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Miguel Berrocal

1933Born in Villanueva de Algaidas near Málaga, Spain.
1952Graduates in mathematics, architecture and chemistry in Madrid. Guest listener at the Escuela de Artes Graficas
1952First exhibition of pictures in Madrid.
Since 1953Single and group exhibitions in the whole world; stays in Paris and Rome; thereby he makes acquaintance with Giacometti, Afro, Burri and Picasso.
1954Participates at the Biennale of Venice on behalf of Spain.
Dies in Antequera, Spain.

His works are represented in important museums and in private collections.

Miguel Berrocal is only to be understood correctly by the knowledge of his Spanish origin. His life, thinking and work are deeply rooted in the artistic traditions of his homeland. He carried the artistic inheritance of Spain proudly and consciously in himself. So it is also no coincidence that Berrocal was almost addicted to iron as a material, because the Spanish art of metalworking has a widespread and persisting tradition since the Middle Ages.

His early sculptures were abstract, then later in his life he developed pieces with anthropomorphic forms. From this turn to the human body his most personal and distinct art figure, the Torso, developed. This reduced shape of the human body is to be found throughout Berrocals pictorial work, often changed, simplified or enriches, falsified and amended.

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