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Portraying Memories: Portraits & Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah

 

 

De la Concha painted and recorded survivors of the Shoah (Holocaust) from all over the world. While posing, his subjects talked about their lives and shared their testimonies of survival. These sessions provide the viewer a chance to witness the process of the transformation of the portraits from a blank canvas to the finished piece; while also providing the viewer an opportunity to watch De la Concha’s powerful and emotionally charged encounters with the sitters.

 

“Besides painting the face, he somehow was able to express my feelings at that time,” said Vital of St. Paul. “Look at there, my eyes and generally the face, the way I look. And I could not smile telling him all those things that happened.”


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Portraits with Memory: My Sitters’ Testimonies (Hispanic Issues Series, 2014)

The first project I did with portraits and conversations was with prominent people from the cultural world, initially talking about painting and art. My intentions were to focus on an experiment with visual art. In certain way, the surrealist process of “automatic drawings” appealed to me. I wanted to see what kind of portrait I could accomplish under such conditions, with limited time while multitasking, experiencing a particular moment.

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Felix de la Concha: Portraying Memories: Portraits & Conversations with Survivors of the Shoah

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

“De la Concha painted and recorded survivors of the Shoah (Holocaust) from all over the world. While posing, his subjects talked about their lives and shared their testimonies of survival. These sessions provide the viewer a chance to witness the process of the transformation of the portraits from a blank canvas to the finished piece; while also providing the viewer an opportunity to watch De la Concha’s powerful and emotionally charged encounters with the sitters. Series of 9 portraits are of survivors from the Twin Cities.”

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Prominent Spanish Artist Portrays Holocaust Survivors

The IRWF has a pleasure of announcing the collaboration with artist Felix de la Concha who is sharing with us the portraits and testimonies of people rescued by Wallenberg, part of his latest project of portraying and recording Holocaust survivors. The process of portraying, done in an intimate setting and assuming considerable time of interaction between the artist and the model, turned out to be a perfect invitation for the survivors to tell their story with details and reflections. Two of the 24 survivors that Mr. de la Concha painted and recorded so far, were rescued by Raoul Wallenberg.

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Portraits preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors

Peter Cox / MPR News

Portraits of nine Minnesota Holocaust survivors were unveiled at the Weisman Art Museum, Jan. 26, 2015. In the front here is a portrait of Max Goodman, who spent time in a concentration and detention camp in Djurin, which is now in the Ukraine.

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Portraits preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors

Peter Cox, , MPR News

” Portraits of nine Minnesota Holocaust survivors were unveiled at the Weisman Art Museum, Jan. 26, 2015. In the front here is a portrait of Max Goodman, who spent time in a concentration and detention camp in Djurin, which is now in the Ukraine. Peter Cox / MPR News ”

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Retrato, voz y memoria de Auschwitz
Fulgencio Fernández | 19/01/2015, LA NUEVA CRÓNICA

“Ya hace un tiempo que el singular pintor leonés Félix de la Concha realizó una serie de ‘retratos con entrevista’ con supervivientes del holocausto nazi. Largas conversaciones con estas gentes marcadas por el paso por los campos de concentración mientras realizaba el retrato. «Fue una experiencia que todavía hoy les marca cada instante de sus vidas y que ha afectado a sus relaciones familiares», explica el leonés, que ha pasado muchas horas hablando con decenas de ellos, en los que buscaba el enriquecimiento con el diálogo y, además, se muestra incapaz de hacer retratos a partir de una fotografía. «Necesito estar delante de lo que quiero pintar, necesito esa presencia. Y a veces puede resultar agresivo el mirar fijamente durante tanto rato a una persona, por lo que nos deja agotados a los dos, al retratado y a mí también».

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Un excepcional archivo pictórico y testimonial del horror, con Félix de la Concha
Radio Sefarad

“EL TRAZO ERRANTE – El pintor leonés afincado en EEUU, Félix de la Concha, inició hace más de diez años un admirable proyecto: retratar a supervivientes del Holocausto, de todas partes del mismo. Además de un excepcional retratista, la iniciativa de Félix de la Concha cuenta con un valor documental e histórico añadido, ya que mientras reproduce la fisionomía de sus modelos, mantiene una charla/entrevista con los supervivientes de la Shoá, registrando el testimonio de sus recuerdos. El pintor nos atiende desde su casa en Florida para contar a nuestros oyentes los detalles de esta valiosa y estimable colección de obras.”

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