Manuel Bea Cervera Biography

Manuel Bea Cervera




Manuel Bea Cervera, printmaker, painter, sculptor, and illustrator, was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1934. Cervera briefly attended the Barcelona School of Arts and Crafts where he was introduced to drawings and printmaking, and he began working as an illustrator at the age of fourteen, taking jobs for various publications. Formal art training began in 1958 when he moved to Zurich and enrolled at the Kunstgebeweschulle. Cervera participated in his first exhibition at Galeria Haller in Zurich in 1960; two years later he returned to Barcelona, exhibiting at the Galeria Belarte in 1964.

Cervera was greatly influenced by the German Expressionists, particularly Max Ernst, as well as Dubuffet and Fautrier. By the late 1960s he labeled his art Abstract Figuration, and he expanded his exhibitions to include Germany and Belgium. Among his selected exhibitions were the VII May Salon in Barcelona (1963); the XX Biennial of Sao Paolo; and the International Art Salon, Basel (1970). The retrospective "Manuel Bea: Paintings, Drawings, Objects" was held February 4 - April 9, 1995, at the Cultureel Centrum Hasselt in Belgium. His work is held in the collection of the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid; the Glarus Museum of Nofels, Switzerland; and the Museums of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, and Valencia.

Manuel Bea Cervera died in Switzerland in 1997.