• August Puig were born in 1929 in Barcelona, Spain.

    August Puig exhibited his work for the first time in 1946 — before his success in winning the prize at the Exposición Internacional Unión Arte de Bilbao — in an exhibition in Els Blaus de Sarriá, along with the work of Juan Tort, Ponç, Boadella and the text from J.V. Foix. It was the first postwar exhibition of avant garde art. The exhibition provided an historic moment in Spanish art: the first totally abstract paintings ever produced by a Spanish artist. They were the work of seventeen-year-old August Puig.

    Over fifty years later, and only after his death, Puig had finally begun to receive the recognition he should have earned as Spain’s pioneer abstract painter.

    Shortly after the 1946 exhibition, the Institute Français announced its intention to award an art scholarship to a young Spanish artist to study in Paris, August Puig was named the winner. Although probably not intended at the time, this was the beginning of Puig’s exile. He moved to Paris, where he studied and worked for the next several years.

    In the early Sixties, Puig returned to Barcelona, although one of the leading art critics, Juan Eduardo Cirlot, repeatedly referred to him as one of modern Spain’s major painter, he remained an outsider: a painter considered persona non grata by Franco’s ministry of culture, an artist who, in turn, refused to allow his work to be shown in any state-sponsored exhibition. He broke this boycott only once: when Sir John Rothenstein, the director of London’s famed Tate Gallery, went against the Spanish government’s recommendation and insisted that Puig’s work be included in the prestigious 1962 exhibition of modern Spanish painters in London.

    After that success, Puig exhibited widely during the Sixties and Seventies, with major events in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and The United States. It was only after Franco’s death that Puig agreed to be Spain’s sole representative in Brazil’s 1977 Bienal, with a major retrospective.

    About this time Puig moved from Barcelona to the small village Monells in Ampurdan. Here Puig continued to produce a coherent, very personal body of work.

    August Puig past away in 1999.

     

    1946
    Exposicio Unio Arte, Bilbao.

    1947
    Cercie Maillol institi Francais Barcelona.

    1948
    Solons De Mai,Paris.
    Galerie Maeght Paris.

    1949
    Coligio Espana, Barcelona.

    1950
    Galerie Messages Paris.
    Monoicos Galerie Monaco.

    1951
    Galerie Artiste et Artisant Paris.

    1953
    Galerie Marbach Bern.
    Galerie d Art Latin Stockholm.

    1954
    Konstföreningen Krognoshuset Lund.
    Galley Avenue Göteborg.

    1955
    Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Frankfurt.

    1958
    Galerie Springer, Berlin.
    Galerie Olaf Hudtwalker, Frankfurt.

    1960
    Galerie Hella Nebelung Dusseldorf.

    1961
    Galerie La Hune, Paris.

    1962
    Galerie” Im Erker” Saint Gallen.
    Museum d Art Contemporani,Barcelona.
    Tate Gallerie London.

    1963
    Museum de Belles Malaga.

    1964
    ” STIERKAMPF” Francisco de Goya
    Pablo Picasso-August Puig,Frankfurt
    Konstverein.
    British Institut, Barcelona.

    1966
    Homenaje a Picasso, Barcelona.
    Recent Accessions Exhibition,University
    of Massachussetts USA.

    1967
    Grand Prix International D Art Monaco.

    1969
    Museum De la Universitat de Mayagues,Puerto Rico.

    1970
    Märkisches Museum Der Stadt Witten,
    Tyskland.

    1974
    Galeria Manuel Barbie. Barcelona.

    1975
    Museum d Art Contemporani, Barcelona.

    1976
    Fundation MIRO Barcelona.

    1977
    Biennal De Sau Paulo, Brasilien.
    Fundation MIRO Barcelona.
    Internationel Art Conteporani Köpenhamn.

    1982
    Museum Espanyol s Art Contemporani
    Madrid.

    1985
    Ministeri De Cultura, Madrid.

    1986
    Bulowska Galleriet, Malmö.
    Konstgården, Göteborg.

    1987
    Galeria Greca Barcelona.
    Landskrona Museum,Sverige.

    1989
    Institute Fracais, Barcelona.

    1990
    Litografies ” Cosmofobias ” universitetet i London.
    Museum de l Emporda Epoca de Paris.
    1947-1953.

    1993
    Art Pallafrugell, Gerona Spanien.
    Galleri Salvador Riera, Barcelona.
    Institut “Francais,Sardana Universal”
    Santiago De Chile
    Buenos Aires
    Barcelona
    Tokyo
    New York
    Melbourn
    Atlanta

    1995
    Galleri Corum, Montpellier.
    De Agustin & Roxenstein, Helsingborg.

    1996
    Museum de Art Reina,Sofia Madrid.

    Travelling exhibition: Girona, Lleida, Bremen, Munich

    Homage to Walter Benjamin “Ex Libris”

    1997

    Instituto Caervantes, Paris
    “Corrida”: 69 Images to the Lorca poem “Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sanchez Mejias”

    1998

    Centre d´art Santa Monica, Barcelona
    Dau al set – El Foc s´Escampa

    Fundació Niebla, Casavellas, Girona

    1999

    “Artistes Internacionales” Fundacó Niebla, Casavells, Girona

    “The End of the beginning” Galeria D´art Horizon, Colera, Girona

    2000

    Galleri MDA, Helsingborg, Sweden
    Recordant AUGUST, The Paris years: 1947-53

    Centre d´art Santa Monica, Barcelona
    “HOMENATGE A AUGUST PUIG” (MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE)

    Can Marc, Begur (Costa Brava)
    “Homage to a friend”: AUGUST PUIG

    Fonds d´art, Olot
    Artistes Catalan (Exhibition planned for European tour)

    2001

    Gran Antologica, Museu de l´Empord´d, Figueres

    2003

    Galeria d´Art Arcadi Calzada, Olot

    Galeria d´Art Maragall

    Espai d´Art Jaume Pahissa, Palamos

    Fundacion Malaga

    2005

    “Despues de la forma”, Canals-Galeria d´Art, Sant Cugat del Vallés