Sunol ALVAR |
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Ecole de Paris
Sunol Alvar was born in the Catalan coastal village of Montgat near Barcelona, Spain in 1935.
He started painting oils at the age of twelve. Showing a great artistic talent as a youth, he attended the prestigious Sant Jordi Art School in Barcelona at age 16. At age 18, Alvar won the Alhambra de Granada grant, a summer scholarship that allowed him to travel and paint throughout Spain. This was the birth of Alvar's style and the laying of the technical foundation that would accompany him over the following years. Alvar returned home and entered a painting in competition for the Young Painter's Prize sponsored by the City of Barcelona. He won the Grand Prize and the painting was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona for its permanent collection.
Before graduating from the Belles Artes he was given his first one-man show, Barcelona, 1951. In the following year the Institut Francais awarded him a scholarship to study in Paris, where he eventually settled for a number of years.
In 1957, at age 22, Alvar gave his first one-man show at the Galleries Layetana in Barcelona. The exhibit was a great success and Alvar received many invitations for shows in ot ...
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