Biography

2018

Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow

9 June
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The Sant Cugat Rotary Club has awarded me the Paul Harris Award, which is granted to those people who have been committed to continued and frequent social activities or initiatives.

Exhibition "Icons of the 20th Century" in the Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona

10 May
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This exhibition presents the 48 portraits that I painted of distinguished individuals who in some way have marked the events of the past century.

Book "Lluís Ribas, Icons of the 20th Century"

23 April
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On the feast day of Saint George this year, the edition of my latest book “Icons of the 20th Century” is going on sale.

2017 Sant Cugat Award for individuals and entities

28 February
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In an event held in the Sant Cugat Theatre and Auditorium I was awarded the 2017 Sant Cugat Award, an award given to those individuals and organisations that have played a relevant role in the past ye

Donation of a portrait of Rubén Darío to the Ministry of Culture of Nicaragua

20 February
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I have presented a portrait of Rubén Darío to the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture, where it will be permanently exhibited.

Bill Gates
Neil Armstrong
Salvador Dalí
Rosa Parks
2017

“The Liberation of Women” exhibition in the Balcó Foyer of Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceo

19 June
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I have been invited to present my work in the Balcó Foyer of the Gran Teatro del Liceo from 19th June to 2nd July 2017.

"Art Revolution Taipei" Fair

13 April
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I have been invited to participate in the “Art Revolution Taipei” Fair in Taiwan, which will take place from April 13th to 17th.

Exhibition of "40 years from exhibition to exhibition" in the museum of the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès

16 February
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The Sant Cugat del Vallès town council is organising an exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of my first individual exhibition.

John Lennon
Mahatma Gandhi
Marilyn Monroe
Barbra Streisand
Stephen Hawking
Albert Einstein
Rabindranath Tagore
Anne Frank
Charles Chaplin
Frida Kahlo
2016

Book "Carta a la Mare"

28 June
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I presented my book “Carta a la mare”, which I wrote and published especially on occasion of the 40th anniversary of my first individual exhibition and for which the writer Marta Pessarrodona wrot

Celebration of “40 years since my first individual exhibition” in the Le Meridien RA hotel in El Vendrell

28 June
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I recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of my first individual exhibition, which took place in the Xarxa gallery in Calafell, in June 1976.

Retrat de Vargas Llosa
Alliberament de la dona VIII, 2016
Virginia Woolf
2015

Exhibition of “Magic Pomegranates” sculptures and paintings from the last 20 years in the Espai Lluís Ribas, Sant Cugat.

3 December
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To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of our gallery, I am presenting an unseen exhibition of my new artistic project.

Self-portrait of an illness

26 October
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Solidarity evening “Pongamos fin a la polio” (Let’s bring an end to polio) held with the Rotary Club in the Sant Cugat Auditorium, at which I presented this “Self-portrait of an illness”, an

Presentation of the new project "LLUIS RIBAS [art funcional]”

7 May
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My new artistic project, LLUIS RIBAS [art funcional], was presented on May 7th in our gallery in Sant Cugat.

Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
Magrana màgica
2014

Exhibition “Una mirada al modernisme” (a look at modernism) in the Espai Lluís Ribas, Sant Cugat del Vallés

29 May
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Coinciding with Art Night in Sant Cugat del Vallés, I am presenting part of my new collection “Una mirada al modernisme” in my gallery.

Una mirada al modernisme I
Una mirada al modernisme II
Una mirada al modernisme III
Una mirada al modernisme VI
Nova York
Una mirada al modernisme VII
L'alliberament de la dona VII
2013

Exhibition “Photographs from 1969 to 1975” in the Espai Lluís Ribas, Sant Cugat del Vallès

18 December
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As a restless youth, always seeking artistic creation, I also worked with photography.

Exhibition in the Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach

2 December
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I am opening the peak season in Palm Beach with the paintings that best represent my work; some twenty medium and large-format paintings which, as always, have been very well received by the public in

Honorary Member of the Reial Cercle Artístic (Royal Art Association)

7 March
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The Board of Directors of the Royal Art Association, a Barcelona institute of the arts, has decided to award me the title of “Honorary Member”.

