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  • Pepe Hidalgo
    Style: Semi-realistic
  • Spanish-Canadian artist, Pepe Hidalgo

    “My art invokes the ineffable nature of time and the equally mysterious way that the past can push its way forward into the present moment.” — Pepe Hidalgo

    Award-winning Spanish-Canadian artist Pepe Hidalgo lives and works in BC, Canada. His somewhat abstract style is narrative in the figurative genre. Not related to realism, yet created from his imagination, and memory of his sensation of reality.

    Hidalgo’s paintings achieve strength through the glazes or thin opaque or semi-opaque layers he applies. He will continue with this layering technique until he achieves a greater sensation of space.

    Art has allowed Pepe to “free himself”; to express his feelings without prejudice, and without expectations. His inspiration originates from everyday life, steeped in his knowledge of astrology, mythology, history, and life experiences.

    Pepe is considered a mid-career artist.

    Meet the Artist

    We will visit Pepe at his studio in Delta, BC (Canada) soon. A “"Meet the Artist"” blog will be available to you shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, you can browse his "Profile" for more information about this accomplished artist and his work.

    Spanish-Canadian artist, Pepe Hidalgo

    Pepe Hidalgo’s artistic career started in Madrid where he, as a teenager, frequented the Museo del Prado. It is here where he discovered his first teacher, Francisco de Goya. His work is further influenced by Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Bosco, movements of the 20th century, Picasso and American artists like Francis Bacon, Freud, Esteban Vicente, and Pollock.

    Exhibition experience

    Pepe has exhibited extensively and the awards he has won go back as far as 1985. Below an overview:

    • Art at the Cave, Washington, USA
    • Michael Wright Art Gallery, British Columbia, CANADA
    • Arts Council of Surrey, Newton Cultural Centre, British Columbia, CANADA
    • Foyer Gallery, Squamish, British Columbia, CANADA
    • Place de Arts Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA
    • Abbotsford Community Arts council, British Columbia, CANADA
    • West Vancouver Community Arts council, Silk Purse Gallery, British Columbia, CANADA
    • The Deer Lake Gallery, The Arts Council of Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA
    • The Gallery, The Arts Council of New Westminster, British Columbia, CANADA
    • Smudges Art Shoppe - The Art House on Mill St., Chilliwack, British Columbia, CANADA
    • Foundation of the Caixa, Santa Cristina D’Aro, Girona, SPAIN
    • Exposicion Sala. Huis 13 Tiel, NETHERLANDS
    2000 - 1982
    • Individual Exhibitions in Spain, Netherlands, Germany, and BELGIUM


    • POTE: Painting on the Edge, FCA (Title of Painting: Faust Opera — 2nd place)
    • Artistic Achievement Award, Oil and Water Juried Exhibition, Delta, BC (Title of Painting: My Neighbour Matilda)
    • Three Seasons Art Competition, Vinoscenti Vineyards- Clinton Lee (2nd place)
    • Associate Signature Member Status at the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA)
    • Federation of Canadian Artists, Theme: Canvas Unbound (Title of Painting: The Menina — 1st place)
    • Federation of Canadian Artists, Theme: Culture (Title of Painting: Kidnapping Europe — 2nd place)
    • Selection in First Contest de Pintura Libre Fundación Caja Rural Jaén (Title of Painting: Appearance on Monte Perdido)
    • Selection and Mention of Honor de ZARTE (Title of painting: De J.R. Sender a Miro Pasando por Picasso)
    • Francisco de Goya Prize, Selection and Exhibition in Conde Duque Sala. Madrid, SPAIN (Title of painting: Equilibrium in Europe)
    • “Painting Competition Abroad” Organized by the Ministry of Employment, Utrecht-Madrid, NETHERLANDS-SPAIN (2nd place)

    Pepe Hidalgo's artist statement

    Standing in front of each painting one encounters a moment in time created within the world depicted on the canvas. Each of the paintings is representational, depicts, and thus constructs, a world with a unique space-time that is definitely separate from the one which the viewer primarily inhabits. What each of the depicted moments shares is that they present moments of leisure or rest, moments when time slows or even stops, sometimes briefly, at others permanently. Moments in one place and then into another place. These paintings allow one to travel, to cross spaces, borders, time, dimensions, and then return.

    The pieces often have an intimate personal ring to them but they are also closely connected to mythological and mysterious distant natures, personal elements that show both the process side and the object side of the art-making experience. The scenarios in each work tell their own story, their own relation to theory and history within art, within the art world and outside of it as well. This conjuring of a range of ‘pasts’ becomes the unifying element in the series. Objects with historical associations make up metaphors for the great differences and dissimilar points of departure that human beings are allotted.

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