YEAR 6 - Frederic Amat


Frederic Amat, whose ancestors had roots here in La Pobla de Cérvoles and were the creators of the Espasa Encyclopedia, is the author of "Esclat", an artwork that wants to dress the stone with light, a splash of ceramic points merged with the landscape and illuminating the rocks. An intimate tribute to his mother Pilar Espasa Noguera who he never knew because she died just five months after giving birth.

"I felt unsettled as I was magnetized by five rocks and a cave that, as a tongue made of stone, sticking out on the way, and inviting me to leave under its cavity an almost hidden artistic testimonial, generating starry as a thousand ceramic dots. An explosion sprinkling reflections and dressing stone's nakedness with light." Frederic Amat

"I would like to explain to you about my proximity to La Pobla de Cérvoles. One day in mid XIX century, my great-grandfather Josep Espasa Anguera, and his bother Pau, emigrated from their poor homeland to Barcelona looking for survival. In 1858 he found a job delivering novel editions. This would be the base, two years later when he was 21y.o., to found Espasa Publishers. The same publishers that would later print the first Spanish Encyclopedia, "Enciclopedia Universal Espasa Anguera", also known as "Enciclopedia Espasa"." Frederic Amat


The event of the YEAR 6 at the Artists' Vineyard
Frederic Amat - Any 6

Frederic Amat

Barcelona 1952
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Frederic Amat is a painter whose work defies a single form of categorization. His work has been exhibited and published all around the world. His open conception of painting led him to integrate multiple artistic languages in his creative work.

He has designed shows for dance and theater based on texts by García Lorca, Beckett, Juan Goytisolo, Koltès, and Octavio Paz. He has also directed and composed the scenic opera spaces of Sanchez Verdú’s El viaje a Simorgh as well as the oratories of Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky/Cocteau and Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo by Caldara.

He also illustrated various works of literature such as The Thousand and one nights or the Odyssey. In his interventions in architectural spaces he has developed projects that combine painting, sculpture and ceramics: Mural de les Olles, Villanurbs, Pluja de Sang or Mur d'Ulls. In the same plural direction, he has extended painting to the field of cinematography on films such as Viaje a la luna, Foc al càntir, El Aullido, Danse Noire, and Deu Dits.

Other works of the artist