For the sixth consecutive year, Open Studio Madrid and the Banco Santander Foundation have awarded the “Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production”, which aims to give a young Spanish artist without a place to work in Madrid the chance to work in a studio and publicise his or her pieces.

The Foundation decided to create the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production as an opportunity to give visibility to young emerging artists, far from the commercial circuits, with the chance to present their work to renowned curators, representatives of both public and private institutions, gallery owners, collectors and the press.

In this sixth edition, the jury of the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production, organised in conjunction with Open Studio, has unanimously decided to award the prize to Burgos artist Mario Santamaría (1985). The jury particularly mentioned the honesty of his personal and innovative work, in which he relates technology in the age of the internet to the politics and poetics of the body.

The six finalists this year were: Aldo Urbano, Gala Knörr, Helena Goñi, Lorena Gutiérrez, María Mrntrd and Mario Santamaría, all of whom stood out for the high standard of their work.

Santamaría is working on a new project in which he proposes an exercise in sculpture based on the connectivity between objects and the material nature of the internet. According to Santamaría himself, “for me, this prize means the ability to continue carrying out this research in Madrid, as well as having a place where I can present and publicise my work”.

The award granted to Mario Santamaría, which includes a three-month residency at Mala Fama estudios in Madrid, is endowed with a €3,500 production grant as well as access to Mala Fama estudios’ human and technical resources.


Mario Santamaría’s art studies the phenomenon of contemporary observers, paying attention to both representational or symbolic practices and technical vision and mediation equipment. His work questions the relations between the production of subjectivity and the ways in which, in today’s society, the observer’s body is pierced by languages and technology. Using appropriation, remake or montage techniques, his projects explore a variety of fields such as conflict, memory, virtuality and surveillance.

A graduate in Fine Arts and holder of a master’s degree in Visual Arts and Multimedia from Valencia Polytechnic University, Mario Santamaría has completed artistic residencies in, among other centres, Hangar, Barcelona (2014-2016); Hisk, Gantes (2016); Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany (2015); Flax Art Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2014); and Sarai, New Delhi, India (2012). He was recently a finalist in the Post-Photography Prototyping Prize held by Fotomuseum Winterthur.

He has taken part in a number of group exhibitions, of which the following are particularly worth noting: Una Cierta Oscuridad. CaixaForum Barcelona (2018); No secrets! – Images of surveillance. Münchner Stadtmuseum, Germany (2017); Do you believe? Fabra i Coats – Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2016); Infosphere. ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (2015); Appunti. La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2015); Especies de Espacios. MACBA, Barcelona (2015); The Act & The Tracer. Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany (2015); Look into the net. Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, Germany (2014); Fuga. Variaciones para una exposición. Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2013) and Sarai Reader 09. Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India (2012).


With this award, the Banco Santander Foundation and Open Studio decided six years ago to help give visibility to young emerging artists, far from the commercial circuits, giving them the chance to present their work to renowned curators, representatives of both public and private institutions, gallery owners, collectors and the press.

An event to present and explain the winner’s work will be held in the workshop at the end of the residency.



This year, the jury included independent curator Juan Canela who, together with María Beguiristain (head of Art and Exhibitions at the Banco Santander Foundation), Tania Pardo (head of Exhibitions at La Casa Encendida), Carlos Aires and Jorge García (artists from MALA FAMA ESTUDIOS), Jesús Madriñán (winner of the 5th edition of the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production), and María Eugenia Álvarez (director of Open Studio), chose the winner of the 6th edition.

The winners of the previous editions of the Banco Santander Foundation Award for Artistic Production were:

I Edition 

Belén Rodríguez (Valladolid, 1981)


​II Edition 

Olmo Cuña  (Vigo, 1983)

II​I Edition 
Elvira Amor (Madrid, 1982)

IV Edition 

Pablo Capitán del Río (Granada, 1982)

V Edition 
Jesús Madriñan (Santiago de Compostela, 1984)

Following the receipt of this award, the five winning artists have held exhibitions, won prizes and received grants and residencies, both national and international, all of which has significantly boosted their careers.


Gracias a este premio y desde hace siete años Fundación Banco Santander y Open Studio ayudan a dar visibilidad a jóvenes creadores emergentes, alejados de los circuitos comerciales, que tendrán la opción de presentar su trabajo ante reconocidos comisarios, representantes de instituciones públicas y privadas, galeristas, coleccionistas y prensa.

El ganador obtendrá una residencia de tres meses (del 2 de enero al 31 de marzo de 2020), en Nave Oporto, espacio ubicado en Madrid. Así como una dotación de 3.500 euros brutos en concepto de bolsa de producción, además de acceso a los recursos técnicos y humanos del estudio.

Al finalizar la residencia se llevará a cabo un acto de presentación en el taller, en el que se expondrá y presentará el trabajo realizado por el artista ganador del premio.


Este año se incorporó al jurado la comisaria independiente Julia Morandeira, además de María Beguiristain (directora de Arte y Exposiciones de Fundación Banco Santander), Tania Pardo (subdirectora del CA2M), los artistas Miki Leal e Irma Álvarez-Laviada de Nave Oporto, Mario Santamaría (ganador del VI Premio a la Producción Artística Fundación Banco Santander), y María Eugenia Álvarez (directora de Open Studio).

Los ganadores del Premio a la Producción Artística Fundación Banco Santander en anteriores ediciones han sido:

I Edición 

Belén Rodríguez (Valladolid, 1981)


II Edición 

Olmo Cuña  (Vigo, 1983)


III Edición 

Elvira Amor (Madrid, 1982)


IV Edición 

Pablo Capitán del Río (Granada, 1982)


V Edición 

Jesús Madriñan (Santiago de Compostela, 1984)


VI Edición 

Mario Santamaría (Burgos, 1985)


Tras recibir este premio, los cinco artistas ganadores han realizado exposiciones, obtenido premios, becas y residencias, tanto nacionales como internacionales, permitiéndoles un importante impulso en sus carreras.



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