Isabel Quintanilla (Madrid, Spain, 1938) is a Spanish visual artist that belongs to the new Spanish realism. Her paintings usually portray still life, describing simple objects and views from every day life, with only a few paintings that are solely landscapes.
Isabel Quintanilla was born in Madrid in 1938. In 1953, at the age of fifteen, she entered the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes. She successfully graduated six years later, in 1959. In 1960, Quintanilla receives a scholarship and becomes an illustration intern at Instituto Beatriz Galindo. Soon after that, she marries the sculptor Francisco López.
In 1982, she is granted a Bachelor in Fine Arts by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She then starts drawing classes at a workshop hosted by Trinidad de la Torre; after that, she takes classes with Gutiérrez Navas and Maruxia Valero.
Isabel Quintanilla's oil on canvas falls right in the XX Century period in still life, characterized by fewer objects, more space between them, and less details overall. What stands out in Quintanilla's paintings is her ability to capture textures, almost always depicting defuse light. The work that is not still life are paintings that combine of landscape and interior scenes.