In the words of Arnau Puig, Manolo Belzunce “catches the emotion in substrata messages, and immediately, those worthless cast-offs acquire identity and essence, because it is he, Belzunce, who transforms apparent insignificance and gives everything a significance, firstly painted, and soon after, with new feeling . . . rescuing from the bitterness of cultural experience, the shapeless painted forms which others, sensitive to colour or to words, experimented with . . . (resurrecting) a now-disused real image (he) brings it back to fulfill the intended art plan for which it was designed, just like that most incorruptible cubist of the highest integrity, Juan Gris.”
In an illustrious and prolific career which has spanned four decades, Belzunce has held countless solo and collective exhibitions all over Spain as well as in Belgium, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. His work is represented in the collections of major public and private museums and art galleries throughout Europe and he has been the recipient of innumerable awards and scholarships.
Born in Lorca, Murcìa in 1944, Belzunce studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Murcìa. In the sixties and seventies he lived and worked in Murcìa, Las Palmas, Brussels and Barcelona where in 1973 he became Professor of fine art at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Rubì. He moved to Sant Cugat del Valles in 1974 and a highly productive period in his artistic career followed, with his involvement, as co-founder of the Yerba collective, in major exhibitions all over Europe. In 1992 he was invited by the French Department of Culture to spend three months in Poitiers where he worked on a sculpture project with the students of LPA de Grand Pont. He lived in Almuñecar, Barranco Marìn, Granada for two years and in 1995 moved to Los Dolores, Murcìa, where he has resided ever since.
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