Leandre Cristòfol Peralba
The artist, Leandre Cristòfol, Os de Balaguer, Spain, 1908 – Lleida
A cabinetmaker by profession, he began studying drawing, painting and sculpture around 1926, first at the Academy of Lleida and then at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona.
His first works, from the early thirties, connected with Parisian surrealism. In contact with the Catalan avant-garde of that time, he collaborated with the Amics de l'Art Nou or ADLAN, created in 1932, and was part of the Logicofobista Group, together with Ramon Marinel·lo, Jaume Sans, Àngel Planells and Remedios Varo, among others.
In 1936 he participated in the Logicophobist Exhibition held in Barcelona. Thanks to the influence and contacts of Benjamin Péret, he also participated in the surrealist exhibitions that took place in Tokyo (1937) and Paris (1938). As a result of his republicanism, when the Spanish Civil War broke out, he spent a year in various concentration camps in France and Morocco, which completely distanced him from sculptural activity. In 1941 he moved his residence to Barcelona, where he tried, without much luck, to connect with the avant-garde atmosphere. On his return to Lleida, he abandoned figuration to focus his research on the dialogue between space and volume, and on the movement of objects. From the late fifties, he dedicated himself to creating series of sculptures from found materials. With these pieces he created a unique universe of great lyricism.
For more information on the artist Leandre Cristòfol at Espai Cavallers Gallery
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