Manuel Hernández Mompó

Valencia, Spain, 1927-1992

He began to frequent the School of Arts and Crafts of Valencia with thirteen years of age, although he officially began his studies in 1943, obtaining in 1948 a scholarship for the Residence of Painters of Granada.

He made his first individual exhibition at the Mateu Gallery in Valencia in 1951. In 1954 he moved to Paris, later moving to the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and the Netherlands. His work, based on the interpretation of landscapes and urban themes, is taking greater freedom influenced by abstract currents and informalism.

He was one of the most outstanding figures of the Spanish generation of the fifties linked to abstraction. Without belonging to any group or ascribe to any style, he began researching in the field of figuration, evolved into abstract art and ended up finding his own language.

In 1958 he obtained a scholarship from the Juan March Foundation, dedicating himself to the study of mosaic techniques. Back in Spain, he settled in Madrid, where he lived since then alternating stays between Ibiza and Mallorca. In the fifties his work is basically focused on the technique of gouache and oil on paper, with a popular theme of street scenes and popular festivals, which, gradually, will undergo a process of dissolving the form, leading him towards An abstract painting with figurative suggestions.

Since his formative years he accuses the influence of light, typical of the school of Levantine painters. This Mediterranean light is reflected in its fabrics through the predominance of white and very bright tones, which alternate with works in the gray range

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