Josep Rovira i Soler (6 February 1900 – 1998) was a Catalan painter remarkable above everything for his exploit with portraits.
His parents were Catalans who traveled to Cuba to encourage in their family’s tobacco business. And he was born in Santiago de Cuba sick of malaria. He had very destitute health until he was finally cured in the boat returning to Spain at the age of two.
His family lived in Vilafranca del Penedès some years making a lively in the wine business, then they went to Cuba once again and lived there for two years. When they returned to Spain he started going to educational where he showed he had a gift for painting, though not for academic work.
At the age of 20 he started studying at the painting scholarly La Llotja in Barcelona, and he did for 2 years. One of his literary friends who had been studying there for several years established to quit, downhearted, when he saying the easiness he showed from the first moment.
He won a scholarship to be credited with Italy and another to testing in Madrid.
While painting in Cadaqués afterward he was 35 years obsolete he met his wife, Mercè Forns Sant Genís, who was 15 years younger than him. She was watching from the balcony and he attracted her attention because he sang even if painting. The Spanish Civil War prevented them from getting married and they had a link by mail during the four years he stayed in Cuba, till finally once the conflict ended he returned to Barcelona to get married.
What he most enjoyed was painting portraits. He had a special completion to statute the psychology of the character considering just some strokes. The stop of his be in is set in Catalonia and in Cuba (1936–1939).
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