Ferran García Sevilla
Spain, 1949
Ferran García Sevilla was born in Palma de Mallorca in 1949 and moved to Barcelona in 1969. There he earned degrees in Modern and Contemporary History (1972) and Art History (1974). Between 1975 and 1981, he gave classes in contemporary art in the Faculty of History, and between 1981 and 1985 he taught painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts. He wrote his doctoral thesis on conceptual art, and in the 1970s, at the outset of his career, he was one of the most prominent figures in Catalan conceptual art. From 1978 he focused on painting, though based on analytical and conceptual approaches, and showed his first works in France at the invitation of Marcelin Pleynet. During this period he also took an interest in Maoism, structuralism, and the ideas of Ludwig Wittgenstein. In 1982 he visited the United States for the first time and also travelled to the Sahara Desert. His interest in Eastern philosophies and forms of artistic expression later took him to Egypt, India, Thailand, Tibet, Iran, and other destinations. In 1985 he resided temporarily in Paris. In 1985 García Sevilla exhibited at Riverside Studios in London, and the following year he represented Spain at the Venice Biennale. In 1987 the first retrospective of his work was staged at the Musée des Beaux Arts de Nîmes and he was selected for Documenta VIII. In 1989 his work was the subject of institutional exhibitions in Barcelona, Madrid, and Tokyo. In 1996 he represented Spain at the São Paulo Bienal, and in 1998 he exhibited at the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno. The most recent retrospective of his work was staged in 2010 at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, from where it travelled to the Museo Patio Herreriano in Valladolid. García Sevilla is considered a key figure in Catalan conceptual art and in the international resurgence of painting in the 1980s. In recent years he has generated images with the aid of computers.
Enrique Juncosa