Elena García de la Fuente was born in Madrid (1975) and raised in Málaga. She has lived and worked in London since 1999. She studied Fine Art at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, before finishing her studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997. She completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute in London in 2001. In 2005 she won a Funding Award from the Prince’s Trust and was awarded 3rd place in the Art Interview 3rd Quarterly International Online Artist Competition. As part of the prize she was invited to exhibit in a group show in Berlin. Most recently, in 2015 she has been shortlisted for both 'The Winsor & Newton Painting Prize' as well as the 'National Open Art Competition'. Moreover, one of her paintings was selected for her first group museum show 'Beauty' at MAD Antequera, curated by Fernando Francés. In 2016 Elena was shortlisted for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and selected to exhibit at the prestigious RA Summer Exhibition in London. Elena’s works are in the private collection of Gavin Turk (UK), Jim Chanos (USA) and Font-Irwin Collection (UK), as well as in other private collections in Azerbaijan, Argentina, Georgia, Spain and Switzerland. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in London, Leeds, Berlin, Salzburg and Spain.

Artist statement

I make contemporary figurative paintings that explore certain codes of behaviour inside the museum in a playful manner. When visiting exhibitions I become a voyeur looking for interesting scenes that catch my attention and taking photos of people without them noticing. I later use these photos as source material for my paintings, which make reference at how we’re looking and interacting with the world around us, touching themes such as the way we look at art through modern technology. The paintings also reflect spaces of quietness and stillness that hold a poetic element, inviting us to meditate and create our own narrative. I'm interested in the meta-referential aspect of the paintings and the parallelism created by the scene represented and the moment the viewer faces it, realizing they have become part of the work and that they’re probably being observed by an audience. ‘If we discover how we see paintings we shall also discover something about ourselves and the situation in which we are learning’ John Berger.

'The Museum as Subject' by Ana Sofia Contrucci

Have you ever taken the time to observe how people act at the museum? We talked to Elena García de la Fuente, Spanish artist based in London, and found out a bit more about her exciting creative process. Elena is currently working on a series of oils that derive from her trips to museums. She doesn’t pay attention only to the art but rather, she is curious to investigate the way in which we look at it. This exciting new project started when Elena decided to experiment by recreating situations she captured in photographs during a museum trip with her two young daughters. She started by creating a series of small-scale gouache works, to great acceptance from the public. It is at that point at which she took on the great challenge of shifting mediums–from acrylic to oil paint. Before investigating gallery situations, Elena mainly focused on colorful renderings of people interacting in parks. Elena’s work comments on the way we interact with art through institutional mediation. She explores certain codes of behaviour inside the museum in a playful manner. The human aspect of the gallery visit is explored with outstanding craft and it comes at perfect timing, for now more than ever the role of institutional practice is being put into question. Author: Ana Sofia Contrucci Posted on October 12, 2015 by londonvisualarts



Shortlisted for Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

Shortlisted for National Open Art Competition.
Shortlisted for Winsor & Newton Painting Prize.

Selected ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
New Creatives Market Grant, partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Preselected for 2007 Pintores Noveles (Premios Fivars), Alicante.

Prince’s Trust Funding Award.
3rd place, Art Interview 3rd quarterly International Online Artist Competition.



To See or Not to See.  The Last Supper gallery, London.

Elena García de la Fuente. fiveseventen, London.

Elena García de la Fuente. Municipal Gallery, Marbella.

Selected Group Shows

Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York.

ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London.
Libro de bolsillo, Cortijo de Miraflores, Marbella.
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Guildford House Gallery, London.
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Open Studio Show (May) , Wimbledon Art Studios, London.
Beauty, Centro Exposiciones Ayto. de Benalmádena, Málaga.
The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London.
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London.

Wimbledon Art Studios, April Open Show, London.
National Open Art Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London.
Beauty, curated by Fernando Francés, La Térmica, Málaga.
The Other Art Fair, Truman Brewery, London.
Beauty, curated by Fernando Francés, MAD. Antequera, Málaga.
Wimbledon Art Studios, April Open Show, London.
The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London.
Twelve, Menier Gallery, London.

Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
Wimbledon Art Studios, November Open Show, London.
The Other Art Fair, The Truman Brewery, London.
Wimbledon Art Studios, April Open Show, London.
The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London.
Sheringdale’s Art Project, Southfields Gallery, London.

Wimbledon Art Studios, November Open Show, London.
The Other Art Fair, The Truman Brewery, London
I Love You Because, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London.
Wimbledon Art Studios, May Open Show, London.

Wimbledon Art Studios November Open Show, London.
Wimbledon Art Studios May Open Show, London.

Invest in futures. Natural History Museum, London.

Muerto de Amor, MP Birla Millenium Art Gallery, London.

Prince’s Trust 25th Anniversary. Air Gallery, London.
Mothers. Sartorial Contemporary Art, London.
Mediterraneo: A Sea That Unites. The Italian Cultural Institute, London.
Invest in Futures. Old Billingsgate, London.

SAL, Spanish Artists in London. Instituto Cervantes, London.
2007 Pintores Noveles (Premios Fivars), Galeria Fivars, Alicante
Art Interview International Award Exhibition. Gallery twenty-four, Berlin.

For Better for Worse, Saint John’s Wood, London.
Esquilos Lejanos, Museo de Historia de Zaragoza, Spain.
London Art and Design Show. British Library’s Piazza, London.
Sweat & Sour. Working Men’s Club, London.
Prelude. Spitafields Market. New Development Area, London.
Sal (Spanish Artists in London). Viva España 2006, Olympia, London.

Night on Earth. Curated by Harry Pye. Oxford House, London.
Inspired Art Fair, The Bridge, London.
Summer Exhibition. Waterloo Gallery, London.
Creative Britain 2005. DLA Piper, London.
KPMG Business Showcase. KPMG, London.

On The Wall. Olympia, London.
Mothers. Oxford House, London. (travelling to Edinburgh)

Elena García de la Fuente. Viva España 2003, Olympia, London. 2000
Grabado en Nerja. La Sala de Arte, Nerja

Marbella, Pintada y Grabada. Municipal Gallery, Marbella.
New Year. New Work. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK.
Degree Show. Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

Salzburg 1997. Internationale Sommerakademie fur Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria.
III Exposición de Jóvenes Pintores. Esquina del Bernabeu, Madrid.
Agosto Cultural. Asociación Cultural Trapiche de Guadaiza, San Pedro de Alcántara,
Málaga Fondos del Ayuntamiento. City Council, Culture Department, Marbella.
Jóvenes Artistas. Municipal Art Gallery, San Pedro de Alcántara, Málaga.