Antoni Pitxot i Soler (Figueres, 1934)

Born into a family with an artistic tradition and close relations with the Dalí family (his uncle, Ramon Pitxot, led Dalí to discover Impressionism and to decide to become a painter), lived with his family in San Sebastián from 1946 to 1964. There he had as his art teacher Juan Núñez Fernández, who years earlier had also been Dalí's teacher in Figueres. In the 1950s, while engaging in a realism with expressionist roots, he became known through various exhibitions in San Sebastián, Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao and Lisbon. In 1964 he settled for good at the family house in Cadaqués. His work took a decisive turn at this period, when he turned his attention to studying the objects around him: the stones of Cadaqués, from which he had anamorphic, anthropomorphic and allegorical visions arise and through which his work fits in with an underground current of Western painting running from certain masters of Italian Mannerism down to surrealism.

It was during these years, too, that in restoring the old family links he started a relationship with Dalí that was to end in a lasting friendship. In August 1972 Dalí visited him at his studio and suggested that he set up a permanent exhibition at the Theatre-Museum in Figueres, which exhibition was inaugurated on 28 September 1974. The Museum could indeed be said to be largely the result of the dialogue between these two creators. In 1975, in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, he made the four "grotesque monsters" of the Theatre-Museum's inner courtyard. These are fountain monsters after the fashion of the Italian Mannerists, made with accumulations of stones, drawers, tree trunks, a whale skeleton, conches and seashells. From its inauguration, Antoni Pitxot was to be Director of the Theatre-Museum, a task he combined with his work as a painter.

Very fluid communication and aesthetic complicity grew upon between Pitxot and Dalí. In 1958, for example, Pitxot was working on the exhibition "The Battle of Constantine", to be presented in Barcelona. The theme of the battle took its inspiration in a conversation with Dalí, who had explained to him that the rocks on Sa Conca beach in Cadaqués of themselves made up many, many battles. Dalí thought up the introductory text for the catalogue and dictated it phrase by phrase to Antoni Pitxot: "When the rocks awakened from a sleep of four thousand years Are deafened by the clamour of battle on either side".

Pitxot was at Dalí's side all the time in the last part of the artist's life. The two artists kept up a constant exchange of observations and opinions on various subjects, especially the world of art and painting, discussing Watteau, Rembrandt, Velázquez, Gustave Moreau, the pre-Raphaelites or Italian futurism.
Antoni Pitxot's works are to be found in various private collections, at the Dalí Theatre-Museum and at the Centro Internazionale di Studi sulla Comunicazione Umana, housed at Villa Barbariga in San Pietro di Strà (Italy).

Antoni Pitxot is Director of the Dalí Theatre-Museum, as well as life patron and Deputy Vice-President of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts, the award being delivered by H.R.H. King Juan Carlos.

Photography of Antoni Pitxot i Soler with the artist Salvador Dalí i Domènech

Salvador Dalí i Domènech looking at a picture under the gaze of Antoni Pitxot i Soler

A man walks along a corridor of an exhibition of paintings of Antoni Pitxot i Soler.

Antoni Pitxot i Soler's exhibition room at the Theatre-Museum Dalí

Antoni Pitxot i Soler's exhibition room at the Theatre-Museum Dalí