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Biography

1941 The artist Jorge Rando is born in Malaga (Spain) in the very hard years after the Spanish civil war which ended in 1939 and in the middle of a world war. He grew in his home town and since his early ages at school he developed a vocation for drawing.

1950-1961 He is accepted at Gaona High School; he starts his studies at the school of the Mercedes in Malaga. He follows two years of rhetoric, he finishes secondary education and he does one year of philosophy at the Conciliar Seminary in Malaga. He quits the seminary and continues his philosophy and theology studies. During all those years he does not stop drawing and painting. As an anecdote, when his mother had to give a present, either for a wedding, birthday or any other anniversary, she asked her son to make a drawing or a panting that she would frame for the occasion. In 1957 at the age of 16, he carries out his first big mural painting, 20m x 3m big.

1961-1967 When he finished his studies in Spain; he left for Germany to deepen his knowledge on German philosophers. He chose Hamburg as destination and with little luggage and a lot of enthusiasm he took the train that would take him to a foreign country for the first time. When he arrived to Cologne, he had to make a transfer and he used that waiting time to visit the Cathedral. There, his “head went to the clouds” and he lost his connection to Hamburg and decided to stay in Cologne, as he knew none of the two cities and he had no special interest for any of the two. Possibly, that circumstance had to happen so that he would meet the woman who is his wife today. He registered at the University of Cologne and he alternated his studies with work, having then his first contact with gastronomy. He followed some courses and practical sessions on welding that would later serve him to create his iron sculptures. These were intense years during which he tackled the relationship between philosophy and painting and, above all, he deeply studied the theories of Kant, Goethe and Schiller on art and philosophy. He carried out study trips to different German cities. In Munich, he attended a seminar by professor Blocherer. In Berlin, he entered in contact with Käthe Kollwitz’s work. The German and Central-European cultures were crucial in his training during the most important phases of his artistic and vital development. He discovered that the language he uses to express himself is Expressionism.


1967-1975 He went back to Cologne and having the idea of gathering the world of art in mind, he starts the recovery of the old part of the city, which was still not asphalted and had no lighting, and that still showed in its buildings, the effects of the Second World War. He started several premises in the historical centre that in almost no time became successful meeting points for the people of plastic arts, television, cinema, theatre, music, journalism and other disciplines. Jorge Rando lived and had his workshop in the heart of the old town, in 37 Buttermarkt street, which is currently a jazz bar called Strickstrumpf, the oldest one in Cologne, the hochburg, the summun of jazz in Germany, which was owned by the artist and it was the first place with daily live music with New Orleans bands and the performance of great musicians such as Dexter Gordon and others. Cologne became the centre of jazz in Germany. In 1968 he opened in number 8 of Salzgasse Street, the first Flamenco Tavern of Germany: a sanctuary of flamenco where Paco de Lucía, Camarón de la Isla, Paco Cepero and a long list of Spanish artists have staged. In 1972 he inaugurated the first Rock-Center in Germany with the groups Rockmac and Groovy inspiration; he wanted to create a Factory of music to fight against the criminal policy of prices together with the audience and the musicians. The artist worked side by side with the famous Disc-Jockey of the Deutschen Welle, Eric Jomes, who woke up every day to millions of radio listeners in 42 countries worldwide. During those years, he used the palette knife very frequently in his paintings. He devoted some time to travel around the world to meet other peoples and cultures. He attended with a group of artists and intellectuals the French student rising of May 1968. He started to paint his renowned cycle of Clochards, Prostitution and Africa that will never leave him.
He got interested about the art of glass-window making so he visited the cathedrals of different countries he travelled to, stopping specially in the ones of Spain, France and Germany. He entered in contact with the techniques of glass making and lead-setting.

1975-1984 He kept his residence in Cologne, Germany and showed his Works in art galleries in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.
He married his love Margit in 1979.
It is also during these ages when he exhibited in his mother city Malaga, in Madrid and Barcelona. These were years for reflection and he decided, with his wife, to go back to Spain and settle in Malaga as his first residence, keeping his domicile in Germany.


1984-1990 The artist returned to Malaga with his wife, where he started his trip around Spain.  In this period he locked himself in his workshop to work without any exposure to the public but he was still in contact with the group Künstleratellier 21 of Cologne, founded by the artist Evelyn Sion. He devoted himself with intensity to the philosophical study on the dimensions in painting and the space in sculpture.
For Jorge Rando deepening in the philosophical concept of painting to reach the Theology of the Creation in Art has always been essential in his artistic track record.

1990-1997 He devoted these years to mainly paint and exhibit, and not only in art galleries in Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid, Cologne and Hamburg. He also took part in International Contemporary Art Fairs in Spain and Germany. In parallel, he wrote about painting and painters and on art in general.

