Monday, May 19, 2014

Anton Lamazares

200 x 300 cm
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“I work with very humble materials, because I believe that in this way I am closer to real life. I believe that with these materials I can release the spirit of the rustic labourer who is in my blood." (Anton Lamazares)

Anton Lamazares (1954-), Spanish painter, was born in Maceira, a village in Lalin, Spain, whose rural environment left a deep impact on his imagery and creative process.

In the late 1960s he began writing poetry. As his creative vocation began to shift from poetry toward painting, he undertook lengthy travels throughout Europe (1972) to study in person work by the masters he revered, including, Paul Klee, Rembrandt and Joan Miro, to whom would be added Antoni Tapies, Manuel Millares, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, as well as Medieval art and the Art of Oceania.

In 1973, at the age of only 19, he had already begun exhibiting his paintings in group and solo shows. In 1975 he began his compulsory military service in the Navy, in El Ferrol. In 1978 he moved to Madrid. The 1980s were a time of intense creative activity and broad diffusion of his work: by the age of 30, he had already carved out a space in the panorama of Spanish as well as international art. His paintings of the time show playful and dreamlike figures depicted in an expressionistic mode, intensely chromatic and powerfully original. In 2004, he moved to Berlin where he has been living ever since. In 2010 the University of Santiago de Compostela awarded him its Insignia de Oro (Golden Shield). This was the first time in six centuries that this honor was conferred upon an artist.

Working elaborate surfaces of wood and cardboard with varnish and other materials, he has created a very personal medium and artistic language. From an initially playful expressionism, his style has developed toward abstract expressionism and straightforward abstraction, and, more recently, a sort of minimalism in which an intimate dialogue between soul and memory, the spiritual and the sensual, poetry and dream-life can take place. His works have been exhibited throughout the world and are held by numerous important institutions.