Emiliano Gironella Parra

Emiliano Gironella Parra (Mexico City, 1972); son of Alberto Gironella and Carmen Parra. It can not be said that Emiliano’s humanistic-artistic formation was “self-taught” in the strict meaning of the term, since he always had close and significant teachers: first of all his parents, also his grandfather, and of course all the characters and artists who frequented his family circles: Buñuel, Alechinsky, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Héctor García, Graciela Iturbide, Octavio Paz, Los Ripstein, Paul Leduc… However, Emiliano had a first academic training in visual arts at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan(1990 -1992).

Emiliano Gironella Parra was initially interested in photography and cinema. But soon his artistic practice opted for painting, engraving and direct carving on wood – as for the realization of woodcuts, whose technique is a renowned specialist – which often ends in large monotypes on paper .

His subjects took very early on a “Mexican” drift surely inherited from his parents, especially Alberto Gironella, and the national cultural environment of which Emiliano forms part. They are “castizos” themes, popular, but also cultured and literary: bulls, cockfights, their tributes to José Alfredo Jiménez, canteens … or their series dedicated to the Greguerías by Ramón Gómez de la Serna, the poem “death endless” of Jose Gorostiza, to Juan Rulfo, to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, First the eye after the word, Leon Felipe, the Clown of the Slaps and the Fisherman of cane, Artempatía, etc.

Most recently, he produces sculptural castings in methacrylate and bronze sculptures, some of them very striking and dramatic, and others with evident critical irony. In addition to these characteristic technical issues and procedures, Emiliano has developed other lesser known series of undoubted interest: digital actions and photographs (in Mineral de Pozos), animated short films, installations in homage to contemporary artists – Jasper Johns, Rothko, J. Albers, Roy Lichtenstein-, etc. Also notable are his socio-artistic workshops, with his Foundation Manos Manchadas de Pintura, A.C., with children “victims”, “different” children, victims of violence, abuse, etc.

Emiliano Gironella Parra has two children: Mirela, the fruit of a first marriage and Leon, with his present wife the architect Vanessa Patiño.


1992 – Participates in the collective exhibition of photography, engraving and sculpture at the Interlochen Arts Academy Gallery. 

1993 – Exhibits photographs in the painting exhibition of children Colorín Colorado, sponsored by the Trust for the Health of the Indigenous Children of Mexico, in the Palace of Fine Arts. This traveling exhibit was exhibited in June 1994 at Los Angeles International Airport, USA. Design several posters for the Indigenous Children’s Health Trust of Mexico.

1994 – Third place in the Pinturerías contest, the Bullfighting Art. 

1995 – “De la Lidia y Otros Ojos” at the National Museum of the Estampa, Mexico, D.F. He participates in the collective exhibition “Posthumous Homage to Luis Donaldo Colosio” that took place in the Museum of the Old School of Mining. 

1996 – “El Circo de Ojos, homage to André Bretón” for the centenary of his birth, Centro Cultural Casa Lamm, Mexico City. “Sol y Sombra”, celebrating the 50 years of the Plaza Mexico, Museum of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico City

1997 – Individual exhibition of oil and other works “Ramón sobre las greguerías”, Cultural Center of Círculo de Lectores, Madrid, Spain. Creation of the Gallery The Air Art Center with Carmen Parra and Ofelia Pallares. 

1998 – “Un mundo raro, homage to José Alfredo Jiménez” within the framework of the Cervantino International Festival, Guanajuato. “Y sigue siendo él rey, homage to José Alfredo Jiménez”, National Museum of Popular Cultures and the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Aguascalientes, Mexico. 

1999 – “A rare world, homage to José Alfredo Jiménez”, Arcos Itatti Gallery.

2000 – “Y sigue siendo él rey, tribute to José Alfredo Jiménez”, Centro Cultural Tijuana, B.C. To San Fermín Come !, Gallery The Air Art Center, Mexico City. “In This Corner”, Cultural Center of Contemporary Art, Mexico City. Collective exhibition “Day of the death 2000 Door to Eternity”, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago Illinois.

2001 – “Bull, Roosters, Song and Tequila”, Hacienda La Rojeña, Tequila, Jalisco. “Gráfica”, Gallery The Air Art Center, Mexico City. “Gráfica”, Centro Cultural Cándido Mendes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Making label for wine Sto. Tomás in Ensenada Baja California.

2002 – “A Dialogue with abandonment, homage to Juan Rulfo”, Pozos, Guanajuato. “The Nude and the Look”, Arches Itatti Gallery. “Al Toro”, Spanish Casino of Mexico. “Graphic Work”, Soma Restaurant. “In this corner”, Guereta Gallery, Madrid, Spain. “A Dialogue with abandonment” within the framework of Cervantino Festival, Guanajuato. 

2003 – “A Dialogue with Abandonment”, Isidro Fabela Cultural Center, Mexico City. “A Dialogue with the Abandonment”, Gallery 57 Madrid, Spain; Tampico, Tamaulipas. Collective Exhibition “Nopal Urbano” Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City. Itinerant Collective Exhibition “A Framework for the Earth” 2003-2012. Collective Exhibition at the El Aire Art Center Gallery, in Mexico City. 

2004 – “Bulls, Roosters, and Tequila”, Hans Merensky Museum University of Pretoria in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Maimónides”, House Alberto Gironella, Valle de Bravo. Collective exhibition “Al Alimón Cantinero” Gallery Arcos Itatti. 

2005 – Presentation of the catalogs “The Naked and the Looking”, “Box” and “Al alimón cantinero”, Gandhi bookstore. Collective Exhibition “Mexico 70, a decade within a generation”, House of the Lake of the Forest of Chapultepec. Collective Exhibition “Huellas y Visiones” Fomento Cultural Banamex. “Retrospectiva” Executive Tower Pemex, Mexico City. 

2006 – “Arles Expose in Fair”, Arles, France. Espace Van Gogh, Salle D’Expositiòn Aile Ouest Rez De Chaussee, and Espace Culturale Andalouses. Idea Bertrand Rosenthal, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Retour D’Arles” in the Gallery of the House of France, Mexico City. Murarate, project realized with support of Javier Amesti. Murals in different spaces as a perennial exhibition.

 2007 – Collection painted for the setting of the Mexican restaurant La Colina, Roppongi Tokyo. Project Expressarte, work done alimón with the children of the Cadavieco Foundation.

2008 – Exhibition “Expressarte” at the Lofft Gallery, Polanco. 

2009 – Individual exhibition “Death without end” by José Gorostiza in Fine Arts in the Manuel M. Ponce Hall, plastic reading of the poem. Publication of the catalog Death Without End of José Gorostiza with graphic work of his authorship. In collaboration with the Colegio de México and the State of Tabasco.

 2010 – Collective exhibition “Tizapán Eclectic” with Artists of the neighborhood. Inaugurates the Library “This is Gallo” of the Mtro. Alberto Gironella at the Aire Centro Arte.

2011 – “Mexico al Filo” series dedicated to drug trafficking. At the Ibero-American University, Sta. Fe campus, Mexico City. Collective exhibition “Trópico y Mar”, in the lighthouse of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Exhibition and presentation of the catalog “First the eye and then the word” plastic reading of the poem First Dream, homage to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Lobby of Group BMV, in Mexico City. Group exhibition titled “Tizapán Eclectic II”, with Artists of the neighborhood. Illustrates with images of his work the agenda 12 Rounds Against Diabetes. Edited by Diagnoquim.

2013 – Exhibition “Los Parra-Gironella, a family collage” by Manuel Parra, Alberto Gironella, Carmen Parra and Emiliano Gironella, curator Pablo J. Rico. Center of the Arts of San Luis Potosí Centenario. Cantera House, Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosí. Cultural Center of Santo Domingo, Oaxaca. Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Puebla. Presentation of the book “Los Parra-Gironella” a family collage, in Casa Lamm, in Mexico City. Presentation of the book “Mexico al Filo”, at the Ibero-American University, Sta. Fe campus, Mexico City. Illustrates bottles of beer. “Heroes” workshop with children of Federal Police fallen in combat against drug trafficking. It publishes plastic reading “The clown of the slaps and the fisher of cane”, of Leon Felipe in collaboration with the Colegio de Mexico.

2014 – Exhibition “Los Parra-Gironella, a family collage” by Manuel Parra, Alberto Gironella, Carmen Parra and Emiliano Gironella, curator Pablo J. Rico. Museum of Art and History, in Guanajuato. Multidisciplinary workshop with children from the ISSSTE stay # 24 of the Tlalpan delegation, Mexico City. Multidisciplinary workshop against bullying in secondary # 10, Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is invited by King s College London, to participate in Mexican Visualities: Critical Approaches to Identity, Image and Violence, with his project of Artempatía that follows from the workshops with children of federal police fallen in combat against drug trafficking. Mural Exile in the library of the Colegio de México, for the 75th anniversary of its foundation. Plastic reading of Writings to the Death of my Father of Alfonso Reyes. Publication edited by the Colegio de México.

2015 – Heroes and Scars, National Museum of Popular Cultures, Mexico City.

2016 – The National Commissioner of Security, Mr. Renato Sales Heredia presents in the Auditorium of the Soumaya Museum the book Artempatía Stimulation of our natural empathy through pedagogy and artistic practices. Book that gathers the paintings and art made by Emiliano Gironella and the children of federal police fallen in the fulfillment of their duty. With texts by Pablo J. Rico.

2017 – During the commemoration of the Day of the Federal Police receives the recognition of hands of the president Enrique Peña Nieto by his project Manos Stained of Painting. He is currently preparing a documentary, visual memory that compiles the work of the children in the workshops of Hand Stained Painting A.C. as well as testimony from wounded police officers.



















Carmen Parra

Carmen Parra was born in Mexico City in 1944. She is the daughter of the architect Manuel Parra and María del Carmen Rodríguez Peña. Multidisciplinary artist, polygraph, in 1959 to 1964 began his artistic training studying theater in the National Preparatory School number 5 of the UNAM.

Alberto Gironella

Alberto Gironella Ojeda (Mexico City, 1929-1999); his paternal family was Spanish, of Barcelona, ​​and that of his mother was Mexican, from Mérida. He received a mestizo education, but always had a predilection for the subjects and the authors and the genuinely Spanish artists.

Manuel Parra

He studied architecture influenced by his uncle, the famous Mexican architect Antonio Rivas Mercado, who was creator of such significant works as the building of the Congress next to the Monument to the Revolution, the Angel of Independence, Mexico City, and the Juarez Theater in Guanajuato.