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Cardenal I

Restored work

Rafael Ruiz Balerdi (San Sebastián, 1934–Alicante, 1992)

oil on canvas. 193,2 x 128,2 cm

Balerdi trained as a painter at the San Sebastián School of Arts & Crafts, at Madrid's San Fernando Fine Arts School and at the Madrid Circle of Fine Arts. In 1955 he became friends with Eduardo Chillida, who helped him to discover the European avant-garde movements in Europe, which led him to abstract art. In 1956 he joined the art informel movement. Although he soon broke away, the movement would leave an indeleble mark on his art. In 1966, he was also a founder member of the local Gaur group.