(Spanish, 1893 – 1983)
“You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life.”
― Joan Miró
The globally acclaimed artist Joan Miro is not only a pioneer of Surrealism, but also a manifestation of the subconscious mind, an anti-conventional activist, and one of the most original artists of the 20th century. He is widely known for his amorphous, amoebic shapes, altering in line and with limited and usually primary colors. He is credited with establishing the technique automatism, where the artist suppresses conscious control over the creation process, allowing their subconscious thoughts and ideas to shine through. Aesthetically Miro’s work can be described as playful, imaginative, and engaging.
Born in Montroig, Spain on April 20, 1893 to a goldsmith and watchmaker, Miro began drawing classes at the age of 7. After years of work, he had his first solo show in 1918 at the Dalmau Gallery. However, his art was not well received, and was even defaced in his presence. His resolve unfaltering, Miro moved to Paris to participate in the Cubist and Surrealist movements that were happening abroad. While in Paris Miró would meet many other influential masters including Picasso & Calder.
Miró is often referred to as the master printmaker, being widely associated with his explorations and experimentations of various print media, and the resurgence of mediums such as lithography thereby escalating the level of lithography to a fine art. Miró worked with collage, painting, lithography, carborundum, etching, ceramic, and even set design. A master of the imagination, Miro allows the viewer to decide what their subconscious mind sees in the abstraction, often with no explanation of intention. Miro created poetry with images that drew on subconscious memories and fantasies.
Miró has won numerous awards recognizing his talent including the Carnegie Prize in Pittsburgh and the Graphic Art Prize at the Venice Biennale. He has had major exhibitions around the globe and his work was finally organized in its first retrospective at the muse national d’art Moderne in Paris in 1962. Miró delights his viewers in a genre like no other artist or artwork on the market can; with his imaginative, one of a kind talent and vision. One of the founding fathers of Surrealism, along with Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso the name Miró is synonymous with the Catalonian masters and experimentation in art theory. He lived to create and he did so even through his many months of illness until his death on December 25th, 1983.
In addition to having his own museum in Barcelona, Miró continues to be exhibited in museums and sought after by collectors around the world. His artwork is also amongst some of the most expensive surrealist works ever sold at auction. For information about current availability and pricing please contact us at 480.990.1200 or visit our showroom gallery in Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District.