Amalia Gil-Merino (born in Spain) studied in Paris and Berlin, where she graduated with a Master degree by research in Art, Archaeology of Ancient Cultures and Art History from the University of Fine Arts and FU Department of Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Berlin in 2008 (Magister Artium.A.by research), with Norbert Bisky and Ai Weiwei in Salzburg (Austria) and sculpture in l'Accademia dell'Arte Florence (Italy).
A painting is not just an image then it has dimension, it holds emotions, passions and dreams in brushstrokes, pigments and the most precious materials that the planet has to offer.
"The parallelism between ancient cultures and contemporary ethnicities in my work comes from my research in archaeology. I work in Old Masters technique with pigments and semi-precious minerals like jade, serpentine or lapizlazuli, which were used in the Antiquity to express the magnificence of our cultural heritage. It is an exploration of ancient myths in transformation, a balance between our mythological civilization and identity. It is full of expressionism which a touch of European romanticism. So being in 21st century it should be a “Neo-Romanticism”
She has exhibited in Artosino Gallery (New York), Hwa Chong Cultural Centre (Singapore) and Metropolitan Art Museum (Las Vegas) in 2019; in Oud Sint Jan Museum Bruges (Belgium) in 2018 and Yukung Art MUSEUM, Haegeumgang MUSEUM Gyeongnsangnam-do, (South Korea 2018) and; in.the MEAM European Museum of Modern Art Barcelona (Spain) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Artplu Shanghai (MCA) in 2017; and participated at Contemporanei nella città degli UFFIZI Palazzo Ximènes-Panciatichi, Florence (Italy), in BORDERS-FUTURE LANDSCAPES La Biennale di Venezia, 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura in 2016 and "RITUALS-ANIMA MUNDI" Eventi collaterali 57th Biennale di Venezia at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi Venice in 2017; with solo exhibitions in Sydney, Australia (Casula Powerhouse Art Centre 2016), Bali, Indonesia (Yayasan Bali Purnati Foundation Centre for the Arts 2016) Chiang Mai, Thailand (Monfai Art Center & NENA Contemporary Art Space 2014), Beijing, Pisa, Italy (Centre Arte Contemporaneo 2012) and Germany (Kestner Museum 2008, Spanish Embassy Hannover 2010) among others.
Her artwork is recognized with various awards: Premio Goya (Gran Lyceu Barcelona 2017), Leonardo da Vinci Award (Borguese Palace-Christie's, Florence 2016), Michelangelo I. International Award (Palazzo Cesi Rome 2015), The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists" Palais Sternberg, Vienna, Austria 2016), Special Prize "New Artistic Realities" Scientific Committee-Vittorio Sgarbi at Dal Verme Theatre Milano 2017 and the Riacce Warriors Prize for Sculpture (2017) as well as the Future Development Award Yukung Art Museum Haegeumgang MUSEUM Gyeongnsangnam-do, South Korea (2018) and the "Pablo Picasso" Award commemorating the 80th Anniversary of "Guernica".