Víctor Mira

The art of Victor Mira (Larache, Morocco, former Spanish colony, 1949 - Breitburnn am Amersee, Munich, Germany, 2003), is strongly related to his biography. Also, he has been recognised by art criticism because of his capacity to synthesize both informalist proceedings and figurative tradition. Furthermore, he dealt with traditional genres of painting in a very personal way, including still life paintings.

Although Mira was better known as a painter, he also worked hard as a sculptor, ceramist or graphic artist, without forgetting his installations and the huge production in the drawing field. Another key element in his artistic proposal is poetry, leaving books which he made carefully.

Whatever the artistic medium, Victor Mira's work is clearly inspired by a pulsation and a thematic pertinacity as unique as it is consistent, with the corpus as the maximum expression of his search for an Absolute that is perhaps never so utterly invincible as we might believe. Part from the Christian imagery, Mira labours subversively to imbue his work with integrity, commitment and sincere sense of the profound. Among the most important themes treated by the artists, his stylites are prominent. With them, Mira refers to the legend of Saint Simeon. Mira's depiction of the theme is as austere as it is profound. In his figures, mainly sitting and in profile, there are not communication among them, and are presented full of solitude feelings and a mythical immobility.

Mira had also felt the need to use plastic arts to explore the musical world of two of he considered guiding lights: Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. In Mira's Bachkantaten, two colours alone are used, blue and black, as well as the Greek cross: an ever-present shape in the artist's paintings.

His work forms part of museums and public collections such as Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria), Colección Los Bragales (Santander, Spain), Cortes de Aragón (Zaragoza, Spain), Diputación Provincial de Zaragoza (Zaragoza, Spain), Graphische Sammlung in der Staatsgalerie (Stuttgart, Germany), Kunstmuseum (Basel, Switzerland), MoMA Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museo de Bellas Artes (Vitoria), Neue Galerie der Stant (Linz, Austria) and 'MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia' (Madrid).