Miquel Barceló Artigues is a renowned Spanish painter who was introduced to art by his mother, a painter of conventional Mallorcan landscapes.
Miquel Barceló Artigues was born on 8th January 1957 (Tuesday) (66 years as of 2022) and has been brought up in Felanitx (Mallorca). He is Capricorn. The artist grew up among other artists, and he went to the School of Arts and Crafts in Palma, then he enlisted at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona in 1974. Don Quijote In the mid-1970s, he shifted to Barcelo and developed a style of painting distinguished by coatings of material superimposed on each other.
In 1982, he gained international acclaim for the first time via his participation in Documenta VII in Kassel. In some of his designs, Barcelo has integrated African influences, having spent long times in Mali. Since the beginning of the new century, he earned several important commissions, including that protecting with terracotta the Santísimo chapel of the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. The dome of the Hall of Human Rights and the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations in Geneva was painted by him.
- Eye color: Brown
- Hair color: Brown
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
The name of his father is Miquel Barceló Gelavert while his mother is Francisca Artigues.
Relationships/ Affairs, Wife, Children
Miquel Barceló privately married Cécile Franken, a Dutch literature expert, in the Spanish town of Arta in mid-1992.
He became a father to a daughter called Marcela Maria Celia in August of the same year after his wife gave birth to her in Mallorca. She is an artist.
The couple had a second child named Joaquim Barceló.
He returned to Majorca after a year of participating in the activities of the “Taller Llunátic” group, an avant-garde abstract group. In addition, he energetically participated 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 displayed his work in his first personal exhibition at the Museum of Palma in 1976. In the beginning, Barceló was strongly charmed by the avant-garde, brutalism, and American abstract expressionism. In addition to this, he extremely liked the paintings of Diego Velázquez, Tintoretto, and Rembrandt from the Baroque period. By embracing an experimental attitude, Barceló was influenced by Jean Dubuffet.
The time Barceló spent in different countries and his nomadic or nomadic patterns 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 comprise many solo and group presentations. In 2021, he exhibited Miquel Barceló – Ceramics at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London.
- Pintor Damunt del Quadre: Barceló’s painting depicts his appeal in drawing classical elements as well as some extravagant elements.
- “Las Dos Pasos dobles” (interpretation): presented in the Concha de Oro category at the San Sebastián Film Festival 2011, this film starring the artist Miquel Barceló is half fiction, half documentary.
Other works highlighted
- 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 touring India and the Himalayas in 2017, he produced paintings for the 1st volume of Goethe’s Faust. In 2020, he created 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 Mallorca 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.
- He, as a costume designer and scenographer for the Opera Tréteaux de Maître Pierre by Manuel De Falla at the Opéra Comique de Paris, designed the costumes and sets for this opera in 1990.
- Since 2006, his award-winning work La Paso Doble has been shown for the first time at the Festival d’Avignon, where he works it with choreographer Joseph Nadj. Since then, he has acquired numerous invitations to stage the work in major cities. The imágen Fantasma was premiered in 2016 and is performed with the help of musician and composer Pascal Comelade.
- As part of a workshop scheduled by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles in 2010, Barceló taught at the school too.
- A number of galleries and museums exhibit Barceló’s work (paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ceramics) all over 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 displayed works created with volcanic ash for an exhibition at the studio of Lucio Amelio. After the earthquake of the 1980s, he also replied to the Neapolitan gallery owner’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 expresses 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 with terracotta and then adorning it with images from the sixth chapter of St. Peter. The Gospel of John, the miracle of the mushrooming of the loaves and fishes, is the theme chosen because the chapel is dedicated to the Last Supper.
- Spanish government officials officially disclosed Miquel Barceló’s newest monumental work of art at the United Nations Palace in Geneva, on November 18, 2008. A structure of stalactite forms covering 1500 square feet with multicolored figures made from 100 tons of paint that seem to drip from the ceiling is portrayed in this work.