María Teresa Arias-Esperanza

Category: Painter
Birth Place: Lugo

She is a self-made woman thanks to her work and personal research. She studied at "Ramón Falcón" Technical School in Lugo for two years. She started his artistic activity in 1949. Since then, her paintings have been exhibited and awarded prizes in the following contests and exhibitions: -First Prize of the City Hall of Ourense 'Novos valores de xove pintura galega'. -Third Prize of the County Council Offices of Lugo 'Novos valores de pintura'. -Third Prize 'Xove Pintura Lucense'. -Honourable mention from the panel of the contest 'II Certame Internacional de Minigravado Cidade de Ourense'. From 1969 to 1998, she made fifteen individual exhibitions in Galicia and other parts of Spain. She was selected in Galician and Spanish contests: Biennial of Pontevedra, Prize from the Academy of Fine Arts at San Eloy (Salamanca), 'Valentí' Prize about the theme 'Olympic Games of Barcelona'... Her paintings can be found in private collections, state bodies all over Spain and in the Provincial Museum of Ourense. Many important writers and critics have written about her work in specialized art magazines and newspapers such as the scholarly Filgueira Valverde, the Uruguayan philosopher Carlos Gurméndez, the art critic Gago Florenti (in the magazine 'Revista Crítica de Arte'), Trapero Pardo (official chronicler in Lugo for years), the writer and journalist Juan Soto, the journalist Antonio Soto and many others.

 Work & Activities

Her painting is figurative rather than photographic, full of suggestions rather than obvious. She uses complementary colours although each work has a chromatic shade. The themes are varied: Galician people in the country with the cattle, people taking shellfish and characters in the daily life such as bakers, bathers, merchants... All these themes are considered from the painter's intimist point of view. Nowadays, he is preparing an individual exhibition in Lugo and a collective one at the Provincial Museum in Lugo.