Xavier Oriach was born in Sabadell (Catalonia) in1927.
He began to draw and paint at the end of the 1930s.
He entered the School of fine Arts in Valencia and in 1947 took part in the foundation, activities and exhibits of the avant-garde group « Z », of which he was the youngest member. He drew attention by the Fauvism of his interiors and landscapes.
In January 1951, Xavier Oriach moved to Paris. In Barcelona, he had already met, when he was quite young, Antoni Clavé. In Valencia, he met Manolo Gil, Mompó, Sempere, and in Paris he met the Catalan Tàpies and also Chillida, Lobo, Parra, Pelayo, Palazuelo. A few months after his arrival, Bernard Dorival took an interest in his work and asked him to help him out with the retrospective of Braque’s work he was organising at the National Museum of Modern Art. In 1953, the Galerie Breteau presented his paintings, Oriach quickly integrated the New School of Paris, taking part in numerous collective exhibits at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles as well as the Salon de Mai.
He set up in Jouy-sur-Eure.
There he made his atelier a place of meetings and debates and created the Contemporary Art Centre where he presented in particular his friend Pierre Tal Coat as well as Raoul Ubac and Tàpies, among the artists whose approach showed some convergence with his own. He founded and coordinated a Biannual Sculpture Exhibit.
Starting in 1991, Xavier Oriach divided his existence between Normandy, where several retrospectives of his work have been organised, and Catalonia, where he exhibits regularly.
In 1997, Xavier Oriach’s work is publicly acclaimed : his native city pays hommage to his career with three major exhibitions in the Fine Arts Academy, the Nova 3 gallery, and the French Alliance.
In 2003, he enteres the gallery Trama in Barcelona, one the most important contemporary art galleries in Spain.
He currently lives between Sabadell and Jouy-sur-Eure.
« These forms come from references I have seen during my travels, nature, architecture… They are my writing. Forms have a terribly pictorial meaning; colour is attached to them, but that may not be the essential thing. What’s important is the search for the quintessence of form. (…) Thirty years ago, my painting was more gestural. The material helps to model, to express this form I seek to give my painting.» (Xavier Oriach)
- Catalonia – Barcelona, Fundació Estrada – Saladich
Barcelona, Laboratoires Boehringer
Sabadell, Banc Sabadell
Sabadell, Fundació Caixa de Sabadell
Sabadell, Museu d’Art
- Spain – València, Caixa d’Estalvis
Villafamés, Museu Popular d’Art Contemporani
- France – Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Evreux, Fonds d’art de la ville
Evreux, Musée de l’ancien évêché
Haute-Normandie, Fonds d’art du Conseil général
Paris, collection BNP
Paris, Banque Worms
Vernon, Musée municipal A.G. Poulain
- Yougoslavia – Tuzla, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Private collections :
- Spain – Barcelona
- United States – New York
- France – Montpellier
- Peru – Arequipa
- Switzerland – Geneva