Juan Antonio Aguirre

Juan Antonio Aguirre (Madrid, Spain, 1945 - 2016) was a founding member of the 'Nueva Generación' (New Generation), the art movement, which broke up with Informalism and marked the emergence of Pop Art in Spain. He also played a central role within the framework of Amadis Gallery, which promoted the most important artists of the seventies in Spain, such as Carlos Alcolea, Carlos Franco, Luis Gordillo, Santiago Serrano or José María Yturralde.


Aguirre's painting is eminently figurative. In his early years he adopts a neo-constructivist approach, influenced by Bonnard, Matisse, Munch or naive art. In his painting, he tends to represent still lives, interior landscapes or characters based on autobiographical experiences. He always employs vibrant colours and blurred shapes. In 1999 the IVAM Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno dedicated a retrospective exhibition to his career.

His work forms part of museums and public collections such as IVAM Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (Valencia, Spain), MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain) or Museo Patio Herreriano de Arte Contemporáneo Español (Valladolid, Spain).