For more than three decades this Spanish artist (b. Segovia 1961) has lived in Madrid, while also dividing his time with periods in Paris and more recently Asia. For more than two of those decades he has held exhibitions that take painting as a starting point and go on to explore the relationship between space, artworks and visual depth conveyed to the viewer.
In 2015 the emblematic UMAG Museum at the University of Hong Kong organized a retrospective exhibition of his work entitled Blue Expansive Landscape. In 2016 the Esteban Vicente Museum in Segovia organized his first retrospective exhibition in Spain. As well as spending many years combining his exhibitions and stays in Madrid with those in Paris, he successfully made headway in the United States, where he held three solo Washington DC exhibitions, culminating with his participation as the only Spaniard chosen to take part in Exhibit E in 2003.
His native Castile showed him its immense open spaces and its seas of wheat and it was in this region that he earned a Modern History degree from Valladolid University before heading to Paris to attend seminars such as the “l’art du XXéme siècle” at the Ecole du Louvre. In the early stages of his career, he also took part in workshops such as ‘Arte Actual’ at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, along with masters of contemporary art such as Lucia Muñoz. In addition to this, he was influenced by meeting another emblematic Spanish Artist, Rafogar, who chose him to participate in a joint exhibition forming part of the “Relevos” project at the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville in 2002.
At the start of his Asian launch in 2007, he was already increasing the volume of his paintings which were by then moving towards the medium of sculpture. A clear indication of this is the “Sculpture Square” of Singapore implementing his individual project “Beyond Form”, which he subsequently took to the City Hall of Hong Kong in 2010. In 2012, he transcended the limits of the canvas when he created, during his stay in Shanghai, two large expansive paintings for CEIBS to be displayed in a building designed by Pei, and became their artist in residence.
During that same year, Reguera also showed one of his “pictorial installations” in the Place du Louvre, under the auspices of UNESCO and the Mairie du 1er, within the context of the Diversité Culturelle International Festival. In 2008, he had previously taken part in “Assises”, another official exhibition in the French capital, at the central office of the Ministére de la Culture et de la Communication and more recently, in 2013, at the Paris Espace Eiffel 1 de L'Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur.
His exhibiting activity extends to other French speaking capitals such as Brussels, where he exhibits regularly, as well as continuing to do so in his London, Paris, Madrid or Hong Kong galleries.
Reguera also captures his previously mentioned travels through photography; prominent, among others, are those to Norway (1998), Australia and New Zealand (2006 and 2007) with the latter becoming the basis of his individual exhibition at the Paris Cervantes Institute entitled “Antipodas” in 2015. Four years ago,he made the exhibition “ Space et Matiére “ at the Cervantes Institute in Brussels.
His collaboration with music was embodied in two performances – one in 1994 and another in 2001 – at the Stedelijk Museum with the Dutch musician Bart Spaan, who composed and played two musical pieces inspired by his paintings. In addition, he collaborated with the French poets Andrée Chedid and Gilles Mentré, and with the Spaniard poet Francisco Pino.
Among his most noteworthy prizes are the one awarded in Paris by L'Acadèmie des Beaux-Arts of L'Institut of France for the Young Painting competition in 1995(La Bourse Annuelle de Peinture), and the “Ojo Critico” presented by the Radio Nacional de España in 2001.
His works are included in collections such as: the CEIBS Collection of Shanghai; the OECD Collection in Paris; the Marc Moyens in Washington D.C.;the Juan March Foundation Museum in Palma,Spain;The Real Madrid Foundation,Spain; the Testimoni Collection of La Caixa,Barcelona; the Brigitte and Jacques Gairard Collection, France; the Ph Delaunay Collection,in Paris; the Cynorrhodon-FALDAC in France;The Contemporary Art Museum Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain;the Museum of Contemporary Art City of Madrid or at the Zurich Financial Services in Switzerland. Finally, it is important to highlight the presence of his works in the Royal Collections, part of the National Heritage, where he took part in the Exhibition “Contemporary Art in Palace”, at the Royal Palace of Madrid during 2015-2016.
In 2015,the emblematic UMAG Museum of Hong Kong -The University Museum and Art Gallery of Hong Kong- organized the exhibition with a selection of their artworks from 2001 to 2015,entitled “Blue Expansive Landscape” in cooperation with the Spanish Consulate in Hong Kong. TIn 2016, the Esteban Vicente Museum of Segovia organized his first retrospective exhibition in Spain with the tile of “Alberto Reguera:El Aura de la Pintura. 1990-2015”
Alberto Reguera has regulary participated several international art fairs, such ARCOMadrid, Art Paris Art Fair;Brussels Art Fair; Zona Maco México Contemporary Art Fair;, among other.
In 2019 he inaugurated the Hay Festival Segovia 2019, with the pictorial performance “Stelae in transformation”, whose result is permanently exhibited at the Municipal Library of Segovia.
Reguera was also selected for the 8th International Biennale of Beijing China 2019, at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing.
In 2020 he exhibited in Beijing the expanded painting that he had produced in his live performance at the European Union Delegation to China. The artist was inspired by the 38 European Cultural Routes presented to China in the form of an exhibition. In 2021 he held a solo exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, under the title of "Alberto Reguera: homage to Aert van der Neer.