Has become the artistic reference of the Spanish pictorial creation of the latest decades, and his particular and unique style, has in some way or another, influenced the work of many artists belonging to later generations.
Graduated from Law School, followed by Fine Arts in Seville.
In the course of his career he has been assimilating the new creative languages of the last five decades, in a personal manner. In 1958, living in Paris he got in closer touch with Informalism and later on with Pop Art, which offered him new and important forms of plastic expression. The configuration of his own personal set of aesthetics is accompanied in a parallel manner, by his yearning to create new discourses based on his interest in psychoanalysis, cinematography, and music.
His work has been shown individually, on international level in Museums and Art Centers, as well as in Galleries of Contemporary Art in Spain, Germany, Mexico, France, Brazil and USA. Among the innumerable shows is the Iceberg Tropical at the MNCARS, Madrid and at the Kunst Museum, Bonn, until now the greatest retrospective of his work.
Collections (selection): Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; IVAM, Valencia; La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Patio Herreriano, Valladolid; MACBA, Barcelona; ARTIUM, Vitoria; Juan March Foundation, Madrid; AENA Foundation, Seville; CAAC, Seville; Caja Madrid, Madrid; Caja Sol, Seville, ICO, Madrid; Museum Folkwang, Essen.
Some of the prizes received: “National Prize of Plastic Arts (1981)” and the prestigious “Velázquez Prize of Plastic Arts (2007)”. Also worth mentioning are his appointment as “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the “Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca” (2008), The Gold Medal from the “Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (2004)”, “The Aragón-Goya Prize in Painting (2003)”, “The Prize of Plastic Arts from the City of Barcelona (2000)”, The Prize “Tomás Francisco Prieto de la Casa de la Moneda (1999)”, “The Medal of Honor in Achievements in Fine Arts (1996)”, “The Prize CEOE for Plastic Arts (1992)”, “The Andalusian Prize in Plastic Arts (1991)”. He was also rewarded with the order of the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture (2008).