Darío Villalba (Spain, 1939 - 2018) is a painter who is usually defined as a pioneer in the use of photography as a painting, emulsified, intervened and transformed and his work has been recognized by the most important artistic institutions. In 1970, at the XXXV Biennial of Venice, he presented his Encapsulados that gave him international fame and artistic significance, in 1973 he obtained the International Painting Prize of XII Biennale de Sao Paulo. For the constancy in the excellence of his work, he has been awarded with diverse recognitions, among them the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts, given by the King of Spain in 2002 and the National Fine Arts Award in 2003.
Some of his most relevant exhibitions are: An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture at Museum of Modern Art, MoMa (Nueva York, 1984), Darío Villalba. Una visión antológica 1957-2007, Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2007), Cinq siècles d’Art Espagnol: l’imagination nouvelle. Les années 70-80, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (Paris,1987).
It is noteworthy his presence in national and international collections like; Metropolitan Museum in New York, Solomon R. Guggeheim Museum, in New York, AENA Collection in Madrid, Juan March Foundation in Palma de Mallorca, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, and Pinault Collection, among others. In 2017, he was selected by curator Emma Lavigne to be in 14 Biennale de Lyon.
The body of works by Darío Villalba, exhibited at OFFSCREEN Paris, are focused on the spiritual dimension that runs throughout his practice, The selection embraces the breadth of the artist’s symbolic and formal universe, from the plasticity of photography to the indexes of reality in his subtle painterly interventions, playing off and rubbing up against a sculptural thrust that engendered bodies lying on the floor or hanging in the air
Opened in 1985 and currently managed by Olga Adelantado, the gallery has been focused right from the start on promoting and disseminating contemporary art. Over the years it has represented and exhibited work by a wide spectrum of national and international artists, renown and emerging. The main purpose of the gallery is to further build on a dynamic, eclectic program focusing on establishing new relationships between artists, disciplines, and other players in the sector.