Barcelona, 1923 - 2012 One of the world's leading exponents of informalism, he is considered one of the most outstanding Spanish artists of the twentieth century. His work has had a great appreciation both nationally and internationally. Self-taught, Tàpies created his own style within the avant-garde art of the century, in which tradition and innovation were combined within an abstract style but full of symbolism, giving great relevance to the material substrate of the work. It is worth noting the marked spiritual sense given by the artist to his work, where the material support transcends its state to signify a deep analysis of the human condition. Tàpies' work has been highly valued both nationally and internationally, being exhibited in the most prestigious museums in the world. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Wolf Foundation Prize for the Arts (1981), the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia (1983), the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts (1990), the UNESCO Picasso Medal (1993) and the Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts (2003).