Spanish, 1923-2012. A self-taught artist, Antoni Tapies's work in painting and print was heavily influenced by the social and political climate. Tapies also drew inspiration from his contemporaries like Paul Klee and Joan Miro as evident in the shapes and symbols in his work. He employed elements of marble dust, dirt and detritus to create texture in his abstract paintings. Tapies joined the Art Informale movement and over time his work evolved into a more gestural, graffiti style.