Gustavo

Gustavo

The Studio “Son Turó” of the Spanish artist Gustavo, in between almond and fig trees is situated in the northeast of the island of Mallorca between Capdepera and Cala Ratjada, is definitely one of the most beautiful studios on the island. Build 1995 in the “Bauhaus” style of architect José Garcia Ruiz and with help of Gustavo himself, it attracts art lovers from all over the world, especially from Germany. A studio that resembles a museum filled with colours on 250 m?. It is more than a workplace, indeed it shows Gustavo's attitude towards live: endlessly creative, he prefers to work on multiple paintings simultaneously, makes simple drawings and enjoys figures and colours. While working he listens to Jacques Brel, Udo Lindenberg, Maria Callas, Wolfgang Neuss or Mozart, drinks his coffee (with a lot of milk), lets his thoughts drift and constantly develops new ideas. From the top of his hill he watches the sea and, if the weather is good, he can see the island of Menorca. The idyll of his land house, the green fields, the silhouettes of the palm trees, mountains in the background, Mediterranean sun and a blue sky amongst the twittering of birds – all this beauty finds its place inside his paintings. Strange and grotesque shapes, some of them springing from his own paint droplets, yet all fantastic, happy and unique just like the place where they are created which spreads its own magic and awakens curiosity. It's a hospitable ambience – no surprise that collectors and fans always find something new and that Gustavo's guests, who are also those of his enchanting wife Regine, are so delighted that they don't want to leave!

Bio

1939
born as Gustavo Peñalver Vico on the 11th of April in Cartagena, Spain
1946
migration to Mallorca
1958 – 1962
studies in Barcelona
1963 – 1964
residence in Paris
1964 – 1968
lives and works in Brussels (first exhibition overseas, in Antwerps)
1965
exhibitions in Munich and Madrid
1969
return to Mallorca (contracts with the Gallery Layetana, Barcelona and Sala Pelaires, Palma)
1971
first invitations to the Berlin Festival Weeks
1976
translation to Berlin
1977
first contacts to America (contract with Judith Posner’s Gallery, Milwaukee), exhibitions in L.A., Washington, Milwaukee, New York and Las Vegas
1980
contract for graphic work across Europe for Edition SCHOEN Berlin
1986
retrospective at the Bonn Redoute under the patronage of Hans-Dietrich Genscher, foreign minister
1986
participation at the project „Artists for UNICEF”
1987
“10 years in Berlin” at the town-hall Tempelhof, Berlin
1988
Gallery Jensen, Hamburg & Gallery Rudolf Schoen, Berlin: “Hommage à Brel”
1989
Reinbek Castle at Reinbek
1990
„Hommage à Woody Allen”, exhibition in the Schoen Gallery, Berlin serigraph exhibition, works from 1976-1990 in the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1992
„Hommage à Fellini”, exhibition at the Hesselbach Gallery, Berlin
1994
„30 years of colour frenzy”, retrospective at the Hesselbach Gallery, Berlin interior designing of the Sorat Hotel Gustavo, Berlin
1995
endowment of the electoral campaign for Johannes Rau, SPD in NRW
„Son Turó”, his studio-house, is build on Mallorca/Capdepera
1996
exhibition in the Big Villa in Potsdam
1998
„Behind the horizon lies the Mediterranean“, exhibition inspired by Udo Lindenberg at the Spandau Citadel, Berlin
painting of a Skoda for the charity organisation „artists help“ to the benefit of the cystic fibrosis charity program of former federal presidents wife Christiane Herzog postcard campaign to the 53rd birthday of the UNO
1999
project and realisation of the “GUSTAVO-building”, Berlin
2000
“The colours of remembrance” exhibition in the “Haus der Commerzbank”, Berlin
2001
“The colours of remembrance”, exhibition at the ZDF headquarter in Mainz
2002
“De Sol a Sol”, exhibition at the Matthias Kühn foundation, Palma de Mallorca
2003
the Rosenthal Coffee-Art-Set designed by Gustavo is published
2004
“From canvas to canvas”, another exhibition in the “Haus der Commerzbank”, Berlin
“Dreams in colour”, exhibition at the Peter Maffay foundation, Pollensa, Mallorca
“The colours of enjoyment”, exhibition in the Art-Word Gallery in Frankfurt am Main
2005
retrospective in Sindelfingen under the patronage of DaimlerChrysler
2006
“Flying over colours”, exhibition in the Palazzo Farnese, Berlin
Project with Peter Maffay “Encounters - an alliance for children”
2009
“The other colours”, retrospective for Gustavo’s 70th birthday at the rbb television centre in Berlin
2014
Exhibition at the Museo Modernista Can Prunera, Sóller
2015
A second large mural is put up at the quay wall in Cala Ratjada, Mallorca
Exhibition on the occasion of his 75th birthday at rbb (tv & radio broadcast center Berlin/Brandenburg), Berlin
2016
7 ceramic figures made for the front of an elementary school in Capdepera, Mallorca
Four new glass windows for the church Nostra Senyora del Carmen in Cala Ratjada, Mallorca
New, 2,5 meter high bronze sculpture at the Park Hyatt Mallorca in Canyamel.
2017
Exhibition “Vom Glück zu malen” at the artists’ house Marktoberdorf (Allgäu), Museum for contemporary art
Over 150 exhibitions, inland and overseas