Crisàlida VII
Crisàlida VII
Alliberament de la dona III
Retrat de Dalí
La deessa de Grifeu
Alliberament de la dona V
Platja
Sobre les pedres del mar
L'alliberament de la dona VI
2012

Exhibition in the Wally Findlay Galleries, New York

2 May
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After a break of 3 years, I again exhibit in New York, in the Wally Findlay gallery. I present as novelty part of my most recent work “Chrysalis”.

Exhibition in the Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach

12 January
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After a break of 2 years, Lluís Ribas opens the artistic high season in Palm Beach with the presentation of an individual exhibition of his work at the Wally Findlay International Gallery there, wher

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Crisàlida I, 2012
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Platja amb núvols
Crisàlida IV
Alliberament de la dona I
Crisàlida V
Alliberament de la dona II
2011

Book “Els colors del monestir” (The colours of the monastery)

16 December
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As part of my “Arte solidario” project, a book has been published entitled: “Els colors del monestir” which reproduces 20 small works portraying the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès.

Exhibition “Els Colors del Monestir”, at the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès and at the Espai Lluís Ribas

16 December
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The opening took place at the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat of the exhibition: “Els colors del monestir”, my collection of 20 small paintings of the Sant Cugat monastery, done at different seasons

Solidary Art

15 October
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For the third consecutive year, I am starting a new course of painting classes in my project “Arte solidario” (Solidary art).

Opening of my new studio

3 June
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I celebrate the opening of my new studio in La Floresta - Sant Cugat del Vallès, designed by my son David, who is architect, where I can work with the best lighting and breadth in order to make my gr

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L'últim bany del dia
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Monestir
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Xell al riu amb nenúfars
Platja
La deessa del riu
2010

I deliver a painting to the Montserrat Museum

9 February
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Today is one of my most important days, professionally, comparable with my first individual exhibition in New York, as both were among my professional aims to be achieved.

Xell a la platja de Grifeu
Xell prenent el sol a l'estudi de Vilajuïga
Homenatge a Mucha
Tramuntana
2009

Exhibition "Els colors del blanc", in the Wally Findlay Galleries, New York

1 October
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To close the travelling circuit of the collection “Els colors del blanc”, which I had so thoroughly enjoyed, I present it on the 1st October in the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York.

Exhibition in the Mare de Déu de l'Esperança chapel, Bolvir de Cerdanya

8 August
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Invited by the mayor of this beautiful town, and captivated by its artistic and natural setting, I present a sample of my latest works in Cerdanya.

Lluís Ribas appointed patron of the Fundación Cultural de Bolvir

8 August
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During the inauguration of the artist Lluís Ribas’ exhibition in the Mare de Déu de l’Esperança chapel in Bolvir de Cerdanya, the mayor of the town, Mr.

Book “Lluís Ribas, Els colors del blanc”

4 February
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Written by the poet Santiago Montobbio and presented in the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès, gathering together my new collection of paintings.

Exhibition “Els colors del blanc”, in the cloister of the Monastery and the Cultural Centre of Sant Cugat del Vallès

3 February
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I present my work “Els colors del blanc”, and the book in which all the paintings are reproduced, written by the poet Santiago Montobbio.

El Crist de la bona sang
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V339
V340
V341
Interior
Blancs
Cerdanya
Al sol
2008

“Study grant” prize, Autocugat

31 May

The Autocugat prize was further expanded to include a study grant aimed at students from the Faculty of Fine Art in Barcelona.

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Aigua verda
Llum de matí
Tocant l'aigua
Camp
2007

Painting for the museum of RCD Mallorca

22 November
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I present one of my paintings, the aim of which is to increase the artistic heritage of the RCD Mallorca and its foundation.

Collaboration with the International Wally Findlay Galleries

11 October
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James Borynack, the owner of the Wally Findlay Galleries, offers me the opportunity to present his artists exclusively in my Espai Lluís Ribas space, which interests me hugely, since it is not easy o

"Artistic career" prize, Autocugat

28 May

I suggest widening the Autocugat prizes to Mr. Negre, to include a prize for best art career, to which all Spanish painters could aspire.

