El arrozal, 1999

The Rice Field, 1999
Collage, 21 x 30 cm

The meshes painted by Néstor Sanmiguel Diest show a balance between austerity and abundance, between signs and figures. This artist, a leading light of the 1980s avant-garde in Aragon, constructs his works as an obsessive drawing of lines methodically delimiting fragmented spaces. Some divide the surface of the work into rectangles of various sizes placed over a handwritten text or typescript. Others are strongly suggestive of geometric abstraction.

In a 1980s artistic milieu that was dominated by abstraction in language and materials, the work of Néstor Sanmiguel is closer to that of Post-Conceptual American artists who favoured emphasising the sign and the consumer society in a postmodern withdrawal from Pop art principles. Néstor Sanmiguel constructs his work like a veritable visual palimpsest.


Technical details

Original title:
El arrozal
Registration number:
Sanmiguel Diest, Néstor
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Acrylic, ink and pencil on paper
21 x 30 cm (height x width)
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Fundación Repsol Collection
© Néstor Sanmiguel Diest
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