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Miguel Berrocal

"Empty space live as full space. Give your attention!"


Notes of biography

Miguel Ortiz Berrocal was born in Algaidas (Province of Malaga) in 1933. He first studied mathematics and chemistry in Madrid, then architecture. He was a student of the sculptor Angel Ferrant. He followed freely courses to the Beaux-Arts of San Fernando, studied both to the “Ecole des Arts et Metiers” and to the Graphic Arts Institut. Berrocal got Spanish and French scholarships. He quickly took part in numerous collectives exhibitions, in Paris (Salon de Mai, Salon of the young Sculpture, FIAC, etc.), and also in Italy and many countries in Europe.
In 1958, took place his first personnal exhibition in Rome. He gained the first prize of sculpture to the “Biennale des Jeunes de Paris” in 1966. Berrocal was also famous for the way he had to organize himself his exhibitions. He promoted himself his work: for example, he created dummies of his exhibition books. At this time Miguel Berrocal began to impose himself in the art of Multiple work. Thus, he set his own foundry, he opened to many European artists. He added a printing department to his foundry. The artist brought the sculpture in the "market" of Multiple.
From 1955 to 1958, the artist produced welded metal works. In 1958, he developed a new concept: the overlapping of pieces, fitted together to create the final work. He became master of this technique in the early 60's. The artist achieved success. He took inspiration in antiquity and in Baroque art with his numerous “mutilated victories” or “warriors torsos”, but also in modern art with overlapped forms he fitted together.
Miguel Berrocal died in the beginning of 2006.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
*« La sculpture de Berrocal », G. Marchioni, Ed. La Connaissance, Bruxelles, 1973 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Miguel Berrocal », cat. d’expo, Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich, 1963
  • « Berrocal », Annette Michelson, cat. d'expo., Galerie Albert Loeb, 1965
  • « Berrocal », cat. d'expo., Kestner Gesellschaft, 1969
  • « Mini sculptures multiples de Berrocal », cat., Orangerie Multiples, Koln, 1970
  • « Berrocal », H. Wescher, in Nouv Dic De la Sculpture Moderne, Hazan, Paris 1970
  • « Miguel Berrocal », Rafael Alberto, Ed. I.A.R.A. 1975
  • « Miguel Berrocal », cat. d’expo., Galerie Isy Brachot, Bruxelles, 1984
  • « M. Berrocal - Skulpturen », cat. , Die Galerie - Gesellschaft für Kunsthandel, 1987
  • « M. B. - Forme et mouvement », cat. , P. Restany, Ed. Musee Olympique, Lausanne, 1998
  • « M. Berrocal : Sculture e opere su carta », cat. , Vérone, Ed. d'Arte Ghelfi, 1999
To read from the artist :
  • « Miguel Berrocal », Ed. IVAM, Valencia, 2002
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Art movements

+ MODERN SCULPTURE / 1930-1970 / William Kenneth Armiage, Constantin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, Naum Gabo, Pablo Gargallo, Isamu Noguchi, etc.
All art movements

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