This is Antoni Pitxot

By Gwylym Owen

Antoni Pitxot (Catalan pronunciation: [ənˈtɔni piˈtʃɔt]; Figueres, Girona, January 5, 1934 – June 12, 2015) was a Spanish Catalan painter and a longtime buddy and accessory of Salvador Dalí.

Pitxot was born into a family later than many artists in its ranks, among them, his uncle Ramon Pichot. He began studying drawing at the age of thirteen, and he exhibited regularly in Lisbon, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid in his twenties and thirties, winning many prizes, including the Gold Medal painting prize in Barcelona’s La Punyalada competition in 1965.

At the coming on of the 1960s, he was a close friend of the French painter Maurice Boitel, who painted many pictures upon the Pitxot family’s property in Cadaqués, a small port town on the Mediterranean Sea close the French border, that was plus painted by Pablo Picasso and André Derain.

In 1966, Pitxot took up long-lasting residence in Cadaqués, where his relatives had owned a summer home since the subside of the 19th century. He began to experiment in the publicize of surrealism: in particular, he became focused on anthropomorphic figures composed of the stones that lined the seashores close his home. Pitxot worked in a unique way: he would construct sculptures from stones, and later paint those sculptures in oil.

Much of Pixtot’s show is concerned afterward allegory and myth, including the figure of Mnemosyne, the mommy of the nine muses who personified memory, and a series of works roughly The Tempest.

Pitxot’s connection with Salvador Dalí began back his birth, because their families were acquainted. But Dalí became an early supporter of Antonio Pitxot’s work, and eventually asked him to co-design the Dalí Theatre and Museum (Teatre-Museu Dalí) in Figueres, Spain. There is next a steadfast exhibition of Pitxot’s work on one floor of that museum.

Pitxot and Dalí were approximately inseparable in the last years of Dalí’s life: designing Dalí’s museum, teaching art and exchanging ideas very nearly their work. Pitxot was a protector of Dalí’s legacy after his death: He was a supporter of the board of the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation, and he has led, and sat on the board, of several new Dalí foundations.

He became the museum’s director after Dalí’s death.

Pitxot was a recognized international Catalan player in his own right. In the year 2000, he was appointed corresponding academician for Cadaqués of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint George. In the 2004, he time-honored the Gold Medal of Merit in Fine Arts from the King of Spain as a answer for his work. In 2014 the City hall of Figueres (Girona) grants him the “Fulla de Figuera de Plata” and in 2015 was nominated “The Favorite Son of the Cadaqués city” (Girona) . Works are held in private collections and in various museums.

His brothers grandson is the Spanish actor, singer and comedian Bruno Oro Pichot.

He died on June 12, 2015 at the age of 81.

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