Juan Genovés

(Valencia, Spain -)


Valencia, 1930
Trained at the Valencia Art College Genovés was always an inquiring painter, concerned both with the need to renovate Spanish art and also with the function of art and the artist in society.

His firm conviction that art was transforming, and his concern for his environment lead him to join several important movements in the post war Spanish art scene: Los Siete (The Seven) 1949, Parpallós (1956) and Hondo (1960). It was in this last group that presented a new approach to figurative painting opposing Informalism, that Genovés developed a style of painting that was expressionist and provocative.

During the sixties Genovés had a creative crisis which he got over quickly. He became very involved in the opposition movements of the time against the Franco regime. He started to consider two subjects in his painting: the “individual” which he represented through collage and “the crowd” which he painted in flat colours and in a cinematographic style.

The latter style, which developed into political realism with a strong underlying current of social compromise and criticism of the dictatorship, was achieved by the manipulation of images from the media. In the eighties Genovés started a new period in his painting in which he focused on the urban landscape, reducing it to a chromatic range of greys, blues and ochres to make up “spaces of loneliness”.

In recent years he has investigated, through his work, the static movement in painting and “the crowd” has become a reference to talk about the problem of painting and visual rhythm.

He has been awarded the Honourable Mention at the XXXIII Venice Biennial in 1966, the Gold Medal at the VI San Marino International Biennial in 1967, the International Marzotto Prize in 1968, the Spanish National Art Prize in 1984, the Valencian Art Prize in 2002, the Gold medal for merit in the Arts by the Spanish Culture Department in 2005.


