Francisco Bores

Untitled by Francisco Bores

Untitled by Francisco Bores

Francisco Bores (Spanish, 1898–1972) was born in Madrid. He studied law and engineering but quickly changed his career to painting after a few years. The artist was involved with the Ultraist movement, the second wave of misfit Iberian artists, and moved to Paris in the 1920s after being rejected in Spain. In Paris, he became friends with other Vanguard artists like Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Henri Matisse, Pablo Gargallo, and the art dealers Jacques Berheim and Léonce Rosenberg. He also became a member of the Paris School.

Due to the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, Bores and his family moved and settled and Paris. In 1966 he was appointed Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a decoration granted by the Minister of Culture André Malraux. The artist opened several individual exhibitions in Paris, at the Galleries Louis Carré, Bernheirm, Vavin Raspail, Simon, Gallerie de France, du Pont-Royal and Braun Gallery; in London, at the Zemmer Gallery and the Molton Gallery; in the United States, at The Arts Club of Chicago, The Stanley Rose Gallery in Hollywood, Buchholz Gallery in New York and the Albert Loeb Gallery. He also exhibited in Brussels, Oslo, Switzerland and Denmark. Bores' strong and controversial personal and political views made it impossible for him to exhibit in Spain until 1971, when he opened his first individual exhibition at the Theo Gallery in Madrid. The gallery was a remarkable success with the press and the public, but he died one year later at the age of 74.

Francisco Bores' work can be found at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the National Art Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid and the Reina Sofia National Art Centre in Madrid, among others.