(Spanish, b. 1941)
Like Florence in the Renaissance, and Paris and New York more recently, Catalonia has been a very fertile ground for artistic creation. Gaudi, Dalí, Picasso, Miró, and Tàpies are among its most celebrated artists. The latest among them, born in Barcelona and still living there, is Eduardo Arranz-Bravo. With all these artists, Arranz-Bravo shares a passionate desire to paint, a visceral creativity, and outstanding technical skills. His art, like theirs, is unique, inventive, challenging, and in constant evolution. “Life is like a river,” Arranz-Bravo tells us, “it is something you can live from. A river can never live with the water of twenty years ago, now it is living with the present water. I think I am like a river. Nobody can stop this river.”
Arranz-Bravo was born in 1941. During a trip to Paris in 1958, the 17-year old artist’s painting departed from his conventional artistic training – he began to tirelessly churn out radically abstract works. During this time he drew inspiration from the Spanish physicist, Miguel Masriera, who encouraged him to continue his painting. Motivated by his travels in Paris and Italy, in 1959 he enrolled in the Escuela Superior de Bella Artes de San Jorge, in Barcelona. In 1967, Eduardo drastically changed his painting style, beginning a trend the critics have called “new figuration,” a term he detests. Eduardo’s work has continued to grow and evolve throughout his career. However, he does not believe in explaining his art; he believes in selective perception and prefers that each viewer draw his or her own conclusions when interpreting his paintings.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has announced that Eduardo Arranz-Bravo has been selected to create the hull artwork for the fourth and final ship of its Breakaway-Plus class, the 325.9-meter (1,069-foot) Norwegian Encore, debuting in Miami in November 2019.
In their press release, NCL stated: “Recognized for his inventive and humanistic approach to abstract art, Arranz-Bravo’s work is showcased throughout the world and portrays a constant evolution that some refer to as futuristic. He is highly regarded, having been the recipient of countless awards and accolades, and was one of three artists chosen to represent the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Eduardo Arranz-Bravo at the Bendormiens Castle
August 4 – September 16, 2018
Castell d’Aro’s Benedormiens Castle, located in the town of Palamόs, Spain, hosted an exhibition of works by Eduardo Arranz-Bravo from August 4, 2018 to September 16, 2018. The show, organized by the Department of Culture, featured over 25 new works by the artist displayed on the stunning stone-lined walls of the castle. There is a commemorative catalog which accompanied the exhibition.
ARRANZ-BRAVO “Contrapunt” at the La Fundacio Arranz-Bravo de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
February 15th – April 22, 2018
Students from the ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering take a tour of Arranz-Bravo's studio.
ARRANZ-BRAVO "75/75" at the ARRANZ-BRAVO FOUNDATION
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
This exhibition, a celebration of Eduardo Arranz-Bravo’s 75th birthday, featured 75 retrospective works representing all the artistic phases of his career. Seventy-five individuals from the worlds of culture and civil society were invited to select and comment on one of the works and their interpretations are included with the artworks.
This project went beyond homage. The Foundation used this exhibition as a way to continue working toward one of their primary missions –artistic communication. They believe that, all too often, contemporary art exists in complete disconnection from society. The public rarely visits art centers and many leading lights in the world of culture – poets, writers, thinkers – feel no connection with today’s art. The exhibition, Arranz-Bravo 75/75, was a fresh attempt to redress this state of affairs. Art is made not only by the artist; art is an extraordinary assertion of the collective. The contribution made by each participant has helped to build an unusual and important artistic biography of Eduardo Arranz-Bravo.