Avelino Sala is an artist, curator, writer and editor. His work as an artist has led him to question the cultural and social reality from a late romantic perspective with a critical point of view. By continuously exploring social imagery, Sala tries to put a finger on sore spots, demonstrating the power of art as a space for experimentation and for the creation of new worlds. Sala is a Spanish referent of art as a vehicle for political resistance, in his production there is a sort of poetics that contains a reflection on state powers and the control they exercise. His recognizable aesthetic strengthens a discourse that is as necessary as it is powerful, encompassing sensitive and relevant subjects such as migrations, contemporary dislocation, the environmental crisis and the paradoxes of capitalism.
Sala works in the global context of contemporary art, exhibiting and participating in biennials in Caracas, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, among others. His work has been shown locally and internationally in spaces such as Abrons Arts Center, New York; Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias; MAAC de Guayaquil; National Center for Contemporary Arts, NCCA, Moscow; Matadero, Madrid; among many others. He has received several grants including Cajastur, Hangar, Bilbao Arte, and the Generaciones Award from CajaMadrid. In 2007 he was awarded by UNESCO and the New York Foundation for the Arts with the Artport International Video Award in Basel (Switzerland) and in 2010 with the VAD Prize, Girona Video Art Festival. He was also a fellow at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome and in 2012 at the Le Lait de Albi Art Center, in France. He is currently showing solo at Ecco Cadiz and will show next at the Centro Cultura Contemporanea El Carmen in Valencia.