Granada 1898 - Paris 1968.
In the primary school he attends he coincides with Federico García Lorca, his childhood friend (a friendship that will continue until the poet's death) along with Manuel Ángeles Ortiz. Born in the same year as the poet García Lorca and the painters Alfonso de Olivares, Francisco Bores, Joaquín Peinado and Pancho Cossío, Ismael González de la Serna formed part, like them, of the group of Spanish painters who settled in Paris. Later on, he also became friends with Juan Cristóbal, Manuel de Falla and Andrés Segovia.
His training continued at the School of Arts and Crafts in Granada, where he shared study hours with his colleagues Marino Antequera, Eugenio Gómez Mir and Joaquín Capulino. Together with them he visited the Generalife on numerous occasions, making paintings and notes of its gardens, as well as the Alhambra. He completed his training at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid. Here, his visits to the Prado Museum, where he worked as a copyist for artists such as El Greco, Titian and the Flemish primitives: El Bosco and Brueghel, as well as the Spaniard Francisco de Zurbarán, whose still lifes exert a decisive influence on the choice of this theme throughout his work, will be fundamental to his plastic training. However, what really impressed the 16-year-old in 1917 was the visit to the exhibition "Great French Impressionist Painters" at the city's Museum of Modern Art.
In 1921, he arrived in Paris, where he came into contact with the avant-garde and joined what would later be called the School of Paris, but the situation was not easy and until 1927 he went through a period of great economic difficulties. In the French capital he meets Juan Gris and Picasso among others. The latter was his great friend and protector. De la Serna continues his activity and those years of the end of the 20's and beginning of the 30's form a period of great splendour: critics, sales, the protection of dealers and collectors, the very high prices of his canvases... In 1932 he exhibited in Madrid, invited by the Iberian Society of Friends of Art. His success is unstoppable and his work participates in the most important artistic events. This prolific and positive period was also marked by changes in the personal sphere.
- 1974: Anthological exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, from March 13 to April 18.
- 1963: Exhibition at the Hammer Gallery in New York // Exhibition at the Michel Boutin Gallery in Paris.
- 1932: Individual exhibition at the Botanical Garden in Madrid organized by the Society of Iberian Artists.
- 1930: Exhibition at the Zak Gallery, Paris // Exhibition at the National Gallery in Berlin.
- 1928: Individual exhibition at the Galerie Le Centaur in Brussels // Exhibition at the Galerie Zak, Paris
- 1927: Individual exhibition at the Galerie flechteim, Berlin // Exhibition at the Granada Art Centre // Exhibition organised by Paul Guillaume with fifty of the artist's paintings.
- 1918:Exhibition in Granada.
- 1917: Exhibition at the Ateneo de Madrid.
- 2008: Desenhos espanhóis do século XX - Coleção Fundação Mapfre. São Paulo Art Museum Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo.
- 2007: Ravel, L'heure espagnole. San Juan de Luz, Villa Ducontenia.
- 2006: Salvador Dalí and a Century of Art from Spain - Picasso to Plensa. Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.
- 2005: Rumbos. The Collection III = Norabideak. Bilduma III. ARTIUM of Álava, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
- 2004: Dalinian footprints. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
- 2002: The Collection = Bilduma. ARTIUM of Álava, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
- 1965: Collective exhibition in Prague of Spanish artists living in Paris.
- 1964: Exhibition Fifty years of collages organized by the Museum of Saint-Etienne.
- 1963: Cubist exhibition. Tate Gallery, London.
- 1956: Exhibition L'Art Français Contemporain organized by Jean Cassou at the Museo de Artes Plásticas de México.
- 1952: Exhibition of the Stiadtischen Kunsthalle in Recklingshaussen (Essen) with the title Drei Kuntsler aus Paris.
- 1946/1947: Exhibition at the Berri Gallery organized by Waldemar George // Exhibition at UNESCO // Exhibition at the Manés Hall in Prague.
- 1937: International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques for Modern Life at the Spanish Pavilion set up by the Government of the Spanish Republic in Paris.
- 1936: Art espagnol contemporain, presented by the Society of Iberian Artists and the Musée des Ecoles Etrangères Contemporaines at the Musée du jeu de Paume in Paris.
- 1935: Painting and sculpture exhibition, organised by the Colegio de España of the Cité Universitaire in Paris.
- 1933: Group exhibition in Berlin.
- 1932: Collective exhibition of the SAI in Copenhagen.
- 1930: Architecture and Modern Painting Exhibition in San Sebastian.
- 1929: Exhibition of Spanish residents in Paris. Botanical Garden, Madrid // Regional Exhibition of Modern Art in Granada.