Isabel Quintanilla

Isabel Quintanilla (1938 – 24 October 2017) was a Spanish visual artist belonging to the new Spanish realism movement. Her paintings usually portray still life, describing simple objects and views from every day life, as well as landscape paintings.[1]

Isabel Quintanilla
Died24 October 2017


Isabel Quintanilla was born in Madrid in 1938. She was the daughter of José Antonio Quintanilla, a Spanish Republican commandant killed by the fascist in the franquist concentration camp of Valdenoceda. In 1953, at the age of fifteen, she entered the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes. She graduated six years later, in 1959. In 1960, Quintanilla received a scholarship and became an illustration intern at Instituto Beatriz Galindo. Soon after that, she married the sculptor Francisco López. In 1982, she was granted a Bachelor of Fine Arts by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She then began drawing classes at a workshop hosted by Trinidad de la Torre; after that, she took classes with Gutiérrez Navas and Maruxia Valero.[2]

She died on 24 October 2017 at the age of 79.[3]

Solo exhibitions[4]Edit

  • 1966 – Galeria Edurne, Madrid
  • 1968 – Galeria La Pasarela, Seville
  • 1970 – Galeria Egam, Madrid; Galerie Buchholz, Munich
  • 1974 – Galerie Herbert Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt
  • 1980 – Kunstverein, Braunschweig


  1. ^ Paintings of Isabel Quintanilla, published on Galería Arte Libre Archived 2017-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Isabel Quintanilla biography, on Leandro Navarro Art Gallery website.
  3. ^ Muere la pintora Isabel Quintanilla a los 79 años (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Shannon, Joe (1985). Representation abroad. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 222. OCLC 757261426.