Created by Maria Luisa Martinez-Fresneda as part of the Down Syndrome Foundation of Madrid, Arte Down is located in a historic building in downtown Madrid. Since 1993 it has hosted the International Painting Contest for people with Down Syndrome.
In 2008 Arte Down created a website for artists to sell works and products with images of the works. Over 100 paintings are now in private collections and over 14,000 merchandised products have been sold to finance the studio's activities.
We work not only with artists from the Down Syndrome Foundation, but from any workshop for people with intellectual disabilities. We give our artists creative freedom and encourage them to make work that reflects their personality with freshness, spontaneity and colour. We encourage different techniques and materials to suit the taste and style of each artist.