Josep Cisquella

Bicycle ShadowJosep Cisquella was born in Barcelona, Spain. He graduated from school as an Industrial Engineer, but satisfied his artistic leanings by studying drawing and painting.

During his artistic development Josep was deeply influenced by Abstract Expressionism and the fluid, Expressionistic feel of the Informalists. Their loose atmospheric style is evident in his use of unique materials and texturing techniques, but his riveting hyperrealism is informed by Pop Art and the American photorealism movement. Josep’s thickly textured paintings evoke the tactile, while at the same time serving as powerful visual bridges that connect the gaps between abstraction and reality.

Josep Cisquella is an artisan and innovator in the treatment and application of unique surface materials and complex bas-relief textures. He admits that he can be “a bit obsessive” in his explorations of urban themes, and is fascinated by the stories that lie locked inside the asphalt of the city, large rusted fishing vessels, staircases, interiors, billboards, shadows. Says the artist, “I try to make the invisible visible, and to explore and reveal the poetic background of things that appear humble and unexciting to the casual eye”. The viewer is invited to participate in the exploration by imagining the position, size and shape of the objects that cast mysterious shadows under the clear light of the Mediterranean.

Josep has exhibited his works widely and to critical acclaim throughout Europe and the U.S. In 2006, Caldwell Snyder of San Francisco, Campton Gallery of New York and Trajan Gallery of Carmel jointly published Touching Reality, a book dedicated to Josep Cisquella’s intriguing imagery.


“By painting shadows I am actually painting their reverse – light.”

Fun Fact

“At an exhibition of realist painters in Barcelona, a 5-year old girl stopped before one of my works and started shouting, ‘Mom, this is magic!’

I was standing close by and to me it was a bigger award (and funnier) than a good review in the New York Times.”