Permanent Collection

Feito Luis

Madrid, 1929

Feito, who studied at the School of Fine Arts in his native Madrid, was one of the pioneers of Spanish abstract art. His first non-representational paintings—delicate geometrical designs arranged over pastel, white, gray or blue fields of color—bear resemblance with the work of Paul Klee and other figures of early modernism.

"Número 203,", 1960
Número 203, 1960

A year after he moved to Paris in 1956, Feito, who was already a member of the Fernando Fe group, became one of the founding members of the El Paso group. During this period his paintings had an earthlike texture and were inhabited by indistinct lights, which inevitably bring to mind—as critics pointed out at the time—a cosmic scenery or a landscape.

Though Feito always remained true to his conception of painting, he would explore new possibilities in the years to come. Some of his works are particularly intense, especially those dominated by red and black, two powerful colors that symbolize Spain’s identity. Shortly after, yellow, a color with similar connotations, would be the third color to make its entrance in his work.

Feito lived in Canada and the United States throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a period during which he incorporated geometrical structures to his work. Upon his return to his native city, the Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo organized a retrospective exhibition of his work that was a major success.

At the beginning of his career, Feito chose not to give his works titles, opting instead for a numeric system to designate them. Número 203 is a superb example of the red and black period mentioned above. This telluric painting is incandescent, a nocturnal setting in which red and black struggle before finally becoming one. In spite of its rich texture, the painting still showcases the rigorous composition and brushwork that has been a feature of Feito’s work since his formative years.

Juan Manuel Bonet

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