Sergi Barnils was born on 6th September 1954 in Bata, the capital of Equatorial Guinea.
Sergi’s father, from Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town situated near Barcelona, moved to Bata in the thirties and married a Spanish girl who gave him his first child. However, in 1956 the territory became a province of the Gulf of Guinea and the Barnils family returned to Catalogna.
From an early age Barnils showed a strong predisposition for drawing, so much so that his parents sent him to the Teresa Farrés School of Art. Later, during his attendance at the Viarò college of Sant Cugat, he continued in his passionate interest for art.
Encouraged by his father, Barnils followed his artistic vocation and had his first national recognition in 1966 with the prize award at the VIII National Youth Congress of Art in Barcelona where he presented a gouache.
He then abandoned the Law Faculty after two years of study and Sergi Barnils was taken on in the artistic ceramics department of his father’s industry. After the closure of the ceramics factory and an initial attempt to open his own laboratory, Barnils decided to dedicate himself exclusively to painting. Using geometric signs that he softened with the use of colours, the absolute protagonist of his art, Barnils managed to condense in his images, albeit abstract and full of primordial graffiti, his first intimate thoughts on the human condition: from his works, but above all from his gloriously lively colours, springs forth a feeling of the celebration of the beauty of life in all its forms and potential.
Currently Sergi Barnils lives and works in Sant Cugat, near Barcelona. After his first solo exhibition, held at the Maravia Gallery in Tordera (Barcelona) in 1980, a whole series of solo and collective exhibitions brought his work to some of the most important galleries and museums of his country to be known and appreciated by the Spanish public.
In the nineties, Barnils also began to exhibit in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Holland. He is much appreciated by critics and the international public and his works were presented in Italy in 1996 in Milan with an exhibition at the Spiral Art gallery. In the same year Barnils won the International Prize for painting in Tossa de Mar (Gerona).
Among his latest exhibitions, we note his solo exhibitions at the Racani Arroni Palace of Spoleto, at the Mari Gallery in Imbersago (Lecco) and at the Sansoni Gallery in Pavia.
His works are kept in the museums of Girona, Barcelona, Prague, Instanbul and Logrofio.