Early Life

He was born in Albacete, Spain (February 7th, 1947), inside a humble family. Being still a child, he combines studies with  several jobs, amongst others as an employee in the mythical Casino Primitivo of the city, and clerk at Fontecha Fashion Stores, laboural and vital experiences that helped to forge a very  critical and mature view of the environment from a very early age. He was a self-taught person and at  the age of 20 he achieved a position as Draftsman and Urban Planning Designer at the City Hall of his hometown. He worked for the Cadastre and with the renowned architect Julio Carrilero Prat, designing amongst others, the Nautical Club of Torrevieja


Being Painting his true vocation, he decides to undertake several travels abroad in order to improve his technique and to learn new methods.   He studied Altarpiece and Polychromy in the Massana School of Barcelona, Ceramic (Barcelona Arts and Crafts School), as well as Engraving and Lithography, not only in the Catalan metropolis, but also in Paris (Atelier Hayter) and Toronto (North Toronto Collegiate), where he also made his living creating stained glass artworks. During his Parisian stay, it is also possible to review his studies of Plastic Arts (Université de Vincennes) and History of the Art (École du Louvre). 

In the same way, his intellectual concerns and his extensive  self-taught formation extended to multitude of subjects and disciplines  (reading was one of his greatest passions), will lead him to create a  work in endless evolution and transformation. In 1974 he was awarded the  Güell Painting Foundation Award in Barcelona and in 1985 he was finalist at the 7th Cleveland International Drawing Biennale in England. At the end of the 80's he moves to Madrid, where he will create most of his works, working tirelessly, conscientiously and passionately. In 1997, he was appointed Academic Associate by the International Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences of Verbano, Italy. 


 The creations of this non-conformist Spanish artist are sprinkled with allegories as a criticism of the human condition. Like pages checked by the author in the urban chronicle of our days. Luis Fraile art is complex, profound and unsettling, an ambitious  controlled expressionism  through a mysterious figuration, serene  narrative, multiple characters-objects in space, out of his rich  imagination. Surrealistic  traits are perceived in those strange beings that populate his  paintings, as well as characteristics of Impressionism, discovered throughout his years of learning and, to some extent, assimilated. But the characteristic of Luis Fraile Painting is the Syncretism of an art that knows how to take  advantage of all the 'isms' and has managed to overcome them.