Ricardo Asensio (born February 27, 1949) is an Spanish painter.
Prestigious portraitist of the illustrious and the intellectuals, he is an artist who has a compromise with the renovation in paint. His artwork started as purely figurative, only centered in the face of person that he was painting as well as the landscape, in oil or pastel, his palette managing to make a turnaround from a realism almost photographic due to the perfection of his drawing to an expressionism very strong in sober hues and well defined compositions. He studied in Valencia, Barcelona and Rome.
Exhibitions: More than 30 years in many individual an group shows in art galleries, museums, biennials and international arts fairs in European countries and in the United States.
Awards: He has obtained numerous awards granted by important international competitions dedicated to figurative painting such as Honorary Mention in New York, even thought it is in Italy where the artist reaches the peak of his career in 1979 when he became a finalist for the scholarship in painting granted by the Spanish Academy in Rome where he lives and exhibits his portraits obtaining the Award "Villa Alessandra" in 1981. Prize "Controvento", 1982. The fine Arts Merit Medal 1996. "Villa Serravalle" award Florence, 1997. The "Gran Collare d´Argento" Palinuro nel Mondo . The award "Old Florence" and "The Oscar of Culture" 2001. The Italy Grand Award 2003. "La Dea Alata" award Florence, 2003. The Gold Medal of the Trophy "Medusa Aurea", 26th edition, Rome, 2003 granted by the Modern Art International Academy . Great Award "Maremma" in the Trophy Costa d´Argento , Toscana, Italy. The Great Award "City of Florence" 2003 from "Il Marzzoco"Academy. The first prize "Costa Toscana", IV Italy Biennial. The first prize "Europe 2004", Turin. The first prize "Sant Ambroggio d´Oro". Milan 2004. The "Gran Collare Academico" Rome 2004. The Gran Prize Europe Art "Mediolanum" Milan 2005. First Prize "Hans Christian Andersen Festival", Copenhagen (Denmark). First Prize "Rembrandt" 2006, Netherlands. Career Award Prize Sever, Milan. "Artist of the year 2007"Academy Severiade, Milan. Prize for culture "Artistic Centre La Conca" Roma. Prize "Leonardo Da Vinci" 2009. "Prize Universal " 2009, Florence.
NOBEL Prize for the Arts, Milan Italy... and many others.
Honors: He is an "Honorary Academician"Michelangelo Order from the International Santa Rita Academy of Turin; Academician from the Universal Academy "Antonio Canova"; Academician from the International "Il Marzzoco" Academy in Florence; Academician from the "Greci-Marino" Academy; Academician from the"Verbano" (Arts, Sciences and Literature), Italy.
Collections: As a portraistwe should mention as oustanding his magnificent portrait of NOBEL Prize Camilo José Cela, the writer Antonio Buero Vallejo, the Princess of Orleans, Isabel Preysler, Marisa of Borbon, Carmen Martinez Bordiu, actresses Kim Novak, Virna Lisi, Brooke Shields, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Victoria Vera and Faye Dunaway.
Artworks are in public and private collections in the United States, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.