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Fernando Zóbel de Ayala

  • Fernando Zóbel de Ayala © EFE

    Fernando Zóbel de Ayala © EFE



Sculpture, Painting



Date of birth

Aug 27, 1924

Date of death

Jun 2, 1984

" Painter. Fernando Zóbel is considered one of the most important Spanish painters of the 20th century. His painting is in the abstract style."

He was born in Manila in 1924. The son of a Spanish businessman, Fernando Zóbel de Ayala studied medicine in the Philippines and Philosophy and Literature at Harvard University. He became interested in painting in the early 1940s, and continued throughout the 1950s when he returned to Manila to take over the family business. During this period he also travelled around the United States and Europe. In 1955, during a stay in Spain he made friends with the abstract artists of the day. In 1961 he settled definitively in Madrid. In 1966, together with his friends Gustavo Torner and Gerardo Rueda, he founded the Museum of Abstract Art in Cuenca, which opened in premises in the famous Hanging Houses, with works that Zóbel himself had collected. He died in Rome in 1984. His remains are buried in the city of Cuenca.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1983)

Highlighted works

  • Serie Saetas
  • Homage to Patricio Montojo
  • Serie Orillas
  • Cuéllar
  • Serie El Júcar
  • Serie Blanca
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