Nimfa de la llum
Barcelona
Palm Beach
El Masnou
2006

“Small Format” prize, Autocugat

25 May

I encourage a well-known business man from Sant Cugat, Josep Maria Negre, the owner of Autocugat, an Opel dealership (Opel are important sponsors in the art and sports world), to sponsor a small forma

Exhibition "Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas" in the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès

18 January
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The exhibition and the book “Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas” is presented in the chapterhouse of the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès.

Nimfa del te
Nimfa dels nenúfars
Nimfa de l'aigua
2005

Exhibition "Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas" in the Bab el Kébir local hall, Rabat

11 November
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The exhibition "Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas" and the book of the same title are presented in the local hall of Bab el Kébir, (one of the architectural jewels of the Almogavars built in 1150 by the calip

Exhibition "Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas" in the Wally Findlay Galleries, New York

20 October
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In the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York, the collection of paintings on Morocco, “Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas”, is presented, together with the book of the same name in which all the exhibition’s

Book "Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas"

30 September
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The book “Le Maroc de Lluís Ribas” is published; written by Josep Ma Cadena, art critic and expert in cultural topics.

La font
2004

Short film: "Flor"

15 September
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I direct a short film called “Flor”, produced by Vicenç Grande, who I had met at the inauguration of one of my exhibitions in the Horrach Moyà gallery in Palma, Majorca many years beforehand.

La violación de Palestina
Bicicleta
Tot es mou al voltant del te, 2004
Fez
2003

Book "Lluís Ribas, Mediterrània"

10 May
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Written by James Borynack and presented in the El Masnou Museum.

Exhibition in the El Masnou local museum

10 May
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I inaugurate an exhibition in the El Masnou local museum, sponsored by the town council, with the presence of the mayor, Josep Azuara, the deputy mayor and councillor for culture Mr.

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Jaque a la dama
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2002

Rosentild’s reproductions

28 November

The company Rosenstild’s make a series of reproductions of my works.

Book “96 Notes”

10 November
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I publish a book called “96 Notes”, written by J.

Exhibition in the Espai Lluís Ribas, Sant Cugat del Vallès

10 November
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Presentation of the book "96 Notes".

Studio in Vilajuïga

12 September
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I set myself up in the studio in Vilajuïga, in the Alt Empordà region of Girona.

Autoretrat
París
Raig de llum
Cala Figuera
Manhattan
Colors
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Biombo
2001

Silk screen printing, London Contemporary Art, London

21 November
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The company London Contemporary Art, in London, make a series of 4 signed and numbered silk screen printings of my work.

Book “Lluís Ribas, 25 anys”

19 October
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Written by J. Llop S., an anthological book released 25 years after my first individual exhibition.

Exhibition in the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès

19 October
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I celebrate my 25 years’ dedication to painting with an exhibition in the Royal Monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès, inaugurated by the mayor Mr.

Verkerke reproductions

20 February

The Swedish company Verkerke carry out a series of reproductions of my work.

Studio in Sta. Maria del Camí, Majorca

20 January
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This year I set up my second studio in Majorca, in Sta. Ma del Camí. There I have a big space to devote myself to creating large format paintings.

Joc
Sol i vent
Ressol II
2000

Sculpture in honour of women

10 June
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A concrete sculpture of mine called “In honour of women” is erected in the Plaza Magí Bartralot, in Sant Cugat del Vallès, where I have my gallery. Mr.

Creation of Sant Cugat’s "Art Night"

28 May
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After setting up the “Espais d’Art de Sant Cugat” Association, which brought together the majority of art galleries in Sant Cugat, Josep Canals and I, as presidents of the association, promoted

Studio in New York

3 February
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With the idea of doing my large format paintings in situ, in the place where they were going to be exhibited, and wanting to get to know the cultural life of New York, I decide to move to Manhattan.

Xell i Astrid
Jugant amb el vent
Cuba, 2000
Magranes i raïms
El cabezón
1999

Studio in Marivent, Palma, Majorca

7 April
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I buy a small studio opposite the Marivent Palace in Palma, Majorca, which I can use when I spend time on the island.

