AGUSTÍ PUIG Biography
Born in Sabadell, Spain, Agustí Puig has an established career in Spain and has successfully shown his work in important galleries, museums and biennials throughout Europe (Spain, France, England and Greece) and Asia (Japan and Korea). Puig was honored as a finalist for the XXIV International Drawing Prize awarded by the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain. In 2007,Agustí's work was featured in the Academy Award-nominated Woody Allen film, Vicky Christina Barcelona starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
The work of Agustí Puig follows a direction related to Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró and Jean DuBuffet and he is certainly in dialogue with the foremost Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies as well as the Art Informal Movement of Post-War Spain. Working in a style known as pintura matèrica (incorporating the use of non-traditional materials into painting), Puig's art has alchemical-transformative qualities for both the artist and viewer. The thick and almost brutal application of paint, applied by the artist as though in a trance-like state, speaks to a kind of studio as zen temple and painting as a means of freedom through authentic physical expression.
Puig works in a converted textile factory ideally suited to his technique. The factory is now a three-story studio with ceilings over 18-feet high and beautiful Mediterranean light. The floor and the artist himself become crusted in paint as Puig loses himself in the creation of his work. Using an earthy palette— ochre, brilliant white, fiery red, terracotta, ash and charcoal –he choreographs a calligraphic dance while pouring buckets of thick paint in fluid lines that softly create abstracted images of the human form.
Agustí Puig is recognized as the premier artist of the Can Framis Permanent Collection/ Vila Casas Foundation in Barcelona, featuring the leading artists of Spain from the 1960s onward.
Select Museum Exhibitions and Public Collections
Museu de Montserrat, Barcelona Spain
Museu d’Art de Sabadell, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tarragona, Spain
Corporacio Sanitaria Parc Tauli, Spain
Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
La Caixa Collection, Sabadell, Spain
Colleccio Testimoni, Fundació la Caixa, Pollenca, Spain
Awards and Prizes
IV Menció en el XXIV Premi Internacional del Dibuix Joan Miró, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
Muestra de Arte Joven, Ministerio de Cultura, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid