- Issue date: 11/05/2015
- Printing Process: Offset
- Paper: Engomado
- Size of stamp: 40.9 x 28.8 mm
- Sheet effects: 25
- Postal value of the stamps: 2.84 €
- Print run: 90.000
- Theme: Biennal de Venecia
The Spanish post has dedicated a stamp to one of the two artists who will represent the Principality at the upcoming Venice Biennale. The artist is Agustí Roqué and his work is entitled Between. The sculptor, born in Barcelona in 1942, came to the Principality of Andorra when he was one and a half years old and feels a special connection with the country.
He inherited the artistic tradition from his maternal grandfather, who was a sculptor of religious works in wood, and in the mid seventies began to produce his first works in plaster, marble and bronze. Shortly thereafter he travelled to London where he studied at the Putney School of Arts and came into contact with the British sculptor Henry Moore. His work is characterised by its use of space, combining volume and empty space, achieving a conception of passable space. The materials he has used include concrete and plastic resin, in addition to those mentioned above. Especially of note is his later work done in iron and steel, to which he has recently incorporated materials such as aluminium and glass.
His abundant works of art can be found on display in museums in Europe, the United States and Japan; particularly interesting is the Würth Museum in La Rioja where Screens is on display, a large piece in iron and aluminium, through which you can pass. Other centres where you can admire his pieces include the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona (MACBA), the Consell General d’Andorra or the collection of the Banca Privada de Andorra, as well as in museums in Germany, Chile and other countries.
Another outlet for his creativity is so-called public sculpture, which can be seen in a variety of places around the world, such as at the Das Weiltor Gate in the city of Hattingen (Germany); the set of eleven pieces of concrete dyed black on the Avinguda Río de Janeiro in Barcelona, for which he won the 1989 FAD Prize in urbanism. In 1998, he donated his work Off to the institutions of the Principality; this work is made of treated iron, aluminium and a metallic net made from an experimental alloy.
This is the third time that Andorra will be represented in the Venice Biennale in order to bring international attention to its artists.