Elías Peña Salvador was born in Alcorcón in the South of Madrid (Spain) in 1992.Throughout his life , Elías has always been fascinated by paintings and how the world can be represented through the eyes of the painting itself. The interest was cultivated during his teenage years while he was attending painting lessons at an academy in Madrid. Furthermore, this process developed when he opted to take his Degree in Fine Arts at the University Complutense of Madrid in 2010.
During his last year at the University he completed his degree at the Fine Art Faculty of the University of Thessaloniki as an Erasmus scholar. After completing his degree, Elías delved even more into his art by sharing experiences while he was part of the Artist in Residence program in Bucharest (The CAN) and Rotterdam (The B.a.d). He feels painting is a communication between a painter and a person looking at his work – not so much in terms of a deep mutual understanding but rather as a catalyst for feelings and emotions. A painter lives for his painting and the key is to identify the inspirations and reasons which lead to his creativity.
Elias has also complete one year of MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths University of London. Currently he is doing another master which will allow him to become an Art teacher of Secondary School.
In 2014 he did his very first solo exhibition at Espacio BOP in Madrid. The same he was selected as a finalist among the Under25 artists who will exhibit their work at Palazzo Correr, seat of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice at the Arte Laguna Prize. Over the year 2015 during his period in Bucharest and Rotterdam he did some exhibitions in collaboration with other guess artist of the Residence. This spring he also participated in a group exhibition at Deptford Does Art Space in London.
In 2017 he was selected as the overall winner of the 11TH Arte Laguna Prize in the Painting section. The Arte Laguna Prize exhibited 125 works from around the world, the finalists of the eleventh edition of the contest, which give us a glimpse into the current state of international contemporary art. The exhibition took place at the Arsenale in the city of Venice.
Furthermore, this autumn he participated in the XI Biennale of Florence, the exhibition took place at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence.
Currently he is living and working in Madrid