Santi Moix


Santi Moix was born in Barcelona in 1960. At fourteen years old he studied in Paris, then Italy where he met and socialised with Federico Fellini. He held his first solo show in 1981 in a small space in Sant Cugat in Catalonia, then in 1986 he paid for a trip to New York with what he made selling a painting because, as he himself stated, “I knew Warhol and Basquiat but I was keen to learn much, much more.” Yet he made his first foray into the world of professional art with various exhibitions in Japan in the 80s. Then it was Africa, with travel and instability as his aesthetic form. There he learnt to do pottery and sculpture, activities that he considers complementary to painting. Then he moved to New York permanently, even though he frequently returns to Barcelona to emphasise the importance of his European cultural roots.

Influenced by masters like Delacroix, Velazquez, El Greco, Picasso, Mirò Pollock and Mutzuo Takahashi, a mysterious Japanese painter who befriended him when he was living in the Orient, Moix had and continues to have an equally important source of inspiration from the world of literature. Literary imagination is truly an important store of information for his painting. Not by chance was his most recent solo show on Catalan soil built around the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s immortal character, with an installation of sketches and a large wall drawing.

Moix achieved truly important recognition in 2013 when he was asked to paint an enormous mural for the Prada store, designed by Rem Koohlas in Soho, a job that brought together various techniques and languages and which is the summa of his aesthetic approach to large scale work.