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Elvira González (Madrid, 1937) is one of Madrid’s pioneers art gallerists. Among other awards for her work, in 1999 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts. In 2011 she was awarded the Medalla al Mérito en el Trabajo and in 2013 the Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo Award in the gallery owner category. In 2020 she received  –along with gallery owners Nieves Fernández, Soledad Lorenzo, Juana de Aizpuru and Helga de Alvear– the International Medal of the Arts of the Community of Madrid.

Together with Fernando Mignoni, she founded Theo gallery in Madrid in 1967. In 1994, on her own, she started her eponymous gallery, which is currently run by her daughters Elvira and Isabel Mignoni and is located at Calle Hermanos Álvarez Quintero 1.

We present here an interview by Juan Manuel Bonet, historian, art critic and key curator on the Spanish art scene, in which he reviews some of the milestones in the career of this gallerist.

Elvira González, Joan Miró and Fernando Mignoni at the opening Miró. Pinturas de 1916-1974. Photography: Jesse Fernández. May/June 1978. Archive Galería Theo.