José Manuel Broto

José Manuel Broto (Zaragoza, Spain 1949) graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts of Zaragoza, later moving to Barcelona and in 1985 to Paris, where he coincides with artists such as Miquel Barceló, Miguel Ángel Campano and José María Sicilia.

Influenced by constructivism, his first exhibition was realized in 1968. He collaborates in the Foundation of the Trama group, a group focusing on the field of abstraction facing conceptualism. At the beginning of 80s, his artistic proposal is articulated around large paintings highlighting bright colors, expressive qualities, as well as the pictorial gesture. Years later, his painting is simplified in what materials and forms he refers to, and introduces themes such as spatial figures and atmospheric forms.


Broto received the National Prize of Plastic Arts in 1995, in 1997 the ARCO Prize of the Association of Critics and in 2003 the Prize Aragón Goya of Graphic. His works have formed part of important collections such as the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art (Cuenca), Juan March Foundation (Madrid), Antoni Tàpies Foundation (Barcelona),  Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Kampo Collection Tokyo), Ateneum Museum (Helsinki), Peter Stuyvesant Foundation (Amsterdam), the Preussag collection (Hanover, Germany) and IVAM (Valencia).