Juli Ramis i Palau (Sóller 1909 - Palma 1990)
Born in Sóller, since his youth he was in contact with numerous renowned artists such as Santiago Rusiñol and Joaquin Mir thanks to his father, who was a friend of them all. From these influences, in the decade of the 20s he began painting landscapes of Mallorca. Between 1928 and 1930 he moved to Barcelona and Madrid to train and improve his technique, completed at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. In 1931 he meets Pablo Picasso, who will put him in touch with other avant-garde artists and introduce him to international abstract art figures such as Paul Klee and Kandinsky. However, when the Spanish Civil War broke out he returned to Mallorca until 1939, when he settled in Tangier, where he acquired great influences from other artists and writers. It will be from 1947 when Juli Ramis moves to Paris, and from there will alternate stays in both cities. In the 60s he achieved world fame, being considered by The Times magazine as one of the hundred best painters in the world. He participated in numerous exhibitions and biennials: in Egypt - where he acquired the first prize -, in Moscow, in Venice, in Alexandria and in Sao Paolo. In 1970 it was established again in Mallorca and continues exhibiting around Spain. Throughout his career he was awarded on several occasions, among which stands out the Gold Medal of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands, which is the highest honor granted by the government of the islands. The importance of the figure of Juli Ramis resides, among other things, in being one of the forerunners of abstract painting material in Spanish territory.
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