Josep Guinovart Bertran

Was a Catalan painter most famous for his informalist or abstract expressionist work.

In 1941, he began to work as a decorator. Three years later, he started his studies at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de la Llotja (Art School of La Llotja) where he stayed until 1946.

He first exhibited his work in 1948 in Galerías Syla in Barcelona. In 1951, he produced his first engravings entitled 'Homage to Federico García Lorca'. Two years later, he was awarded a grant from the French Institute to study in Paris for nine months. Here he discovered the cubist works of Matisse and Picasso and travelled to Belgium, Holland and Germany.

On his return to Barcelona and after a period working as an illustrator and set designer, around 1957 he began moving towards abstract art. His work is highly unconventional and usually on a large scale, using a wide range of materials, three-dimensional objects and organic substances such as eggshell, earth and straw.

Museums and public collections with his artwork

Espai Guinovart, Agramunt, Catalonia - museum dedicated entirely to his artwork.

MACBA (Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum), Barcelona.

CaixaForum, Colección Fundación "La Caixa", Barcelona.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

The Guggenheim, New York City.

Casa de las Américas, La Habana.

Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, New York City.

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (México DF).

Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Museo de Navarra, Tafalla.

Museo Provincial de Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque Country.

Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago de Chile.

Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt.

Museu d'Art Modern, Barcelona.

Biblioteca Museu Víctor Balaguer, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Catalonia.

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, the Basque Country.

Museo de Lissone, Milano.

Museu de Pintura de Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia.

Museo de Maracay, Venezuela.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela.

Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico.

Museo de San Telmo, Donostia/San Sebastián.

Kunstmuseum Bocchum, Germany.

Palacio de Justicia de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Áraba.

Colección Patriomio Nacional, Madrid.

Fundación Juan March, Palma (Mallorca).

Generalitat de Catalunya Collection, Barcelona.

The Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York.


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