Jean Capdeville, a French abstract artist, was born in 1917 and died at the age of 93 in 2011. He lived his life in the small town of Ceret at the foot of the Pyrenees. He did not start to paint until he was 30, as a hobby to pass the time.
The first exhibition of his works were held in the town hall of Ceret in 1948. His talented was recognised, and he rapidly progressed his career with his unique 'abstract' style rooted in realism leading to an important exhibition at the Maeght Gallery in Paris in1965, an exhibition that he will shared among others with Joan Gardy-Artigas.
His early works were heavy in texture and dark, but later he incorporated geometrical motifs using thick paint and primary colours.
He exhibited regularly from the 1960s, including an exhibition in London.
Later he developed his skills as an etcher and presented a touring exhibition of eastern Europe . Further developments in his style led him to introduce different materials in his compositions, (cut string and cloth) and another evolution of style led him to combine poetry with his etchings.
He was an important artist of the 20th century with a unique style.