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Joan Bennàssar is one of the most prominent artists of Mallorca. He was born in Pollença in 1950. Those were a kind of dark years: hunger was common and there was no public water nor electricity. Nevertheless, an early talent allowed him to iniciate in painting, despite of scarcity, thanks to his drawing teacher. On his pictures he drinks from all sources and synthesizes them, as he has a huge knowledge about the actual art and the avant-garde, but he also deepens in classics. While he was young he emphasized a lot the social ideals, then he went through the abstract art, the impressionism, the sensitivism of Bacon, the realism, the collage with found objects, having the cubism of Picasso always in mind as one of its major influences. Nowadays, with a much more personal style that he refers to as primitivism (that’s how he defines himself “primitivist”) his paintings and sculptures outstand for their high quality of materials.

He has run through lots of bounds and achieved many challenges, but his pride stops him from resting because he wants to show his creations worldwide.
“My father working is an Ulises tided to the mast. He can’t leave his studio, transforming his fight into holidays, because if he ever gives up the sirens he would force one of them to die. That’s the reason why he doesn’t stay nor leave. Anyway, it’s not his hability for magic what impresses me most, it’s the fact of showing me that he fears nothing.”
His son.

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