Albert, Carlos

Carlos Albert was born in Madrid on February 24th, 1978. From an early age he showed interest in artistic activity. Today, his work can be seen in squares and parks of many cities besides being part of important collections in different parts of the world.
Carlos Albert’s academic training began at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid (1996). In 1999, through a grant from the Marcelino Botin Foundationin Santander, he met the sculptor Martín Chirino, in whose workshop, Albert was trained in forge and sculptural design, awakening a great artistic interest in him. With this inspiration, Albert produced works that included him in a now-famous group of emerging artists known as the “Group 99”, whose ideals highlight the traditional values of Art, in a confusing time for the young sculptor. From this moment a large amount of meetings and exhibitions took place, where the Group showed their work in different museums, institutions and cultural centers as well as in the headquarters of the Marcelino Botin Foundation, in Santander.

In 2000, thanks to a grant provided by the Complutense University of Madrid, he continued his studies in the Camberwell College of Arts (The London Institute).The British capital offered him a broad human and artistic perspective, making him further consolidate his understanding of art. That year made a significant impression on him, as he made his first exhibition in an art gallery, participating in “Férreas Voluntades” (“Ferrous Wills”) organized by the Gallery Raquel Ponce of Madrid.

In 2001 Albert traveled with a grant from the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg to participate in the courses of the European Circle for the Propagation of the Arts. Caja Segovia purchased one of his works, which was incorporated into the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ayllon (Segovia) and he graduated in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, where he also won the First Prize in the Visual Arts Competition. This was an intense period in which Albert had his first contact with exhibitions through several competitions and scholarships, receiving in 2002 the First Prize for Sculpture at the University of Seville, the First Prize for Sculpture “Villa de Parla”, and a scholarship from the Elsa Peretti Foundation. The same year he participated in a group exhibition with works including those of his teacher Martin Chirino at the Atlantica Gallery Center of Art, in La Coruña. As far as monumental work is concerned, that year he debuted making two sculptures of 3.5 and 5.5 meters respectively for the City Council of Mostoles (Madrid).

In 2003 Albert participated in the Fair “De Arte” in Madrid, representing the Faculty of Fine Arts, with which he was linked academically until the end of his Ph.D. coursework. That year he won the First Prize in Sculpture of the City Council of Lora del Rio (Sevilla) and First Prize in the National Contest “Fernando Quiñones” of the City Council of Cadiz.
After participating in several group exhibitions in 2004, Albert continued working and in 2005 he obtained different awards and commissions that consolidated him as monumental sculptor. The prize of the contest “Inves-Morrazo” gave him the opportunity to render a sculpture of 6 meters in Cangas de Morrazo (Pontevedra). The prize from the contest “Urban Culture” of the Urban Planning Department of San Fernando (Cádiz) allowed him to create a work in bronze plate of over 3 meters. Commissioned by the City Council of Parla (Madrid) he erected the sculpture “Puerta de la Tolerancia” (“Gate of Tolerance”), over 15 meters high and 20 wide, which serves as a gate to the city. That same year he also received the first prize of a contest sponsored by the City Council of Malaga, for which he designed the commemorative sculpture to the Awards for Volunteering in the city, and the International Prize of Sculpture of the City Council of San Fernando de Henares (Madrid). The Consistory of Punta Umbria (Huelva) incorporated one of his works in the municipal collection through “El Monte” Foundation and its Iberian Sculpture Prize.
“Espacios Forjados” (“Forged Spaces”) was the title of the personal exhibition that Carlos Albert made in the Gallery “Cuatro Diecisiete” in Madrid, in 2006. In this exhibition he presented his early works from the series “Arquitectura Náutica” (“Nautical Architecture”) with which he showed an exalted and harmonic search of space constructed from steel plates. Added to the success of the exhibition, he earned two commissions from the City Council of Santander for two separate monuments that culminated in 2007 with the installation of the popular “Monumento a la Mujer Quesera” (“Monument to the Cheesemaker Woman”): a unique interpretation in bronze, which is located in the Municipal Market of the Cantabrian capital. The same year, Albert also received a particularly emotional commission, which was both an enormous honor and profound responsibility for him: the creation of a memorial monument to the victims of the horrible terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11th, 2004. The sculpture was inaugurated to coincide with the third anniversary of the tragedy, in front of the train station of Santa Eugenia.

As late as 2007, Carlos Albert won the First Prize for Sculpture “Atarfe City” (Granada) and began his collaboration with the Gallery “Bat Alberto Cornejo” of Madrid, which, since then, has presented his work in the different editions of the Contemporary Art Fair “Art Madrid”.

