Miguel Ángel Campano
Miguel Ángel Campano (Madrid, 1948) went to to Valencia to study Fine Art in 1968. His work was first shown at a joint exhibition with a fellow student at the Caja de Ahorros Vizcaína gallery in Bilbao in 1969, but his first individual exhibition, Papeles horadados (Pierced Papers), was ...read more
Miguel Ángel Campano (Madrid, 1948) went to to Valencia to study Fine Art in 1968. His work was first shown at a joint exhibition with a fellow student at the Caja de Ahorros Vizcaína gallery in Bilbao in 1969, but his first individual exhibition, Papeles horadados (Pierced Papers), was at the Mateu Gallery in Valencia in 1971. In the same year he met Fernando Zóbel, who put him in touch with a number of leading critics and gallery owners of the time. In 1974 he went to Paris for the first time and met José Guerrero at the inauguration of his exhibition at the Juana Mordó Gallery. Five years later he took part in the same gallery's 1980 exhibition and then showed his work in a solo exhibition which revealed him as one of the most solid and promising artists of the time. In Madrid, Campano worked closely with Manolo Quejido and began to take an interest in the new figurative style that dominated the Madrid art scene. He applied for and was awarded a grant from the Juan March Foundation to study the French school and returned to Paris. His attention was first drawn to Poussin and he went on to explore French painting from Delacroix to Manet, finally focusing on Cézanne and an interest in landscape, recovering the practice of painting with an easel in the open air. After painting the countryside of Provence he spent some time on the landscape of Greece, thus confirming his Mediterranean spirit, and spent several summers in Mallorca, where he rented a house, Ca´n Posteta, in Sóller, and continued working on landscapes. Campano lived in Paris until 1987 and then divided his time between Sóller and Paris until 1990, when he finally settled in Mallorca. In the same year the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern dedicated a major retrospective exhibition to his work. Three years later at the Galería Maior in Pollença (Mallorca) he presented his first radical works in black and white, a series which was to characterise his work in the 1990s. They are extremely austere, the remnants of figurative art have disappeared and the tone is clearly abstract. In 1996 he received the National Award for the Visual Arts but in the same year he suffered a stroke which made it practically impossible for him to paint. In 1999 he presented the second major retrospective of his work at the Palacio de Velázquez in Madrid. Organised by the Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre, it included the work he had produced in the 1990s. Recently Campano has held fewer exhibitions because of the delicate state of his health but examples of his work have been displayed in some of the world's leading museums.
AA.VV: Granada de fondo: colección de arte contemporáneo. Diputación de Granada, Granada, Granada Provincial Council, 2003 (catalogue)Read less