2019 Genovés + Genovés. Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery. Gijón, Asturias. Spain
La unidad dividida por cero. Centro Niemeyer. Avilés. Asturias. Spain
2018 La intensidad del silencio, Patio Herreriano Museum of Valladolid, Valladolid
Irreversible, obra gráfica reciente, Marlborough Gallery, Barcelona
Recent Paintings. Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
2017 Aledaños, obra gráfica reciente, Marlborough Gallery Madrid
2016 Juan Genovés: Recent Paintings, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Juan Genovés. Ir y volver Aurora Vigil Escalera Art Gallery, Gijón, Spain
Multitudes en transformación, Art Nueve Gallery, Murcia
Multitudes. Las Claras Cajamurcia Cultural Centre, Murcia
2015 Juan Genovés. Multitudes. Museum of Contemporary Art Gas Natural Fenosa, MAC, La Coruña
2014 Juan Genovés. Recent Paintings. Marlborough Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
XXVII Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris. Grand Palais, Paris, France
Anar i tornar. Marlborough Gallery, Barcelona
2013 Obra reciente. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
Crowds. Carmen Center, Valencia
Crowds. À cent mètres du centre du monde, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Perpignan, France
2012 Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
A retrospective. Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Florida, USA
2011 Mayoral Gallery, Barcelona
2009 Recent Paintings. Marlborough Gallery Chelsea, New York, USA
Memoria. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
Recent Paintings. Marlborough Fine Art London, London, England
2007 Recent Paintings. Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
Salvador Victoria Museum, Rubielos de Mora, Teruel
2006 Retrospectiva. Almudí Palace Art Centre, Murcia
2005 Punto Gallery, Valencia
Pintures, dibuixos i escultures (1994-2004). Bancaja Foundation, Valencia
La Mirada-grito. Zaragoza Gráfica, Zaragoza
KUR Gallery, San Sebastián
Obra reciente. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
2003 Caminos. Arte y Naturaleza, IVAM, Valencia
Sueños y Secuencias. Isabel de Farnesio Cultural Centre, Aranjuez, Madrid
CIEC Foundation, Betanzos, La Coruña
2002 Italy Gallery, Alicante
Barcelona Gallery, Barcelona
Retrospectiva (1992-2002). Antonieta Rivas Mercado Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City.
Pinturas (1963-2002). Provincial Museum of Jaén; Caja Granada Cultural Centre, Granada; Caja Granada Cultural Centre, Almería.
2001 Pedro Torres Gallery, Logroño, La Rioja
Pequeño formato. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
Punto Gallery, Valencia
Ármaga Gallery, León
Genovés. Peintures 1960-2001. La Bellevue Biarritz, Biarritz, France
2000 Sequências. Dos Coimbras Gallery, Braga, Portugal
Unión Fenosa Contemporary Art Museum, A Coruña
Pinturas 1960-2000. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
1999 Secuencias (1993-98) y Sueños (1995-969). BBAA Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Itinerant through Latin America: National Museum of Visual Arts,
Montevideo, Uruguay; Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; Sofia Imber Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela;
Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Secuencias. Robayera Hall, Miengo Town Hall, Cantabria
Silencio, Silencio 1970. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
1998 Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
Punto Gallery, Valencia
Caja de Ahorros Municipal de Pamplona, Pamplona, Spain
García Castañón Hall, Pamplona
Marín Galy Gallery, Málaga
1997 Secuencias 1996-97. Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
Secuencias. Sala Quatre Cantons, Vilafamés, Tardor Cultural 97, Castellón
Centro Municipal de Cultura, Castellón City Council, Castellón
1996 Varrón Gallery, Salamanca
1995 Marlborough Gallery Madrid, Madrid
Caja Sur-Gran Capitan, Córdoba
Barcelona Gallery, Barcelona
1994 Pelaires Hall, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Marcelino Botín Foundation, Santander
1993 Antológica. Instituto Valenciano Arte Moderno (IVAM), Centre Julio González,Valencia, Spain
Punto Gallery, Valencia, Spain
Luzán Hall, CAI Caja de la Inmaculada, Zaragoza
1992 Revillagigedo Palace, Gijón, Asturias
Instituto Valenciano Arte Moderno (I.V.A.M.), Centre Julio González,Valencia
Punto Gallery, Valencia
1991 Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France
Caixa Galicia Foundation, La Coruña
José María Fernández Hall, Málaga
San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian
Punto Gallery, Valencia
1990 Barcelona Gallery, Barcelona
Casa de la Cultura, Majadahonda Town Hall, Madrid, Spain
1989 Centre Municipal de Cultura, Alcoi, Alicante
Punto Gallery, Valencia
Casa de la Cultura, Majadahonda Town Hall, Madrid
El Coleccionista Gallery, Madrid
1987 Altxerri Gallery, San Sebastián, Basque Country
1985 ARCO’85, Madrid, Punto Gallery Stand and Marlborough Gallery, Madrid
Punto Gallery, Valencia
Albacete Museum, Albacete
Quintana Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
1984 Urban Landscapes. Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
1983 Genovés. Sala de Exposiciones La Caixa, Valencia; Agrupación del Partido Comunista del País Valenciano y España, Benicalap, Valencia;
City Hall of Buñol, Valencia; Sala Municipal d'Exposicions, Paiporta, Valencia; Casa de la Cultura, Mislata, Valencia; Sala d'Exposicions Quart de Poblet,
Valencia; Municipal Exhibition Hall, Alaquàs, Valencia; Ethnological Museum, Municipal, Valencia; Albacete Museum, Albacete (1983-87)
1982 Rayuela Gallery, Madrid
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cáceres
Posada del Potro Hall, Cordoba
Lonja Palace, Zaragoza
College of Architects, Murcia
20 años de pintura (1962-1982). Centro Cultural de la Villa de Madrid, Madrid; Salas del Ayuntamiento de Valencia, Valencia.
1981 Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
Logroño Town Hall Exhibition Hall, La Rioja
Yerba Gallery, Murcia
Theo Gallery, Valencia
Cuatro Gallery, Valencia
1977 Art-Contact Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela
1976 Marlborough Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1974 Art-Contact Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela
Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA
Alcoiarts Gallery, Altea, Alicante
1973 Val i Trenta Gallery, Valencia
Vandrés Gallery, Madrid
Marlborough Gallery New York, New York, USA; Marlborough-Godard Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1972 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Stadtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany
Eugenio de Mendoza Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela
Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia
Boymans-van-Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1971 Genovés. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart,
Germany; Stadtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany
1970 Silencio, Silencio. Marlborough Graphics, New York, USA; London, England
1969 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Marlborough Galleria d`Arte, Rome, Italy
La Bussola Gallery, Turin, Italy
1967 Marlborough Fine Art London, London, England
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, USA
1966 BBAA Museum and Modern Art, Bilbao
San Eloy Hall, Salamanca
1965 Relay Gallery, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sala Dirección Generales de Bellas Artes, Madrid
1962 Diario de Noticias Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
El Corsario Gallery, Ibiza
1960 Ateneo de Madrid, Madrid
1958 Ateneo de San Juan, Puerto Rico
1957 Alfil Gallery, Madrid
Palace of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba
Dintel Gallery, Santander