In 2008 Albert got new awards in such consolidated competitions as the “Victorio Macho” of the City Council of Palencia, the “Bragagnolo” of Majadahonda City Council (Madrid) and the “City of Melilla” of the autonomous city, receiving First Prizes in all contests. That year the City Council of Punta Umbria in Huelva, acquired, once more, one of his works for the municipal collection through the provision of “Caja Sol” in the Iberian Sculpture Prize. At an exhibition level, Albert celebrated the individual exhibition “Encuentros” (“Encounters”) in the Madrid Gallery “Cuatro Diecisiete”, in addition to an exhibition sponsored by Salvador Corroto, Director of “Atlántica” Center of Art (La Coruña), who supported his career from the very beginning and managed to incorporate his work on the Collection of Novacaixagalicia Foundation.
“Blanco sobre Negro” (“White on Black”) was the title of the exhibition held in 2009 in Pamplona. This time, in the Gallery Fermin Echauri Albert shared the headline with some of the most recognized artists who have become indisputable influences for him. Later that year, another of his sculptures was installed at the Viewpoint of Camarma de Esteruelas (Madrid), where his 3-meter high “Susurro” (“Whisper”) is, metaphorically, the flight of a bird in a place known for special protection for birds.

In 2010 Albert’s highlights were the individual exhibition “Espacios Forjados II” (“Forged Spaces II”) in the Gallery Bat Alberto Cornejo, which had an excellent reception by the public and critics, as well as another First Prize in the Sculpture Competition “Ciudad de Melilla”. That year his works were contemplated in various exhibitions such as those held in “Las Reales Atarazanas” (“The Royal Dockyards”) of Valencia, the Museum “Luis de Morales” of Badajoz, and the Convent of “San Francisco de Bejar” (Salamanca).

Under the title “Jóvenes Valores de Arte Contemporáneo” (“Young Contemporary Art Values”), the Van Dyck Gallery of Art in Gijón presented in 2011 the exhibition in which the work of Carlos Albert was ratified as a firm value of contemporary art. Also the Gallery “Fernan Gomez Arte Contemporáneo” in Madrid showed his work in the exhibition “Panorama Escultórico” (“Sculpture Panorama”), which led to an extensive tour of the exhibition through several Spanish cities. That year, Albert signed with the City of Salamanca for the installation of a monumental sculpture which has 4 a meter span, representing the homage that the city pays to the Spanish Constitution.

2012 will be marked by a mountain of projects such as the edition of this book, which aims to make a comprehensive review of his early years as an artist and a series of exhibitions such as “Espacios Forjados III (“Forged Spaces III”) at the Gallery Bat Alberto Cornejo in Madrid, “Jovenes Valores del Arte Contemporáneo 2012 (“Young Values of Contemporary Art 2012”) in the Van Dyck Gallery of Art in Gijon, Fermín Echauri Gallery in Pamplona, Atlántica Art Gallery in La Coruña, Cartel Fine Art Gallery in Málaga… also being recognized with the Prize “Sevillana Foundation Endesa” given by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of “Isabel de Hungría”, in Seville .
In 2013 he started his close collaboration with Rodrigo Juarranz Gallery, of Aranda de Duero , who represents his sculptures in Brussels and Lyon . This same year, he launches his first Solo Exhibition in the German city of Cologne, by “100 KUBIK Art Gallery”, with which he participates in several Trade Shows in cities such as Cologne, Karlsruhe and Hamburg. He also performs other Solo exhibitions, in Barcelona (in “Teknon Exhibitions Room”, in collaboration with Victor Lope Gallery) and in Madrid (Rafael Lozano Gallery).
In 2014, the sculptor closes an agreement of Artistic Representation in New York City with the Fine Art Gallery “Art Angler” who shows his work at the Metropolitan Pavillion of the City ( AAF New York) . In Europe, he has participated in “Karlsruhe Art Fair”, again with “100 KUBIK Art Gallery” and he will also have his second Solo Exhibition (“Parallels”) in its space at Cologne, in which they will show together Carlos Albert and Chillida´s works.

Since Carlos Albert began his career as a sculptor, he has participated in a myriad of shows, contests, and exhibitions, being selected as a finalist in several national and international competitions. In addition to the recognitions already mentioned, Albert has won twenty-seven honorable mentions such as the prestigious Sculpture Biennial Award “Matéo Hernandez” or the Sculpture Iberian Prize of the City of Serpa (Portugal)


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