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A Different Approach: Contemporary Artist Miquel Barceló Artigues: Painter, Sculptor, Author

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Buvons, chers amis, buvons : le temps qui fuit nous y convie; profitons de la vie Autant que nous pouvons. Molière

[Let us drink, dear friends, let us drink; Time that flies beckons us to it! Let us profit from life as much as we can.]

"Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme", ACTE IV, Scène première*

Picasso (cubism and distorted portraits), Da Vinci (the Mona Lisa), Michelangelo(Sixtine Chapel), Van Gogh(Starry Night), Dali (Surrealism), Pollock (Abstract Expressionism), Marie Antoinette (portraits), O'Keefe (Flowers)are among those who paved the way for artists like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, as well as Spanish contemporary artist Miquel Barceló Artigues.

miquel-barcelo Cúpula de la Sala de los Derechos Humanos De la ONU

Miquel Barceló is a fascinating contemporary Spanish artist who is constantly evolving, both in technique and materials. Considered a neo-expressionist, his work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and cast irons. He is greatly influenced by the avant-garde, Art Brut, and American Abstract Expressionism, while also carrying a particular interest in the Baroque paintings of Diego Velázquez, Tintoretto, and Rembrandt.

Born in 1957 at Felanitx, Mallorca, Barceló clearly had his own experimental attitude and found his personal way of expressionism while never abandoning conventional painting rules.

He studied for two years at the Arts and Crafts School of Palma de Mallorca. In 1974, he subsequently enrolled at the Fine Arts School of Barcelona. His experimental approach to painting and sculpture focuses on exploring decomposition, light, and natural landscapes with materials such as bleach, organic matter, and/or live insects.

(And no, he doesn't "bug" me 🙄😉) His work can be categorized as cerebral and abstract, substantiated by his many paintings, ceramics, and installations and shaped by global influences, cultural diversity, and a technologically advancing world.


In 2011, his sculpture "Gran Elefandret" (Big Elephant) (2008) was exhibited in New York's Union Square.

He is also the author of several art books, "The cathedral under the sea by Miquel Barceló" and Vivarium.

Miquel Barceló is currently living and working between Paris, France, and Mallorca, Spain. Many of his works are held in the collections of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid, among others.

Different and at times "weird," Barcelo has truly made his mark in the art community and is well worth your time and attention.

Defining Contemporary Art is not as simple and straightforward as it may imply. Still, at its most basic level, it refers to art—namely, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and video art—produced today. Though the exact starting point of the genre is still widely debated, many art historians consider the late 1960s or early 1970s (a/k/a the end of modern art or modernism) to be a fair estimate.

However, understanding "Contemporary" in its true context is really not as clear-cut as it seems. You may be surprised to hear that contemporary art has a relatively long history. It may be interesting to look at the major movements and important artists that compose its history to trace its evolution.*

As Barcelo continuously challenges existing boundaries with his art, it may be an opportunity for us all to follow in his footsteps. In a world of alternative realities, truth is often muzzled, and rights are trampled upon, and it has become crucial to come together and fight for a common cause: "Democracy."

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"The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind."

― Friedrich Nietzsche

As I wind down, I'd like to remind everybody that the COVID19 pandemic is not over yet. Get the vaccine if you have the opportunity. And even then, mask up and avoid really crowded spaces. This virus will only disappear if we fight it together. With this, Until next time peoples of the page. Namaste.

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"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."

― Alan Wilson Watts]

The Middle-Class Gentleman - Wikisource, the free online ....

Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: “The snake which cannot cast ....

Schatzman, Jeffrey. “If We Resist Change, Opportunity Will Pass Us By.” Commercial Law World, vol. 29, no. 1, Commercial Law League of America, Jan. 2014, p. 2.

30 Influential and Famous Contemporary Artists And Their Art.

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