Plastic Artist (Felanitx, 1957)
When he was nineteen, Miquel Barceló presented his first individual exhibition in an art gallery. When he was twenty-five he was the only Spanish representative at the important fair, Documenta Kassel, and became known on the international market. At the age of twenty-six he landed in New York, where he met the artistic elite at the time and Andy Warhol painted his portrait.
At twenty-nine he won the Spanish National Prize for Plastic Arts. When he was forty-six he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Arts. At forty-seven he became the first living contemporary artist to exhibit in the Louvre.
At fifty he finished the alterations of the Santíssim Chapel in Palma de Mallorca Cathedral and was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the Univeristat de les Illes Balears. At fifty-one he opened the Hall of Human Rights in the United Nations Palace in Geneva, where the dome 1400 square metres in size is described by some critics as the “Sistine Chapel of the twenty-first century”. At fifty-two he presented the Spanish Pavillion at the Venice Biennial, which was devoted exclusively to his works.
Now, at the age of fifty-three, he is one of the most highly valued living Spanish artists in the world.