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Nacho Frades

Nacho Frades is a Spanish artist from Madrid born in 1967. His first contact with art was through books and works of art which filled his home and what struck him deeply was a portrait of El Greco painted on a piece of furniture. By the time he was 10 years old, Nacho had began to draw a lot and was constantly visiting museums around the city and subsequently joining the CBA, one of the most important private cultural centers in Europe, characterized by its open attitude towards outstanding innovative artistic trends. At the CBA, Nacho developed a very strong drawing practice and went on to do a Masters in the south of Spain with Antonio López. Following this, Nacho began working in the animated film industry where he developed a strong passion for digital painting, leading him to create two movies in the space of six years. Frades has been a full-time digital painter since 2005, creating works that inspires a futuristic subconscious. His works are in private collections, of United States, United Kingdom, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Caribbean, Poland, France and others. He’s also a writer with a book of meditations published at the moment.

His formation begins in 1987 with his first painting program, he has completed his studies of: Interior designer (IADE University), Atrium Academy (Mainly Charcoal), Madrid Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes). Arts & Cratfs Degree, Fine Arts Master (Complutense University), Particular teacher of Computer Graphics. Master with José Caballero. Master with Antonio López.

He has participated in the fairs, galleries and publications as Affordable Art, London. Brian Walker Gallery, Chicago. Perdurabo Art Gallery London. Vogue’s gallery july 2017, Vogue’s gallery august 2017,. Vogue’s gallery september 2017.

He has a Goya Prize of the Academy of Film and Television of Spain, among others.

Last update on 10-03-2023

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Madrid, 1967


Featured Artworks

Five Unfinished Platonic Love Encounters

"Five Unfinished Platonic Love Encounters" is the new collection of works by Nacho Frades inspired by the unique feeling of remembering when you met someone special in the past. All five works feature two chairs placed in empty, colourful settings reminiscent of hot, gleeful nights you may have spent in the Summer.

"The chairs are painted by Frades as if they were remains, evidence of encounters between two people we cannot see. The city where the meetings took place is as silent as in Giorgio De Chirico’s metaphysical works, mysterious and inviting at the same time. Frades’ paintings show pockets in time and space where the romantic encounters have been interrupted, maybe because of the two lovers or for external, unknown reasons. The arrangements of the chairs let us imagine the conversations and postures of the people who used and then abandoned them.

The surrounding environments are just hinted at, often contradicting the linear perspective suggested by the chairs, as if they were shaped by memory. What we see is the mental representation of five amorous encounters by the people who have participated in them and who now can do nothing but remember them, in silence, absorbed in those unique moments when nothing else seemed to matter."

(Filippo Lorenzin, Curator)

Five Unfinished Platonic Love Encounters


The Foundry


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