Lucio Muñoz

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Lucio Muñoz
Born(1929-12-27)27 December 1929
Died24 May 1998(1998-05-24) (aged 68)
EducationReal Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Known forAbstract painting
MovementArt informel
AwardsNeblí Award for Painting
Gold medal, Salzburg Biennial of Sacred Art
National Award for the Plastic Arts
Spanish Association of Art Critics[1]
Lucio Muñoz

Lucio Muñoz (27 December 1929 – 24 May 1998) was a Spanish abstract painter and engraver.


Muñoz was the son of Lucio Muñoz, a shopkeeper, and Nicolasa Martínez. Born on 27 December 1929 in Madrid, he was the youngest of two brothers and three sisters.[1] His mother died in 1935.[1]

In 1949, Muñoz enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in San Fernando, Cádiz, where he obtained a degree in Fine Arts. While at the school, he met Amalia Avia; they married on 15 January 1960. The first of their four children was born that year.[1]


Muñoz's first one-man exhibition was at the Sala de la Direccion General de Bellas Artes in Madrid, in 1955.[2]

During a stay in Paris financed by a Spanish government scholarship in 1955–6, Muñoz was influenced by the art informel movement.[2] He worked with various materials, such as burnt paper and wood, in addition to canvas. He pierced, bent, and made cuts in the canvas, like informalist artists. He is particularly known for his innovation in his works on wood, which he fully incorporated into the works; burns, carving, and paint mixed with materials such as marble dust, sawdust, and pulverized minerals were among the techniques he used to create the works he referred to as pseudo-paintings.[3]

His works are in informal colours, with black predominating. The style of his later works was less aggressive, because he used other materials.[citation needed]

In 1964, Galería Juana Mordó was opened. He belonged to the associated group of painters from the moment of its foundation until 1991.[citation needed]

His works include murals for the European Union building in Brussels and the chamber of the Madrid Parliament.[1] His mural at the Basilica of Aránzazu won the Gold Medal at the Salzburg Biennial of Sacred Art.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Lucio Munoz". First Contemporary Art. Madrid: ROAGU-2 S.L. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  2. ^ a b "Lucio (Lucio Muñoz)". Tate Online. Tate Gallery. Retrieved 2011-03-20. (quoting Alley, Ronald (1981). Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists. London: Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet. p. 457.)
  3. ^ "Muñoz, Lucio". The Grove Dictionary of Art. New York: Artnet Worldwide. 2000. Retrieved 2011-03-20.

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