‘Painting has always been my life’s work […] I began by treading on mud and earth, I didn’t go to school until the age of 10. […] I learned without a teacher.’ The world of culture has this week bid farewell to Alfons Borrell (born, 1931), a key figure in Catalan abstract painting and one of the last exponents of the generation formed by Brossa, Hernández Pijuan and Ràfols-Casamada. His work, with large areas of colour in dialogue with geometric figures and signs, is a reflection on essentialism and austerity as exemplified by his attitude towards life. ‘I have always lived in a kind of personal minimalism’, the artist explained in a 2015 interview with Radio Web MACBA. You can listen to it here: