Agusti Roqué

Agusti Roqué, artist portrait, Catalunya album Agusti Roqué, artist self-portrait, Catalunya album

© Antonio Nodar / Agusti Roqué

Barcelona 1942

Began working in the field of photography before becoming a professional sculptor in 1974.
Roqué’s work has moved in a dual vector that combines a certain British sculptural tradition with a strong urban consciousness. This has enabled him to engage in a highly individual personal reflection on spaces of social communication in a corpus of complex spatial relationships and associations.
After living in London for ten years, in 1986 the artist made a radical departure in starting to work with the very large geometric sheets of metal he continues to use today, in order to create real traversable habitats, with which to generate one-to-one scale scenarios of human situations that reveal our inner construction and our contradictions. The installations Screens (1993) and The Corral of Life (1998), in which he incorporated video, sound and light, are good reflections of this.
Roqué has been particularly interested in the transformation of the spaces within a given
volume and has diversified his experimentation through the use of a variety of materials
(marble, bronze, concrete, iron, sheets of glass, etc.). His work is characterized by a set of themes, processes and techniques that have consolidated a powerful and expressive oeuvre.
Three and a half decades devoted to sculpture have earned him a high level of international recognition. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, the USA and Japan, including shows at the Browse & Darby Gallery, London, the Hastings Gallery, New York, the Maeght Gallery, the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, the Ludwig Museum, Aachen (Germany), the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (Germany), the Lowe Gallery, Atlanta (USA), Museum Bochum, (Germany), Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (Switzerland), Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Städtische Galerie Göppingen, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim and Städtische Museen Heilbronn (Germany) and Elzenveld VZW Cultural Center, Antwerp (Belgium), among others.
He has carried out public sculpture projects in Spain, the United States, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Some of his works have received major awards, such as the Gate of the City of Hattingen in Germany and Avinguda Rio de Janeiro in Barcelona, 306 m long, which won the FAD Urbanism Prize in 1989 and was selected as one of the seven most important public works in Spain.
Roqué is currently preparing exhibitions in Germany, Austria and Italy, of special note among which the retrospective exhibition, including recent work, that will be presented in 2012 at a cultural institution in the city of Salzburg.