Artist biography

Juan Vila Casas born 1920

Spanish painter, engraver, ceramist and writer. Born at Sabadell. Began to paint at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Entered the School of Fine Arts at Sabadell in 1940, and had his first one-man exhibition there in 1942. Painted landscapes, figures, etc. in a traditional style and only gradually discovered modern art. Visited Paris for the first time in 1949, when he was chiefly interested in the Impressionists. Then in 1950-1 was influenced by Picasso, Braque, Léger, Mondrian, and in 1955 by tachisme. Began in 1957 to paint an extensive series of pictures with serpentine lines and configurations somewhat similar to maps which he called 'planimetries', the later examples having more regular transparent overlapping patterns. Also made a number of aquatints and works in ceramic as a potter, including humorous figures of 'Martians'. Lives in Barcelona.

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, p.748