A Painter, sculptor and engraver, Pablo Palazuelo (Madrid, 1916) has had one of the most noteworthy artistic careers within Spanish Abstraction. Palazuelo studies architecture in Madrid and at the Royal Institute of British Architects in Oxford, but from 1939 onwards he focuses exclusively on painting. He is awarded a grant by the French Government and moves to Paris in 1948, where he comes into contact with other Spanish artists.
The development of abstraction and the use of geometry in his work are closely tied to a rational process based on the constant discovery of new forms, which gives rise to a kind of tension, manifested through endless variations. Along with these forms, colours play a prominent role and are meticulously calculated before being mixed. Therefore, Palazuelo prefers to talk about ideas rather that individual pictures, “I group together my paintings because the physical proximity of the various integral parts of a group or family clearly shows a process of continual and irreversible transformation that exceeds the limits of each individual work in its development”.
Over the last decade the langauge of Palazuelo's work has gained intensity, making use of a greater freedom that explores the forms and codes that lie beneath, and applying humility that examines the limits of his own thought and the potent mix of science, genetics and spirituality.
This exhibition looks over the last ten years of his artistic output and completes the retrospective dedicated to him by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in 1995, entitled Pablo Palazuelo. Via the current exhibition, the Museo commemorates the Premio Velázquez de las Artes Plásticas (The Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts) awarded to the artist in 2004 along with the many other prizes, which include: the Kandinsky Prize in 1952, the Carnegie Prize in 1958, the Gold Medal of Fine Arts in 1982 and the National Prize for Plastic Arts in 1999. The exhibition also intimately examines Palazuelo's train of thought by virtue of a group of drawings, gouache pieces, sculptures and large-scale paintings.