José Guerrero
Spain, 1914
Spain, 1991
José Guerrero (Granada, 1914 - Barcelona, 1991) had one of the most well-established, international careers of any Spanish artist for a long time. During the mid-forties, he travelled to Paris where he came into contact with Miró, Picasso and Juan Gris, as well as getting to know the great European painters of the period (Fautrier, Dubuffet, Lebel and others). In 1950, he settled in New York and embraced the artistic approaches of Abstract Expressionism, which was at its peak at the time. Guerrero belonged to the celebrated New York School, which included renowned artists such as Kline, Rothko, Still, Motherwell or Newman¬. He brought his own, particular, poetic sense to the group as well as his delicate use of colour, less transcendent and voluptuous, perhaps, than that of the aforementioned painters. Finally, the compositional elegance of Guerrero’s paintings deserves a special mention, along with his ability to describe gestures on the surface of the canvas that are almost choreographic in nature, colour fields splashed with shapes and impressions reminiscent of certain works by Matisse.
Valentín Roma