In Paris, the Mallorcan painter puts the finishing touches on his latest paintings in preparation for various exhibitions this fall. His studio is a rich cabinet of curiosities reflecting a many-faceted art.
In the Marais, in central Paris, Miquel Barceló set up his artist-craftsman’s paraphernalia in the 1990s in a former textile factory, taking over every floor. “I’ve always had several studios in my life,” says the chatty artist, born 65 years ago in the little village of Felanitx to a painter mother and a farmer father. “When I moved to Paris in 1984, I set up on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, home to the headquarters of Radio Nova. A few years later, I had places in the 5th and 7th arrondissements, then the Buttes-Chaumont. In Majorca, where I spend most of my time, I own two large studios. I have another one in my home in Mali, in the Dogon country, but unfortunately, I have not been able to get there since 2012.” In this fine building overlooking a courtyard, the studio reveals the many faces of this protean artist. In one of the first rooms, engravings hanging next to each other on a wall immediately proclaim his obsessive love of bulls and bullfighting. “In Spain , I own some 20 bulls, as well as many other animals. For me, bullfighting does not go against the environmental…
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