(BARCELONA 1893 – PALMA 1983)

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 1893 – 25 December 1983) was a Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró , was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró , was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981. Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism but with a personal style, sometimes also veering into Fauvism and Expressionism, sometimes entirely uniquely his own style. He was notable for his interest in the unconscious or the subconscious mind, reflected in his re-creation of the childlike. But as art critic Una Johnson had said, childlike drawing does not suggest that a child can merely draw the same way! His difficult-to-classify works also have a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and declared an “assassination of painting” in favor of upsetting the visual elements of established painting (Source:Wikipedia).