Mateo Vilagrasa

MAESTRAZGO (ARAGÓN, SPAIN) 1944 - LA CARDOSA (CATALUÑA, SPAIN) 2018

The artists of the future have understood that art, the knowledge of ourselves, knowing who we are, what we do, where we are going, looking for a reason to exist, went beyond specialization.

We have created images without borders that allow us to unite them, as if they were a map and as if that union formed the understanding of a continent. The style is fragmented to achieve a larger unity that monopolizes the plural and gives way to the new understanding of singularity. It bursts when it is very compressed.

As an artist of the future, I am not part of any generation. Nor any group or institution. And not being a specialist, I use emotion, and I subordinate style to thought.

I have done all my work on the sidelines, outside the stablishment and therefore I have made my own art.

I have made a commitment: my work will NOT be used by politicians, flag wavers or any group that seeks to appropriate it for its own purposes.

I don't paint for everyone, but for an international community.

I am a thinker who paints.

Mateo Vilagrasa
La Cardosa, May 22, 2016

Trailer for the documentary film Winter Journey (Adiós)  by Anna Sanmartí, produced by Nanouk Films, BAS and Suica Films (2019)

Biography

The nomad knows that the future is built in the present. He can love without the forced need to possess. He clings to moments and memories, and uses them as sculpture. If memories are, they happen in a moment and invade you, they can be light for painting. Art builds your life and your memory.

1944   San Rafael del Maestrat (Maestrazgo)
1948   Bojar (La Tinanza de Benifasar)
1950   Corachar (La Tinanza de Benifasar)
1952   Santa Magdalena (Maestrazgo)
1954   San Mateo (Maestrazgo)
1956   Alcalá de Chibert (Maestrazgo)
1957   Peñíscola (Maestrazgo)
1958   Santa Magdalena (Maestrazgo)
1959   Marsá - Falset (Priorato)
1961   Castelserás (Teruel)
1962   Alcañiz - Paris - Madrid
1963   Madrid - Barcelona
1964   Barcelona
1966   Paris
1968   Frankfurt
1970   Ibiza - Nerja - Morocco
1971   Frankfurt - Italy
1972   Frankfurt - Peloponnesus
1973   Frankfurt - Scandinavian countries
1975   Frankfurt
1976   Vinaroz (Maestrazgo)
1979   Barcelona
1990   Marrakech - Munich - Barcelona
1992   Essaouira - Munich - Barcelona
1995   Barcelona - Munich - Marrakech
2005   Barcelona - Vila-rodona (Tarragona)
2006   Vila-rodona (Tarragona)
2007   Hospital Valle de Hebrón (Barcelona)
2008   Barcelona
2009   La Cardosa (Lérida)
2018   La Cardosa (Lérida)

Bibliography

Year Title Author/s Edition

2018 "The Light" Francesc Miralles Cervantes Institute, Frankfurt. Germany.
2018 “Heteronymous Notebooks and Books” Carles Sanuy, Rafael A. Corral Institute of Ilerdencs Studies. Lérida (Cataluña, Spain)
2018 “The Thinker who paints” J.B.C. Lectura. Segre (Cataluña, Spain)
2018 "Mateo Vilagrasa" Pau Echauz La Vanguardia
2017 "Book of books" (volumes I-II) Rafael Argullol, Mateo Vilagrasa Edition Mateo Vilagrasa, René Rodríguez. Godoy Publishing House. Murcia (Spain).
2016 "Zero Point Sediments" - -
2016 "Three Memories and a presence of Mateo Vilagrasa or the artist's commitment to himself" Francesc Miralles Ignacio Lassaletta Gallery. Barcelona.
2016 "With its own Light" Mª del Mar Arnús Culture Section. La Vanguardia.
2016 "Paintings of M. Vilagrasa" Mª Teresa Salat La Segarra (Cataluña, Spain).
2000 "Mateo Vilagrasa. Poble Nou 1985-1999" Rafael Argullol, Mª del Mar Arnús, Joan Brossa, Oriol Bohigas, Mª Lluïsa Borràs, Helmut Schneider Godoy Publishing House. Murcia (Spain).
1999 "Look" Mª del Mar Arnús Obra Social Caixa de Sabadell (Cataluña, Spain).
1997 "Turn the H - Architecture and Architexture. Mateo Vilagrasa" Matas Vallés Casal Sollerich. City Hall of Palma de Mallorca.
1994 "Inside/Outside" Josep Mª Cadena Sculpture. Lounge Conservatory. Arts Hotel. Barcelona.
1992 "Like a chromatic Fantasy by Johann Sebastian Bach" Mª Lluïsa Borràs Trece Gallery. Ventalló. Girona (Spain).
1992 "Mateo Vilagrasa" Rafael Argullol -
1992 "Beyong Figuration" Mª del Mar Arnús ASB Gallery. Barcelona.
1992 "The World as it is (not)" Helmut Schneider -
1992 "The work of Mateo Vilagrasa" Francisco Pereña Hermanns Gallery. Munich. Germany.
1992 "Das Ding" - Counts of Sert Mural Living room. Barcelona.
1992 "Between the Street, the City and the House" D. Giralt Miracle -
1992 "Tradition Reconsidered" Oriol Bohigas -
1992 "Open Living Room" Antoni Marí Sa Nostra. Caixa Balears. Palma de Mallorca.
1986 "The Thought of Vision" Joan Gil Art-Ginesta. Sitges (Cataluña, Spain).
1986 "Barcelona. A Reason to paint" - -
1986 "Halfway between Reality and Poetry" Mª Lluïsa Borràs -
1986 "Painting the City" Oriol Bohigas -
1986 "The City, map of struggles" Joan Brossa Casa Elizalde. City Hall of Barcelona.
1986 "A Reason to paint" Olga Spiegel -
1986 "M. Vilagrasa" Josep Mª Cadena -
1986 "Barcelona Divine" Gloria Bosch -
1986 "M. Vilagrasa in the Elizalde House" Mª José Corominas -
1986 "The Barcelona of M. V." Francesc Miralles -
1986 "Of the City and the painters" Mª del Mar Arnús -
1986 "One on one with the Environment" Franc Garc -
1985 "When the Land is seedling..." Gloria Bosch Bosch Autumn Fair. Tinell. Barcelona.
1984 "The Influence of the Mediterranean" Manuel García -
1984 "Nostalgia for the roots" Román de la Calle -
1984 "M. V. Maestrat, reeds and mud" Fernando Gutiérrez -
1984 "M. Vilagrasa" J. Vallés Rovira J. Vallés Rovira Seny Gallery. Barcelona.
1983 "Maestrat" - -
1983 "Knowledge of the origin" Rafael Argullol Obra Social Caixa de Pensions. Barcelona, Tarragona and Valencia.
1983 "Text inspired by two paintings" Francesc Valls -
1981 "Pictures by the Spanish avant-garde painter M. Vilagrasa" - Frankfurt. Alemania.
1981 "M. Vilagrasa" Adam Seider Frankfurt. Alemania.
1981 "Mateo Vilagrasa. A radical art?" Franc Garc University of Barcelona
1977 "Exhibition by M. Vilagrasa" - Picasso Atelier. Barcelona.
1977 "Mateo Vilagrasa in Picasso Atelier" M. R. Cruells -
1977 "Quality Paintings" J. L. Ercilla -
1976 "Exhibition of oils and drawings" - -
1976 "Ballad in the Shadows of Mateo Vilagrasa" Domingo Millán -
1976 "From Saura" M. Durán Picasso Atelier. Barcelona.
1975 "Ethmoid and sphenoid" P. Mateos Picasso Atelier. Barcelona.
1975 "Mateo Vilagrasa" Àngels Noble Canigó (Cataluña, Spain).
1975 "The gestural Masses of Mateo Vilagrasa" M. D. Don Pablo. Madrid.
1975 "Mateo Vilagrasa" D. Giralt Miracle -
1975 "Vision and observation" - Atelier Möring. Wiesbaden. Germany.
1975 "Mateo Vilagrasa in the Itxaso Gallery" J. Esain Itxaso Gallery. Zaragoza.
1972 "To an exhibition in Atelier Möhring" - Atelier Möring. Wiesbaden. Germany.