The Jorge Alió Foundation chooses culture and art as a way of raising society’s awareness and stimulating its support for the prevention of blindness.
With the goal of transmitting this important message, the National Miradas art contest is created in 1998. Very soon it attracted the attention of other countries, starting in America with the Miradas of Latin America in (2004 ) and now promoting to worldwide projection with Miradas international in 2016.
Now, countries from all over the world participate in it aiming for the same message.
Since (2005), the art of Miradas illustrate the cover page of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and also it has been displayed as the cover page of several Ophthalmology books, Congress announcements and other scientific activities that reflect this fusion between Vision and Art.
The Miradas art contest was created in 1998 as part of the cultural and social activities organized on the occasion of the 74th Congress of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology ALICANTE SEO '98 where the I National Miradas Painting Contest took place. From which the idea arose of holding a biennial event, open to all artistic forms interpreting the main theme of the congress: The Glance and Vision with the principal aim of drawing the attention of both artists and society to raise awareness of the importance of visual care and prevention of blindness through art.
The contest "Miradas of Latin America" created in 2004 constitutes a meeting platform between science and art, developing an initiative for communication from the medical profession with fellow countries which helps to explain the importance of vision for the human being.
The I Miradas of Latin America contest joined countries like Argentina , Colombia , Mexico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay , Ecuador and Venezuela, Brazil, Chile and Peru.
The "International Miradas" contest includes now other countries from different continents and the artists can also participate with artworks that deal with the message of Miradas and pursue to attract the attention of the society toward Ophthalmology and the relevance of Vision.
In this first edition of Miradas International, 22 countries from worldwide are participating, which, through their own organization create their own contest to select the artworks that will participate in the international event. The selection of the paintings and the Miradas International Award is performed by the juries of these different countries, which will vote each one independently to select the winning artwork.
The award of the I International Miradas Art Contest will be this year $4,000 and it is sponsored by Schwind Eye Tech Solutions.
The name of the artist and the winning artwork of the country will be announced during the meeting of the Annual Congress of the.American Academy of Ophthalmology that will be celebrated in Chicago (USA) in October 2016 and shall remain in the ophthalmology center of the country that presented the art work.
Artworks that have participated representing Spain throughout the history of the contest
"No todos los ojos cerrados duermen...ni todos los ojos abiertos ven"
Jacobus Petrus Kwinkelenberg
Miradas of Hispanoamerica 2004
"Cambio todos los colores por mares que pintan olas de ilusiones"
Álvaro Jaén López
Miradas of Hispanoamerica 2006
|Title: Guardianes de la memoria IV (2017) Author: Diego Dayer|
|Country: Argentina||Technique: Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions (W x H) (cm):||50 x 60|
Diego Dayer winner of the VIII Miradas International Art Contest
Argentina is the winning country of this new 2018 edition with the artwork entitled “Guardians of memory IV” by the artist Diego Dayer.
Diego Dayer is an artist born in Rafaela, Argentina, on 13th November 1978.
He started his studies in 1993 in the studio of the artist Marcela Grosso who encouraged him day by day to pursue his own artistic direction. When he decided to spread his wings and carry on developing as an artist he continued his specialization in different courses, seminars and workshops as well as in the Fine Arts School of the National University of Córdoba.
After several years of artistic activity in his home town he moved to Córdoba, Argentina in 2002 to start the Art School of the National University, where he currently lives and works. He has had collective and individual exhibitions in cities of Argentina, USA and Spain.
In this year’s edition of Miradas International, a total of 22 countries have participated represented by 42 artworks of recognized quality and highly varied techniques ranging from the oil on canvas of the winning artwork to soluble lead, diorama and colored porcelain to mention just some.
The award sponsored this year by OPHTEC will be given during the Annual Congress of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) which will take place in the city of Chicago (USA) from 27th to the 30th October 2018.
From the Jorge Alió Foundation we congratulate the artist Diego Dayer and the coordinator representing his country, Argentina, Dr. Omar Lopez Mato for winning the Miradas International Award 2018.
El pasado día 26 de octubre, durante la reunión del Congreso Anual de la Academia Americana de Oftalmología (AAO) celebrada en la ciudad de Chicago (USA), se hizo entrega del diploma acreditativo y de los 4000 dólares que tiene como dotación el ganador del VIII Certamen Miradas Internacional. Puesto que el artista argentino Diego Dayer, que fue premiado por su obra "Guardianes de la memoria IV", no pudo acudir, recibió el premio en representación suya el Dr. Tomas Jaeschke, colaborador del coordinador del certamen para Argentina, el Dr. Omar Lopez Mato.
