Antoni Clavé, born in 1913 in Barcelona, died in 2005 in St Tropez. He enrolled at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona in 1930. He started off designing and illustrating children’s books and then became a stage designer. It was not until 1950 that he fully devoted himself to painting and sculpture. Antoni Clavé was acknowledged in the 1980s (Venice Biennale in 1984) as a major Catalan artist of his generation. Antoni Clavé’s work switches between representation and abstraction, using materials and supports known as ‘poor’. He experimented with materials and techniques, basing his work on ‘studio luck.’ By means of his misappropriated supports and complex assemblages he created an unusual language taking root in the world of surrealism. His works of art are exhibited in large international museums : British Museum ; Tate Gallery ; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo ; Reina Sofia, Madrid.