Cristóbal Toral

“For me, art is that which is capable of awakening an emotion in those who observe it.”

Cristóbal Toral (B. 1940) is a Spanish contemporary artist who creates realist paintings that possess an intense atmosphere and raise profound inner questions in the viewer. The subject and quality of his work has earned him wide international recognition and distinctions such as Favorite Son and Gold Medal of the City of Antequera, Medal of Andalusia or Honor Scholar of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Santa Isabel de Hungary. (Read More)

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Toral worked alongside his father in the agricultural fields of Antequera until his late teenage years. From a young age, he was inclined to draw and paint amassing a collection of works that would lead to his discovery. As by chance, a group of hunters arrived at his hut asking for water, upon being allowed inside, they stared in surprise at the drawings and advised his father to send him to the Antequera School of Arts and Crafts. 

His talent eventually took him to study in Sevilla and at the famous San Fernando School in Madrid, where he graduated top of his class and was awarded the National End of Career Award in 1964. In 1969, he received a scholarship from the March Foundation to expand his studies in the United States, and before leaving for New York, he exhibited in the Goya room of the Círculo de Bellas Artes.

 In 1970, he achieved the First Black and White Prize and exhibited at the Fauna´s gallery. In 1971, he was awarded the Rodríguez-Acosta Foundation Prize, from Granada, and participated in some group shows in the United States. In 1977 Cristóbal Toral’s work reached an international projection after the award of the Gold Medal of the XXIII Biennial of Fiorino (Florence), taking place exhibitions in Chicago, Mexico, Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Formosa, Tehran, New York, as well as in the main Spanish cities.

MEDIA & PROJECTS

2019
Award Fair Saturday ad honorem 2019| Fair Saturday Foundation | Bilbao | Spain.
Exceptional women: the value of an opportunity | BBVA Microfinance Foundation | Madrid | Spain.
Jury 10th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain.
Karl V | Scenery, Costumes & Vdeoart | Bayerische Staatsopera | München |Germany.
Project Rembrandt | NTR, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.
Jury 11th Certamen Nacional de Pintura Parlamento de La Rioja | La Rioja | Spain.

2018
Award Personaje del Año Fuera de Serie 2018, category Art, El Mundo | Madrid | Spain.

2017
Crónicas: Lita Cabellut, el lenguaje de los colores | RTVE, Spanisch Public Broadcaster | Spain.
Le Siège de Corinthe |Rossini opera Festival | Pesaro | Italy
Close Up: Lita Cabellut, Beauty above all | AVROTROS, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.

2015
Jury 5th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
Bienal | Schloss Oraniembaum | Oraniembaum | Germany

2019
8th Beijing International Art Biennale |Hispano American hall – National Museum of Art (NAMOC) | Pekín | China.
Naakt of bloot? | Museum Jan Cunen | Oss | The Netherlands.
La Victora del Silencio | Museo Goya | Zaragoza | Spain(Solo).

2018
The Rossini Project | Documentationcentre German Sinti en Roma | Berlin | Germany.
A Chronicle of the infinite | Museum Jan van der Togt| Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
MASTERLY The Hague | Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder | The Hague |The Netherlands.
Charlie Chaplin – A Vision | YUZ Museum Shanghai | China.
Testimonio| Centro Cultural Cascais| Cascais | Portugal.
Mujeres Artistas Hoy| Museo Europeo d’Art Modern | Barcelona | Spain.

2017-2018
Testimonio| Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenos | A Coruña | Spain.
Retrospective | Espais Volart – Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona |Spain.

2015-2016
The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015| Pivot Centre for Art + Culture | Seattle| USA.

2015
Disturbance | Museum Jan van der Togt | Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Lalit Kala A kademi | New Delhi | India.
Trilogy of Truth | MEAM Museu Europeu d’Art Modern| Barcelona| Spain.
Blind Mirror |Hälsinglands Museum| Hudiksvall | Sweden.
Trilogy of Doubt | Mac’S Museo Arte Contemporanea |Catania | Italy.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | CSMVS (former Prince of Wales Museum) |Bombay| India.

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | State Visit Okura Hotel | Tokyo | Japan.
100 Masterpieces | Seoul Art Centre | Seoul | South Korea.
Here to Stay | Kunststation Kleinsassen | Berlin | Germany.

2013
Trilogy of Doubt | Het Noordbrabants Museum | Bolduque | The Netherlands.
Trilogy of Doubt | Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona| Spain.
Me, you and Others | The Finnish Labour Museum | Werstas | Finland

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
A Chronicle of the infinite | Opera Gallery | NY | USA. (solo show).
Lita Cabellut in Seoul | Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea. (solo show).

2017
Army of Poets | Opera Gallery | Paris | France / Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2016
Fairy Flowers | Opera Gallery | Beirut | Lebanon (solo show).
Colour of Dew | Opera Gallery, Dubai | Dubai (solo show).
One Artist | Art Karlsruhe | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).

2015
Impulse | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Opera Gallery | Paris |France (solo show).
Starcatcher| Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea.

2013
Hidden Dreams | The Moscow World Fine Art Fair | Opera Gallery | Moscow |Russia.
Dried Tear | Opera Gallery | Singapore | Singapore (solo show).
Behind the Curtains | Opera Gallery | Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2012
After the Show | Galerie Terminus, Munich | Germany (solo show).
Portrait of Human knowledge | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).
Memories Wrapped in Gold Paper | Opera Gallery | Dubai | Dubai (solo show).

2011
Coco: The Testimony of Black and White | Opera Gallery | Paris | France (solo show).
Camarón | Galerie Kai Dikhas | Berlin | Germany (solo show).
La Perla Negra | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2010
Madness and Reason | Bill Lowe Gallery | Atlanta| USA (solo show).
One Man Show | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).