Antoni Pitxot i Soler (Figueres, 1934)

Born in a family with a strong artistic tradition and closely related to the Dalí family (it was through  uncle, Ramon Pitxot that Dalí discovered Impressionism and  decided to become a painter); Antoni Pitxot lived with his family in San Sebastián from 1946 to 1964. There, he took art classes with  Juan Núñez Fernández, who years earlier had also been Dalí's art teacher in Figueres. In the 1950s, while engaging in a realistic style  with expressionist elements, he became known through various exhibitions in San Sebastián, Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao and Lisbon. In 1964 he finally settled  at the Pitxot family house in Cadaqués. His work took a decisive turn during  this period, when he decided to focus on  studying the objects around him and more specifically the stones of Cadaqués, from which he made anamorphic, anthropomorphic and allegorical visions arise and through which his work meets  an underground current of Western painting running from masters of Italian Mannerism  to surrealism.

It was also during these years, that he restored old family links and  started a relationship with Dalí that was to become a long lasting friendship. In August 1972 Dalí visited him at his studio and suggested to set up a permanent exhibition of Pitxot's works at the Theatre-Museum of  Figueres, which  was inaugurated on 28 September 1974. In many ways, the Theatre-Museum can be seen as  the result of the dialogue between these two artists. In 1975, in collaboration with Salvador Dalí, Antoni Pitxot  made the four "grotesque monsters" of the Theatre-Museum inner courtyard. These are fountain monsters made in  the fashion of the Italian Mannerists,  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.

Pitxot and Dalí immediately connected and relate to each other on an aesthetic level. In 1958, for example, Pitxot was working on the exhibition "The Battle of Constantine", to be presented in Barcelona. The theme of the battle was  inspired by a conversation with Dalí, who had explained to him that the rocks on Sa Conca beach in Cadaqués hold  themselves battles scenes. Dalí thought up the introductory text for the catalogue and dictated it sentence  by sentence  to Antoni Pitxot: "When the rocks awakened from a sleep of four thousand years, they are deafened by the clamour of battle on either side".

Pitxot was always by Dalí's side  in the last part of the artist's life. The two artists kept exchanging observations and opinions on various subjects, especially on 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, such as the Dalí Theatre-Museum and the Centro Internazionale di Studi sulla Comunicazione Umana, housed at the 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. On September 16, 2004, he was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts 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