Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau Nieto
20 January 1964
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Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau Nieto (born 20 January 1964) is a Spanish hyperrealist painter, specialist in historical military paints that portray different times of the Spanish Armed Forces, with great naturalism and detail.
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Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau Nieto was born in Barcelona in a family of the Catalan bourgeoisie linked to Carlism (he is the great-nephew of the Carlist journalist and historian (Melchor Ferrer Dalmau).He studied at the Jesuit college of San Ignacio in Sarriá. At the end of the 1980s he worked as a textile designer for different firms, always maintaining his passion for oil painting. His vocation for military and history also led him to paint this subject from a very young age and write a book (Batallón Román), although his first independent and self-taught works were landscapes, especially seascapes.
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Later, inspired by the work of Antonio López García, he focused on urban environments and captured in his canvases the spots of his native Barcelona.He exhibited in art galleries, and garnered hits and good reviews. The work of this time is collected in a monograph of the author and in several general books of contemporary art. At the end of the 1990s he decided to specialize in the historical-military theme and began to produce canvases where the landscape is mixed with military elements such as soldiers and cavalry.
'Antonio López García'
Installed in Madrid since 2010, he has collaborated with different publishers, associations,institutions, and specialized entities in the recreation of the military history of Spain. Different monographic books on his painting have been published. A man committed to culture and art, he founded his own magazine, FD (Ferrer-Dalmau) Magazine, in which he approaches the history of Spain and its people from an artistic and social perspective. His work and diffusion is managed by the company Historical Outline, and his paintings illustrate numerous books, covers, and magazines, especially of history.
The history of Spain dates back to the Middle Ages. In 1516, Habsburg Spain unified a number of disparate predecessor kingdoms; its modern form of a constitutional monarchy was introduced in 1813, and the current democratic constitution dates to 1978.
Ferrer-Dalmau has been in the zone of operations of an international conflict like Afghanistan and Lebanon, making sketches, taking notes and painting, while living with the Spanish ISAF troops in 2012 and in 2014 in the province of Helmand with the Georgian Armed Forces.The painter shared experiences with the ASPFOR XXXI contingent, trained at the base of the Parachute Brigade, at Qala i Naw and at the Ricketts Combat Outpost (COP) in Moqur. It is the first time that a Spanish painter goes to a mission abroad to collaborate with the Ministry of Defense of Spain. However, it is not an exceptional practice because other armies have war artists, such as the US Marine Corps, which currently has three official artists, one of them Michael D. Fay, president of The International Society of War Artists, of which Ferrer-Dalmau is a member. The painter made his work The patrol (La Patrulla)' as homage to the Spanish soldiers. In May 2016 he was painting the Spanish troops in the mission of Lebanon.
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Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau left Catalonia in 2010 due to nationalist pressures. The painter has sometimes expressed his rejection of Catalan nationalism, stating:
Catalonia is an autonomous community in Spain on the northeastern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the core of the sixth most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia. It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.
«Em sento molt català i molt espanyol, (…) Molts catalans estem fastiguejats del nacionalisme»
("I feel very Catalan and very Spanish ... Many Catalans are tired of nationalism")
In addition to private collections, his work can be seen in different museums, such as the Museum of the Royal Guard (Royal Palace of El Pardo, Madrid), the Army Museum, the Museum of the General Military Academy (Zaragoza),the Naval Museum of Madrid, the Museum of Intendance (Avila), the Naval Military Academy of Marín (Pontevedra), and the Museum of Modern Art of the Republic of Georgia, can also be seen in the Royal Palace of Valladolid.
Throughout his professional career he has held individual exhibitions in private galleries in Barcelona, Madrid, London, Paris and New Yorkand institutional centers such as:
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