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Rafael García Cano was born in Toledo in 1935. He studied with the painter Daniel Vázquez Díaz between 1949 and 1954 and was a founding member of the abstract-influenced group El Paso, to which he remained connected between 1957 and 1960. In 1958, he was selected for the international exhibition in Pittsburgh and for the Alexandria Biennial. In 1965, Canogar was invited by Mills College, in Oakland, to hold various artistic workshops. Beginning in 1976, he returned to abstraction, distinct from the movement in the 50's, which he had abandoned for Pop art and a geometrical period in the sixties and early seventies. In 1987, Canogar organized two large exhibitions of his work in Germany and Paris. In 2001, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía held a broad retrospective of his work. His most recent pictorial expressions abandon figures in favor of color. Rafael Canogar has exhibited extensively in Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and Portugal. His works can be found in numerous museums and public collections throughout the world, among them, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; National Art Museum of China Ludwig Hall of International Art, Peking, China; Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, New York; and the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France.

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