Established Spanish artist Eduardo Arroyo is one of the leading figures of the neofigurative movement. After earning a degree in journalism in 1958, at the age of 21, Arroyo fled Franco’s dictatorship and went into exile in Paris. He started his art career as a caricaturist in Parisian bars, which seems an apt beginning for his colorful narrative figuration infused with sociopolitical content and caustic wit. The artist utilizes flat, cartoonlike shapes and an ambiguous personal symbolism (hats, upside-down figures, etc.).
In his earliest work, Arroyo ruthlessly parodied Franco and Spanish popular culture. His image bank of deliberately cryptic references quickly grew to encompass a vast range of interests (including boxing, opera, literature and countless people, especially fellow artists). In 1982 he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Spain and had retropectives at the National Library of Madrid and at the Pompidou in Paris.
Arroyo is a prolific artist who not only works in several mediums, but who also works as a writer and set designer. His artworks can be found in museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Musee d’Art Moderne in Lille, France. ART AS INVESTMENT: Due to his stature as the one of the best known contemporary artist of Spain, his advanced age and limited recent production, artworks by Arroyo may be some of the best possible artworks to buy, if a collector views art as investment, as well.