Eduardo Arroyo. Le retour des croisades
Considered one of the leading representatives of the narrative figuration that revitalised European painting in the mid-1960s, Eduardo Arroyo (born Madrid, 1937) is the creator of a body of work filled with literary and autobiographical references, combining humour, political and social criticism and a fascination with visual culture. Arroyo began as a writer and in addition to his activities as a painter and sculptor he has enjoyed an active career as a draughtsman, theatrical designer, illustrator, poster designer and printmaker.
While in his most recent works Eduardo Arroyo has given free rein to his literary and artistic passions and has created an exceptional portrait gallery of both real and imaginary subjects (Dante, Don Juan Tenorio, Cyrano de Bergerac, Balzac, Van Gogh, Joyce, Orson Welles), his artistic career has always been notably influenced by the political and social circumstances of mid-20th-century Spanish and European history, which he has not hesitated to use as material in his work.