Joan Hernández Pijuan was born in 1931 in Barcelona, Spain, where he died in 2005.
The Catalan artist Joan Hernández Pijuan, who died in 2005, is one of the most important representatives of contemporary Spanish painting. In exhibition “Fundamental Painting” in 2015 Gallery Renate Bender focuses above all on the early work of the artist, who, when referring to his own artistic path, said that it began to take shape in the 1970s. Monochrome layers of color with figurative referential objects, for example a tree, were replaced in the 1980s by floral and other botanical elements. Influenced by the light and landscape of Spain, he used a kind of archaic shorthand to outline objects, such as a tree or a house, which he drew with a carbon pencil into thick layers of oil paint or applied with a brush onto delicate paper. In the last years of his life his work underwent a process of ever increasing reduction. What appears to be a monochrome pictorial space is framed by a few peripheral elements: hints of paths and borders of fields in the landscape.