1997-2003 In this phase, he illustrated the book of poems “The swallows and the sea” by writer and poet Rafael Salas (Malaga), with 89 drawings. He also illustrated the Holly Week of Malaga (broadcasted for the first time in the internet), sponsored by the Town Hall of the city. The internet users downloaded from the net 90.000 drawings of the artist. He carried out exhibitions in Malaga and Barcelona. He carried out and exhibition at the Carlos de Amberes Foundation in Madrid of a sample of the last 10 years of painting. He took part in the Contemporary Art Fairs of Granada, Lisbon, Strasburg and Paris.

2003-2006 The artist set his studio in Hamburg in order to work during the months he stayed in Germany. The publishing house Sintesis of Madrid presented the book Rando, Landscapes of Painting where the artist is set in his place of current painting by Carmen Pallarés, with the collaboration of Rosa Martinez de la Hidalga, and it became book of the month in Madrid. He received the Diplomatica award for the dissemination of the Spanish painting in international grounds. He presented his Theology of Expression at Cajasur Foundation in Cordoba (Spain). In Madrid he was awarded with the prize of the Antiquaria Foundation for his contribution to Expressionism in Spain, as well as the Contemporary Art prize awarded by Tertulia Ilustrada de Madrid. During these years, he also took part in different International Art Fairs, not forgetting the periodical exhibitions in the galleries representing the artist.


2007 The publishing house Trea presented in Madrid and Malaga More Light (Harshness and clarity in Jorge Rando’s paintings), with texts by Carmen Pallarés. The Unicaja Foundation published the book Maternities which covers the cycle of the artist devoted to the mother. He was awarded in Madrid with the Award of the Plastic Arts 2007. The National Library of Spain acquired drawings of the artist for its collection. He was also awarded with the prize of the Alvaro Mutis Foundation (Madrid). Golden Book of Plastics. Unesco (Paris)
Jorge Rando worked in the sculptures for the open air Museum in the nazarí gardens of the Cathedral of Malaga. In parallel, he carried out different exhibitions in galleries and foundations in Spain and abroad.


2008 The publishing house Trea presented in Madrid and Gijon (Asturias) the book Pintarradas, with prologue and comments by the writer and art critic Marcos Ricardo Barnatán.
Presentation in the month of March in the prestigious rooms of the Episcopal Palace of Malaga, The Passion in Rando’s Paintings, with 150 works: big format oils, drawings and sculptures. The Unicaja Foundation, the Bisphoric of Malaga and the government of Andalusia, the sponsors, published a book celebrating the date of this event.
In May there was a magna exhibition at the Museum of the Patrimony of Malaga, with 200 works covering thirty years of painting, drawing and sculpture of Jorge Rando. This exhibition was curated by professor Enrique Castaños, who counted on the collaboration of historians and art experts Carmen Pallarés and Julia Sáez, who deeply know the work of the artist. The book The Strenght of Expression was published and released in this city.
The Jorge Rando Foundation inaugurated the first cycle of conferences on Expressionism, coinciding with the exhibition of the neoexpressionist painter from Malaga. Prestigious speakers took part such as Professor Juan Antonio Ramirez (Universidad Autonoma from Madrid) and Rafael Argullol (Pompeu Fabra University).
This same year the artist was appointed “Person of Malaga of the year”.
In October, the second channel of the German TV (ZDF) broadcasted live, from Seville (Spain), an ecumenical mass with the images of the religious works given by the artist for the event.
Also this year, Jorge Rando carried out the sketches for 25 glass-windows for the Cathedral of Malaga commissioned by the dean Mr. Francisco Garcia Mota.


2009 Inauguration of the first Open Air Museum of Malaga in the nazarí gardens of the Cathedral of Malaga with seven big size sculptures made of iron and wood, some weighing more than two tons and a group of sculptures of eight pieces. Jorge Rando worked in a second phase of this museum for which he will execute fifteen figures of about 2,50 meters of height that will be bronze-cast. He painted a triptych measuring 15 x 2,80 meters and he prepared his next monographic exhibition on prostitution, where drawings, paintings and sculptures were shown.
He also travelled to Hamburg, where he exhibited his last work and he presented the book The Hamburg Notebooks, covering the pictorial work done between 2006 and 2007 in that German city.
During this year he also starts the works promoted and funded by the Town Hall of Malaga for the Jorge Rando Museum that will house the paintings and sculptures of the artist. Its first phase will have 4 exhibition rooms, 2 of them devoted to show the work of the artist and the other 2 will be used for temporary national and international exhibitions, prioritizing the expressionist poetics and its evolution in time. The Museum will also host the headquarters of the Jorge Rando Foundation.


2010 He carries out the sculpture that SIGNIS gave to the film “Circuit” at the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga. This statuette will be given in the coming festivals. He inaugurated The Ascetic Look in Painting in the exhibition rooms of the vice-chancellorship of the University of Malaga, a monographic exhibition on prostitution which then travelled to New York, where it stayed for 3 months at the Gabarrón Museum-Foundation, and then went to Madrid in order to start a tour through different German cities. The University of Malaga, at its Government Council of the 20th of December, 2010, agreed to include the Jorge Rando Foundation, as honorary member, and together create a research team on expressionism and its influence in Spain.