Exhibition in the Wally Findlay Galleries, Palm Beach (Florida)

25 February
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I present my first individual exhibition in the Wally Findlay Gallery of Palm Beach. Through it, my relationship with James Borynack and his galleries is strengthened.

Mariona
1998

Wally Findlay Galleries, New York

1 July
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The official presentation of my work in the Wally Findlay Galleries in New York, as part of a group exhibition.

Artexpo Fair, Barcelona

25 May

I take part in the Artexpo Fair with a stand from the Espai Lluís Ribas.

La meva neboda
1997

“Brocanters i Galeristes” fair for second-hand goods dealers and gallery owners, in Palma, Majorca

10 May

I take part in the “Brocanters i Galeristes” Fair with a stand from the Espai Lluís Ribas; in Palma, Majorca.

1996

Exhibition in the Ambassador Galleries, New York

14 November
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Exhibition in the Ambassador Gallery in New York, as part of a group exhibition of Catalan painters sponsored by Josep Toutain, together with artists such as Joan Martí, Féliz Mas and Emilia Castañ

Mini book Gal Art

10 October
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A mini book is published on the Gal Art collection of my work dedicated to my sons. This collection was planned one night after a meal with Joan Llop.

Exhibition and presentation of the book “Morocco”, in the Hotel Miguel Ángel, Madrid

10 October
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I present the book and collection of Morocco paintings in the Hotel Miguel Ángel in Madrid.

“Notas” magazine

22 March
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In Sant Cugat, among the activities held in Espai Lluís Ribas, a magazine called “Notas” is released.

1995

Inauguration of the Espai Lluís Ribas, in Sant Cugat del Vallès

16 November
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A great inauguration ceremony is held to open the Espai Lluís Ribas. A marquee is set up in the Plaza Magí Bartralot, in front of the gallery.

Book “Lluís Ribas, Morocco”

11 May
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Publication of my first book on Morocco. Texts by: Josep Maria Cadena, Joan Llop, J. Mascaró Pasarius, J. Ramirez Codina.

Exhibition in the Hotel Meliá Sarria, Barcelona

11 May
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I open an exhibition in the Hotel Meliá to present the book “Morocco”. The 86 works which appear in the book are shown.

Mesa Carolina

23 March
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My curiosity leads me to work in the field of sculpture, and I decide to make a functional sculpture which also serves as a table. Three copies are made in bronze.

1994

Book “Lluís Ribas”, Gal Art

8 October
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The book “Lluís Ribas” is published, written by J. Llop, and is no. 3 of the collection “Artistas Gal Art”.

First Espai Lluís Ribas in Barcelona

3 October
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The Espai Lluís Ribas is created in Barcelona’s Galería Mar, as part of a venture with the businessman Eusebio Albareda.

El campesino de Bou Hamed
El campesino
El padre de la novia
Europa dormida
1992

Exhibition in the Galería El Quatre, Granollers

13 October
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After many trips to Morocco, this is the first exhibition that I dedicate to the Arabic theme.

I exhibit my work at the Basel Fair

28 April
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I exhibit my work at the Basel Fair, Switzerland, with the Galería Atelier of Barcelona.

Book “Lluís Ribas"

11 February
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Written by Josep Ma Cadena and published for the exhibition in the Galería Atelier, Barcelona.

Exhibition in the Galería Atelier, Barcelona

11 February
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Exhibition and presentation of the book published for this occasion, written by Josep Ma Cadena.

Mallorca, 1992
1991
Harén
1990
Gemma
Disfressa
Nu
1988

First television interview

10 November
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This was my first interview broadcast on Spanish television, recorded in my first studio in Sant Cugat del Vallès.

Book “Lluís Ribas, India: imagen y color”

3 May
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Presented in the Galería Sokoa, in Madrid.

Exhibition in the Galería Sokoa, Madrid

3 May
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In Madrid’s Galería Sokoa I celebrate the presentation of a collection of paintings on India and from the book “India, Imagen y Color”, written by Francesc Galí, in which they are all reprinte

Desnudo con tela beig
Ofrenda en el Ganges
Baño en el Ganges
1987

Trip to India

10 November
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I travel to India, hoping to find new material for my paintings. The result was to be, some time later, a collection of paintings on the country.

