Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942, and has lived and worked in the United States since 1971. His multidisciplinary work explores social institutions, the power mechanisms that help them stay in place, and the way they influence the creation of the social imaginary. Muntadas is interested in issues such as censorship, the media, the public and private spheres, and the role of art as a contemporary phenomenon. His projects use a wide variety of media, including photography, video, the Internet, publications and urban interventions. His multimedia pieces and installations explore how channels of information are used to promote or censor ideas.
Muntadas has imparted courses and seminars at important universities and art schools in Europe and America, including the University of California in San Diego, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, San Francisco Art Institute, the University of Buenos Aires and the MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has received numerous awards from institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation (1980), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (1984) and the Centre National des Artes Plastiques, France (1990). He was also received the National Prize for Visual Arts from the Generalitat de Catalunya (1996) and the Spanish National Visual Arts Prize (2005).
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.