CUIXART, Modest

CUIXART I TÀPIES, Modest (Barcelona, 1925 – Palafrugell, Girona, 2007).

Cuixart would initially study medicine but soon abandoned this to enter the public Academy of Art in Barcelona to devote his life to painting. In 1948 he would join the artistic group movement ‘Dau al Set’ together with Brossa, Ponç and Tàpies, Tharrats, among others.

Worried about the moral values, his work would progress to represent stronger affinity with surrealism, as well as great sensitivity towards the expressive power of colour. Towards 1955 he was immersed in the informalism art movement that led him to use ‘grattage’ in works of true Oriental taste.

In 1959, he would win first prize at the Biennale of Sao Paulo and exhibited at the Documenta in Kassel. The following year he participated in an exhibition of Spanish art held at the Tate Gallery London and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

In 1970 he exhibited in numerous national and international cities such as Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Basel, Barcelona and Milan and many more. In addition, he also participated in a collective exhibition in the Palace of the UNESCO in Paris, received the Cross of Saint George of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Order of Isabel the Catholic.

In 1988, he created a retrospective exhibition in Japan and in the cities of Kobe and Tokyo.

In 1998, a foundation was created in his name in Palafrugell (Girona). The following year he was granted the gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture.

His work is exhibited in the Museum of Art Queen Sofia, the Tate Gallery in London, the National Museum of Art of Catalan in Barcelona, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, Barcelona and Saint-Étienne (France), the Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, the The Museum of Contemporary Spanish Print Making (Málaga), Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Sao Paulo, Spanish Museum of Abstract Art in Cuenca and Empordà (Girona) and many others.