Lluis Ribas was born in a coastal town in the Maresme district near Barcelona, Spain. The son of fisherman parents, Ribas grew up with the sea playing a notable role in his life. As a young boy Ribas would trace his first drawings in the sand at the beach. At nine years old Ribas began his studies with Jose Maris Martinez focusing on drawing and painting, and at the age of thirteen years old he went on to attend the Escuela Massana in Barcelona. In 1975, at the age of 25, Ribas held his first one-man exhibition which immediately earned him international acclaim.
Ribas is one of the master Luministas of contemporary Spanish art and is highly praised for his implementation of and exceptional attention to the effects of light. His profound knowledge of the secrets of light, shade and opaqueness are present throughout his work and made possible by his skill in the use of color and his understanding of value. There is an emotional precision throughout Ribas’ work that captures reality through the study of light. He has mastered the fluidity of water, and the light effects that accompany it, in a way that is beyond words. A Ribas painting must be painted and seen to be truly understood.
Ribas is not a prolific painter, and his approach to producing artwork is quality over quantity. His technique is so delicate and adept that his disciplined manner of painting necessitates years of planning for an exhibition. Inevitably his paintings are highly desired by collectors all around the world.
Findlay Galleries is proud to present to you this beautiful selection of works by Lluis Ribas.