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Lived/Active: Spain      Known for: painting, collage, mosaics and stained-glass design

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Francisco Farreras (b. 1927) Spanish painter, mosaicist and stained-glass designer, noted especially for his abstract collages, was born in Barcelona, on the 7th of September, 1927. At the end of the Spanish Civil War, Farreras and his family moved to Murcia where he began to study the basics of painting in the studio of the painter Antonio Gómez Cano (1940). He attended evening courses of painting and drawing in the School of Arts and Crafts in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands,  under the tutelage of Prof. Mariano de CossÌo (1941). Farreras entered the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid from which he graduated in 1949 with the degree of Professor of Painting and Drawing.

He made various trips to further studies in Paris, Belgium, Holland and London from 1952 to 1954.  ?1954 marked the beginning of his professional career through the participation in many collective shows and individual exhibitions in both Spain and France. His painting evolved from a geometric-figurative style, to a more abstract-geometric style. Initially, his range of colors were predominantly grey, black and white.  In the years 1958-1959, Farreras' basically geometric and angular painting became denser, incorporating marble dust, pigments and glue.  ??Aside from the many commissions executed during this period, he was invited to the II Biennial of Religious Art in Salzburg, and the XXIX Biennial of Vence where the Spanish entry caused great impact on the international scene. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Madrid acquired one of these Works. Shortly thereafter he began experimenting with tissue paper, with its myriad possibilities as a material for mixed media.  Stimulated by this discovery, he adopted collage sculpting and layering the sheets in abstract patterns.?

Throughout the sixties, Farreras took part in numerous travelling exhibitions throughout Europe and The United States. These had been organized by the Department of Cultural Relations of the Spanish Foreign Ministry. At this time museums took notice of the artist's unique style and importance. The Gemeentemuseum of the Hague and the Atheneum Museum of Helsinki (KIASMA) each acquired one of his works.

His collages were selected for inclusion in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, both of N.Y. as well as the Tate Gallery, London; for their exhibits of Spanish paintings. The Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca acquired a large collage for its permanent collection. ?That same year, Farreras  was invited to participate in the Carnegie International Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Pittsburg; which also acquired a work for its permanent collection.  The XX Jahrhunderts Museum of Vienna and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto also purchased works.  ??

Farreras  made several new trips to Scandinavia and Mexico and then to New York City where he lived for two years. There, Javier Carvajal, architect for the Spanish Pavillion of the New York's World Fair, commissioned the execution of a large mural-collage for one of the Pavillion's main restaurants.  Afterward, Farreras began exhibiting at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery where he held the first of several individual exhibitions. 

Although he was traveling often and was physically absent, Farreras was a core member of the newly-founded Juana Mordó Gallery of Madrid.  Later (1982), Farreras was called upon to create a mural-collage for the Madrid-Barajas airport. This project took two years to complete and took the artist in a
new direction; using found objects which he called "coudrages", experimenting with fabric, stuffing and wooden pieces juxtiposed with colorful fabric sewn together. Eventually, the artist abandoned the tentative materials (such as cardboard, fabric, paper, etc.) and bagan focusing upon wood relief.

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Montréal, the Moderna Museet of Stockholm, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the National Museum of Art in Tokyo;  La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (California), and the Museum of Modern Art of Vitoria acquired works for their permenent collections. His work appears in hundreds of private and public collections.??Farreras settled just outside of Madrid where he continues to live and work. 

??Farreras celebrated his 86th birthday in 2012. 

Submitted by Brian Westbrook, whose source is the website of the artist

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