ENRIQUE JIMÉNEZ CARRERO
He was born in Granadilla, Cáceres, on the 18th of March 1953.
He attended the School of Fine Arts at Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, where he lives and works since 1976, without losing his close ties to his birthplace.
His work as a stage designer includes the sets for “The Sisters of Buffalo Bill” (1974), “Society’s Ruin” (1975) and “Song of the Lusitanian Bogey” (1978). As an illustrator he worked on the book “Genesis of Memory” by Bierzo poet Gonzáles-Guerrero in 1985 and the book cover for “Notebooks of Summer” by Félix Pinero. As a designer, in addition to other work he has created stamps for the Spanish Post and joint issues with other countries.
Since 1974 his work has been presented in over 70 individual exhibitions in museums, galleries and other cultural spaces. In 2005 he returned to his birthplace with “Cuando Granadilla,” his first exhibition in Granadilla, a town which was forcibly abandoned and has now been declared a Historical-Artistic Site, recording over 37,000 visitors. In 2007 he was the first Spanish artist to present his work in Doha, Qatar. In 2009, over 40,000 people in one month visited the latest individual exhibition by Enrique Jiménez Carrero in Salamanca, beating all the attendance records for an individual exhibition in that locality. During 2010 his work was part of the prestigious collective exhibition “Naturalezas muertas” organised by the Badajoz Museum of Fine Art. On that same year, for the first time, there was an exhibition at the Plascencia Cathedral with a selection of ten works by Jiménez Carrero.
In 2005 he was nominated Adoptive Son of Plasencia, tourism ambassador of the city and town crier of the Fair and Fiestas of June in 2007; he was also awarded for the promotion of the Group of Municipalities of Trasierra-Tierras de Granadilla in 2009 by their exhibition “Cuando Granadilla;” in 2010 he was nominated Favourite Son of the town of Alagón del Río, founded by the former residents of Granadilla.
The prizes and awards given to Jiménez Carrero in the early stages of his career include the following: Bronze medal for his sculpture in the 2nd National Art Exhibition of Madrid, second painting prize in the exhibition of the Municipality of Móstoles, first prize for painting “Martes Turístico” of Plasencia, first prize in the 5th Painting Competition of the Municipality of Leganés, second prize in the Salón de Otoño de Pintura of the Caja de Ahorros de Plasencia, first place in the 6th Salón de Primavera of Cáceres, first prize and gold medal at the 22nd Salón de Arte de Puertollano (Ciudad Real), first prize for fair posters of the Municipality of Plasencia.
Today part of his work forms part of the collection of Museums such as Fujit in Tokio, the Albacete, Santander and Badajoz Museums of Fine Art, and the Postal and Telegraphic Museum of Madrid. In addition to the cultural funds of the City Councils of La Coruña, Albacete and Badajoz; the Municipalities of Plasencia, Móstoles, Leganés, Puertollano and La Coruña; local saving banks of Extremadura, Zamora, Salamanca, municipal saving banks of Pamplona, Albacete, Toledo, Postal Savings Bank, rural banks of Jalón-Zaragoza, Valencia, Badajoz and Duero; MAPFRE Badajoz, Royal Spanish Mint, Asamblea de Extremadura and other public and private collections in Spain, France, Germany, USA, Mexico, Colombia, England, Italy and Qatar.