Featured: 2nd Place International Winner

‘Mexico Fiesta’

The 2nd Place International Winner of our ‘150 Ways to Celebrate’ online watercolour contest, José Apaza, is originally from Arequipa, Peru but has been in Mexico for 40 years.

He was a student of the Workshop-School of Muralismo Siqueiros. London, Greater London Mexico (1977).

He received his BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts (Cum Laude) at the Instituto Allende, Gto. Mexico (1979).
He taught at the House of Culture, León, Gto. Mexico (1980-1987).

José’s solo exhibitions include:

  • Watercolor Museum, Toluca, Edo. Mex. Museum of the People, Gto. My University Museum of La Salle León, Gto. 2015
  • Mesón de los Poetas, Guanajuato 2013
  • Universidad Iberoamericana León, Gto. 2007
  • Alianza Francesa Lima and Arequipa, Peru 2006
  • Gene Byron Museum, Guanajuato 2000
  • City Museum, León, Gto. 1997
  • New Jersey, USA 1988
  • Museo del Pueblo, Guanajuato 1986
  • Teatro M. Doblado 1985
  • Exhibition and Convention Center, León, Gto. 1980
  • Teatro M. Doblado León, Gto. 1980
  • University of Guanajuato 1980
  • San Luis Potosí, Mexico 1979

Group Exhibitions he has participated in include:

  • Watercolor and Love, Vietnam, 2017
  • International Competition of Watercolor. Chihuahua 2017
  • 150 Ways to Celebrate. IWS Canada 2017
  • Heritage Art, Watercolor Exhibition, Indonesia 2017
  • 1st International Watercolor Biennale 2017, Quito, Ecuador 2017
  • Taiwan 2016
  • India 2015
  • Madrid, Spain 2015
  • Fabriano, Italy 2015
  • Mexico DF 2015, 2014, 1990, 1981
  • Toluca, Estado de México 2014
  • Ratchadamnoen, Thailand 2014
  • Shenzhen, China 2013
  • Zhujiajiao, China 2012
  • Quebec, Canada 2013, 2011, 2000
  • Czestochowa, Poland 2014, 2012, 2010, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
  • Thailand 2014
  • Estaimpuis, Belgium 2012
  • Holland 2007
  • 2003 Museum of History, Monterrey, NL 1992
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA 1992
  • Havana, Cuba 1989
  • Spain 2015, 2008
  • Italy 2015, 2009
  • Germany 2010
  • Monterrey, Mexico 1993

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Excellence Award. International Watercolor Contest Chihuahua 2017
  • Second International Award. 150 Ways to Celebrate. Online Watercolor Contest. IWS Canada 2017
  • First International Biennale of Watercolor, Quito, Ecuador, 2017
  • Taiwan World Watercolor Competition and Exhibition Award of Excellence 2016
  • Second Prize 8th Edition Mexican Society of Watercolorists Award, National Museum de la Acuarela, Mexico, DF 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Watercolor Museum, Toluca, State of Mexico 2014
  • First International Biennial of Watercolor Estaimpuis, Belgium 2012
  • Bourse d’Excellence, Special Merit, International d’Art Miniature, Quebec, Canada 2011
  • Second Prize, VI International Biennial of Miniature Art, Czestochowa, Poland 2010
  • Honorable Mention VIII Biennial of Drawing and Print, Gto. 1998
  • First Prize of Painting, Arequipa, Peru 1969

Artwork published in Watercolor catalogs:

  • Vietnam 2017
  • Chihuahua, Mexico 2017
  • Canada 2017 (online)
  • Indonesia 2017
  • 1st Quito Watercolor Biennial 2017
  • Seoul, Korea 2015
  • Madrid, Spain 2015
  • Fabriano, Italy 2015
  • Mexico, DF. 2014
  • Naintré, France 2014
  • Ratchadamnoen, Thailand 2014
  • Shenzhen, China 2014
  • Seferihizar, Turkey 2013
  • Zhujiajiao, China 2012
  • Estaimpuis, Belgium 2012

Artwork published in catalogs of Miniature Art:

  • Czestochowa, Poland 2014, 2012,
    2010, 2004, 2002.
  • Ville Marie, Quebec, Canada 2002.

In other publications:

  • Article / Interview Watercolor Artist Magazine June 2016.
  • Article / Interview, Magazine: L’art de l’Aquarelle N ° 15 Naintré, France. June 2014.
  • Book:  100 Artists and their Works León, Gto. 2012.
  • Magazine: Pratique des Arts N ° 31 Naintré, France 2012.
  • Catalog: Din A4 Roermond, Netherlands 2010.

If you wish to see more of José Apaza’s artwork, please visit his website at www.joseapaza.com

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