Josep Guinovart

El ko i la margarida, 1970

Barcelona, 1929 - Barcelona, 2007

Josep Guinovart was one of the greatest representatives of Informalism in Catalonia of the mid-20th century. He came into contact with painting thanks to the family business, as a wall painter. This origin, together with the childhood experience of the Spanish Civil War in his maternal town of Agramunt, marked his career, through a sensitive look at the elements around him, and towards the social and political problems of his time. His professionalization in painting began with figurative representations inspired by the rural world. The turning point will come with the trip to Paris in 1953, where the direct vision of the works of Cézanne and Matisse caused him a real internal commotion. Thus, in 1955 he founded, together with Tàpies, Cuixart or Tharrats, the short-lived Taüll group; and in 1958 he entered fully into abstraction. However, his works will continue to allude to the reality of the environment, through the intervention and subsequent inclusion of wood, fabrics, tools, stubble and corn grains, being close to matter painting and assemblage. In fact, he stands out as a multidisciplinary artist, working in areas such as set design, engraving, illustration or tapestry. During the last stage, color and lines were reincorporated, in a balanced relationship with the embedded objects in his work.