Artist selected by Sánchez Balmisa, Alberto at 2010



1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I’m not aware of actually choosing it; I’ve simply progressively got rid of what I’m not interested in.
Art is an attitude, a way of being and living. You can’t just say it’s about making a decision.


2. How would you define your work?
I’m not interested in giving it a specific shape. The strength of a context is key when producing works of art. Art forms take shape through learnt actions. For me it’s key to deal with these decisions more consciously.


As an artist I’m interested in keeping alive a constant curiosity in the circumstances of my time. This means being constantly curious and restless.


3. What subjects are you interested in?
I’m interested in art as an idea as an idea. And platitudes.


4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Everything. Even the way of arranging an exhibition is a vital resource. Each decision is a statement of intent.
I’m interested in searching for less recognisable forms, because when I define what a piece is about, I run the risk of losing interest in it.


5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
Reality is everything. I don’t need to invent anything. Everything is out there.


6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
Art is in everything, although sometimes it’s more obvious in some than others. It corresponds to a given time and social context and it influences cultural and political visions. Although it’s not about political art, there’s always a commitment. Art is the cracks that exceptions slip through – and these exceptions are very healthy.


7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
When I work I don’t have a particular audience in mind, just my own interest in things. It’s true that I need a public to make my work complete, but I rarely receive an answer. There isn’t an instant reaction. So you can’t depend on the answer: in this sense you have to have a lot of faith in yourself.


8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I graduated twice in fine art: once in Madrid and once in Vienna.
Obviously this isn’t the best educational strategy, but my second degree was a vital experience. I’m very proud of studying at university abroad. Thanks to this, I understand what university is for: an active place for exchanging current thoughts. A university available to students, which offers a space for working and workshops, where there’s a connection with the artistic situation, contact with true professionals. And where the enrolment fee is €16.86.


9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
It’s good, although it needs to be a whole lot better if I’m to have a sustainable lifestyle.


10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
I currently get by on grants and prizes, with some income from sales from time to time. It’s hard work, a lot of money and plenty of uncertainty. It’s like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.


When I get a grant, I can relax a bit, which gives me a certain distance from all these things and I can then see how limiting these competitions are. You have to produce a much more finished work with a more tightly defined meaning, which can sometimes clash with an artist’s spontaneity.


11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I hope they’re passionate and enthusiastic about their project, respectful and frank, and they trust me as part of the project. It should be a symbiotic relationship on both sides. I don’t like promoters whose status has gone to their head.


12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I’ve lived out of Spain for six years, although I’ve still got contact with Madrid.
What made me decide to stay abroad was the freedom and awareness I saw people working with in Vienna. Their ability for self-criticism. It’s a different attitude to life: barriers don’t exist if you don’t want them to. Everyone is how they want to be. If I don’t know how to do something, I learn how to. I don’t recognise any inherent inability to learn something.


This attitude is reflected in teaching and as a result in everything else. An attitude of independence. And I miss that in Madrid, where we’re too willing to accept things as they come, without questioning them enough. A way of life that matches our way of learning, first at school and then at university. I do acknowledge that Madrid is seeing more movement; it’s opening up. A lot of people from my generation are spending long periods of time abroad, and it shows.


Curriculum vitae

Belén Rodríguez González
Valladolid, 1981.
Vive y trabaja entre /Lives and works between: Madrid and Viena.


Formación Académica/Education
Magíster Art, Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien.


Licenciada en Bellas Artes/Bachelor of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Beca Erasmus/ Erasmus Grant, Universität der künste, Berlín.

Diploma Artes Gráficas/Degree in Graphic Arts , Escuela Grabado y Diseño Gráfico, Fundación Real Casa de la Moneda, Madrid.


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
After Sputnik, Josh Lilley Gallery, Londres.

Work in progress, Academia de España en Roma.


Circa, Das Weisse Hause, Wien.


XXXXX, Galería Parra & Romero, Madrid.


Mixtilínea, Josh Lilley Gallery, London.
Kore Sore Are, Österreichisches Künstler Atelier, Arakawa Ku, Tokyo.


Mirar la realidad no directamente, Galería Estampa, Madrid.


Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
EXFULLMOON . CCA Andratx, Mallorca.
Materia Gris - Jugada a Tres Bandas, García Galería, Madrid.
Creadores Transfronterizos, Las Francesas, Valladolid.
Mostra Academia de España en Roma, Academia de San Fernando, Madrid.
The Armory Show, Josh Lilley Gallery, Nueva York.
Tomar Medidas, Espacio OTR, Madrid.

Something New,  Josh Lilley Gallery, Londres.
NADA Art Fair Miami, Josh Lilley Gallery, Miami.
Reality Show , Galleria Tiziana di Caro, Salerno, Italia.
XII Mostra Unión Fenosa, Macuf, La Coruña.
Mostra Finale, Academia de España en Roma, Roma.
Spazi Aperti, Academia de Rumanía, Roma.
Nada at Art Cologne, Colonia, Alemania.
Work in progress,  Academia de España en Roma, Roma.

I have not seen it all, Tonkino Saalbau, Wien.
Symbiosis, Biennale de la Mediterranée, País representado/Represented country: Austria- Salónica, Grecia / Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien.
Generación 2011, La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Espai cultural Obra Social Caja Madrid, Barcelona; Sala de Exposiciones Obra Social Caja Madrid, Zaragoza.


Gifted, Josh Lilley Gallery, London.
Open Studios - diciembre/December, GlogauAIR, Berlin.
The Mac Gyver problem, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin.


Next Reality, Yokohama Creative City Center, Japan
Subvision. kunst, Festival Off, Hafencity Hambourg.
Second hand, Engelhorn Galerie, Wien.
Generación 2009, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.