2011 The Club de Medios of Madrid awarded him with the Persephone prize of Arts, him being the first awardee in this discipline.
This year, he painted “Urbi Caritas” for the Brotherhood Cofradía del Amor y la Caridad of Malaga. He drew the poster for the announcement of the “Uvas y el Mosto” of the Brotherhood of wine makers. He exhibited his last creations at the Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. The artist organized a travelling exhibition in Germany visiting the cities of Iserlohn, Witten, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and Hannover. Jorge Rando closed his travelling exhibition at the EKD (Central headquarters of the Lutheran church in Germany). The Protestant church bought a work by the artist that presides the chapel of the Central See in Hannover.
The open air Museum “The Garden of Conscience” is inaugurated this year in San Ramon Nonato, Malaga. It has different groups of sculptures devoted to the current reality of marginalized and ill-treated people.
This year is also the birth of the project “Jorge Rando and the Red Carpet Experience” which will work to integrate the art of the youngsters of the street and the young uprooted of society. The master has already given several seminars on painting in Spain and Germany.

2012 He painted “The Cloth of the Veronica Woman” that was used in the procession of the Holly Week in Malaga. He exhibited in Madrid a show on the Light of Landscape and the Flower.
He took part in the Contemporary Art Fair of Madrid.
The master started to work in the sculptures that will be shown at the inauguration of the Jorge Rando Museum.

2013 During this year and for the announcement of the Holly Week of Malaga (one of the most important events of the city), the master carried out an installation occupying the whole of the stage of the Cervantes Theatre of the capital. Later, this powerful installation of 33 pieces joined the Open Air Museum of San Ramon Nonato in Malaga. The artist carried out different exhibitions already programmed in Malaga and Germany.
He started a work of 3 murals of about 30 m2 each about “The Light”. 
Jorge Rando is considered to be the best Spanish representative of Neo Expressionism. The topics of his different pictorial cycles tend to be Figurative though sometimes abstraction appears in that two-way trip in the never-ending quest of essence in painting. Nature is also constantly present in his work.
Jorge Rando books are in the world's leading libraries as Library of Congress in Washington, Cleveland Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Princeton University Library, Biblioteca Nacional of Spain, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art of Paris, Columbia College of Chicago, Yale University, Landesbibliothek-Saxon, Universitätsbibliothek in Dresden, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, among others.
In his beginnings, the master signed his paintings in the back of the canvass because he considered that the signature was not part of the work done. Later, after the request of the buyers of his works, he started signing them, at the beginning, as J. Sánchez Rando, simplifying it to J.S. Rando and now, since about two decades, he signs as Rando.

2014 The Jorge Rando Foundation publishes a limited edition from the book "Thoughts and Reflections form Jorge Rando".
On May 28th the Jorge Rando Museum was opened with an exhibition of 120 works including paintings, watercolors and sculptures by the master. At the end of this year the exhibition Encounter Käthe Kollwitz - Jorge Rando will be inaugurated and curated by the historian and art expert Carmen Pallarés.

2015 This year he is awarded the Feniké Star Arts Prize in Málaga. He exhibit his new cycle Vertical Horizons and a very large sample of miniatures from his cycle Landscapes in the space in the Jorge Rando Museum in Málaga. He work with 25 artists from University of Arts in Berlin, who move about to Málaga along with the UdK Director General Professor Lucander, to work in the workshop with Master Rando in a ground-breaking worldwide project. The outcome is shown in the temporary exhibit rooms at the Jorge Rando Museum. The 'Asociación de escritores amigos de Málaga' granted the Museum of the Year award.

2016 He is awarded the Ernst Barlach prize by the Ernst Barlach Commission. He inaugurated Passion New Expressionism at Barlach Museum in Wedel (Hamburg).He inaugurated Encounter Ernst Barlach – Jorge Rando at Barlach Museum in Ratzeburg.The exhibition Cyclists, Animals and other things… is inaugurated in Málaga. Due to the great success of the exhibition Encounter Ernst Barlach – Jorge Rando, the Museum in Ratzebug extends.the artist’s exhibition until October 2016. On Novembre 14th opens the new exhibition ‘Encounter: Jorge Rando - Carlos Ciriza’ at the Malaga Museum.

2017 Jorge Rando  was invited to one of the most important events in Germany, ‘Reformations jubiläums,” a celebration of the 500 years of the Reform movement. The event is taken place  in the German City of Emden, declared European Capital of the Reform (Reformationsstad Europas). The Exhibition is to be inaugurated on the 16th of July, under the title:  “Ernst Barlach- Jorge Rando, Mistics of Modernity: Expressionism yesterday and today.” This is one of the key events of the celebrations and afterwards, the exhibition will later travel to Berlin. On May 22nd, Rando´s new cycle The Birth of Colour… Can something be born that already exist ? It is to be inaugurated on Rando´s Museum in Malaga, Spain.