Laurent Jiménez-Balaguer was born on January 14, 1928 in L’Hospitalet del Llobregat, Barcelona (Catalonia). He lives and works in Paris. During the 1950s, he is one of the most distinguished painters of Catalan art, known for creating a private language. He belongs to the Abstract Expressionism and European Informalism. These postmodern vanguardists have been characterized by their multiculturalism, manifested in their contrasting pictorial textures, and the need to invent a new mindset.Jiménez-Balaguer’s purpose is to establish a framework of knowledge of the human psyche based on Ferdinand de Saussure’s language model, in order to show how painting is a universal medium for the understanding of the Self. He regards the construct of the Self as indispensable, and its visualization as vital; the human inner is neither an impalpable, untouchable soul nor an invisible, immaterial ego.His conception of creation and society inscribe him in a process of a permanent revolution, from which the subject must struggle for the construction of the Self.His work asserts that the Self is a performative act. Jose María Moreno Galván in 1960 considered him one of the twenty most talented painters of Contemporary Catalan Art.Two fundamental archetypes structure his field: the Body-Memory and the Exterior-Interior.