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David  Agenjo

David Agenjo (b. Madrid, 1977) is a painter who lives and works in London. In the context of contemporary figurative painting, he is best known for his compelling colour palette where personal colour arrangements and interpretations take his subjects beyond realism. Throughout his career he has evolved his practice from an intimate exploration of the human form, to a broader contextualisation of figures and, most recently, to still life paintings.


Technical processes play an important role in his practice: painstakingly he builds his compositions through the application of multiple layers of paint, a labour-intensive practice that creates a foundation for his visual narratives.


David’s latest paintings were first conceived when attending an artist-in-residence program in the complex frenetic city of Mumbai (Nov 2014 - Jan 15). He fixated attention on the city’s most marginal areas where local people and moreover piles of laundry and bags of rubbish became the first subjects from which he drew inspiration. The paintings were developed back in his London studio located in the heart of an industrial estate. Studies of adjacent domestic waste and commercial surplus acted as models for him and further complemented his body of work. His concern about sustainability and other social and ecological affairs give meaning to his depictions, reproducing endless manufacturing and consumerism, symptomatic of a globalized world.


Born and raised in Madrid, he studied painting and printmaking at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (2000-2006) combining his artistic practice with his profession as a graphic designer before moving to Dublin in 2007 as an independent artist. Three years later he moved to London, establishing his studio in an artist community, where he still lives and works. He has worked with galleries in major cities such as Dublin, London and New York and his paintings and private commissions have been sold to collectors worldwide.

Awards and Residencies

2020      Jackson’s Open Painting Prize - Longlisted - (London)

2020      Royal Society of British Artist, Annual Exhibition - Shortlisted - Mall Galleries (London)

2019      Figurativas 2019 - Shortlisted - European Museum of Modern Art MEAM (Barcelona)

2019      Lynn Painter-Stainers - Exhibited Shortlist - Mall Galleries (London)

2019      Summer Exhibition - Shortlisted - Royal Academy of Arts (London)

2018      Artworks Open 2018 - Exhibited Shortlist - Barbican Art Group Trust (London)

2018      250th Summer Exhibition - Exhibited Shortlist - Royal Academy of Arts (London)

2018      Jackson’s Open Painting Prize - Longlisted - (London)

2016      Creative Debuts #ArtFortheUnderground - Exhibited at Liverpool Station (London)

2014      Artelista - Selected as one of the top 8 contemporary artists to invest in

2014      Space 118 - Artist-in-Residence, partly supported residency (Mumbai, India)

2013      Da Wang Culture Highland - Artist-in-Residence, fully supported residency (Shenzhen, China)    


Selected Group exhibitions

- Royal Academy of Arts,  Piccadilly (London)

-  “Through Art, Resist &Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2018” - Studio 118 (Mumbai)

-  "HOME" - Exfed warehouse (London)

- "Made of colours" - Hive Dalston (London)

- "Fusion III" - The Cult House, Candid Arts Trust (London)

"Art For the Underground" - London Underground, Liverpool Street Station (London)

"Winter Open Exhibition" - Oriel Queens Hall Gallery (Narberth, Wales)

"Random Artists" - ExFed Warehouse, (London)

"Winter Group Show" - The Doorway Gallery (Dublin)

"Edinburgh Art Fair" with The Doorway Gallery (Edinburgh)

"Open studios weekend 2015" - Rave'N'sail Studios (London)

"Hang out with us" - Norlington Road Studios, Leytonstone (London)

"Display at Fox Williams" - Go figurative Gallery, Moorgate (London)

"Twelve Painters’ Paintings" - Go figurative Gallery, Hampstead (London)

"Searching for the greener grass" - Rave'N'sail Studios, Open Studios 2014 (London)

"Someshta's Garden" - Vibe Gallery (London)

"Feng Lin Shan Shui Art Show 2013" - Da Wang Culture Highland Art Centre (Shenzhen, China)

"The Affordable Art Fair NYC" with Blue Tomato Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion (New York)

"The Affordable Art Fair" with Blue Tomato Gallery, Battersea Park (London)

"100%NUDE" - Guerilla Galleries, The Daniel Libeskind Space, Holloway Rd (London)

"Cultivation" - Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street (London)

"Figure Fragments" - BOS 2012, The Coin Locker, Brooklyn (New York)

"Body Beautiful" - Porter Contemporary Gallery, Chelsea (New York)

"PARALAX AF" - La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall (London)

"RED" (within First Thursdays event) - Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street (London)

"ART @ 107" - Art & Escape Gallery, Fleet St (London)

"The Stinging Netil ART MART" - London Fields (London)

"2010 Stocking fillers" - TheBadArt Gallery (Dublin)

"Cross my art" - Art & Escape Gallery, King Cross (London)

"REAL Hampstead" - Go Figurative, St Stephen's, Hampstead (London)

"Contemporary Art Auction" held by Dominique STAL (Paris)

“FAIM '09” Art Fair - Palacio de Congresos (Madrid)

“Confronti” - Sette Palace (Orvieto, Italy)

“Summer Show” - TheBadArt Gallery (Dublin)

"Printmakers show” - Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)

“Life drawing artists show”Circulo de Bellas Artes<span style="Times New Roman" ;color:#333333;="" border:none="" windowtext="" 1.0pt;padding:0cm"=""> (Madrid)


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