Ignasi Mundó was born in Barcelona in 1918, where he spent the years of his childhood and lived the war. When finishing this one, it had to make a long military service in Salamanca and Valladolid. When time allowed, he was going to visit museums and study the works of the great painters. He also made good friends. When finishing the military service, he earns a scholarship from Cercle Maillol to study in Paris, where he works to paint and study in depth the great French and Dutch painters in museums; Impressionists, nabis and fauves, among others. Also the work of other European painters that interest him. He co-operates with other painters from different countries and makes good friends. He wrote a "Chronicle of French Painting" in Ariel magazine (1947). He is interested in the work of Matisse, Ensor, Soutine, Munch, M. Denis, Puvis de Chavannes, Bonnard, Vuillard, Utrillo, etc. But above all for Cezanne and Kokoshka, two of his great models for those who are greatly admired. He collaborates with the College of Spain, where he is known by G. Braque.
He participates in a collective exhibition: "7 Peintres et Sculpteurs", in Paris and in Monaco. He returned to Barcelona in 1948. He traveled to Amsterdam to study Dutch painters. In 1949 he married Núria Elias, sculptor. Participates in numerous exhibitions with Teaching in Barcelona, in Palma, in Tarragona and in different cities; in the October Hall of the French Institute of Barcelona. In all, their paintings receive good reviews. New exhibition at the Cercle Maillol. From 1951, when he won a prize at the Autumn Municipal Exhibition in Barcelona, he exhibits almost every year, in different places in Spain, in Barcelona and one in Rome. The French Government buys a painting.
He participated in some state competitions and won some prizes. In 1955 he received an important prize at the Ibero-American Art Biennale. In 1958, the Directorate General of Fine Arts of France, through the French Institute, awarded him the Cézanne Medal. He is the only painter of the Spanish State that received it. The following year he won the Sant Jordi Prize of the Diputació de Barcelona, and one year later, the silver medal of the Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya and the Balearics. They also receive the Ciutat de Terrassa Prize. In 1962, he publishes a paper in his newspaper, "La Prensa", where he explains his painting: choose a subject as a pretext for the work of light, color and shape on a canvas. 1964 returns to Paris and meets Leon Paul Fargue. He won the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize in 1966, and made an exhibition at Sala Parés, which receives very good reviews.
The following year they will be awarded the Sant Jordi Prize of the Diputació de Barcelona and the First Prize of the City Council of Sant Pol de Mar. Follow individual exhibitions in Barcelona, Alicante, Madrid. With a group of artists, they make pictorial trips to Alcañiz (invited by the city council of that town) and in Galicia. Next, the works made in these places are exposed. It is an interesting and innovative experience for all. Joan Cortés was educated in Sant Pol de Mar in 1971. 1977 he travels to Switzerland, where he participates in collective exhibitions in Zurich, Bern and Basel. He has exhibitions in Paris and Grenoble. The French State appoints Associate Member of the Societé Nationale des Beaux Arts. Travels to Vienna, Venice and Budapest to see art at museums and paint. Follow exposing individually or collectively to the Parés Room. My trip to Belgium and Holland to paint and see works by the great masters at the museums. A TV channel from Japan buys a lot of paintings for a program on contemporary painting in Spain. In recent years he has been dedicated to painting and tirelessly drawing . His painting is an untiring and constant work from the age of sixteen (or before) that he studies, through the composition of everyday scenes, landscapes, portraits, still life, light and color, without transcendentalisms or symbols; It is a "pure" painting, far from literary that can confuse or deceive, as he says, who looks at the picture. It is, above all, a study-work on how light forms colors in everyday things, in people with whom you live. That's why many of his paintings are urban landscapes, homemade scenes, dead natures, any topic that is hand-crafted. And numerous portraits of personalities from the world of art and culture that he knew throughout his life: J. Pla, E. Mounier, P. Calders, X. Montsalvatge, and a long etc. He had one Constant and in-depth relationship with Montserrat, since he had been a member of the School during his childhood and his family had links with members of the Monastery; In addition, he had always felt an admiration and fervor for everything that Montserrat represents as a religious and Catalan symbol. And, in a way, it was also the birthplace of his pictorial vocation. There he met Joaquim Mir. We hope you will be remembered as one of the great Catalan painters of the s. XX; so were his fellow artists acknowledged.