Salvador de Aulestia Biography

Salvador de Aulestia




Salvador de Aulestia, printmaker, painter, sculptor and writer, was born in Barcelona in 1915. He showed early signs of artistic expression and was enrolled at Las Reales Escuelas Pias, a religious formative school that encouraged the study of art, and upon graduation in 1931 entered the seminary. In 1935 a chance meeting with the artist Garcia Lorca reignited his desire to pursue art; he remained at the seminary but continued to draw.


In 1936, with the start of the Spanish Civil War, the seminary was closed and Aulestia enlisted on behalf of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party (known as the PSOE, Partido Obrero Espanol).  He was briefly imprisoned, and upon release he returned to Barcelona and enrolled at the Escuela de Artes Y Oficios de Barcelona and began to exhibit in Italy and the U.S. In 1963 he published the first of several books on his artistic path, the Apotelesmatical Art Manifesto, and he was awarded the Catalan Universal by the King of Spain Juan Carlos I at the 34th Venice Biennial.


Aulestia permanently relocated in Milan in 1972, where he continued to work and exhibit until his death in 1994.His works are included in the Barcelona Museum of Contempoary Art, the Modern Art Museums in Paris and Bern, the Dusseldorf Kunst Akademie and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.