Joaquim Chancho



Tarragona, Spain, 1943


Since its beginings in the sixties and during five decades of artistic career, Joaquim Chancho develops his research from a rigor of approaches and an ability to create a powerful plastic discourse regardless of the schools or artistic movements of the time that have turned his name into a reference in the context of Spanish abstraction.

The beginnings of his career focus on a methodical investigation that takes geometry, composition, space, tonal relationships, intensity, luminosity, and vibrations, as a useful base. Elements that will consolidate his later basic artistic language as well as his commitment to geometry and simplicity, reducing the colour to black and white, using mainly horizontal and vertical lines, and making successive sequences that incorporate signs and calligraphic elements.

It is precisely this double quality that characterizes Chancho’s painting: on the one hand, rigorously abstract and conceptual, autonomous in its exploration of the possibilities of non-figurative language, but, at the same time, so suggestive and easily relatable with visual impressions, with mental sensations and images; between geometry as a procedure of analysis and elaboration of a given space through structure and colour, and geometry as a stimulus, link or spring that projects the aforementioned space and its formal elements towards other real or symbolic images.

His latest solo exhibitions include En blanc i negre. 1972 – 2017 [In black and white], Ana Mas Projects, L’Hospitalet, Barcelona (2019); Monet Series, Galería Marita Segovia, Madrid (2018); Paintings 2002 – 2005. Galerie Floss und Schultz, Colònia, Germany (2017); Paintings, Artlife Space Gallery Shanghay, China (2016); and Dibuja una línea y síguela [Draw a line and follow it], Centro Cultural Metropolità Tecla Sala, l’Hospitalet, Barcelona (2014).

Chancho’s work is part of important national and international, public and private collections such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), MACBA Collection (Barcelona), the Fundación Juan March (Madrid), the Atlantic Centre for Contemporary Art (Las Palmas), la Caixa Foundation (Barcelona), the Banc Sabadell Foundation, as well as is part of private collections in Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands.