Luis García Ochoa
Grena and gold
Etching engravings, 50 x 60 cm. and 60 x 50 cm. Print run in Arabic numerals of 175 copies. All the engravings are hand-signed by the artist.
Born in San Sebastian in 1920, he was a Spanish painter, graphic artist and an academician of Fine Arts. At the age of 9 he moved with his family to Madrid. He began working in his father’s architectural studio, where he trained in avant-garde art.
He enrolled in Fine Arts in Madrid and furthered his studies in France, Italy and England with scholarships granted by the Spanish and Italian governments.
Around 1942, under the leadership and influence of Benjamin Palencia, he took part in the second Vallecas School, a group which served as the basis in the 1950s for the so-called Madrid School. During this period he evolved from the initial Cubism to an expressionism of baroque compositions of figures.
He was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1940, 1950, 1952 and 1954; he took part several times in the National Exhibitions of Fine Arts in Madrid as well as in several other group exhibitions and held numerous solo exhibitions. He also carried out important work in the art of engraving and as a book illustrator.
In 1980 he was elected a member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, and delivered his acceptance speech on 19 November 1983. In 1993 he founded the El Escorial School of Figurative Painters.
Works by him are kept in the Reina Sofía Art Centre, the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao, the Juan March Foundation and in other Spanish museums.