Jordi Teixidor
Spain, 1941
Jordi Teixidor is a Spanish abstract painter whose coherent work has remained true to a series of ethical and aesthetic models based on a belief in the intellectual strength of painting and its consequences on the artist’s behaviour. He attended the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in Valencia, but his real education came from the two years he spent as assistant curator at the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in Cuenca and the influence of Fernando Zóbel and Gustavo Torner. A member of the Nueva Generación group in the late sixties, he was drawn by the ideas of the Antes del Arte group, and in 1972 he made contact with the pioneers of the Supports-Surfaces movement when he went to Paris to see the retrospective of one of the painters he related to most closely, Mark Rothko. He made his first trip to New York in 1973 and his stay there from 1979 to 1982 gave him the direct opportunity to study work by Rothko and two other artists whose ideas he shared, Ad Reinhardt and Barnett Newman. Minimalism and abstraction featuring stripped-down forms make up almost his entire field of work—a space where, despite the monochrome, formally austere nature of his painting, he has always found room for intense poetry and almost mystical reflection.
Mariano Navarro