The Spanish painter Miquel Barceló was born in 1957. He was selected for the Documenta VII in Kassel in 1982, causing the value of his works on the art market to rise irresistibly. The colours in his painting became gradually lighter, in particular following his first extended visit to Mali, in 1991. From an artistic point of view, this contact with African cultures proved highly fruitful. Meanwhile he also expressed himself through sculpture and ceramics. In 1996 he put on the show Impressions d’Afrique at the Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and in 1988 had an exhibition of his work covering the period 1987-1997 at Barcelona's Contemporary Art Museum. In 1999 a retrospective of his work was staged at the Reina Sofía, and an exhibition of ceramics at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. One year later he presented a stained-glass project for Palma de Mallorca Cathedral. In 1986 he was honoured with the national award for the plastic arts, and in 2003 received the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts. The jury made particular mention of the Mallorca-born artist's "closeness to vital reality through his Mediterranean spirit".