Esther Boix

1927-2014

Biography

Llers, 1927 – Anglès, 2014

She was born in Llers on March 26, 1927. Her childhood was marked by the polio she suffered in 1929. In 1943 she entered the School of Arts and Crafts (Llotja) and in 1945 the Higher School of Fine Arts, where they teach academically. There she met Leonci Quera, Mercè Vallverdú, Josep Maria Subirachs and Ricard Creus, whom she married in 1956. With them he founded the Postectura Group in 1950. An intense period begins in which she participates in the Salons d’Octubre, Saló d’Art Independent and in Group Shows. In 1953, on a scholarship from the Institut Français, she traveled to Paris. Establishes friendship with Maria Girona, Ràfols Casamada, Antoni Clavé, Guinovart and Antonio Bonet Correa. In 1955 she exhibited with great success at the Biosca Gallery in Madrid. The presentation text is written by Cesáreo Rodríguez-Aguilera. In 1956, together with Ricard Creus, they settled in Milan and actively participated in the cultural life of the city and exhibited at the Pater Gallery. In 1957 they returned to Barcelona and their son Adrià was born. Between 1959 and 1963 she continued to travel through Europe: Paris, Milan, Venice and Switzerland. Art critics such as Angel Marsà, Juan Cortés, or Benet Aurell gloss over his work. In 1965 Esther Boix created the Estampa Popular group in Barcelona and in 1966 the important “2nd National Exhibition of Popular Prints” took place in Hospitalet de Llobregat. Shortly after, in 1967 she founded with Ricard Creus the plastic arts school “L’Arc” for young people where she put her interest in art pedagogy into practice. Exhibited in Barcelona, ​​Salamanca, Valladolid, Soria… In 1970 she was arrested by the police after demonstrating against the Burgos process. This fact starts a stage of the “Hard Years” and the pictorial series with a vindictive theme. During the 70s she continued to exhibit in different Spanish cities and critics such as Corredor Matheos, Santos Torroella, Maria Lluïsa Borràs, Daniel Giralt Miracle, Arnau Puig or Moreno Galván wrote about his work. In 1975 she exhibited at the Galería Península in Madrid, directed by Moreno Galván himself. The stage that she calls “the hour of singing” begins, which she will not leave until her death. In 1982 E. Boix and R. Creus published the book L’art a l’escola which ended up being very important for the students of the time. During the 80’s and 90’s she continued exhibiting and dedicating herself to pedagogy. At the end of her life, she and her husband went to live in El Perer, near La Fageda d’en Jordà (Garrotxa) to reconnect with nature. The last days of his life she returned to Anglès, where she died aged 87 on May 26, 2014.