JOAN HERNÁNDEZ PIJUAN
JOAN HERNÁNDEZ PIJUAN (Barcelona, Spain 1931-2005)
Considered as one of the most solid creators of spanish contemporary art. Joan Hernandez Pijuan began to captivate us with his expressionist post-cubist works with the Silex Group in the 1950s. After the informalist influence, Pijuan immerses himself in the investigation of the space and in the purity of forms until perfecting a style of geometric abstraction. His millimeter works and monochrome schematic about nature and its forms make Hernández Pijuan a creator of images seemingly analytical and rational but that evoke with great elegance the existential sense of human being. This painter and engraver elaborates compositions through uniform flats of neutral color on which he draws reticulated forms, rhombus, zigzagging or wavy lines and perforated circles, in a simple language although of vigorous expressiveness.
Hernández Pijuan studied at the School of Arts and Crafts and at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona and Paris. From 1977 he practiced as a teacher in the School of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi in Barcelona, making his creative activity compatible with his teaching work. From 1980 he was part of the commission of activities of the Miro Foundation of Barcelona. In 1989, he became professor of painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, where in 1992 he was appointed Dean. In 1993 the National Center of Art Reina Sofía realized an anthological exhibition called "Spaces of silence". He was awarded the National Prize of Plastic Arts (1981), named Academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (1997) and National Prize of Graphic Art of Spain (2004). The work of Hernández Pijuan is found in numerous international collections and museums such as the Reina Sofía Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Montreal or the Museum of Art Modern of Buenos Aires among others.