Palazuelo, Pablo

Pablo Palazuelo was a Spanish artist, born in 1916. He is best known for his large-scale geometric abstract paintings and melted bronze sculptures. He studied architecture in Madrid and later at the School of Arts and Crafts in Oxford. While there he became familiar with the Tecton group of architects (1932–48) and the work of artists such as Jacob Epstein and Duncan Grant. When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, he returned there to serve as a pilot in the Spanish army. 

After the war he returned to his painting. In 1948, aided by a French government grant, he had moved to Paris, where he would remain until 1969, coming into contact with artists associated with Galerie Maeght, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1955 and continued to exhibit until the 1980s. In Paris his style quickly developed under the influences he received there. He eliminated all figuration in his paintings, pursuing purely abstract forms and also incorporating influences from Arabic and Eastern ideas

Between 1954, with his first sculpture in melted bronze, Ascendant, and 1962, he gradually began creating work in three dimensions, and in the 1970s working specifically with open and closed polygonal shapes. In 1969 he returned to Spain where he developed his foundational themes of inner conscience, imagination, and transmutation in public works such as Lauda II for Madrid’s Barajas Airport, and his mural for the foyer of the Picasso Tower, Madrid, in 1990.

The artist died in 2007.