Granada, 1914 – Barcelona, 1991
Trained at the Madrid School of Fine Arts, he left for Paris in the 40s thanks to a scholarship, and subsequently travelled to several European countries until he ended up in the United States, where he settled with his wife, Roxane Whittier Pollock. There he found his own language and immersed himself in the local art scene. His first solo exhibition at the Galería Juana Mordó in 1964, in Madrid, the fact that he settled in Spain with his family for three years and his friendship with the informalist painters of the Cuenca group represented, in the mid-60s, Guerrero’s decisive reencounter with his home country. He returned to the United States in the 70s, and his presence notably increased in the social and artistic circles of Spain.
His work forms part of the collection of international museums as important as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). The José Guerrero Centre was created in Granada in 2003 with the aim of conserving, displaying and disseminating part of his private collection, in addition to promoting contemporary art and culture.