Artist biography

Francisco Farreras born 1927

Spanish painter, mosaicist and stained-glass designer, noted especially for his abstract collages. Born in Barcelona. Studied painting with Gómez Cano in Murcia and at the School of Arts and Crafts in Teneriffe, then for five years at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid. Visited Paris in 1952 and 1953-4, and had his first one-man exhibition at the Galeria Biosca, Madrid, 1952. From 1954 was one of the avant-garde group in Madrid with Millares, Feito and Canogar. Received a number of commissions for mosaics, stained-glass windows and murals. Began in 1955 to work in an abstract style and in 1959 adopted collage as his basic medium of expression. Lived in New York and Mexico 1963-6, then returned to Spain. In 1969 his work became more concrete, and the colours gradually lightened; some of his later works suggest anthropomorphic forms in a desolate space. Lives at Pozuelo de Alarcón, just outside Madrid.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.217-18