Luis Gordillo

Luis Gordillo (Seville, 1934) is considered the pioneer of one of the most significant trends in Spain in the 1970s, the New Figuration of Madrid.


In the first years of the 1960s, his series of Cabezas and Automovilistas will configure the first non-mimetic foray of a Spanish artist into international pop. In 1963 he began to psychoanalyze himself, an experience that opened new avenues and meanings for his work. He temporarily leaves painting, dedicating himself to making automatic drawings, which years later are transferred to canvas and filled with color. His work begins to be widely valued in Spain, which is why he is selected to participate in the 1976 Venice Biennale. In 1982 he was awarded the National Prize for Plastic Arts and since then he will have wide international recognition. A year later he exhibits for the first time in the Miguel Marcos Gallery in Zaragoza, for this reason a four-color screenprint is published on the basis of which the emblematic poster is made.


In the 1980s and 1990s Gordillo developed a cold painting both for its color gamut and for its personal detachment from the themes, which place it halfway between the previous figuration and the new formulas of postmodern abstraction. In 2007 he received the Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts, which entails holding an exhibition at the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum, in which he participated as a curator. It is the highest recognition that the Spanish State dedicates to a whole career in the field of plastic arts.


His work is part of museums and public collections such as IVAM, Valencian Institute of Modern Art; MACBA, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; ARTIUM, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria; Banco Sabadell or CaixaForum among many others.