In 1959, Cuixart gained international recognition when he won the prize for best painter at the São Paolo Bienal in Brazil. Among other shortlisted contestants was Francis Bacon, while Barbara Hepworth won the grand prize for her sculptures. After the awards, Time magazine wrote: "Cuixart makes elegant mud pies, the blackest and heaviest in the notably gloomy Spanish exposition. Black may always be in fashion, especially in Spain. Yet the spirit of Goya is clearly not with Cuixart. He makes despair chic."
Modest Cuixart, artist, born November 2 1925; died October 31 2007"(www.theguardian.com)