- Issue date: 14/02/2018
- Printing Process: Offset
- Paper: Engomado
- Size of stamp: 82.7 x 65.7 mm
- Size of block sheet: 105.6 x 79.2 mm
- No. of stamps per block sheet: 1
- Postal value of the stamps: 5 €
- Block print run: 180.000
CONTEMPORARY ART. EDUARDO ARROYO.
Born in Madrid in 1937, this representative of critical figuration and political and social content later moved to Paris for political reasons and to become a writer.
His language skills allowed him to easily integrate into the artistic life of the city on the Seine, establishing himself up in the artists’ neighbourhood where he fell in love with painting and sharpened his political commitment.
His pictorial work has a strong political overtone, reflecting the most difficult aspects of a life in exile.
He also held a commitment to art and the vanguard, which he called an extension of fashion that could not be ignored. Yet he was not able to understand the unconditional love for some vanguard artists.
The new stamp in the Contemporary Art series shows one of Arroyo’s works, part of his artistic series titled Parmi les peintres, in which the subjects, the painters, are dressed as true Mafia bosses, with their faces covered with paint blots that somehow resemble brightly-coloured mosaics or glass windows. The men have no eyes, blind to their reality.
In 2000, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport granted Arroyo its Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.
Today his work can be seen in the most important museums and art galleries in the world, including the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao, the IVAM in Valencia, the MACBA in Barcelona, the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art and MoMA in New York.
He also wrote plays and worked as a set designer on theatrical productions such as Calderón de la Barca's “Life is a Dream” with director José Luis Gómez.
Arroyo is a living legend in many art forms, and this mini sheet will become yet another piece of posterity, along with his immortal works.