Luis Feito

Madrid, 1929


Luis Feito is a painter who studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. After an initial figurative stage, he became interested in abstract art and settled in Paris in the mid-1950s, enabling him to discover European informalism and providing him with greater creative freedom. He was a co-founding member of the El Paso group in 1957, which defended the opening up of Franco’s Spain on the international stage. He participated in the Venice Biennales in 1956, 1960 (when he obtained the David Bright prize) and 1968; the São Paulo Biennial in 1957 and the 1959 documenta in Kassel. He moreover took part in the exhibitions New Spanish Painting and Sculpture in the New York MoMA, in 1960; in the two scheduled in London in 1960 and 1962 by the Arthur Tooth & Sons gallery, and also in 1962 in the renowned Modern Spanish Painting at the Tate.

In France, he displayed his work regularly in the Arnaud Gallery and participated in the exhibition 13 peintres espagnols actuels, held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs of Paris in 1959. His work from this period was initially characterized by structures of polygons with blue or black lacquered backgrounds, and increasingly tended toward matter painting, with mainly circular asymmetrical compositions, in ochre, white and black tones, to which he later added red. Starting from the 70s, his work tended toward geometry and a certain oriental influence is perceived. He lived for some years in Montréal and New York. His works form part of important collections and international museums.

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150 x 150 cm (31 3/4 x 45 6/8 in.)
oil and mixed media on canvas