Claudi Casanovas was born in Barcelona in 1956, into a family of great artistic traditions that had a notable influence on his development. His paternal grandfather Enric Casanovas was a sculptor, while his grandfather on his mother’s side, Raman Sarsanedas, was an enamellist.
In 1959 the family moved to Olot in Catalonia, and today Casanovas lives in Riudaura, where he also has his workshop. He came into contact with the world of ceramics by attending the workshop of master ceramist Marià Oliveras, and the municipal school of Fine Arts in Olot. He completed his training at the atelier of artist Joan Carrillo, and later at those of Jaume Told and Kim Montsalvatge.
In 1976 he took part in the foundation of the Cooperative Coure, a group whose activities include the organization of “Japan Summer 86,” a residence exchange with a number of Japanese ceramists. It was on this occasion that he met Ryoji Koie, with whom he would retain a close professional relationship throughout the course of his career. From 1988, his works were regularly exhibited at Galerie Besson in London.
In 1992, he won first prize at the Mino international competition, Japan. In 2004, he made a monument commemorating the victims of the Franco regime, commissioned by the municipality of Olot. In 2012, he exhibited a series of etchings titled “La Calma,” in Girona.
His works have been shown in many museums all over the world. His most recent international exhibitions include shows at the Roman Museum of Nyon in Switzerland, the Ostend Contemporary Art Museum in Belgium, and a solo show at Galleria Officine Saffi, Milan.
CLAUDI CASANOVAS EXHIBITIONS
Officine Saffi Gallery, Milano, Italy
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK
University of Wales Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth, UK
ARCO, Alcobaça, Portugal
Escultural Park, Amorousios-Athenas, Greece
Museu de Ceràmica, Barcelona, Spain
National gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Cardiff National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden, Germany
Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany,
World Ceramic Center, Ichon, Korea
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy
Hong Kong Fredericston Art Fund, Hong Kong
London Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
Public Collection, International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, England
Musée romain, Nyon, Switzerland
Ajuntament d’ Olot, Olot, Spain
Museum voor Moderne Kunst Oostende, Ostende, Belgium
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Seto Ceramic Museum, Aichi, Seto, Japan
Musée de la Céramique, Sèvres, France
Ceramic Cultural Park Museum, Shigaraki, Japan
Europaisches Kunst Handwerk, Stuttgart, Germany
Nacionalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Toronto Modern & Contemporary Ceramics, Toronto, Canada
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada
Musée de la Céramique, Vallauris, France
Keramikmuseum, Westerwald, Germany