The 28 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest does not stop

The León Center has continued to work on its main activities, including the visual arts contest dating from 1964.


El 28 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest it does not stop, the Dominican artists continue working. In line with the current situation due to the covid-19 pandemic, the opening dates of the exhibition and awards of this edition move to 2021.

The exhibition of the 20 selected works projects will be inaugurated on January 14, 2021. The award ceremony will be on February 11, 2021. Both activities will be carried out in accordance with the health protocols in force for those dates, as well as the modalities of visits face-to-face and virtual.

During this process of making the works to be executed, the selection of which was announced last April, the selected artists develop their creative processes, with the accompaniment of curators appointed by the León Center.

In this edition, the jury chose: Andrea Ottenwalder, Awelmy Sosa, Charlie Quezada, Ernesto Rivera, Franz Caba, Guadalupe Casasnovas, Johanna Castillo, Joiri Minaya, José Morbán, Juliany Ariza Volquez, Lizania Cruz, Mckornin Salcedo, Melissa Bonilla, Milena Volonteri, Raúl Morilla, Tomás Pichardo and Yoel Bordas, individual artists. And the artist collectives Juana sino su sister, Suspicious Package and Juan Cid and Johan Mijail.

El 28 Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest It is sponsored by the Fundación Eduardo León Jimenes and Cervecería Nacional Dominicana.

About the jury

Gabriela rangel He was born in Caracas. He studied Law and Social Communication at the Andrés Bello Catholic University and Cinema at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He received a master's degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annadale on Hudson, New York. Since 2004, he has directed the Visual Arts department of Americas Society, the oldest art program dedicated to Latin America in New York. 

Gerardo Mosquera He is a curator, critic and art historian and freelance writer, based in Havana, Madrid and the world. Advisor to the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Holland, and other cultural institutions. Co-founder of the Havana Biennial and co-curator of its three initial editions. His most recent sample, Useless. Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing, is currently on display at The Bronx Museum, New York. It is the third time for Mosquera as a jury for the Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, the first two for the XNUMXth and XNUMXth editions.

Raquel Paiewonsky He was born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Between 1991-2001 he lived in New York (United States), where he had the opportunity to consolidate his art studies. As of 2008 the collective Quintapata, along with Belkis Ramírez, Pascal Meccariello and Jorge Pineda. Award of Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest in its editions of 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016; Prize in the XX and XXII editions of the National Biennial of Visual Arts of Santo Domingo. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennale. In 2015 he was an artist in residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, with the support of the Davidoff Art Initiative.

Sara Hermann He studied Art History at the University of Havana. Chief Curator of the León Center in the Dominican Republic. She was director of the Museum of Modern Art of the Dominican Republic (2000-2004). He is currently a member of the International Art Advisory Council of the Caribbean Arts Initiative, a platform that supports contemporary art and artists from the Caribbean. Hermann is the founder and coordinator of the Curando Caribe program, promoted by the Cultural Center of Spain in Santo Domingo and the León Center. He has participated in conferences on art at the Havana Biennial (Cuba), The Institute of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin (United States), and the Dominican Studies Center at the City University of New York (United States).

About the contest

In 1964, E. León Jimenes summoned the first Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, which has become one of the main private initiative art competitions in Latin America.

Since its inception, the Contest has as its fundamental purpose to promote the creativity and cultural values ​​of the Dominican nation and its producers. The training process that this contest brings with it, not only allows a space for dialogue for visual artists and artists from other areas of art.