1930: Born in Valencia
Trained at the Valencia Art College Genovés was always an inquiring
painter, concerned both with the need to renovate Spanish art and also
with the function of art and the artist in society.
His firm conviction that art was transforming, and his concern for his
environment lead him to join several important movements in the post war
Spanish art scene: Los Siete (The Seven) 1949, Parpallós (1956) and
Hondo (1960). It was in this last group that presented a new approach to
figurative painting opposing Informalism, that Genovés developed a
style of painting that was expressionist and provocative.
During the sixties Genovés had a creative crisis which he got over
quickly. He became very involved in the opposition movements of the time
against the Franco regime. He started to consider two subjects in his
painting: the "individual" which he represented through collage and "the
crowd" which he painted in flat colours and in a cinematographic style.
The latter style, which developed into political realism with a strong
underlying current of social compromise and criticism of the
dictatorship, was achieved by the manipulation of images from the media.
In the eighties Genovés started a new period in his painting in which
he focused on the urban landscape, reducing it to a chromatic range of
greys, blues and ochres to make up "spaces of loneliness".
In recent years he has investigated, through his work, the static
movement in painting and "the crowd" has become a reference to talk
about the problem of painting and visual rhythm.