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University of Barcelona.
Albert Ràfols-Casamada with his wife Maria Girona.
Albert Ràfols-Casamada with his work.
Young Albert Ràfols-Casamada.
Albert Ràfols-Casamada studied architecture at the University of Barcelona between 1942 and 1944. However, by 1948, he had quitted his architecture studies and professionally took up painting.
Ràfols-Casamada obtained a scholarship from the French government to study art in Paris in 1950, along with his future wife, the painter Maria Girona, and other Catalan artists, including Josep Guinovart, Antoni Tàpies and Xavier Valls.
Ràfols-Casamada began exhibiting his artworks in 1946 at the Sala Pictòria in Barcelona, in a group exhibition of the artists' collective Els Vuit (The Eight). The following year he had his first individual exhibition at the same gallery.
After some years in Paris he returned to Barcelona. Since 1958 he completely dedicates himself to his abstraction. American Abstract Expressionism is one of the biggest influences present in his work from when he visits an exhibition in Madrid that brings him into contact with the work of Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Jackson Pollock, traditions that add to the culture already acquired from Albert Ràfols-Casamada of classical landscape.
Albert Ràfols-Casamada began writing poetry at a very early age, starting from 1939. He wrote in parallel to his art activities, and was published from the first time in 1972, when the limited-edition volume, Com una capsa, came out. In the year 1976 his anthology, Signe d'aire. Obra poètica 1968-1978, was out, and received great acclaim from critics. Ràfols-Casamada published his poetry until 2004, when the last volume, Dimensions del present (2001-2004) came out.
He produced several pieces in stained glass, for example for the Virgen del Camino Sanctuary in León (1959) and the Benlloc Residence in La Roca del Vallès (1965). In addition to his own poetry books, Albert Ràfols-Casamada made illustrations for the following books: Aurora per vosaltres buy Joan Perucho, 1959; Set sonets by J.V. Foix, 1984; Mirall trencat by Mercè Rodoreda, 1990; El carrer de les Camèlies by Mercè Rodoreda, 2002, etc.
In the year 1967 he together with his wife, Girona, and some other Catalan intellectuals co-founded the art and design school EINA in Barcelona. He served as its director for 17 years. Besides, he taught art there and in other places as well.
Among his prominent works were murals, including "Les quatre estacions" (The Four Seasons), 1982, and two murals for the Palau Sant Jordi sports pavilion, 1992, and Forum of the École Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon, 2000.
Los elementos III - Tierra
Objects on Ochre
Los elementos II - Aire
Los elementos IV - Agua
Vent de mar
Interior con objetos
Bodegón de la planta
In 1952 Albert Ràfols-Casamada got married to the Catalan painter Maria Girona Benet.