Miquel Barceló Artigues is a renowned Spanish painter who was introduced to the art by his mother, a painter of conventional Mallorcan landscapes.
Miquel Barceló Artigues was born on January 8, 1957 (Tuesday) (66 years old in 2022) and grew up in Felanitx (Mallorca). He is Capricorn. The artist grew up among other artists, he attended the School of Arts and Crafts in Palma, then he enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona in 1974. In the mid-1970s, he moved in Barcelo and develops a style of painting distinguished by layers of material superimposed on each other.
In 1982, he acquired international fame for the first time thanks to his participation in Documenta VII in Kassel. In some of his creations, Barcelo has integrated African influences, having spent long stays in Mali. Since the beginning of the new century, he won several important commissions, including that of protecting with terracotta the Santísimo chapel of the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. The dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Hall at the United Nations in Geneva was painted by him.
- Eye colour: Chestnut
- Hair color: Chestnut
Family and ethnicity
Parents and Siblings
Her father’s name is Miquel Barceló Gelavert while her mother is Francisca Artigues.
Relationships/Affairs, Wife, Children
Miquel Barceló privately married Cécile Franken, an expert in Dutch literature, in the Spanish town of Arta in mid-1992.
He became the father of a daughter called Marcela Maria Celia in August of the same year after his wife gave birth to him in Mallorca. She is an artist.
The couple had a second child named Joaquim Barceló.
He returns to Mallorca after a year of participation in the activities of the group “Taller Llunátic”, an avant-garde abstract group. In addition, he participated energetically in the composition of their artist periodical Neon de Suro (21 issues from 1957 to 1982).
In the year following his return to Majorca, he exhibited his work in his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Palma in 1976. At first, Barceló was strongly seduced by the avant-garde, brutalism and American abstract expressionism. Besides that, he was very fond of the paintings of Diego Velázquez, Tintoretto and Rembrandt from the Baroque period. By adopting an experimental attitude, Barceló was influenced by Jean Dubuffet.
The time Barceló spent in different countries and his nomadic or nomadic habits influenced and inspired his work in particular. He was deeply influenced by his practices and knowledge in West Africa.
International praise came from his participation in Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany, in 1982.
The 2017 General Assembly in Lisbon chose Miquel Barceló as Vice-President of CISAC. Exhibitions of Barcelona’s work include many solo and group presentations. In 2021, he exhibits Miquel Barceló – Ceramics at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in London.
- Pintor Damunt del Quadre: Barceló’s painting depicts his attraction to drawing classical elements as well as extravagant ones.
- “Las Dos Pasos dobles” (interpretation): presented in the Concha de Oro category at the San Sebastián Festival 2011, this film interpreted by the artist Miquel Barceló is half-fiction, half-documentary.
Other featured works
- Ceramic coating of the chapel of Santísimo (Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca)
- Dome of the UN headquarters (Geneva)
- National Arts Award (1986)
- Príncipe de Asturias Award for the Arts (2003)
- National Graphic Arts Award (2014)
- After traveling through India and the Himalayas in 2017, he produced paintings for the 1st volume of Goethe’s Faust. In 2020, he produced the illustrations for Kafka’s Metamorphosis for the French publisher Gallimard.
- An exhibition of Barceló watercolors illustrating Dante’s Divine Comedy was held at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2004. This made him the youngest artist to be exhibited there.
- Micheal Barceló lives and works not only in Majorca but also in Paris.
- Barceló also designed a wide variety of book illustrations. The story of Too far from home, by Paul Bowles, is motivated by the artist’s life in Gao. He described the short story in 1992.
- As a costume designer and scenographer for the Opera Tréteaux de Maître Pierre by Manuel De Falla at the Opéra Comique de Paris, he designed the costumes and sets for this opera in 1990.
- Since 2006, his award-winning work La Paso Doble has been presented for the first time at the Festival d’Avignon, where he worked on it with the choreographer Joseph Nadj. Since then, he has acquired numerous invitations to stage the work in major cities. The imágen Fantasma was created in 2016 and is performed with the help of musician and composer Pascal Comelade.
- As part of a workshop programmed by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles in 2010, Barceló also taught at the school.
- A number of galleries and museums exhibit Barceló’s work (paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics) around the world, including Tobias Mueller Modern Art in Zürich, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger in Zürich and the Acquavella Galleries in New York.
- The University of Salamanca commemorated the artist with an honorary doctorate in 2017, for which the university commissioned him in 2015 to form the eighth centenary logo.
- It was in 1983 in Naples, Italy, that Bruno Bischofberger and Rafael Barceló met for the first time. The only representative of the artist, the Bruno Bischofberger gallery has represented Barceló since 1984.
- He spent five months in Naples in 1983. In this studio, he exhibited works created with volcanic ash for an exhibition at Lucio Amelio’s studio. After the earthquake of the 1980s, he also responded to the Neapolitan gallerist’s international call for a trendy work by the major contemporary artist of the time to create a piece for the Terrae Motus collection. The artist himself speaks about his work, L’ombra Che trema, now exhibited at the Royal Palace of Caserta: “It’s a self-portrait: I made myself in the act of painting. the shadow seems to reflect the other part of myself and at the same time is the destruction of order.
- Barceló made the Chapel of Sant Pere in Palma Cathedral by wrapping the entire chapel in terracotta and then decorating it with images from the sixth chapter of Saint Peter. The Gospel of John, the miracle of the proliferation of the loaves and fishes, is the theme chosen because the chapel is dedicated to the Last Supper.
- Spanish government officials officially unveiled Miquel Barceló’s brand new monumental work of art at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, November 18, 2008. A structure of stalactite shapes covering 1500 square feet with multicolored figures made from 100 tons of paint that seem to drip from the ceiling is depicted in this work.