Rafael Canogar Biography

Toledo, 1935 -

One of the best known CONTEMPORARY Spanish painters and printmakers, CANOGAR's artworks can be found at the world's leading museums.

Trained under the master artist, VASQUEZ DIAZ and at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrd, CANOGAR began showing an interest in works of modern masters, such as PICASSO, MIRÃ? and BRAQUE.

In 1955, CANOGAR's work began evolving towards ABSTRACT INFORMALISM and he travelled to Italy and France.

Upon his return to Spain, he founded the group EL PASO, with other leading Spanish artists of the time, MILLARES, SAURA, FEITO, RIVERA, SERRANO, FRANCÃ?S and SUÃ?REZ, in 1957. In 1960, his art was shown at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, in an exhibition titles NEW SPANISH PAINTING AND SCULPTURES.

In 1964, he graduated from INFORMALISM to works, influenced by media and politics. He has been awarded the GRAND PRIZE at the SAN PAOLO BIENAL (1971) and SPAIN's leading award in the arts, Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas (1982).

His art can also be viewed at the following MUSEUMS and COLLECTIONS:

  • Carnegie Institute Pittsburgh. U.S.A.

  • Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna. Bolonia, Italy.

  • Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna. Turin, Italy.

  • Museo de arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona, Spain.

  • Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo. Madrid.

  • Museo de Arte Abstracto Español. Cuenca, Spain.

  • Haags Gemeentemuseum. La Haya, Holland.

  • Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland. California, U.S.A.

  • Gotebog Kunstmuseum. Sweden.

  • Museo de Arte Moderno de Caracas. Venezuela.

  • Museum of Modem Art. New York, U.S.A.

  • Pasadena Art Museum, California, U.S.A.

  • Amon Carter Museum of Wester Art. Texas, U.S.A.

  • Grunwald Graphic Arts Foundation, U.C.L.A. Los Ã?ngeles, U.S.A.

  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo. Skopje, Yugoslavia.

  • Stiftung Preubischer Kultutbesitz-Staatliche Museum. Berlin, Germany.

  • Instituto di Storia dell'Arte, universita Degli Studi. Parma, Italy.

  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Villafames, Castellon, Spain.

  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de la Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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