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Alirio Palacios Wikipedia
Alirio Palacios (December 7, 1938 – September 11, 2015) was a Venezuelan visual artist known for his drawings, graphic designing, printmaking and sculpture. Horse figures were often motifs of his graphic art and sculpture, an obsession he developed during his long stay in China. Among other awards, Palacios won the National Prize of Plastic Arts of Venezuela in 1977. His work is on display in museums and public sites internationally, including the presidential Palace and the National Supreme Court in Caracas, the Casa de Las Américas in Havana, and the University of Edinburgh where Palacio`s portrait of the first Venezuelan President Jose Maria Vargas is on permanent display.
He was born near Tucupita, Delta Amacuro. As a child, Palacios began painting in his hometown by the Orinoco River depicting animal figures with chalk on blackboards from his mother`s and aunt`s school. At sixteen he began studies at the Caracas School of Fine Arts (Venezuela) where he graduated in 1960. Palacios traveled to Europe representing his home country at the VII Youth Festival in Vienna, Austria (1960). He undertook further painting studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, Italy (1961) and also studied water base engraving techniques at the University of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, where he was tutored by ]]Li Hua]] and Li Co Yan, graduating in 1969. He was later an Intern at the Academy of Art in Berlin, Germany (1968–1970) and studied Printmaking at the University of Warsaw, Poland. From 1985 he resided in New York for 20 years during which he pursued his art career and also acted as a cultural adviser to the Venezuelan Consulate. He then moved back to his home country where he was widely revered. He authored many books on his own work, and illustrated several literature books by other authors.
He acknowledged Piero della Francesca, the Italian Renaissance Master, as an influence on his work.
Palacios died in Caracas of heart failure in 2015.1957 Graphic Art Prize, Poster section, Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas, Caracas
1959 Second Prize for Drawing, First National Exhibition of Drawaing and Engraving, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Central University of Venezuela, UCV
1960 Third Prize, I Salón de las Artes Aplicadas, Casa de la Cultura, Maracay, Venezuela
Prize Henrique Otero Vizcarrondo, XXII Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela
Roma Prize, XXII Salón Arturo Michelena
Prize Arturo Michelena (shared with Armando Pérez), XIX Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela
1964 Second Prize, III Salón Aragua, Casa de la Cultura, Maracay, Venezuela
1966 Roma Prize, XXVII Salón Oficial / Gold Medal, Graphic Art Biennial, Barranquilla, Colombia
Roma Prize, XXVIII Salón Oficial Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela
First Prize, V Salón Aragua, Casa de la Cultura, Maracay, Venezuela
First Prize, IX Salón Nacional de Dibujo y Grabado, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, UCV
Prize Fundación Mendoza, X Salón Nacional de Dibujo y Grabado, Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, UCV
Prize Emil Friedman, XXIX Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela
Gold Medal, First Graphic Art Biennial de Cali, Colombia
Acquisition Prize, I Salón Nacional de Jóvenes Artistas, Casa de la Cultura, Maracay
Gold Medal, III International Graphic Art Biennial, Florencia, Italia
1976 Job Fellowship, Salón Las Artes Plásticas en Venezuela, Fine Art Museum (MBA)
1977 Venezuelan National Prize for Fine Arts, Caracas
1980 First Prize, II Salón del Dibujo Actual en Venezuela, Fundarte
Acquisition Prize, I Biennial of Visual Arts, Fine Art Museum, Caracas
Prize Andrés Pérez Mujica, XXXIX Salón Arturo Michelena, Valencia, Venezuela
International Prize Flavio de Carvalho, I Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Prize Ciudad de La Habana, I Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Museum of Arts, Carabobo State, Venezuela
Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba
Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, CELARG, Caracas
Contemporary Art Museum, Caracas
National Art Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela
Highway Museum for Peace , binational highway connecting Cúcuta, in northeast Colombia, to San Antonio del Táchira, in southwest Venezuela
Miraflores Palace , Jose Maria Vargas Portrait
Venezuelan Central Bank, Caracas
A wider list of collections reported to show works by Alirio Palacios includes: Galería Municipal de Arte, Puerto La Cruz, Central University of Venezuela , Beijing University School of Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, National Museum, Warsaw , Brooklyn Museum , Association of Plastic Arts in Shanghai , Centre Genevois de Gravure Contemporaine and Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Geneva).
Many of Palacios`s works have been successfully sold at auctions by Sotheby's and Christie's in New York City, Hotel des Ventes in Geneve, and Odalys in Caracas. The artist is listed in important reference sources such as The Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art.