madrid

Carlos Franco

Galería Gamarra y Garrigues

In the mid ’70s an idiosyncratic figuration surfaced amid the abstraction then prevalent in Spanish art, an abstraction still very much under the influence of American Abstract Expressionism and, to a lesser extent, under the dictates of the French “support/surface” tendency. Carlos Franco, born in 1951 and unfortunately little known internationally, is an early representative of this movement, one of a group of painters in Madrid who instigated a provocative gallery of neofigurative images that spoke with vitality of everyday life as well as of history.

Franco has continued to develop in this direction, yet now with a marked preference for smaller formats and for works on paper. Extending the narrative context of his earlier work (a context pointed out in 1972 by the critic Juan Antonio Aguirre), Franco has enriched his themes and techniques in search of a multifaceted expression, as the

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