Josep Guinovart Bertran

Josep Guinovart (1927-2007) was a Spanish Catalan painter best known for his non-representational, abstract works.

In 1941 he began working as a decorator.

Three years later Josep Guinovart started studying at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de la Llotja (La Llotja Art School), where he stayed until 1946.
He first exhibited in 1948 at Barcelona’s Galerías Syla. In 1951, he made his first engravings called “Homage to Federico García Lorca.”


Two years later, the French Institute awarded him a scholarship to study in Paris for nine months.

There he discovered the Cubist works of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. He also traveled to Belgium, Holland, and Germany.

After returning to Barcelona and working as an illustrator and set designer, around 1957 he started shifting toward abstract art.

Josep Guinovart used a wide range of materials, three-dimensional objects, and organic substances like eggshells, mud, and straw to create highly unconventional, usually large-scale works.

In 1962 he illustrated a book of poetry called Poesies by Joan Salvat-Papasseit, published by Ariel.

He won many accolades for his work in the 1970s and 1980s, including the Spanish National Award for Plastic Arts in 1982.

In 1994, a museum foundation dedicated to his art was opened in Agramunt, his mother’s birthplace, to which he felt a special attachment.

Artists’ Vineyard

In 2006, he designed the winery Mas Blanch i Jové in La Pobla de Cérvoles (Lleida) and created The Artists’ Vineyard, a project combining sculptures and other artworks by different artists in the middle of a vineyard.

He was represented by the prestigious Galeria Joan Prats (which has also shown Salvador Dalì, Alexander Calder, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Josep Vicenç Foix, and Joan Brossa), and was part of the show Five Catalan Artists in Homage to Joan Prats along with Joan Miró, Antoni Tapies, Joan Hernandez Pijuan, and Albert Rafols Casamada.