En la imagen podemos ver de izquierda a derecha a: Dr. John Kanellopoulos (Antiguo Presidente de la ISRS - Sociedad Internacional de Cirugía Refractiva), Profesor Dr. Jorge Alió (Presidente Honorífico de la Fundación Jorge Alió y Coordinador del certámen para España), Dr. Tomas Jaeschke y Dr. John Chang (Presidente actual de la ISRS). También asistió al evento Erik-Jan Worst, el Director General de OPHTEC, empresa patrocinadora del premio.
|Title: La visión||Author: Fernando Oliveri|
|Country: Uruguay||Technique: Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions (W x H) (cm):||150 x 110|
|Description:||La visión, punto de partida de grandes creaciones.|
The Uruguayan Fernando Oliveri is the winner of Miradas 2016 with his painting “La Visión”.
This is the first year that the event has been celebrated with this new name (previously Miradas of Hispanoamerica) with 22 countries participating from different continents of the world with 60 paintings of recognized quality and original techniques ranging from oil on canvas (the winning artwork) to spray paint on aluminium or the Chinese ink.
Fernando Oliveri was born in the city of Montevideo the 11th August 1957. At the age of 21, he started at the Art School “San Francisco de Asís” under the guidance of Clever Lara, where he remained until 1981.
Later he joined to the well known Uruguayan painter studio Gustavo Alamon where he stayed for 8 years. In 1986 he joined the “Montevideo Drawing Club” and in 1989 he collaborated again with the artist Clever Lara in his art studio.
From 1982 until today he has participated in different individual and collective exhibitions inside and out of his country, obtaining several awards and distinctions.
The award ceremony will be held during the meeting of the Annual Congress of American Academy of Ophthalmology celebrated in the city of Chicago from the 14th to 18th October 2016.
From the Jorge Alio Foundation, we congratulate the artist Fernando Oliveri and the Uruguayan coordinator Dr Agustin Echague who has achieved the International Award Miradas 2016. Congratulations to the organization of Vision Echague Ophthalmological Center and especially to the winning artist.
The Award certificate, sculpture and 4.000$ were given to the Miradas Award winner, represented by Dr. Pedro Echague for the Echague Ophthalmological Institute of Montevideo, Uruguay at the Annual Congress of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Society of Refractive Surgery Award ceremony, October 14th 2016.
At the picture we can see (from left to right) Mr. Rolf Schwind (Schwind Eye Solutions,CEO), sponsor of the Miradas International Award, Prof.Jorge L. Alió (founder of the Miradas Art Contest and Honorary President of Jorge Alio Foundation ,Spain), Dr. Pedro Echague (Miradas Award coordinator for Uruguay, representing the awarded artist Mr. Fernando Oliveri) and John Kallenopulos (President of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of ophthalmology, ISRS/AAO).
Dr. Omar López Mato
Dr. Michael Lawless
Dr. Shioban Todhunter
Dr. Herbert Reitsamer
Dr. Paul Drobec
Dr. Renato Ambrosio
Dr. Alexander Angelov
Dr. George Beiko
Dr. Qinmei Wang
Dr. Shihao Chen
Dr. Luis Escaf
Dr. Claudio Orlich
Dr. Mahmoud Ismail
Dr. Walter Sekundo
Dr. Petros Rasoglou
Dr. John Chang
Dr. Amir Reza Samadzadeh
Dr. Samuel Levinger
Dr. Lucio Buratto
Dr. Ghassan Zein
Dr. Arturo Chayet
Dr. Jens Kratholm
Dr. Andrzej Grzybowski
Dr. José Salgado Borges
Dr. Helena Filipe
Dr. Mohamed Rosman
Dr. Jorge L. Alió
Dr. Baha Toygar
Dr. Dan Reinstein
United States of America
Dr. Scott MacRae
Dr. Juan Echagüe
Dña. Paula Machado
Dr. José Vargas
For The Prevention of Blindness
The Jorge Alio Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness is dedicated to the promotion of research, education and preventive medicine in all areas of ophthalmology, directly or indirectly related to this field of knowledge and focusing on the prevention and treatment of blindness with special attention to the underprivileged groups of our society, both on a national level and in the field of international cooperation. For these reasons the Foundation promotes, encourages and carries out cultural and social activities related to the field of ophthalmology as well as those of a International Cooperation for Development NGO. Foundation Jorge Alio develops six areas of activities:
Jorge Alió Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness