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.


Important Exhibitions

2014    Cartografía de Un Viaje, CEART of Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain

2013    The Footprint of a Journey, Retrospective Exhibition, Palace of Sástago, Zaragoza, Spain

2010    Realities of Reality, Palacio de Revillagigedo, Gijón, Spain

2009    Viaje Ininterrumpido, Palacio Almudí, Murcia, Spain

2008    Forgetting Velázquez, Picasso Museum, Barcelona, Spain

             Realities of Reality, Museum of Fine Arts, Badajoz, Spain

2006    Mural and sculpture comissioned by the Ministry of Public Works, AVE Station, Antequera, Spain

2005    Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2003    A Century of Change, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, Spain

2001-2002    Traveling exhibition, Museo Provincial de Jaén; Caja Granada Fundación, Spain

1997-2000    Traveling exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela; Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, México; National Art Museum of La Paz, Bolivia; Lima Art Museum, Peru; National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile; Emilio Caraffa Provincial Fine Arts Museum, Córdoba, Argentina

1995    Almudí Palace Arts Center, Murcia; Museo de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

1994    Retrospect, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, Spain

1991    The Cat in the Paint, Chantillon Museum, Paris, France

1988-1989    General Savings Bank of Granada, Granada, Spain

1985    San Telmo Museum, San Sebastián, Spain

             Colombus Museum of Art, Colombus, Ohio, USA

1981    Grand Palais, Paris, France

1978    Municipal Museum, Antequera, Spain


Permanent Collections

American Express, New York, USA

Atrium-Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba, Spain Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Bankinter, Madrid, Spain

Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain

Colección AENA, Madrid, Spain

British Petroleum Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Colección Iberia, Madrid, Spain

Colección IBM, Madrid, Spain

Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., USA

Palacio de Moncloa, Madrid, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Marbella, Spain

Salomón R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Museum of Modern Art, Brussels, Belgium

Van Gogh Foundation, Arles, France

Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA

Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museo Nacioal y Centro de Arte Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Museo de la Ciudad de Antequera, Málaga, Spain

Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Spain

The Hispanic Society of America Museum, New York, USA