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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Jordi Teixidor, a Valencian artist with national and international prestige

Jordi TeixidorThe National Plastic Arts Award of Spain will remain in Valencia for a second successive year after Jordi Teixidor (Valencia, 1941) was awarded the prestigious prize a few weeks ago. In 2013 the award was given to another Valencia based artist, Carmen Calvo who, during the 60s, Teixidor had crossed paths with in the company of the “Grupo Crónica“ (Chronicle Group) at artistic meetings in Valencia.

Teixidor was trained in Valencia in the speciality of Fine Arts between the years of 1959 and 1964 and is one of the most distinguished abstract painters in Spain. After being introduced to the so called “Generación de Cuenca” (Cuenca Generation) at the beginning of his career thanks to his role as curator of the Valencia Museum of Abstract Art, (during which he came into contact with the artist, José María Yturralde) Teixidor went on to form part of the “Nueva Generación” (New Generation) as a pioneer of the artistic trends arriving in Spain during the Transition; a period in which wood became his material of choice.

From the beginning of the 70s Teixidor had the opportunity to travel constantly, from trips to France to longer breaks in the city of New York, during which he met a number of well known artists including the distinguished Mark Rothko. In addition during the 70s he participated in the Venice Biennial and was awarded a scholarship by the Juan March foundation.

At the start of the 80s, Teixidor eventually settled in Madrid, the city where the Valencian painter completed the bulk of his work which, thanks to a retrospective review carried out by the “Institut Valencià d’ArtWork by Valencian artist Jordi Teixidor Modern“ or IVAM (Valencia Institute of Modern Art) in 1997, can now be admired in the city where he was born.

Since 2000, Jordi Teixidor has been an academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando. His works can currently be found in several international and national museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Museum of Vilafamés (Castellón), the Juan March Foundation Museum, the Spanish Abstract Art Museum in Cuenca, IVAM and the Reina Sofía National Museum and Centre of Art.

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