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Manel Lledos, born in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) in 1955. At an early age he enrolls in the Llotja art school and works under the instruction of artist Victor Esteban Ripaux, a classical painter trained in the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. In 1971, Lledos joins the Escola de Belles Arts de San Jordi in Barcelona. He spends months traveling around Spain, Italy and France, absorbing the art of the past as well as contemporary currents. At the end of the 70s his work begins to move between a gestural field abstraction and a serial geometry. Towards the end of the 70s, Lledos begins to dream about moving to New York. His decision is motivated by his need to experience a larger cultural context. In 1981, Lledos moves to New York to start a new. By the early 80s, he establishes himself with a studio first in the Lower East Side, and later in Brooklyn, and exhibits with Joan Prats gallery as well as others throughout the Americas and Europe. In 1994, Lledos is hired as a Professor of painting by the Art Department of Kingsborough Community College (CUNY). Lledos still resides in Brooklyn and his studio is now in Dumbo. For Lledos, painting is a rapprochement between the tangible and the abstract, the permanent and the transformative, the certain and the unexpected. His painting develops slowly towards an organic geometry which reflects on place, time and belonging.