Ramón León Millán has a doctorate in Fine Arts, with an extensive teaching career, as Professor of Drawing at INEM and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville. He has always combined teaching with his creative work in the fields of painting and photography, which he has shown in numerous publications and exhibitions to date.
His encounter with the world of photography took place in 1980. In 1987 he published his first photography book ‘Rocío: Surcos de Luz’, which has been followed by six other books to date, inspired by Andalusian themes and landscapes. always accompanied in their texts with highly prestigious firms such as Antonio Gala and José Manuel Caballero Bonald among others. This work is followed by a series of publications such as “Seville: Temple of Light” (1990), “Alpujarra: Fuente de Luz” (1991), “Guadalhorce: Chorro de Luz” (1993), “Cádiz: Sierra de Luz” ( 1996), “Rocío: Camino y Luz” (2006), “Huelva: Serranía de Luz” (2009) and “Rocío: Jubileo de Luz” (2013).
During the years 1990, 1991 and 1992 he carried out a photographic research work on anthropological issues of Andalusia, subsidized by the University of Seville, where in 1993 he obtained the degree of Doctor at the Faculty of Fine Arts with the doctoral thesis’ Light as a medium of expression in photography ‘.
Ramón León has held numerous photography exhibitions. Among them he stands out ‘Luces de Andalucía’ sponsored by the V Centennial Consultancy of the EXPO of Seville, inaugurated in the Reales Alcázares, which subsequently toured numerous capitals and squares of the Andalusian geography. In 2011 and 2012 he made the traveling exhibition ‘Alfaguara de Luz’ about landscapes, festivals and popular customs of Andalusia. Subsequently to highlight the exhibition ‘Rocío, Jubileo de Luz’, carried out with the sponsorship of la Caixa and the University of Huelva, which began its journey in 2013 at the Casa Colón in Huelva and has continued its itinerant cycle until recently.
He now closes a cycle of his extensive photographic work with the next book and the exhibition “Luces y fiestas de Andalucía”, which are born with an international vocation. Both are an anthology of his photographic work carried out over thirty-five years, which collects in images an attractive and unpublished anthropological vision of all the provinces of Andalusia.
At present he is immersed in a new stage in which he returns to dedicate himself fully to his pictorial work.
Ramón León is a painter and photographer, who initially approaches photography to use it as a reference for the sketches of his pictorial works. Light as a creative source is the backbone of his graphic work.
The pictorial works of Ramón León, suppose beyond the capture of reality, an artistic recreation that discovers a world of its own, which harmonizes color and composition with great sensitivity. His work has evolved towards a progressive interest in light, as an expressive resource that models forms and to create certain atmospheres.
In his photographs, Ramón León tries to give a pictorial and timeless vision of the symphony, both cyclical and subtle, of colors, lights and shapes, which unfolds every year in these lands of the South throughout the different seasons. from Spain, delving into the roots and heritage and cultural legacy of Andalusia, with a longing for timelessness.
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