ArtworkNaturaleza Viva, Fausto con sombrero Similar PeopleGilles Aillaud, Bernard Rancillac, Antonio Saura, Luis Gordillo, Manolo Valdes
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Eduardo Arroyo (born February 26, 1937) is a Spanish painter and graphic artist. He is also active as an author and set designer.
Arroyo, who was born in Madrid, studied art in his home city, but left Spain in 1958 because of his basic contempt for the regime of Francisco Franco (when Salvador Dali came to terms with Franco in his old age, Arroyo later described him as a "whore") and even lost his Spanish citizenship in 1974 (which he got back two years later, a year after the death of the Caudillo). In Paris, he befriended members of the young art scene, especially Gilles Aillaud, with whom he later collaborated in creating stage sets, but also the old master, Joan Miro. In 1964, he made his breakthrough with his first important exhibition. Over 20 years of great critical success and high esteem on the art market followed. Today, the ideologically and creatively uncompromising artist is as active as he ever was, even if it seems to have become somewhat quieter around his creations.
Stylistically, Arroyo's mostly ironic, colorful works are at the crossroads between the trends of nouvelle figuration or figuration narrative and pop art. A characteristic of his representations is the general absence of spatial depth and the flattening of perspective.
Arroyo also became known to a broad public through his many works as a set designer, as well as partially by his costume designs. In this relation, he has cooperated since 1969 especially with the director Klaus Michael Gruber, who has encouraged him in this activity. Arroyo has created sets for, among others, the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the Paris Opera (in 1976, Richard Wagner's Die Walkure), the Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin and the Salzburger Festspiele (in 1991, Leos Janacek's Z mrtveho domu).
Arroyo's stage play, Bantam, premiered at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel (Residenztheater) in Munich with great success in 1986, with his friend, Gruber, as director and Ailland and Antonio Recalcati for sets and costumes.
Arroyo's paintings are showcased at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Madrid.