Camí, Josep M.
L’Espluga Calba (Les Garrigues), 1947
Since 1965 he lives in Badalona where he works on sculpture. He graduated in Sculpture from the UB. He has been a professor of Sculpture at the Massana School in Barcelona for thirty years.
From 1982 to 2020 he has shown his sculptures of stone, wood, iron, organic materials and their combination in thirty-three individual exhibitions and in one hundred and thirty collective exhibitions -both in private galleries and public spaces.
His personal work is grouped into conceptual series. These series express his aesthetic evolution. He is first inspired by human forms: Human architecture, Stone anatomies and Work works the body. Then he considers the architectural space: Hidden is the axis. He also explores the expressiveness of cast iron and creates fossilized beings: Time Shavings, Mutant Nature, Lethargies and Geometries of Unreason. He provokes by hanging insects perpendicularly to the wall: Tylopsis. He transforms the meaning of agricultural tools: Volaverunt (wall) and Trobes.
In short, before the turn of the century, he has evolved from a geometrizing symbolism to his own syntax that interweaves poetic echoes, austerity of forms and expressiveness of materials.
Starting with the Memento series and especially with Times of Sybils, he provokes ethical approaches and proposes a more transparent sculpture than poetry, such as prose. With Times of Silence, as a consequence of his friendship with Màrius Sampere, existential issues are raised.
He has fifteen public sculptures in Badalona, Batea, Portugal, Ecuador, South Korea, Lebanon, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.
His medium and large format work -both indoor and outdoor exhibits- has been shown in more than forty official spaces, museums, institutions, public and private collections, both national and internationally.
He is co-author, together with Santamera, of two books on history, aesthetics and didactics of sculpture: The Art of Woodcarving (1996) and Sculpture in Stone (2000), Ed. Parramón -Barcelona, published in ten languages.
He is co-founder, together with Pilar Miquela and Jacinto Santamera, of the tallerBDN Sculpture workshop, and director from its inception in 2005 to 2020. President of the Associació tallerBDN, combines this management with the production of his sculptural work.