Alberto García-Alix (León, 1965) moved to Madrid with his family when he was 11 years old. In 1975 he received his first camera as a gift and used it to make photographs of his brother’s motorcycle races. From then on he delved into the world of photography by his own means, influenced by the work of Walker Evans and August Sander whose exhibitions he visited at Fundación Juan March and the German Institute in Madrid.
His photographs from the 1970s and 1980s remain as strong a testimony as ever of a generation who lived through the flowering of culture that accompanied Spain’s transition to democracy. However, above all, they reflect the artist’s response to his environment during those years. Throughout his extensive career, the photographer has constructed an autobiographical narrative based on photography, video, and writing, turning his life into the main axis of his artistic discourse.
He has been the subject of exhibitions at institutions worldwide, such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2008, or, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris in 2014, and his work has received numerous prizes including the Premio Nacional de Fotografía [National Prize for Photography] awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1999; the Bartolomé Ros Award at PHotoEspaña, in 2003; and the Premio de Fotografía de la Comunidad de Madrid [Community of Madrid Photography Prize] in 2004. He was named Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres [Knight of the Order in the Arts and Letters] in 2012 and was runner-up for the Deutsche Börse Photgraphy Prize in 2014.