Joan Ponç

Joan Ponç, “Fisik”, 1981, Oil on Canvas

Joan Ponç was born in Barcelona in 1927. His training as an artist began by studying painting in the workshop of Spainish painter and draughtsman Ramon Rogent. Ponç presented his first exhibition at the Sala Arte de Bilbao at the age of twenty.

Soon after his exhibition, Ponç founded the magazine “Dau al Set”, along with other great artists such as Joan Brossa, Modest Cuixart, Arnau Puig, Joan-Josep Antoni Tapies and Tharrats. This magazine meant the reviving of the creative impulse in post-war decayed Barcelona, Over the next couple of years, Ponç actively interacted and collaborated with forerunners of the Catalan avant-garde, such as Modest Cuixart and Joan Miró. Though the Dau al Set group ultimately disbanded in 1954, Ponç continued presenting his own artwork until 1980.

On April 4, 1984, Ponç died of a heart attack while at his home inSaint-Paul-de-Vence, France. Four days later, he was returned to his residence and workshop in La Roca del Vallés, near Barcelona, for burial.

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