Gregorio Peño Velasco is an artist who has a long family tradition that merges him with clay and its methods. Graduated in Fine Arts and Design in Artistic Ceramics in Madrid (2004-2007), he has obtained different scholarships and awards, including: Residency scholarship at New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan, 2017); Award from the Spanish Association of Art Critics (AICA, Spain) for the best work or group of works by a Spanish artist at ARCO Madrid 2015; Selected for the special exhibition “Hot Rookies” of the Gyenonggi International Ceramic Biennale (South Korea, 2013); Best Young Special Award at the XXII International Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics in Vallauris (France, 2012) among others.
Peño has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions among which are: Galerie Nilsson et Chiglien (2013, 2018, 2022 Paris); Michel Soskine Inc. Gallery (2014, 2020, Madrid). His work is present in public collections at Barcelona Design Museum (Barcelona, Spain); New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taipei, Taiwan); Icheon World Ceramic Center (Icheon, South Korea); Magnelli Museum (Vallauris, France); Albacete Museum (Spain) among others.
All processes involved in ceramics from the collection of the earth, the preparation of the clay, the creation of the object up until it is put under fire, mark a timeline that is familiar to me. The transformation of the material is for me a conceptual dictionary which defines an artistic routine aside of the one set by schools and other groups.
There exists a common gesture in all my objectual investigation, a gesture that is not simply a measurement between what is human and what is an object, but an assemblage, a crossroads with no dividing lines between practice and theory or craftsman and artist. Matter is conceived as an element of deepening and development.