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Jean Ipousteguy (1920-2006)

Jean-Robert Ipousteguy, a renowned French painter and sculptor, passed away on February 8, 2006 in Dun-sur-Meuse, his birthplace. Born on January 6, 1920, he adopted Ipousteguy as his artist’s pseudonym in the 1950s, taking his mother’s maiden name. Raised in Lorraine, he made the move to Paris in 1938. Seeking to hone his craft, Ipousteguy attended evening classes at the Robert Lesbo Unit, where he studied painting and drawing. Although he lacked formal academic training, his determination led him to become a self-taught artist, albeit largely underappreciated during his lifetime.

Following World War II, Ipousteguy immersed himself in painting and ventured into designing stained glass windows. In 1947 and 1948, he contributed two frescoes to the embellishment of the Saint-Jacques le Majeur in Montrouge. After relocating to Choisy-le-Roi in 1949, he shifted his focus exclusively towards sculpture, gradually transitioning from abstraction to a more figurative style influenced by surrealism. His talent as a sculptor earned him an invitation to participate in the prestigious Salon de Mai, thanks to the support of Henri-Georges Adam, one of its founding members.

In 1962, Ipousteguy held his first exhibition at the Galerie Claude Bernard in Paris, marking a significant milestone in his artistic career. He went on to showcase his works at Documenta III (1964) and Documenta VI (1977) in Kassel, Germany. Additionally, in 1964, he had the privilege of representing France at the Venice Biennale, where he received accolades for his exceptional artistic contributions. Recognition continued to pour in, as he was appointed Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1984.

Ipousteguy returned to his hometown of Dun-sur-Meuse in 2004, where he spent the final years of his life. His remarkable artistic journey came to an end in 2006, and he was laid to rest at the Cimetiere Montparnasse in Paris. has the Vweranneman and other catalogs on the artist now available.

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Dario Villalba (1939-2018)

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This is the kind of art i admire. It sets you “off balance” . I have the saem experience with the works by Ossip who i consider one of the best and most oroginal artists in the Netehrlands. Villalba is spanish and walks the same path.

because Graduated in Fine Arts and member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. In 1958 he moved to Paris and painted for a few months in André Lhote’s studio. In 1962 he obtained a scholarship to study at Harvard University.

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Since the mid-sixties, he dealt with the problems of the latest artistic movements from a personal and original perspective, using photography as a means of painting. In 1970 he obtained the first major recognition of his work, after the presentation at the XXXV Venice Biennale of the so called pink encapsulated. In 1973 he received the International Painting Prize at the XII Biennial of São Paulo.

In the same decade he exhibited in major European museums: Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Heidelberg Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Stadt Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Sonja Henie-Niels Onstand Foundation, Hovikooden, Norway.

In 1983 he received the National Painting Prize in Spain. During this period he participated in solo and group exhibitions in the USA: at Charles Cowles Gallery in 1982, at the Guggenheim in 1980, New Images from Spain, in 1983, Acquisition Priorities: Aspects of Postwar Painting in America. Recent European Painting and at the MOMA in 1984, An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture. In 1987 he took part in the exhibition Cinq siècles d’Art Espagnol: l’imagination nouvelle. Les années 70-80 at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

In 1994 the Valencian Institute of Modern Art organised an anthological exhibition of his work, which was later presented at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.

On 17 November 2002 he became a member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 2003 he received the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts in Granada. has 2 Villalba publications available.