Book “Lluís Ribas”

26 August
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The presentation of the first book dedicated to my work, written by Francesc Galí.

Exhibition in the Galería Foz, Sitges

26 August

Presentation of my first book “Lluís Ribas”.

1986

Death of my father

5 December

Exhibition in the Arco Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid

10 April
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Presented by the Galería Lleonart in Barcelona, I exhibit my work in the Contemporary Art Fair of Madrid with other artists from that space.

Desnudo Olga
Verano
Fruta de verano
Paseando por la orilla
1985
Mis hijos
1983

First trip to Morocco

25 September
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Together with two artists, Casademont “le vieux” and Alcón, and the manager of an art gallery in Majorca, we pulled the name of a country we were to visit out of a hat.

1982

Exhibition in the Galería Febo, Sant Cugat

10 May
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My first Sant Cugat exhibition is held in the Galería Febo. Josep Antón Clausó, the manager of the gallery, and friend to this day, was one of the first people I met when I moved to Sant Cugat.

Concha
1980

Birth of David

28 September
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My second son, David is born.

El trist somriure
1979

Change of residence to Sant Cugat del Vallès

11 November
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With the atmosphere in the big city too much for us, we decide to look for a more pleasant place to live, finding Sant Cugat to be the perfect place, a city which was small and quiet at that time.

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Tristesa, 1979
Vendedora de ajos
Niño en el orinal
1978
Caritat, 1978
1977

Birth of Lluís

18 June
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My first son Lluís is born.

1st individual exhibition in Barcelona, Galería Epoca

4 May
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Mr Ángel Torres, painter and owner of the Galería Época in Barcelona, one of the most important spaces at that time in the city, gave me the use of his gallery and my first individual exhibition in

Magda embarazada
Noia en blaus
1976

Award “La Vinya i el Ví”, Vilafranca del Penedès

29 October
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This is the only competition I have ever entered, winning the People’s Jury Award.

1st individual exhibition in the Galería Xarxa, Calafell

23 June
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Albert Tapies, the owner of the Galería Xarxa, gives me the opportunity to exhibit my first individual exhibition in his small room on the beach of Calafell.

1975

The death of my mother

26 September

My mother, who had been ill with a serious disease, dies in September 1975.

1973

Illustrations

12 January
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During those years I worked as an illustrator, publishing my work in European magazines, mainly for the Scandinavian market, and I attained one of my biggest dreams, which was to publish one of my cov

1970

Photo reportage of Salvador Dalí in Port Lligat

21 September
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Still with Selecciones Ilustradas, I took photos of an interview with the Ampurdan painter, which took place in his house in Port Lligat.

Moda Adlib

12 February
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Encarnita Pachecho, who I have already mentioned, had won the title of Miss Model of Spain and had modelled several times on New York catwalks.

1969

Wedding

11 September
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I marry Magda Busquets and we move into an apartment on Pº Maragall, in Barcelona, in the same stairway as the singer-songwriter Raimón, one of the greatest civil rights fighters through his songs.

1968

Photonovels

1 October
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A discredited genre wherever it is, the photonovel flourished and died in a space of ten years in Spain.

1964

I start to work in Selecciones Ilustradas

25 October
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I started working in the agency Selecciones Ilustradas, SI Artists, as it was known for international orders, with Jordi Longarón, one of the most important illustrators of the time.

1963

Entry to Escola Massana

15 September
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My father, who thought it would be very difficult to live from painting, urged me to study advertising, which seemed like one of the most booming professions in Spain at the time.

1958

First art classes

8 September
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When I was 9 years old, I started to take my first specialised classes with José Ma Martínez, and I entered the world of painting.

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1949

Birth

28 December
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I was born on 28th December 1949 in El Masnou, then a small coastal town with an important traditional fishing fleet near Barcelona.