Felipao is the artistic name of Felipe Garcia-Bañon Sanz-Briz, an artist born by chance in Morocco who throughout his life, being the son and grandson of Spanish diplomats, has lived in half the world, the United Arab Emirates, France, Kenya, Nicaragua, Pakistan,… this cosmopolitan life and exposure to different cultures have allowed him to have a polyhedral vision of the world.
He settled in Madrid in 1983. With a degree in economics and business sciences from ICADE, his working life was spent in various multinationals such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, TV 5, Repsol, etc.
In 2009 he decides to make a big change in his life, his need to communicate his experiences, his vision and what had been his passion until then, leads him to leave the world of the multinational and dedicate himself completely to art.
Throughout these years he has exhibited in Germany, the United States, Hong Kong, Mexico, the United Kingdom, among other countries, collectively and individually. He has made public exhibitions (“Podenco Dafne y Lucas”-P-Art Ibiza Gallery).
He had an individual retrospective at the Mira Space of the Pozuelo de Alarcón City Council, from May to July 2021.
His works can be found in important private collections such as the Juan Antonio Pérez Simón collection, the Philippe Starck collection, the César Gaviria collection, the Solita Cohen collection; Koplowitz collection, March collection, Jeff Brody collection, Varez collection and Scarpetta collection among others.
His menina sculpture has recently been chosen as an institutional gift from the Community of Madrid to give to illustrious visitors and as an award at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute in New York.
He has collaborated in exhibitions and specific artistic projects for brands such as Tag-Heuer, Glenfiddich, Beefeater, Ebay, Apodemia, Gemologist Miriam de Ungría, Brittany Ferries, Sol & Luna Leather, Grupo Miguel Vergara, HABLA wines, Brandy Carlos I, dermatological line Method R, Oliva lamps, Four Seasons and Bulldog Gin among others.
He is currently holding exhibitions at DS´s (Stellantis Group Premium car brand) flagship stores throughout Spain being one of his brand ambassadors.
His iconic creations have positioned him as one of the most recognized pop artists today.