Lluis Ribas was born in the seaside village of Masnou (Barcelona, Spain) in 1948. He was the son of a fisherman and spent hours on the beach tracing his first drawings in the sand of the beach of Masnou. His mother dreamed of a life for him that would be less difficult than that of a fisherman and encouraged him to see the beauty of things that were seemingly insignificant.
When he began public school, Ribas was rewarded not so much for mathematics but rather for his great drawing ability. At nine years of age, under the guidance and direction of artist Jose Maria Martinez, Ribas entered the world of painting.
Later he studied at the Massana (High) School of Barcelona, which at that time was directed by Luis Maria Guell. There he completed his studies in advertising.
From 1969-1974 he was involved in a number of creative professional activities including the direction of photo-novels, technical direction of comic magazines, work as an illustrator, photographic reports and graphic design.
Ribas has presented his works at over 70 individual exhibitions and participated in numerous collective shows. He has participated in a number of art fairs, including InterArte (Valencia), Arco (Madrid), EuropArt (Geneva), Broncanters and Galeristes (Palma de Mallorca), EuroAntica (Palma de Mallorca) and ArtExpo (Barcelona). His works now are a part of important private art collections in Europe, the United States, Japan and Canada.
In 1998, the prestigious firm Wally Findlay Galleries became interested in his work and in that same year signed an exclusive contract with Ribas to go to the United States where he displays his works in the various art studious of the Wally Findlay Galleries.
Ribas now lives and works in Sant Cugat del Valles near Barcelona, Spain and spends considerable time painting on the island of Palma de Mallorca in the Baleric Islands. It is here that the warm light of the Mediterranean Sea is a source of inspiration for his paintings.
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