Ignasi Aballí studied Fine Arts in Barcelona, the city where he lives and works. Interested in the limits of representation and perception, he often works with a Minimalist language, using minimal interventions or almost imperceptible modifications, both on coloured surfaces and in the incorporation of everyday elements such as dust or light. Aballí's work feeds on the excess of images and seems to seek its negative. As he himself comments, it is about ‘doing more with less’. Although, in many cases the artist disappears as a subject and allows the accumulation of dust or the corrosive action of the sun on the materials to create the work, in others he functions as collector or archivist, meticulously arranging information and data extracted from the press and presented as lists of concepts or conceptual binomials or, on other occasions, as a tribute to anonymity.
Since 1990, his work has been presented in institutions such as the Museu Serralves, Porto (2005), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), ZKM, Karlsruhe (2006), Pinacoteca do Estado de Sâo Paulo (2010), Artium, Vitoria (2012), Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2016), Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2017), Kula Gallery, Split (2018), and Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2018). Major retrospectives include those dedicated to him by MACBA, Barcelona, in 2005, Ignasi Aballí.0-24h, and by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, in 2015, without beginning / without end. He represented Spain at the Venice Biennale in 2022. Collections include: Artium, Vitoria; Centre d'Art la Panera, Lleida; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and MACBA, Barcelona, among others. In 2020, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of MACBA, the artist donated to the museum the work Enderroc, which had featured in one of the first MACBA exhibitions, in 1996, and which is now installed on one of the walls of the atrium of the Meier building.