Chema Madoz (1958)


Jose Maria Rodriguez Madoz was born in Madrid in 1958 and was a pupil of Javier Valhonrat in the photography workshops of the Fine Arts Academy of Madrid. He studied History of Art at the Complutense University of Madrid at the same time as attending photography courses at the Image Teaching Centre. His first individual exhibition was in Madrid in 1983, at the Royal Photographic Society of Madrid. Since 1990 he has been developing the concept of objects, a subject which would appear constantly in his photography until the present. Madoz’s work approaches the genre of transient sculpture. They are characterised by complete simplicity, always in black and white, with careful lighting and the objects photographed are made with exquisite skill.

Best known for his black and white surrealist photographs.

In an interview published in 2001, Chema explains that he currently uses a Hasselblad camera to take his photos. The book, Chema Madoz: Objetos 1990–1999 was presumably shot entirely with this camera, rather than the 6×6 Mamiya he has used previously.

In November 2011, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain, with Chilean first lady Cecilia Morel, opened an exhibition of Chema Madoz’s work at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago, Chile)


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