In his recent series of brilliant Fauvist-inspired landscapes Manel Anoro
captures the beauty of Spain’s Baleric Islands. The intuitive ease of his brushwork, combing dry
brush strokes with more fluid layers of paint offer an intriguing play of depth and texture.
Although color is perhaps the most characteristic element of his work, his technical style anchors
his paintings along side the classic works of the early 20th century.
Following the Impressionists, the short-lived Fauvist movement emphasized painterly qualities
and strong color over the representational or realistic values of the past. Among the Fauvists,
Anoro was particularly moved by the imaginative color palette of Henri Matisse. Like Matisse, he
often favors a unique pairing of colors to that of his natural surroundings. In this exhibition of
landscapes, Anoro harkens back to some of his early palettes favoring rich, deep tones
juxtaposed with vivid sun bleached fields and stark-white Mediterranean architecture.
Born in Barcelona in 1945, art was a natural part of Anoro’s upbringing. Surrounded by the
fantastical architecture of Antoni Gaudí, along with the wealth of artists that filled the impressive
city museums, Anoro’s childhood was rife with inspiration. Despite this, his journey as an artist
was not straight forward, having grown up under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, Anoro
was limited in his artistic expression and did not fully embrace his artistic talents until later in life.
His yearning for a slower pace of life unbound by the confines of his younger years eventually
prompted his move to the Islands off the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
Early in his career Anoro argued - “Landscape painting is very difficult, it takes years to perfect,
though many think it’s easy. I believe you must truly know the countryside you are painting, as
you must know a person before you do his portrait. In some of my earliest landscapes, the land
and I weren’t yet on intimate terms.” Twenty-seven years after his first exhibition, Anoro’s work
demonstrates a maturity and familiarity that is only achieved through the patience and practice of
a distinguished artist.