Antoni Tapiès was born in Barcelona in 1923.

The son of a bourgeois family from Catalonia, he started painting after recovering from a grave illness. Influenced by Miro, Klee and Max Ernst, Tapiès would quickly join the abstraction movement after a stint with expressionism. Member in 1942 of the “Dau al Set” group, Tapiès’ works would soon cross the Spanish border. The artist would be a regularly invited guest at most international two-year festivals and Parisian exhibitions. His paintings take on a dramatic aura with torn canvas stained with symbols and graffiti. Bloody fingerprints, garbage and a strange combination of everyday objects give his work a deeply human slant. One can ponder the silence that his pieces embrace, the sign of a grand master and a rarely equaled genius. It is rather piquant when you realize that his name means “wall” in Catalonian, especially when his paintings are so often associated with the dilapidated, graffiti stained walls seen in urban housing developments.

His work was a harbinger of Nouveau Realism and Art Pauvre trends. Tapiès is without a doubt a legendary artist whose major contribution to the art world cannot be denied and one of the most important Spanish artists on the international market today.