Joan Hernández Pijuan Catalan, 1931-2005

Joan Hernández Pijuan was a Catalan painter known for his simple compositions, neutral colors, and expressive lines. Born on February 15, 1931 in Barcelona, he graduated from the Escola de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi. The Museu Municipal de Mataró hosted his first solo exhibition in 1955, and soon afterward he co-foundered Grupo Silex. The group, which included artists Eduardo Alcoy, Carles Planell and Josep Maria Rovira Brull, explored the connection between contemporary art and primitive art forms. Moving to Paris in the late 1950s, Pijuan attended engraving and lithography classes at the École des Beaux-Arts. He began teaching at his alma mater the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi and in 1989, he was appointed a professor of painting in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. Pijuan died on December 28, 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. In 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow showcased his work in a retrospective exhibition. Today, the artist's works are held in the collections of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, among others.