Antoni Tàpies was born in Barcelona in 1923 into a middle-class, Catalan nationalist family. He enrolled in at the University of Barcelona for law, but always had a love of creating. Tàpies was a painter, printmaker, draughstman and sculptor. By the 1940's he was already exhibiting his works which consisted of unconventional materials such as marble dust, earth and ground chalk. In his own words, his "gray, silent, somber, opressed paintings" contribute to their aura of solemnity.
Tàpies’ work has always been influenced heavily by political and social events of the time. During the late '60's and early '70's, his political commitment in opposition to the dictatorship was evident in his pieces created and have a sense of denunciation and protest. During the 1980's Tàpies utilized canvas as a support more often and produced works with foam rubber or the spray technique, he used varnishes and created objects and sculptures in refractory clay or bronze, while remaining active in the field of graphic art. These pieces often had gauged or sketched numbers, letters and figures similar to ancient text hoping to be deciphered. The passage of time was always a constant in his work. He consolidated an artistic language which visually conveyed his conception of art and certain philosophical concerns.
In 1984 Mr. Tàpies established the Tàpies Foundation, dedicated to the study of modern art. In 1990 the foundation opened a museum and library , its holdings include nearly 2,000 examples of his work. Tàpies passed away in 2012.