Antoni Tàpies Puig, marqués de Tàpies, born December 13th, 1923 in Barcelona, Spain was a Catalan artist known for his paintings, sculpture, lithographs as well as art theology. An extremely influential artist, he was credited with introducing contemporary abstract painting and theory into Spain at the time. He began as a surrealist and later developed into contemporary abstraction while influenced by French art and painting. Achieving international fame and recognition as an abstract artist, Tapies is now described as one of the leading art figures of his generation in Spain. He died on February 6th, 2012. Antoni Tapies works can be viewed in numerous public art collections including the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, MoMa, and many others.