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Lucio Munoz   The  House
                                                                                Lucio  Munoz  (b.  1929 in  Madrid)

                                                                                Mysticism  and  sombre  grandeur  are  very  Spanish
                                                                                characteristics, and they appear again and again in the
                                                                                work of  Lucio  Munoz.  His  pictures,  more carved than
                                                                                painted,  have a brooding quality which is so apparent
                                                                                in  the  Castillian  landscape.  But  the  same  brooding
                                                                                quality  and  love  for  darkness  transforms  itself  into  a
                                                                                luminous statement of faith in the apsis of the church of
                                                                                Aranzazu in the Basque provinces-carved and painted
                                                                                by  Munoz.
                                                                                 Obviously Munoz likes to dig underneath the surface­
                                                                                be it a canvas,  a piece of wood or the soul of a work of
                                                                                art.  He  comes  up  with  sometimes  surprising,  but
                                                                                always  satisfactory  and  even  exciting  results.  He
                                                                                undoubtedly has found  his language,  he has mastered
                                                                                it,  he uses it brilliantly and intelligently.  But he  is not
                                                                                satisfied in knowing it well; he wants to find its roots,
                                                                                its essence. its full meaning.  Like most of his contem­
                                                                                poraries.  be they Spanish or not,  Munos is acquainted
                                                                                with the problems and hardships of our time.  Like most
                                                                                artists  and  intellectuals  he  would  like  to  contribute
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