Josep Guinovart (Barcelona, 1927)

Josep Guinovart (Barcelona1927–2007) studied art at the Llotja in Barcelona. In the late forties and early fifties he joined the Catalan Dau al Set group, where the artist would consolidate his ideological approach. From then on he would consider breaking with the prevailing forms in art to be fundamental.


In 1953 he won a scholarship from the French Institute in Barcelona to take a five-month trip to Paris, where he saw the works of Cézanne and Matisse. After a first stage of figurative painting, based on social and popular themes, in the next period he brought in materials such as sand, plastic and wood, amongst others. Guinovart engaged in a dialogue between artistic expression and its living environment, made up of nature, the countryside and the earth, all articulated through symbols that are part of a subjective poetry.


Throughout his career Josep Guinovart received various awards, such as the City of Barcelona Award, the Spanish National Fine Arts Prize or the Order of Arts and Letters, awarded by the French government. Besides this, his work can be found in major museums, including the National Museum of Catalan Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA), the Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, in New York.