competition, Eluska Zabalo presented a 130 cm x 143 cm painting with collage on wood as part of her series of "Erratic Landscapes".

Born in San Sebastián in 1982, Eluska embarked at an early age on her career as an artist, attending courses in the workshops of different painters and then studying at the School of Fine Arts in Pamplona. She has a degree in Fine Arts and Sociology from the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) and she lives and works in Arrasate-Mondragon, combining her artistic activities with painting classes for adults and children.

Over the last two decades, her painterly language has evolved from constructivist-style expressionism to a form of abstract figuration. In taking a biomorphic approach involving a combination of both vegetal and mineral elements, she has adopted the landscape as a reference base and a source of formalist potential. As she herself explains, her approach to landscape is less concerned with the representation of nature as a source of organic forms than with its potential as a motif that is formalist rather than thematic in nature. For this reason, she often says that she paints non-landscapes. In essence, her "Erratic Landscapes" offer an opportunity to experience this process live through form and colour.

Blanca Ortiga works as artist in residence at the Centro Huarte

May 21, 2019

Blanca Ortiga (Hornos de Moncalvillo, La Rioja, 1984) participated last year in the competition for the Itzal Aktiboa Prize. She is working until June 30 with another artist, Miguel Alejos (Valencia, 1995), as artist in residence in the Habitación exhibition space of the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Huarte (Navarre).

Introducing art to children through play

March 20, 2019

One of the principal objectives of our association is to introduce children to the process of artistic creation. In our current exhibition of paintings by Christine Etchevers, as in all our exhibitions, we are organising visits for school groups.

Irati Inoriza and Natacha Sansoz present their project

February 14, 2019

Irati Inoriza (Balmaseda, 1992) and Natacha Sansoz (Carcassonne, 1981), the two artists chosen in the Itzal Aktiboa 2018 prize contest for a six-week residency at the Huarte Contemporary Art Centre, will present their work in progress to the public on Friday 15 February and Saturday 16 February.

Maite Pinto wins the 2018 Itzal Aktiboa Prize

October 05, 2018

Maite Pinto (Logroño, 1993) has been chosen as winner of the Itzal Aktiboa Prize for her project entitled "The Kindness of Strangers". Based on the experience of 4,000 Basque children who were sent to England in May 1937 as refugees from the Spanish Civil War, her series of aquatint etchings gives a moving account of a historical event that is highly relevant in today’s world.


Septembre 04, 2018

Seven artists chosen as finalists in the competition for the Itzal aktiboa Contemporary Art Prize 2018 - Taxio Ardanaz, Luis Olaso, Maite Pinto, Miriam Isasi, María Jiménez Moreno, Thomas Loyatho and Léa Vessot - will present their work in a collective exhibition during the month of October in the Prison des Évêques in Saint Jean Pied de Port.

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A prize of 2,000 euros and two artistic residencies in Navarre

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Marythé Avella talks about her use of Basque symbols in her painting

March 01, 2018

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The exhibition can be visited at the Town Hall, from Monday to...

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