Joan Gardy Artigas
Joan Gardy Artigas is a Catalan ceramist, artist and was a close collaborator with Joan Miró. Artigas was born on June 18, 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris. His father Josep Llorens Artigas worked closely with Miró and Pablo Picasso. Artigas was able to work for Miró while still a teenager because of his father's relationship with the famous artist. Artigas trained at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris where he met the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Artigas established his own studio where, at Giacometti's suggestion, he concentrated on sculpture. Artigas had some success and supplied his expertise to the cubists Georges Braque and Marc Chagall. Through many collaborations, Artigas continued his own art and he was awarded his first solo exhibition in America in 1982. He has been a visiting artist at two American universities and he has founded a foundation to celebrate his father's work. Gardy Artigas also serves on the board of the foundation Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona.