David Arteagoitia

25.07.22 12.08.22

“The OPEN Buenos Aires was the beginning of an ambitious international project for the dissemination and professionalization of emerging printmakers that has been supported by years and editions of the OPEN PORTFOLIO program, based to date in Bilbao. The appointment in Buenos Aires substantially expanded not only the scope of the project, but also the aims and objectives in terms of international projection, involvement of institutions and creation of collaborative work networks. Undoubtedly a key support to expand the frontiers of the OPEN PORTFOLIO.” (David Arteagoitia)

As part of the activities of OPEN Buenos Aires: International Encounter of Emerging Printmakers, we received David Arteagoitia in Buenos Aires and in ´ace. David is the Director of the Open Portfolio FIG Bilbao, Selection Jury, and Award Jury of OPEN Buenos Aires. During his stay in our city, David also worked as an artist-in-residence at the ´ace workshops, producing his printmaking work.

David Arteagoitia is an artist, cultural manager and university professor by vocation. He combines an artistic practice focused on contemporary graphic work, represented in relevant galleries and art fairs, with continuous research and dissemination of knowledge, theory and practice of printmaking through specialized seminars and technical workshops. This multifaceted attitude continually feeds back into his praxis and graphic thinking. As an artist, Arteagoitia produces expanded printmedia that seeks to transgress the traditional limits of engraving, placing his work halfway between the graphic, the pictorial, and the sculptural. His plastic and conceptual interest focuses on the modes of representation of those material aspects that make up the skin of the image.

During the activities of the OPEN Buenos Aires program, David worked side by side with the artists in the installation of their works, generously offered his permanent mentorship, attended all the workshops, talks and demos and resolved, together with Alicia Candiani and Pedro Galilea, the granting of the 8 prizes offered by the OPEN. In addition, he found time in his busy schedule to enjoy ´ace’s workshop, where he produced editions of his works exploring the carborundum technique.

David Arteagoitia
1980 | Bilbao, Basque Country
Lives and works in Bilbao

2012 | PhD in Fine Arts, specialized in Printmaking  – Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Spain
2007–present | Professor at the Department of Drawing / Printmaking at Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU, Spain

2022 | Incisioni di David Arteagoitia. Galería Grafica Via di Sette Dolori, Matera, Italy
2020 | Salitre. CIEC—Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea, A Coruña, Spain
2017 | David Arteagoitia – Obra reciente. Galería Fermín Echauri, Pamplona, Spain
2016 | Path & Other Series. CIEC—Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea, A Coruña, Spain
2016 | The Green Matter. Galería Bozzetto, Bilbao, Basque Country
2013 | Groundtracks. Centro de Experimentación de Obra Gráfica, Santander, Spain

2022 | Proyecto´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2021 | Fundación CIEC Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea, Betanzos, Spain
2017 | Litografía Viña, Gijón, Spain
2012 | 2RC Studio CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2008 | Interprint London College of Communication, Londres, United Kingdom

Related Activities

Encounters, Exhibitions

OPEN 2022 | Awards
Award Ceremony

05.08.22 07.08.22

Between August 5th and 7th, 2022, we launched OPEN Buenos Aires: international encounter of emerging printmakers at the Casa de la Cultura—La Prensa Building in the City of Buenos Aires. Throughout its 3 days of opening to the public, the selected artists shared their works in traditional and contemporary graphic  and printmaking techniques with the visitors, celebrated the opening of their exhibition, offered workshops, demos and open talks, and, on the last day, 8 artists received the prizes awarded by the organization of the event.

During the inauguration, there were different guided tours by the OPEN Buenos Aires team and participating artists: we began with a guided tour by Andrea Auzmendi for high school students from the Cultural Pass program of the City of Buenos Aires, then María Romero Alves gave a demo of pinhole camera, and Florencia Reisz offered an approach to contemporary graphics through the works of the OPEN artists. Lautaro Parada offered Tarot readings, there was a guided tour for special guests by David Arteagoitia, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio and we closed with a collective toast thanks to the labels provided by Vino El Salvador.

After completing all the activities of OPEN Buenos Aires, the following 8 prizes were distributed, in addition to the 16 participation scholarships awarded to the finalist artists:

  • 2 First Prizes: two artists with a stand each at the Fig Bilbao Fair in November 2022 + $250,000 for mobility + accommodation in Bilbao (awarded to Leticia Barbeito and Agustina Girardi)
  • 2 Second Prizes: two artists with a stand each at the Fig Bilbao Fair November 2022 + accommodation in Bilbao (awarded to Solange Baqués and Lautaro Parada)
  • 2 artistic residency scholarships at Fundación CIEC in Betanzos, Spain, for 2023 (awarded to Mariana Gayoso and Agustín Begueri)
  • 1 residency scholarship at the BDC—Basque bioDesign Center in Bilbao, Spain (awarded to Julián Pesce)
  • 1 residency scholarship at Proyecto´ace, including accommodation (awarded to Florencia Reisz)

The prizes were awarded by a Jury composed of David Arteagoitia (Bilbao, Basque Country, Director of the FIG Open Portfolio), Pedro Galilea (Salamanca, Spain, Vice President and Director of Fundación CIEC) and Alicia Candiani (Buenos Aires, Argentina, Director of the OPEN Buenos Aires and Fundación´ace) based on the quality of the works presented and the activities for the public proposed and carried out by the artists.

International Projects, Workshops, Visiting Artist

New Horizons
Cutting edge materials


On Monday, June 19th, as part of OPEN Buenos Aires II Edition, we offered a professional workshop led by David Arteagoitia (Director of the Open Portfolio FIG Bilbao, artist, and PhD in Printmaking). Organized in collaboration with CCEBA—Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, this event was free for all its participants: art professionals, printmaking artists, and those creators interested in exploring new forms of expression in contemporary printmaking.

With the attendance of a large and specialized audience, in “New Horizons” we immersed ourselves in the exciting world of plastic materials and bi-component resins as constructive elements in contemporary printmaking. These modern materials allow us to expand boundaries and develop artistic concepts in printmaking while connecting us with contemporary artistic expressions.

Throughout the workshop, we explored various techniques of artistic printmaking involving the use of plastic materials and bi-component resins. We learned how to use them as matrices to create unique prints and experimented with different methods of application and manipulation. Additionally, we analyzed how these materials and techniques can influence the concepts and messages conveyed through print works. We explored the possibilities of expanded drifts that emerge when combining these materials with other contemporary artistic expressions, such as digital art, street art, or kinetic art.

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19 de junio
Casa de la Cultura- Edificio de La Prensa

Professional workshop with prior sign up within the Open Buenos Aires II activities.

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