1945 – 1956

At age 14 he attended the Barcelona School of Arts and Crafts, where he showed remarkable skill as a restorer and gilder. In 1952 he entered the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi. During his second year at the academy, he won first prize in the Figure Painting category at the university art show in Madrid. He travelled to the capital, acquainted himself with the Prado and frequented the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

In the summer of 1954 he discovered Catalonia’s Empordà region and the village of Calella de Palafrugell on the Costa Brava, a world of fishermen like Pepet Gilet where singing Habaneras is a cherished tradition. From that moment on, the Empordà became a part of his life and work.