Barcelona, 1940

Often times I have attempted to explain the process of painting. However, after all of these years, I have no clue yet about doing so.

Indeed, what comes first is the motif - perhaps the sky I see in the morning, a man walking down the beach, or a fish with its gills stained in blood... Yet, it is not until that outside world merges with my inner landscape when I feel compelled to paint it. It is only then when the great adventure begins. Because painting is like shooting in the darkness. With every new painting, the old problems of this art strike back and, with the humble tools of this profession and yet, without relying on fashionable solutions, we learn how to solve them using our own proposal.

Frankly, the bottom line is that the observer does not really need to care about this. Indeed, one should just look at the artwork because, in doing so, the overall process is finally completed.

Nowadays, it is hard to find people out there who understands why should anybody need to paint apples or flowers again and again. Indeed, for some, the trivial nature of these topics hides the fact that there might exist any pictorial thinking underneath. However, I do believe that this pictorial thinking might be as important as the most daring avant-garde.

I do believe that Painting has to give leads again in order that nobody should feel excluded.

There is a Catalogue Raisonné, which displays photos of 1405 known work of Miquel Vila until 2003.
Documentary on TVE (in Catalan)