Josep Guinovart

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Josep Guinovart
Josep Guinovart 2.jpg
Guinovart in the Catalonia History Museum 2007
Born(1927-03-20)March 20, 1927
Died(2007-12-12)December 12, 2007
Resting placeSant Gervasi Cemetery, Barcelona
Known forabstract expressionist work
Josep Guinovart, untitled, 1985/86, Palma de Mallorca, Parc de la Mar

Josep Guinovart (March 20, 1927 in Barcelona – December 12, 2007 in Barcelona) was a Catalan painter most famous for his informalist or abstract expressionist work.[1][2]

In 1941, he began to work as a decorator. Three years later, he started his studies at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de la Llotja (Art School of La Llotja) where he stayed until 1946.

He first exhibited his work in 1948 in Galerías Syla in Barcelona. In 1951, he produced his first engravings entitled 'Homage to Federico García Lorca'. Two years later, he was awarded a grant from the French Institute to study in Paris for nine months. Here he discovered the cubist works of Matisse and Picasso and travelled to Belgium, Holland and Germany.

On his return to Barcelona and after a period working as an illustrator and set designer, around 1957 he began moving towards abstract art. His work is highly unconventional and usually on a large scale, using a wide range of materials, three-dimensional objects and organic substances such as eggshell, earth and straw.[3]

In 1962, he illustrated a book of poetry entitled 'Posies' by Joan Salvat-Papasseit for the Ariel Editorial. He won many accolades for his work throughout the 1970s and 80s.

In 1994, a museum foundation dedicated to his art was inaugurated in Agramunt, his mother's birthplace to which he always felt a special attachment.

In 2006 he designed the winery Mas Blanch i Jové in La Pobla de Cérvoles (Lleida) and created The Artists' Vineyard, a project intended to mix sculptures and other art works from different artists in the middle of a vineyard. The Artists' Vineyard was inaugurated after his death in 2010 with the unveiling of his sculpture "The Countryside Organ": a music instrument, 6 meters height, for the wind to sing the vines. This winery also displays the 10,5 meters work "In Vino Veritas" and other artist's works.

He died on 12 December 2007 at the age of 80, a few days after suffering a heart attack. He is buried in the Sant Gervasi Cemetery, Barcelona.

Museum and Public Collections[edit]

  • Casa de las Américas, La Habana.
  • Fine Arts Museum of Long Island. Nueva York.
  • Colección del Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Barcelona.
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, México DF.
  • Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
  • Museo de Navarra, Tafalla.
  • Museo Provincial de Vitoria.
  • Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago de Chile.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alejandría.
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Barcelona.
  • Museo Balaguer, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona.
  • Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao.
  • Museo Guggenheim, Nueva York.
  • Museo de Lissone, Milano.
  • Museo de Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona
  • Museo de Marcay, Venezuela.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas.
  • Museo Carrillo Gil, México.
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
  • Museo de San Telmo, San Sebastián.
  • Museo de Bocchum, Alemania.
  • Colección Fundación "La Caixa", Barcelona.
  • Colección Palacio de Justicia de Vitoria, Alava.
  • Colección Patriomio Nacional, Madrid.
  • Colección Fundación Juan March, Madrid.
  • Coelcción Fons de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona.
  • Colección The Chase Manhattan Bank, Nueva York.
  • Colección Caja de Ahorros de la Inmaculada, Zaragoza.
  • Colección Diari Avui, Barcelona.
  • Colección Eina, Barcelona.
  • Ayuntamiento de Barcelona.
  • Colección del Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Cáceres.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Villafamés, Castellón de la Plana.
  • Museo Eusebio Sempere, Alicante.


  1. ^ Eaude, Michael (2008-01-15). "Obituary: Josep Guinovart". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  2. ^ March, Fundación Juan. "Josep Guinovart [english] • Museu Fundación Juan March, Palma". Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  3. ^ March, Fundación Juan. "Josep Guinovart [english] • Museu Fundación Juan March, Palma". Retrieved 2018-01-01.