Columns, Aula, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien.
X Mostra Unión Fenosa, MACUF, A Coruña.
Skulptulln, Proyecto Escultura al aire libre, Tulln, Österreich
Circuitos, Centro de Arte Joven, Madrid.
Premio Joven UCM-Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid.
Work in progress, Concert Gebouw, Bruges.


Muestra INJUVE, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.

Programas de Video/Film Festivals and Screenings
Subvision, Kunst Festival, Off, proyecto audiovisual en colaboración con Axel Koschier, HafenCity Hamburg, Hambourg.
Festival Artendencias, proyecto audiovisual en colaboración con Axel Koschier, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid.


Calypso, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.


Desvelados, visita de talleres de artistas, La Noche en Blanco, Madrid.


Premios y Becas/Awards and Grants
Artist in Residence, CC Andratx, Mallorca
Premio Producción Artística - Fundación Santander, Residencia Noestudio, Madrid.
Premio Ciutat de Palma Antoni Gelabert, Palma de Mallorca (1er Premio/1st Award)

XII Mostra Union Fenosa, La Coruña (Selección/Selected)

Generación 2011, Caja Madrid (1er Premio/1st Award)
STARTstipendium, Ministerio de Cultura de Austria (Beca/Grant)
Biennale de la Mediterranée – Ministerio de Cultura de Austria y BJCEM (Selección y subvención/Selected and subvention)
Academia de España en Roma, MAEC-AECID (Beca/Grant)
Premio Dibujo– Jóvenes Artistas de Castilla y León – Instituto de la Juventud (1er Premio/1st Award)


Hangar, Artista en Residencia, GlogauAir, Berlin (Beca/Grant)
Artes Plásticas, Fundación Arte y Derecho, Madrid (Beca/Grant)

Generación 2009, Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid. (Mención de Honor/Honourable Mention)
Atelier Arakawa Ku, BM:UK, Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur, Österreich. (Beca de Residencia en Tokyo/Artist in Residence Tokyo)


Madrid-Procesos, AVAM-CRAC, Madrid. (Beca/Grant)


Premio Joven UCM, Artes Plásticas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (1er Premio/1st Award)
XX Edición Circuitos de Artes Plásticas y Fotografía’08, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid. (Selección/Selected)


Bolsa de Ayuda, Dirección de la Juventud, Junta de Castilla y León. (Beca/Grant)
Premios InJuve para la Creación Joven, Realización Proyecto Audiovisual, InJuve, Madrid.

 “Fetisch display”, Magazine Textuelle Bildhauerei,  Akademie der bildenden Künste, Viena
Amalgam – Aki Namba Viena, 2010.
The Art Book Project - Proyecto de Raúl Díaz Reyes, Fundación de Arte y Derecho, 2009.
Magazine Textuelle Bildhauerei 3 - Akademie der bildenden Künste, Viena, 2009.
 “Special Effects” - One Star Press y Akademie der Bildende Kunst, Viena, 2008.
"Skulptulln - Textuelle Bildhauerei 2" - Revista Proyecto Escultórico de Tulln, Austria, 2008.
Magazine Textuelle Bildhauerei 0 - Akademie der bildenden Künste, 2007.
Covers - Espacio Menos1, Madrid
Ilustración "Las Olimpiadas en la Antigua Grecia“, La Voz de Galicia,  2004.
Los Sueños de cada uno - Libro editado por la Biblioteca Municipal de Zamora, 2004.

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Ministerio de Cultura de Austria.
Obra social Caja Madrid.
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de España
Real Academia de España en RomaCalcografía Nacional, Madrid.
Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Palma de Mallorca.
Fundación Casa de la Moneda, Madrid.
Fundación CEIM, Madrid.
Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid.
Fundación Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, Marbella.
Fundación Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
Ayuntamiento de Zamora.
Diputación de Valladolid.
Hotel Bloom, Bruxelles.
Obra social Caja Madrid.
Instituto de la Juventud Junta de Castilla y León.


Creadores Transfronterizos, Ayuntamiento de Valladolid, 2013. Cat. Exp.
Mostra Unión Fenosa,  2010. Cat. Exp.
Spazi Aperti, Academia de Rumanía, Roma, 2011.
Generación 2011, Obra Social Caja Madrid,  2011
“Sven Johne / Belén Rodríguez González / Albért Bernàrd”, Das weise Haus, Viena, 2011.
Symbiosis – XV Bienale de la Mediterranee, 2011.
Vor Thessaloniki/ Approaching Thessaloniki – BMUKK, Viena, 2011.
Do not Disturb. Mi alma en otra parte, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, 2011.
Pozuelo, Abel H., Abanderada Belén Rodríguez, El Cultural, El Mundo, Madrid, 07/V/2010.
Fessler, Anne Katrin, Reflexionen in fünf Spalten, Der Standard, Wien, 17/X/2010.
Kafe, Mediale Rückkoppelung, Der Standard, Wien, 14/X/2009.
Generación 2009 Premios y Becas de Arte Caja Madrid, Madrid, Obra Social Caja Madrid, 2009, Cat. Exp.
Bretter, Christian, Magazine Textuelle Bildhauerei 3, Wien, Akademie der bildenden Künste, 2009, Cat. Exp.
Rodríguez González, Belén, Special Effects, Wien, One Star Press y Akademie der bildenden Künste, 2008, Cat. Exp.
Circuitos de Artes Plásticas y Fotografía’08, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, 2008.
Bretter, Christian, Skulptulln -Textuelle Bildhauerei 2, Wien, Akademie der bildenden Künste, 2008, Cat. Exp.
La(dos) Magazine, Valladolid, VIII/2008.
X Mostra Union Fenosa, A Coruña, 2008, Cat. Exp.