January 24, 2021

The painter Eduardo Arroyo dies in Madrid at the age of 81

The painter Eduardo Arroyo dies in Madrid at the age of 81


The painter Eduardo Arroyo has died today in Madrid at 81 years, have confirmed to Efe family sources, who have indicated that the artist has died in his home, surrounded by his relatives.

According to these sources, the appropriate procedures are being carried out to transfer their remains to the M-30 Madrid morgue.

Eduardo Arroyo, painter, figurative sculptor and writer, was born in Madrid on February 26, 1937. In 1958 he voluntarily went into exile in Paris (France), where he remained until the arrival of democracy.

In the gala capital, besides dedicating himself to journalism, he began his activity as a painter. There he connected with avant-garde intellectual and artistic circles and played an important role within the progressive sectors of French culture.

As a painter he has exhibited regularly in the main artistic centers of Europe and America. However, in Spain it was practically unknown for years.

His first exhibition, in 1963, was closed by censorship. Years later, when he was appointed curator of the Valencia Biennial, he was arrested in this city and claimed by the Public Order Court.

Already in democracy, in Spain he made several samples, such as the 1982 anthology at the National Library of Madrid.

National Prize of Plastic Arts 1982, was gentleman of Arts and Letters by the French Government.

He never abandoned his literary vocation and as a writer he published in 1974 "Thirty five years later", a denunciation against the Franco regime. In 1986 he premiered his first drama in Munich, "Bantam".

Among his latest exhibitions is the one gathered in Paris in October 2015, a show about his best portraits of the last fifty years of his life.

Eduardo Arroyo is one of the greatest exponents of the so-called "narrative figuration" and one of the most important painters of the twentieth century.

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