1923, Barcelona - 2012, Barcelona
The Catalan painter, printmaker and sculptor is regarded as the leading Spanish exponent of Art Informel. Numerous awards and prestigious exhibitions – including documenta III (1964) – testify to his international standing. While his early work was influenced by Joan Miró and Paul Klee, Tàpies later began to paint completely black and grey compositions that sometimes incorporated fragmentary elements of everyday objects, often in a state of decay and with an emphasis on their material texture. Tàpies deliberately employs materials such as thick impasto paint, sand, wood and paper to add surface texture and heighten the pictorial expression of his works.