Fermín Aguayo

1926 — 1977

Fermín Benedicte Aguayo was a Spanish and French artist, close to Tachisme and art informel. He was  creator and member of the Pórtico abstractionism group.

In 1936, Aguayo’s native village fell into the hands of the Francoistas, he’s father and two brothers were killed. Mother and Fermin moved to Bilbao, then to Zaragoza, where he’s mother got a job and a few years later past away, probably from tuberculosis.

Since 1942 Fermín Aguayo participated in amateur exhibitions.

In 1951 he moved to Paris, where through Pablo Palasuelo met the gallery owner Jeanne Buche. In 1958, his solo exhibition was held in her galleries. He made friends with the poet, translator and art critic Claude Esteban, designed several of his books. Since 1960, the artist began to return to figurative painting.

Aguayo’s early works are landscapes and portraits. In the late 40s he came to abstraction, around 1955 he created a series of abstract paintings carved with a knife, and around 1960 he returned to figurative. The 60s were the most fruitful period in the artist’s life.

A self-taught artist, Fermín Aguayo suddenly passed away in 1977, and after the  death his expositions were held in Paris, Milan, Zaragoza, Madrid. In 2005, a large retrospective exhibition was held at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.