Oil on canvas
92 x 73 cm
Signed and certificated
Guinovart is characterized by his expressive forcefulness and by his lines, gestures and colors that define his hectic and original inner world.
BIOGRAPHY OF JOSEP GUINOVART:
He was born in Barcelona in 1927.
At fourteen years of age he began working as a wall painter, later joining Llotja. In 1948 Guinovart held his first exhibition at the Syra Galleries in Barcelona, dedicating himself entirely to painting from 1951 onwards. A year later, after having contacted the Dau al Set Group - in the illustration of some of whose magazines he collaborated -, obtained a scholarship to study in Paris. Upon his return, he actively dedicated himself to commissioning mural art, decorations and figurines for plays, illustration work, poster design, etc. Among his scenographic creations, it is worth highlighting those of works by Federico García Lorca such as "Bodas de Sangre", and among his illustrations those of the book "Poesies de Salvat Papasseit".
Since 1948, the date on which he presented his first individual exhibition at the Syra Galleries in Barcelona, his exhibitions followed one another closely in Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Paris, New York, Basel, Chicago and in many other Spanish and European cities. and Americans. Guinovart also participated in the Hispano-American Biennale, the Venice Biennale and other international avant-garde art meetings.
Guinovart began his career in engraving, undertaking the execution of several editions of lithographs and etchings. Likewise, he is the author of various three-dimensional montages, such as the one titled "contorn-extorn", presented in 1978 and later donated to the Museum of Modern Art of Barcelona.
Guinovart’s work evolved from an interesting figurative period, with surrealist and cubist influences. Abstract currents and informalism opened new perspectives in the artist’s aesthetics, who began to incorporate into his work all the potential resources of a free manipulation of matter and object, initiating a series of experiences based on burned wood structures. , drums, waste objects, boxes, polychrome coverings, games of allusions, signs, material formations, etc., thus generating a dialogue between the plastic and subjective expression and its living environment, its symbols, its ghosts and its contradictions.
Guinovart’s work is characterized by its expressive forcefulness and by the constants of line, gesture and color that define his agitated and original inner world. Both in his workshop work and in his spectacular montages or set designs, expressionist and lyrical languages are combined.