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Antoni Tápies

(1923 Barcelona – 2012 Barcelona)


Painter, graphic artist, sculptor, most important artist of the Informel in Spain, 2010. Awarded the hereditary title of Marqués de Tàpies. First contacts with contemporary art through publications by Josep Lluís Sert and Joan Prats.

At the age of 17, Tápieshad a serious accident and began to draw and paint in self-studies. Law studies at the University of Barcelona. Studied Jean-Paul Sartres and existentialism. As from 1946 he devoted himself entirely to painting, especially inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Miró, Max Ernst, Paul Klee.

In 1950 he receives a Scholarship in Paris, meets Jean Dubuffet, Art Brut, among others. Travels to Switzerland and Italy. 1958 he was awarded a prize by the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, met Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell.

1962 Participation in the Peace Congress in Moscow, works based on the ideas of Bertrand Russell.

1963 Exhibition in the Galerie im Erker/St. Gallen, meeting with Eugène Ionesco, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Hans Hartung. 1967 Exhibition Galerie Maeght and the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Extensive studies of Zen Buddhism and mystics, receives various international awards and honours.

1984 Founding of the Foundation: Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona.