Biennale of Sydney

Josep Grau-Garriga

Josep Grau-Garriga. Installation view (2020) photographed in the Grand Courts at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Josep Grau-Garriga

Born 1929 in Barcelona, Spain
Died 2011 in Angers, France
Lived and worked in Catalonia until 1991 when he settled in the French region of Anjou


Having begun his artistic career in painting and drawing, when Grau-Garriga was still very young he became involved in the art of tapestry – a field which he would excel in from the late 1960s, as one of the leading proponents of the contemporary textile art movement.

With a free-thinking and innovative spirit, his career spanned painting, drawing, tapestry, sculpture and installation, often utilising those mediums simultaneously within a conceptually strong and engaged practice.

Exhibited Artwork

Josep Grau-Garriga, Retaule dels penjats (Altarpiece of the Hanged People), 1972-76, woven wool, cotton, sisal, jute, hemp and synthetic fibre. Courtesy Esther and Jordi Grau.

Presentation at the 22nd Biennale of Sydney was made possible with generous support from Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron, and assistance from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Galerie Nathalie Obadia and Salon 94, New York

Photograph: Josep Grau-Garriga. Installation view (2020) photographed in the Grand Courts at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.

Location: Art Gallery of New South Wales