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Rafael Canogar (Toledo, 1935), co-founder of El Paso Group, is one of the most recognized contemporary Spanish painters.
He has received prestigious awards and distinctions, including Grand Prix of the Biennial of Sao Paulo, National Prize of Plastic Arts or L'Orde des Arts Chevalier et Lettres. In adittion, he is member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
His work is held in major museums and collections worldwide, among others, Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca, Museum of Modern Art in Caracas, MoMA in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Bilbao, Chicago Art Institute, Rufino Tamayo Museum of Mexico, National Art Gallery in Berlin, Porto Serralves Museum and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Canogar worked at Grupo Quince, and some of his works at COON ART were made there.
Grupo Quince was a studio and gallery, key within the scene graph contemporary Spanish that was born in the early 70's, responding to socio-cultural concerns of the moment as well as the emergence of artists experimenting with different printmaking techniques. For 14 years, “Grupo 15” provided a framework for the professional development of more than one hundred artists. Some of the artists who made their works in this studio were the artists of the movements "Dau al Set", "El Paso", Equipo Crónica, and many other internationally renowned that can be found at COON ART.