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Joan Longas

Born in: 1959


Born in 1959 in Spain, Joan Longas studied Graphic Design and Illustration at the Escola Massana in 1976. In 1983, he visited California for the first time and, falling in love with the West Coast as David Hockney had previously done, he stayed there until 1986. He regularly returns there to continue painting the American landscape.

The artist educates us in the poetry of everyday life, but is only permitted to do so due to his status as an outsider, who has a naive vision of unknown lands. He is inspired by the book « On the road » by Jack Kerouac, who believed that the goal is found not at the destination, but on the journey.

Pictorially, he draws on the genius of various masters of painting: Edward Hopper’s flat tints and neon colours, Joaquin Sorolla’s gentle tones… He uses a colour palette that brings together his favourite hues, which he cannot avoid using and this chromatic union links all his works. He showcases these pigments, which he loves so much, playing with saturation and contrasts.

His work has been shown at the gallery Jordi Barnadas, Montcada and Jorge Alcolea several times.
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