Josep Guinovart i Beltran (Barcelona 1927 - 2007)
Josep Guinovart was born in Barcelona in 1927. He began his training at the Escola de Mestres i Pintors, Escola d'Arts i Oficis and the FAD in Barcelona, after having had a stage as a painter of walls, a job that he later claimed in his work artistic. It is not until 1948 that he will make his first solo exhibition in Barcelona, and in 1951 he will create his first etchings. In 1953 he received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he acquired influence from artists such as Miró or Gaudí, as well as Cézanne or Matisse. A year later he founded the group Taüll along with other artists, but this will be very ephemeral. At the beginning of the decade of the 60 it illustrates the book of poems of Joan Salvat Papasseit with the Publishing house Ariel of Barcelona. His relationship with the city is becoming increasingly close, a relationship that led him to donate the sculptural ensemble Contorn-Entorn to the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona. The 80s were very prolific, since he exhibited at the National Library of Madrid. At the same time, he also exhibits in New York, Bratislava, Bulgaria, Poland and the Venice Biennale. Throughout his life he is awarded on multiple occasions, such as the National Prize for the Plastic Arts (Ministry of Culture, Madrid) or the National Prize for Plastic Arts (Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona), at the national level, or the appointment of Caballero of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ministry of the French Republic, Palma) or the appointment as Honorary Citizen of the city of New Orleans, internationally, among many others. Finally, Josep Guinovart dies at the end of 2007, still active in his work, leaving an important international artistic legacy.