Luis Feito

Madrid, Spain, 1929-2021

In 1950 he entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, this being a brief figurative period, followed by Cubist experimentation. Four years later, he made his first solo exhibition with a non-figurative work, at the Buchholz Gallery, Madrid. He also exhibited at the Santa Fe Gallery (Madrid) .1 After completing his studies, he settled in Paris in 1956, with a scholarship that allowed him to study avant-garde painting, which did not prevent him from maintaining his contacts with the group of painters who later they would form a group El Paso. It is influenced by automatism and material painting.

In 1957 he participated as founder of the El Paso group. Feito's painting at this time is influenced by automatism, with material surfaces in white, black and ocher colors, made with a mixture of oil and sand. [Required appointment] From 1962 he introduced the color red with a counterpoint in his paintings and a year later his work tends towards a growing formal and material simplification, with predominantly circular motifs. In 1970 the fullness of color prevails and since 1975 there is a trend towards geometrization, which will culminate at the end of the decade in its refined stage of white squares.

In 1981, after leaving Paris, he moved to Montreal for a period of two years. Later, in 1983, he moved to New York, where he lived and worked until the early nineties. He obtained the distinction of Official of the Arts and Letters of France 1985, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France 1993, the 1998 Gold Medal of Fine Arts. He was also elected member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid).

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