Eduardo Arroyo exhibition at the Maeght Foundation from July 1, 2017 to November 19, 2017, open every day from 10am to 7pm (July - September) and from 10am to 6pm (October - June), 623 chemin des Gardettes, 06570 Saint - Paul - de - Vence, phone : 04.93.32.81.63, ticket (full price) : 15 €.
The Spanish painter Eduardo Arroyo uses a corrosive and irreverent humor near the irony. He loves boxing and follows all the boxing rules and inside his paintings he looks like a fighter because he hate the neutrality and the hypocrisy. Born in 1937 in Madrid inside a family where is father is a fascist he distinguishes himself by his independent spirit. At the age of twenty Eduardo Arroyo works as a caricaturist and initiate himself in painting but he decides to exile himself to France because he doesn't like the Franco regime. When Eduardo Arroyo arrives in Paris he joins the New Figuration artists. These artists develop a rebellious spirit and paint with some insolence the most tragic topics.
In the painting entitled "the four dictators" made in 1963 Eduardo Arroyo shows all his talent. He introduces Mussolini, Hitler, Franco and Salazar in a grotesque way without any faces. Only a flag behind each dictator helps to define his nationality. Eduardo Arroyo puts a symbol inside each face of each dictator for denouncing his own crimes. Inside the Hitler face a barbed wire in putting and inside the Franco face we can see a bombing. This painting provokes a huge diplomatic crisis and the french minister of culture André Malraux must hide some parts of the painting. Eduardo Arroyo participates also to the birth of the Narrative Figuration. Ha attracts himself by the aestheticism of the canvas for developing the corrosive spirit.
Eduardo Arroyo continues to paint Spain but only the social aspects. In the painting "El caballero Spanish" (1970) he attacks the social order build by the dictator Franco who is characterized by the church domination and the repression of all the opponents. The painting represent and dancer proud of himself and dressed like a lady. In the painting "Constantina the wife of the mine worker Perez - Martinez shaved by the police" Eduardo Arroyo speaks about the torture that Constantina has supported because she had supported a strike. For humiliating her the police has shaved her hairs. Eduardo Arroyo breaks the female cliches in painting because he doesn't represent the beauty but he only represent the suffering.
Few persons can escape to the Eduardo Arroyo watch. He doesn't hesitate to ridicule the other painters like Marcel Duchamp or Salvador Dali because he doesn't like the fact that Dali has supported the Franco policy. Eduardo Arroyo takes away the sacred area of the historical heroes and the famous political leaders. Eduardo Arroyo brings into ridicule the French emperor Napoléon the first when he paints him with six salads, a knife and three peelings for denouncing the Spanish war of 1808. In 1974 the Franco regime banishes Eduardo Arroyo but he will take back his nationality two years after when the dictator dies. Six years later Eduardo Arroyo receive the National prize of fine arts and the Spanish national museum of modern art will organizes a big retrospect around his art work.