Miguel Condé

Condé was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1939 of a Mexican father and a North-American mother. Until 1948 he lived alternately between the U.S. and Mexico but then moved to New York with his mother. He is a figurative painter, draughtsman and etcher, all self-taught, with the exception of anatomy studied under Stephen Rogers Peck in New York and etching techniques studies in Stanley William Hayter’s “Atelier 17” in Paris, thanks to a grant awarded to him by the French government. Between 1966 and 11969 he was a Tutor of Mixed Media in the Fine Art postgraduate programme at the University of Iowa. In 1969 he returned to France, then travelled to Spain and settled in Sitges with his family.
Between 1971 and 1972 he was invited to participate in the itinerant etching workshop of the Smithsonian Institute in Barcelona, where he resumed his etching. Juana Mordó offered him his first exhibition in Spain, which took place in 1974. That same year he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant. Finally in 1992 he moved to Madrid.       

Condé has been awarded various international prizes and in 1991 was appointed life member of the Société des Peintres-Graveurs Français (French Society of Painters-Etchers). His work is represented in numerous museums and collections: The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Cleveland Museum of Art (Ohio), Blanton Museum of Art (Texas), University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art (UK), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Spain), Albertina (Austria), Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris), etc.

Miguel Condé is a truly cosmopolitan artist; his work is full of resonances of other times and other cultures but also unequivocally personal. His works seem to narrate an enigmatic story full of characters from another era, perhaps because he has always been very sensitive to the aesthetic of the first Renaissance. It is a theme that binds each work to another as if they were scenes being staged in a play full of dramatis personae inspired by the Commedia dell'Arte: the clown, the wise man, the traveller, the acrobat… The colour palette is also, as is the theme, sprinkled with Medieval, Oriental or Renaissance resonances. He uses subtle colours and warm tones, siennas, ochres, blues, Venetian shades...

His world is presented to us as an atemporal atmosphere of diffuse colours full of elegance, it invites us to re-establish humanist dialogues nowadays forgotten or relegated to our subconscious.