Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Born in 1923 - Spain


Albert Ràfols-Casamada (Barcelona, 1923-2009) is one of the central figures of Spanish lyrical abstraction. Son of the painter Albert Ràfols, he starts drawing at a young age. He comes into contact with the developments of Noucentisme, the Catalan art revival movement, and with the first avant-gardes, especially with the work of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Joan Miró through various publications and trains himself in poetry, beginning with the poets from the Generación del 27.

In 1948 he abandons his architectural studies to devote himself entirely to painting. However, a structured conception of reality will be permanently present in all his work from when he begins with abstraction having overcome a first schematic figurative stage. In 1950 he moves to Paris, the city which will become, as for so many other Spanish artists, an invaluable source of knowledge and stimuli. Likewise, he would continue to expand his interest in poetry when in contact with the French production of authors such as Paul Éluard, René Char, Louis Aragon and André Breton. His return to Barcelona would suppose the purification of his abstraction to which he completely dedicates himself to from 1958 as a result of immersion in the study of landscape.

American Abstract Expressionism is one of the biggest influences present in his work from when he visits an exhibition in Madrid that brings him into contact with the work of Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Jackson Pollock, traditions that add to the culture already acquired from Albert Ràfols-Casamada of classical landscape. For this artist, landscape is an expression of his idea of the world; it is a direct experiential register through four basic elements: colour, stain, structure and rhythm. The colours used by the Catalan artist and their successful capture of the atmosphere, often full of reverberating light, determine his own painting style.

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Albert Ràfols-Casamada — Signe D´aire - Galerie AM PARK, Frankfurt/Main
Ràfols Casamada - Pintar el espacio - Fernández-Braso GALERÍA DE ARTE, Madrid
Ràfols Casamada - Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona
Albert Ràfols-Casamada - Danubiana - Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava
Albert Ràfols Casamada - Palau Solterra - Fundació Vila Casas, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona
Ràfols Casamada - Galería Joan Prats, Barcelona
Albert Rafols-Casamada - Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
Albert RÀfols-casamada - Centre d'Art Tecla Sala, L´Hospitalet
Albert Ràfols-Casamada - IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia
Albert Ràfols - Casamada, 1953-2001 - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
Ráfols Casamada - Abril - Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Rafols-casamada - Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca


Spanische Künstler - Galerie AM PARK, Frankfurt/Main
Blick Auch Mal Zurück / 2 - galerie pro arte, Freiburg
Blick Auch Mal Zurück - galerie pro arte, Freiburg
Carte Blanche À Jean-pascal LÉger - Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris
Del futuro al pasado. El Museo del Prado visto por los artistas españoles contemporáneos - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente, Segovia
Antes del informalismo: Arte español 1940-1958 en la Colección Arte Contemporáneo - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
12 Gráficas para una colección - Dua2 Galeria de Arte, Vigo
Albert Rafols-Casamada - Antoni Ros Blasco - Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
Pesia y Color - Fundación Chirivella Soriano - Palau Joan de Valeriola, Valencia
La Travesía De Una Colección. Los Bragales - Centro de Arte Alcobendas (CAA), Madrid
XL - Altair, Palma de Mallorca
Fons d'Art de la Creu Roja a Catalunya - Art i solidaritat - Museu d'Art Modern de Tarragona, Tarragona
De l’ombre à la lumière - Tapisseries catalanes - Musée Jean Lurcat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, Angers
sinfonia de colors - Galería Eude, Barcelona
20 years: the collection - Part 2 - Palma Dotze - Galeria d´Art, Vilafranca del Penedés
20 Ans Après - Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
Conceptos: Selección de fondos del Museo Vostell Malpartida - Museo Vostell Malpartida, Malpartida de Cáceres
Escola Catalana del Tapís. El tapís contemporani català - Museu de Sant Cugat, Sant Cugat del Vallès
Group exhibition - Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
La vida privada - Coleccion Josep Civit - C/ Doctor Artero, s/n, Huesca
Catalunya Look - Art Center Berlin Friedrichstrasse, Berlin
Vibración - Galería Cayón, Madrid
33 Artists. Spanish Prints - Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai
Gran Formato / Large format - Galería Cayón, Madrid
Salvador Dalí and a Century of Art from Spain - Picasso to Plensa - Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
Sucedió - Museo Vostell Malpartida, Malpartida de Cáceres
Galeria Cadaqués - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
Grandes dimensiones de Tristán Barberà Editions - Galería Hartmann, Barcelona
mythologies - les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse
Pinturas de Colección - Galeria Atelier, Barcelona
Locales y visitantes - Galeria Metta, Madrid
El llegat del pop Art a Catalunya - Museu d'Art de Girona, Girona
La Huella Constructiva - Sala Dalmau, Barcelona
Druckgrafik katalanischer Künstler - Verein für Originalradierung e.V., Munich
Studio & Habitat - Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Suite Europa 2002 - Colección de estampas digitales - Centro Nacional de la Cultura, San José
Group Show : Per Kirkeby, Albert Rafols Casamada et Pierre Tal-Coat - Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris
Suite Europa 2002 - Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
La pasión por el libro. Una aventura editorial - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Otras Meninas - Sede Social de Telefónica, Madrid
De Pictura. Pintura Española 1950-2000. Parte II. Pintura Española 1980-2000 - Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander
Print Makings by Spanish Artists - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Mit unseren Künstlern in das nächste Jahrtausend - galerie pro arte, Freiburg
Esencias 5 - Centro Cultural Cajastur San Francisco 4, Oviedo
Esencias 4 - Sala de Armas de la Ciudadela - Sala de Exposiciones Municipal, Pamplona
El Objeto del Arte - Museu d´Art Espanyol Contemporani (Fundación Juan March), Palma de Mallorca
Fundación "La Caixa". Colección de Arte Contemporáneo. Arte Español - Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander
El Objeto de Arte - Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca
Micus + Rafols Casamada - galerie pro arte, Freiburg
Local Héros ; des artistes en Bretagne - Université Rennes 2, Rennes
Colección Banco Hispano Americano. Pintura y escultura de vanguardia - Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander
Colección Amigos del Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Naturalezas españolas (1940-1987) - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Diseño en España - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Arte Espanol Contemporaneo - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
Fonds d'art du journal Avui - Musée d'art moderne de Céret, Céret
Colección Leopoldo Rodríguez Alcalde. Grabado Contemporáneo - Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander
La Biennale di Venezia 1976 - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

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