The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is continuing its programme of the Year of Spain in Russia with the solo exhibition of Ignacio Burgos, one of the most interesting contemporary artists in his country. His art is recognizable and self-contained; for many long years the master has been faithful to his style and does not succumb to the dictates of markets, galleries, and curators.

His manner can be defined as ‘figurative expressionism’: in his canvases, the exquisite palette of blues, purples and ochres comes into balance with a special Mediterranean light and soft but precise brushwork.

Over his career Ignacio Burgos has travelled widely and lived in different cities, from Barcelona and New York to Shanghai and Casablanca. These travels have brought a range of themes and subjects into his oeuvre: here one can find Arabic and Chinese women, Egyptian Army soldiers, participants in a yacht race, children on the seashore, etc. These pictures have nothing heroic or dramatic about them, these stories are about real life, about how people act in simple, everyday situations. However, works by Ignacio Burgos contain something timeless and universal, something that harks back to the heritage of classical Spanish painters like Goya, Velázquez, and Ribera.

Ignacio Burgos is well known to the international audience: his exhibitions are shown in major world capitals, and his works are kept in museums and private collections around the world. Apart from painting, the artist has worked with photography and metal and has created glass sculptures. The exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art will acquaint the Russian public with Ignacio Burgos’s painted works and presents a full and extensive range of his oeuvre.

Vasili Tsereteli
Executive Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art