Jordi Curto Milà

He was born in the Gràcia neighbourhood of Barcelona in 1947. The son of a working-class family, he spent his childhood years and received his early education in the neighbourhood. His mother’s occupation as a music teacher and the intellectual legacy of his great-grandfather, a publisher and educationalist, aroused in him an interest in the visual arts from an early age.

In 1962, during his secondary education, he enrolled in the school of the teacher Joan Rossell, where for three years he learned the techniques of drawing and painting. In 1965 he began a period of ten years of self-taught training in theory of art, which he alternated with his activities as a painter, drawing teacher and student of various university disciplines, mainly mathematics and the history of modern thought. In 1975 he obtained the degree of Urban Planning Architect, which would be his professional activity from then onwards.

In 1978 he began his university teaching activity with a position as Project Teacher at the Barcelona Industrial Engineering School, and in 1981 he entered the Vallès Architecture School, also as Project Teacher.

Until 1983 he combined the profession of architect with teaching, research works on project methodology and the activity of painting.

That year, he was invited by the Italian government to visit the Veneto and Friuli regions in a study trip on cooperative work that gave him the opportunity to explore the work of some of the leading local artists of the time: Peter Scremin, Giorgio Scarato, Boris Brollo and Francesco Faccio, among others.

The interest aroused in him by the thought and working methodology of these Venetian artists led him to propose a joint seminar to gather and exchange ideas with a group of Catalan painters including Pep Camps, Joan Descarga, Joan Rom and Francesc Viladot.

These meetings culminated in the presentation of the exhibition entitled “Painters of the Artificial Barcelona” at the 1986 Venice art biennale, which he curated along with the Venetian poet and painter Boris Brollo.

As a result of this event, he intensified his pictorial research activity and the study of the theory of colour in flat representation, alternating this with his architectural work and study periods in New York, Paris and Milan.

In 1995 he installed his studio in the Alt Empordà district, where he currently lives, works and studies colour and landscape.