Miquel Barceló

Miquel Barceló (Felanitx, Majorca, Spain, 1957) is one of the most important Spanish artists of the international contemporary scene. His work ranges from large canvases and murals to ceramics, sculpture, drawings and graphic art.

In the seventies Barceló stands out for his large-format paintings of animals. At this stage he is influenced by art movements such as expressionism, conceptual art or the 'art brut' (dirty art), as well as by artists such as Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock and Antoni Tàpies. Further on his work led by topics as libraries or museums, which are made with a dense and plaster pictorial treatment. His work is a reflexion on the nature, the trace of time and history and the origins of certain cultures and ways of life, such as Mediterranean and African culture. He feels deep interest in Africa, for this reason he trip to Mali. This trip was fruitful because of that appears on of the main topics of his recent work. During the last decade, Barceló has received significant institutional commisions, for example, the decoration of the chapel of Saint Peter for Mallorca’s Cathedral (2001 – 2007) or the decoration of the dome of Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva (2007 – 2008).

His work forms part of museums and public collections such as Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo (Vitoria, Spain), Banco de España (Madrid, Spain), CAPC Musée d´Art Contemporain (Bordeaux, France), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Fundación Bancaja (Valencia, Spain), Fundación Sindika Dokolo (Luanda, Angola), Museo Botero (Colombia, Bogota), Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain), Marugame Genichiro – Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (Marugame, Japón), MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain) or Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA).