MIGUEL FISAC (1913 - 2006)
Miguel Fisac is the most important and internationally recognized Spanish architect of the second half of the twentieth century. His work is of most significance when considering the modern architectural movement in Spain of the said period. As Fisac's work becomes more recognized, his role in understanding the modern architectural movement in Spain has become increasingly apparent. His work is fundamental and the most coherent of his era.
Fisac came from the Manchego rural environment of Daimiel (Royal City), born in 1913. He traveled from a young age, accumulating a broad view of the European, Nordic, and American avant-gardes and the Far East and North Africa. His unassuming architecture reflects this universal education, where constructive invention joins rationality in approach and an expressive intuition dominated by space versus form.
Fisac's work encompasses buildings, urbanism, furniture and object creation, industrial design, and painting. In the four decades, from the beginning of the forties till the eighties, he produced his most acclaimed works, which are grouped into stages: firstly in 1942, he worked in the style of abstract classicism, which in the fifties modernized towards an organicism dominated by the presence of brick, a material practically abandoned to concrete. He used walls structurally, the invention of prefabricated concrete textures with flexible frameworks, a theme that directed his work in the late 1980s.
He continued working through till his death in 2006, but more sporadically, conjoining new architecture with rehabilitation, writing, and conferences and exhibitions about his work activities. In 1994 he won the Gold Medal for Architecture, and in 2003 won the National Architecture Prize.
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