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Occupation: Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture
Movement: Expressionist, Abstract, Modernist
 
Miquel Barceló's Famous Artworks
“Cadaverina 15,” 1976
“Nu pujant escales,” 1981
“Tres Puertas,” 1990
“Pluja Contracorrent,” 1991
“Sopa II,” 1993
“Sombrero,” 1996
“Gran Elefant dret,” 2010
 
Miquel Barceló is a Spanish artist. He has become well­-known for his constantly changing style of work, and the wide variety of materials he uses in its execution.
 
Miquel Barceló's Early Years and Beginnings as an Artist
Barceló was born in Felanitx, on the Spanish island of Mallorca. His talent for art was noticed when he was young, and his mother, a landscape artist, fostered his interest. A visit to Paris in 1974 introduced him to the Art Brut movement, which influenced his early work. He studied briefly at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios (the Decorative Arts School) in Palma de Mallorca, where he studied drawing and modeling, but soon moved to the Barcelona School of Fine Arts at the age of 17 in 1975.
 
After going back to Mallorca in 1976, Barceló becomes interested in the avant­garde protest group “Taller Lunátic,” and participated in their demonstrations. He also helped in the publication of their newsletter “Neon de Suro.” He had his first solo show at the Palma Museum in 1976, and the influence of the Art Brut – a term. meaning “rough” or “raw” art forms, that was coined by Jean Dubuffet to categorize works that fell outside conventional boundaries of acceptance as art – movement was evident in these works.
 
Miquel Barceló's Travel and Work
Barceló traveled widely across the globe in the 1980s. He visited Europe, America, and West Africa. Besides his home in Mallorca, he set up one in Paris as well. After his first visit to Africa, he decided to invest in a base in Mali also, and now has a studio in Segou. This was a transformative experience. His work had often revealed his attraction to the sea, and he had used a dark and heavy palette to express this. His work now incorporated desert themes. Barceló participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1981, and his work was exhibited at Documenta VII in Kassel in 1982, bringing him international attention. Barceló was commissioned to make a poster for the last bullfight to take place in Barcelona in 1988. He returned to the theme two years later and made a series based on bullfighting.
 
Barceló increasingly began working with ceramics in the 1990s. A commission by the Santisimo chapel in Palma de Mallorca resulted in six years spent covering the entire chapel in intricate terracotta work, depicting Christ and the miracle of the multiplying loaves of bread and fish. He was awarded the Spanish “Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas” in 2002 and became the youngest artist to be exhibited in the Louvre when he made watercolors illustrating Dante’s Inferno in 2004.
 
For a project commissioned by the United Nations, he created an enormous sculpture on the domed ceiling of Chamber XX, which was an addition to the Palace of Nations in Geneva. The entire structure had to be designed to support the weight of the work, which used over 100 tons of paint. A false floor had to be built to bring the team closer to the ceiling. Stalactites were fashioned to hang, and the entire ceiling was painted to look different from different angles. The work was thrown open to the public in 2008.
 
Barceló continues to spend time between Mallorca, Paris, and Mali. His house in Mali has no running water or electricity, and he enjoys working there for the change it provides. You can buy Miquel Barceló's artworks online.
 
Barceló currently lives and works in Mallorca, Paris and Mali.
 
Miquel Barceló's Major Exhibitions
2015  -  Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
2014  -  Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong
2013  -  Galería Elvira González, Madrid 
2013  -  Musée d Art Moderne. Céret, France
2013  -  Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Lisbon
2013  -  Acquavella Galleries, New York
2012  -  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Eivissa, Ibiza
2012  -  Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
2012  -  Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2011  -  Galería Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong 
2011  -  Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. Paris 
2011  -  Torre de Belém. Lisbon
2010  -  Palais des Papes. Avignon, France
2010  -  Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona
2010  -  CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona
2010  -  St. Moritz Arts Masters, St. Moritz
2010  -  Caixa Forum, Madrid
2009  -  Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich
2009  -  Spanish Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice 
2009  -  Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca, Spain
2009  -  Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo , Toulouse, France
 
Miquel Barceló's Museums/Collections
Chamber XX, Palace of Nations, Geneva
Santisimo Chapel, Palma de Mallorca
Louvre Museum, Paris
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Museum of Modern Art, New York 
Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogota, Colombia
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Caixa Galicia Foundation, Vigo, Spain 
Fundació Suñol, Barcelona
Museo Patio Herreriano de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona
Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
 
Books/Publications
“Miquel Barcelo: Complete Works 1987-1997” by Pep Subiros and John Berger
“Miquel Barcelo: La Solitude Organisative” by Catherine Lampert
“Miquel Barcelo: Spasm of Sicily” by Luc Regis
“Miquel Barcelo: Al Bell Mig Del Cam – De La Vida” by Dore Ashton
“Miquel Barcelo” by Edouard Glissant
“Miquel Barcelo” by Rudy Chiappini
 

 

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