Artist biography

Lucio (Lucio Muñoz) born 1929

Spanish abstract painter, born in Madrid. Studied at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid 1949-55, working first in an expressionistic figurative style, then developing towards abstraction; started to work in greys and earthy colours. First one-man exhibition at the Sala de la Direccion General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1955. Lived in Paris on a Spanish government scholarship from 1955-6 and was influenced by the materials and textures of art informel. Began to use sand, marble dust and sawdust combined with oils, and in 1957 to work on carved wooden surfaces, his early experiments suggesting aerial views of the Castilian plains. Made a huge painted wood-relief in 1962 for the Basilica de Aránzazu at Guipúzcoa. Many of his works, though abstract, have compositions derived from photographs; his later work has greater emphasis on composition and colour. Lives in 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, p.457