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.

International Art Contest "Miradas"

Spanish Selection

Artworks that have participated representing Spain throughout the history of the contest

Works that have participated in previous contest

Sin custodia / Verónica Belcher / Argentina

"Sin custodia"
Verónica Belcher

In Plant-Sight / Lilli Stromland / Australia

"In Plant-Sight"
Lilli Stromland

Glance / Federico Moccia / Austria

Federico Moccia

I will protect you / Darina Peeva / Austria

"I will protect you"
Darina Peeva

Magic Against Pain / Arek Zakrzewski / Austria

"Magic Against Pain"
Arek Zakrzewski

Olhar pensativo / Antonia Marli Dante / Brazil

"Olhar pensativo"
Antonia Marli Dante

Beyond / Zhivko Mutafchiev / Bulgaria

Zhivko Mutafchiev

Peaches (1965) and Peaches (2016) / Danail Mitsev / Bulgaria

"Peaches (1965) and Peaches (2016)"
Danail Mitsev

Sight Beyond Darkness / Ani Miloshova / Bulgaria

"Sight Beyond Darkness"
Ani Miloshova

Personal Space / Zhivko Mutafchiev / Bulgaria

"Personal Space"
Zhivko Mutafchiev

Boquita / María Rocha / Canada

María Rocha

Different Vision / Hope Flynn / Canada

"Different Vision"
Hope Flynn

Double Take / Laurie Stein / Canada

"Double Take"
Laurie Stein

In Sight / Huibin Qian / China

"In Sight"
Huibin Qian

Liyuan Cosmetics / Yudie Ding / China

"Liyuan Cosmetics"
Yudie Ding

The Eagerness / Huibin Qian / China

"The Eagerness"
Huibin Qian

Two different worlds / Fangmin Wu / China

"Two different worlds"
Fangmin Wu

Astromelia / Maximiliano Chiriví Henríquez / Colombia

Maximiliano Chiriví Henríquez

Jimenchii / David Pérez Reynoso / Colombia

David Pérez Reynoso

Paisaje visual bajo la atmósfera de Venus / Jorge M. Hernández Gutiérrez / Colombia

"Paisaje visual bajo la atmósfera de Venus"
Jorge M. Hernández Gutiérrez

Travesía / Carlos E. Meza Suarez / Colombia

Carlos E. Meza Suarez

Hilvanando una esperanza / Silvio Ávila / Dominican Republic

"Hilvanando una esperanza"
Silvio Ávila
(Dominican Republic)

Mirando el universo de mi yo / Joel Gonell Reyes / Dominican Republic

"Mirando el universo de mi yo"
Joel Gonell Reyes
(Dominican Republic)

Visión de Fe / Fabio Domínguez / Dominican Republic

"Visión de Fe"
Fabio Domínguez
(Dominican Republic)

The Duck / Alí Görmez / Germany

"The Duck"
Alí Görmez

Through the Eyes of a Rebel / Van Ray / Germany

"Through the Eyes of a Rebel"
Van Ray

h + (transhuman) / Rebecca Bucks / Germany

"h + (transhuman)"
Rebecca Bucks

The blind eye / Vasilis Selimas / Greece

"The blind eye"
Vasilis Selimas

Through there eyes / Vasilis Selimas / Greece

"Through there eyes"
Vasilis Selimas

Ricordo del tuo sguardo / Federica Viscuci / Italy

"Ricordo del tuo sguardo"
Federica Viscuci

Sguardi Multipli / Pietro Ferri / Italy

"Sguardi Multipli"
Pietro Ferri

Visua / Daniel Carletto / Italy

Daniel Carletto

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El Despertar del Pueblo / Sebastian Fund / Mexico

"El Despertar del Pueblo"
Sebastian Fund

Landscape / Fabian Ugalde / Mexico

Fabian Ugalde

Topografías / Perla Krauze / Mexico

Perla Krauze

The Eye / Michiel Luger / Netherlands

"The Eye"
Michiel Luger

Depth Look / Antonio Ramalho / Portugal

"Depth Look"
Antonio Ramalho

Islam women under the eyes of Angels of Death / Fernando Chiotte / Portugal

"Islam women under the eyes of Angels of Death"
Fernando Chiotte

With these eyes of new I see you / Olga Berens / Portugal

"With these eyes of new I see you"
Olga Berens

Autorretrato / Nayra López Martos / Spain

Nayra López Martos

El estupor y la maravilla / Carolina Ferrer Juan / Spain

"El estupor y la maravilla"
Carolina Ferrer Juan

Niña con los ojos velados / Rafael Bestard Mas / Spain

"Niña con los ojos velados"
Rafael Bestard Mas

Kill Him Make me laugh III / Ali Elmaci / Turkey

"Kill Him Make me laugh III"
Ali Elmaci

Perception / Burçin Erdi / Turkey

Burçin Erdi

Sin título /  No title / BARIŞ SARIBAŞ / Turkey

"Sin título / No title"

BOO! / Keith More / United Kingdom

Keith More
(United Kingdom)

Mirarme / Look at me / José Benitez / United Kingdom

"Mirarme / Look at me"
José Benitez
(United Kingdom)

Reflectiveness / Keith More / United Kingdom

Keith More
(United Kingdom)

The Beholder / Joey Hartmann-Dow / United States of America

"The Beholder"
Joey Hartmann-Dow
(United States of America)

Unwritten / Joey Hartmann-Dow / United States of America

Joey Hartmann-Dow
(United States of America)

Avistamiento / Adriana Silva y Rosas / Uruguay

Adriana Silva y Rosas

La visión / Fernando Oliveri / Uruguay

"La visión"
Fernando Oliveri

Sin título / No title / Enrique Blixen / Uruguay

"Sin título / No title"
Enrique Blixen

Mirada Laser / Álvaro Paz / Venezuela

"Mirada Laser"
Álvaro Paz

Ojitos de Café / Carlos Martinez / Venezuela

"Ojitos de Café"
Carlos Martinez

Percepción / Victor Rosales / Venezuela

Victor Rosales

Artworks that have participated in the contest 2018

Guardianes de la memoria IV (2017) / Diego Dayer / Argentina

"Guardianes de la memoria IV (2017)"
Diego Dayer

Autoretrato (2005) / Federico Demian Fernández / Argentina

"Autoretrato (2005)"
Federico Demian Fernández

Jean / Melody Spangaro / Australia

Melody Spangaro

Olhar Inocente / Cândida Maria Boechat / Brazil

"Olhar Inocente"
Cândida Maria Boechat

Retrato de Anjo encarnado / Cândida María Boechat / Brazil

"Retrato de Anjo encarnado"
Cândida María Boechat

Urban 67/862 / Kakati de Paiva / Brazil

"Urban 67/862"
Kakati de Paiva

Mirror of the Soul / Ani Miloshova / Bulgaria

"Mirror of the Soul"
Ani Miloshova

As I See It / Laurie Andrews / Canada

"As I See It"
Laurie Andrews

I don't want to feel only by imagination / Chenyang Lei / China

"I don't want to feel only by imagination"
Chenyang Lei

The window to the soul / Fangmin Wu / China

"The window to the soul"
Fangmin Wu

Prayer / Wenjie Wang / China

Wenjie Wang

The Light of Hope / Zhenghui Ye / China

"The Light of Hope"
Zhenghui Ye

Mi negrito / David Santiago Guevara Salazar / Colombia

"Mi negrito"
David Santiago Guevara Salazar

Entre miradas / Carlos Enrique Meza Suarez / Colombia

"Entre miradas"
Carlos Enrique Meza Suarez

Las miradas en el tiempo / Neda Cecilia Roa Duran / Colombia

"Las miradas en el tiempo"
Neda Cecilia Roa Duran

Una mirada por favor / “Ruken” Halise Adsan / Germany

"Una mirada por favor"
“Ruken” Halise Adsan

un-sight / Thalia Gatzouli / Greece

Thalia Gatzouli

Insight / Theano Giannezi / Greece

Theano Giannezi

The sound of the syllable of tears / Stelios Skoulos / Greece

"The sound of the syllable of tears"
Stelios Skoulos

Eyes of Chinese Opera / Leung, Ka Yee / Hong Kong

"Eyes of Chinese Opera"
Leung, Ka Yee
(Hong Kong)

