Miquel Barceló first discovered his fascination with natural motifs through involvement with a Conceptual art group engaged with ecological issues. Influenced by the work of Anselm Kiefer and Spanish mysticism, he began to explore themes of decay and metamorphosis by incorporating organic matter into his paintings.
Known for his incredible diversity, Barceló reached international acclaim after participating in the São Paulo Biennial in 1981 and Documenta 7 in Kassel in 1982, and is now regarded as one of the most important representatives of Contemporary Spanish Art. In 2004, Barceló became the youngest living Contemporary artist to exhibit work at the Louvre in Paris, and has also been nominated for the Prince of Asturias Award. Although his previous work has included large-scale gestural paintings, ceramic installations, and bronze sculptures, Barceló currently works in a more figural style.
Barceló is currently based in two main studios: in Paris, France and in Mali, West Africa.