BIO

Ramón León Millán got his degree in Fine Arts in 1970 and holds the chair in Drawing at El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) since 1974. He combined teaching and drawing for decades, with some exhibitions of his oil paintings.

Ramón met the world of photography in 1980, when he found the perfect way to express his creativity. In 1987, he published his first photography book ‘Rocío: Surcos de Luz’. It was followed by other six books inspiredby Andalusian topics and landscapes: “Sevilla: Templo de Luz” (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).

From 1990 to 1992, he did a photographic research work on anthropological topics of Andalusia funded by the University of Seville, where Ramón was made Doctor of Fine Arts in 1993 with the thesis: ‘Light as expressive element in photography’.From 1995 to 2009, he was the professor of Perspective at the faculty of Fine Arts in Seville. Since 1997, he is one of the members of the Atana research group in the University of Seville and has collaborated in its publications.

Ramón León has done many exhibitions of photography from 1990 to 1997. The exhibition ‘Luces de Andalucía’ shines through. It was held in the Alcázar of Seville, supported by the Assessment Council of the 5th Centenary from the Universal Exhibition (1492, The Discovery of America and Seville EXPO ‘92). During 1992, the exhibition was shown in different cities and villages of Andalusia. In 2011 and 2012, he worked on the traveling exhibition ‘Alfaguara de Luz’ based on landscapes, holidays and popular customs of Andalusia. In 2013, he opened the exhibition ‘Rocío, Jubileo de Luz’ at Casa Colón in Huelva, with the support of La Caixa and the University of Huelva. This exhibition has been traveling until its recent place at Saint-Jean-de-Luz in France.

Nowadays, he is working on a new exhibition with international goals: ‘Luces y fiestas de Andalucía’. It is an anthology of his photographic legacy, which comprises 35 years and shows the attractive anthropological approach of the Andalusian provinces.

PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK & STYLE

Ramón León is an observer who catches in his photos the Andalusian reality that makes an impact on him. Images of great force and beauty that delve into essential and anthropological aspects of the Andalusian culture, focused on its holidays and traditions. However, he has approached differently the cities and villages of Andalusia. He has a calm and contemplative vision, in constant dialog with its ancestral force and the beauty of its diverse nature.

The photos evolve to a progressive interest in the light as an expressive resource to communicate experiences and show particular atmospheres. This persistent concern about the light and its role as creative source shaping the figures has become the central axis of his photographic work.

Through the lens, Ramón León tries to show a pictorial, poetic and timeless vision of the colors, lights and shapes that dance harmonically throughout the seasons in Andalusia.

His paramount goal is to capture the essential aspects of life, beyond time and space, to go deeper into the patrimonial and cultural roots of Andalusia with a longing for eternity.

PUBLISHED BOOKS

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