Sin título / No title / Alessio Croari / Italy

"Sin título / No title"
Alessio Croari

Tricolor / Popa-Zevideanu Ion / Italy

Popa-Zevideanu Ion

Quel Che Resta / Lorenzo Brivio / Italy

"Quel Che Resta"
Lorenzo Brivio

Vista / Yuri Sakae / Italy

Yuri Sakae

Hope / Moudhi Alhaji / Kuwait

Moudhi Alhaji

Eye Charts / Marcos Ramirez / Mexico

"Eye Charts"
Marcos Ramirez

Macula Lutea / Justyna Janek / Poland

"Macula Lutea"
Justyna Janek

Through the window-pane / Ricardo Pettermann Laires / Portugal

"Through the window-pane"
Ricardo Pettermann Laires

Smiling eyes / Olga Berens / Portugal

"Smiling eyes"
Olga Berens

I can see now / James Chong / Singapore

"I can see now"
James Chong

Diplopia / Olga Davo Alonso / Spain

Olga Davo Alonso

Ameninatropia / José Antonio Hinojos / Spain

José Antonio Hinojos

Muchachito / Ana Beltrán Porcar / Spain

Ana Beltrán Porcar

Don't You Dare Touch Me / Ali Elmacı / Turkey

"Don't You Dare Touch Me"
Ali Elmacı

Sin título / No title / Ayşe Bezenmiş / Turkey

"Sin título / No title"
Ayşe Bezenmiş

Sin título / No title / Evren Sungur / Turkey

"Sin título / No title"
Evren Sungur

Visionary / Elizabeth Kaczmarczyk / United Kingdom

Elizabeth Kaczmarczyk
(United Kingdom)

Trio of Vessels V / Peter Pincus / United States of America

"Trio of Vessels V"
Peter Pincus
(United States of America)

Salida / Litir Ledi Olivera Mazzoni / Uruguay

Litir Ledi Olivera Mazzoni

Miradas que quedan / María Valdés Strauch / Uruguay

"Miradas que quedan"
María Valdés Strauch

Personajes de circo / Antonio Montes de Oca / Venezuela

"Personajes de circo"
Antonio Montes de Oca

Recordando a Frida Kahlo / Antonio Montes de Oca / Venezuela

"Recordando a Frida Kahlo"
Antonio Montes de Oca

Miradas International Art Contest 2018 Winner

Guardianes de la memoria IV (2017) / Diego Dayer / International Contest
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 (Google+)

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.

Award Ceremony

MD. John Kanellopoulos, Professor MD. Jorge allied, MD. Tomas Jaeschke and Md. John Chang

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.

Miradas International Art Contest 2016 Winner

La visión / Fernando Oliveri / International Contest
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.

Award Ceremony

Rolf Schwind, Professor MD. Jorge Alió, MD. Agustin Echagüe and John Kallenopulos

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).

Participating Countries and Coordinators


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


Costa Rica

Dr. Claudio Orlich



Dr. Mahmoud Ismail



Dr. Walter Sekundo



Dr. Petros Rasoglou


Hong Kong

Dr. John Chang



Dr. Amir Reza Samadzadeh



Dr. Samuel Levinger



Dr. Lucio Buratto



Dr. Ghassan Zein



Dr. Arturo Chayet

Marcela Deffis


Dr. Jens Kratholm



Dr. Andrzej Grzybowski



Dr. José Salgado Borges

Dr. Helena Filipe


Dr. Mohamed Rosman



Dr. Jorge L. Alió



Dr. Baha Toygar


United Kingdom

Dr. Dan Reinstein

Bethany Kingsley

United States of America

Dr. Scott MacRae



Dr. Juan Echagüe

Dña. Paula Machado


Dr. José Vargas



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VI Contest Miradas of Latin America 2014

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Jorge Alió Foundation

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:

  • Health Care Area.
  • Education and Training Area.
  • R&D&i Area.

  • Cultural and Social Area.
  • International Cooperation Area.
  • Volunteer Area.

María López - CEO Jorge Alió Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness

María López

Jorge Alió Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness