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Joaquim Chancho

Joaquim Chancho in the Tarragona collections

From 15 february to 7 april of 2013


Museum of Modern Art of the Diputació of Tarragona
C/ Santa Anna, 8 - 43003 Tarragona

Joaquim Chancho. Journeys in painting, by Assumpta Rosés
Vol. 31 of the collection of Tamarit art books, a joint publication of the Diputació of Tarragona and Viena Serveis Editorials

Presentation of the book: 15 February 2013 at 19.00, followed by the official opening of the exhibition: Chancho in the Tarragona collections

Joaquim Chancho is one of most acclaimed living painters in Catalan culture. Along with Alfons Borrell, Miquel Barceló, Frederic Amat, Jordi Teixidor, Xavier Grau, Ferran Garcia Sevilla and a few others, he is part of an active sector of cultural output loyal to the practice of a language as ancient as the existence of man.
The professional career of Joaquim Chancho over forty years is a fine example of a mastery over technical resources, coherence and conceptual rigour. This has been acknowledged with numerous individual exhibitions, inclusion in major collectives, publications, a presence in collections and museums, and a presence at international art fairs and galleries.

We must emphasize his teaching work, principally at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona, where he graduated and obtained a masters degree and where he has obtained the status of Art Professor.

His work falls within certain coordinates which he has moved between freely: abstraction, geometry, action within painting, sequentiality, reiterative yet open processes. In the majority of series he has opted to limit the colours to black and white, while adding red or earth tones in others. However, during certain periods he has experimented with the entire chromatic range, at all times working directly with the colour on the canvas, without prior mixing, experimenting with transparencies, superpositions and the densities of materials.  The composition has followed a series of confrontations between spontaneity and contention, between strict order and the freedom of the impulsive gesture. Despite his evident loyalty to his personal career path, Chancho has been open to contemporary trends and has been able to relate to the art movements - painting, minimalism, new expressionism and neo-minimalism.