Born in Barcelona in 1899, the sculptor Apel.les FENOSA left Spain for France in 1920. After staying in Toulouse, he settles in Paris in 1921. The same year, he meets Pablo Picasso who encourages him to persevere in sculpture and who will buy a significant number of his sculptures, thus becoming one of the first and principal collectors of FENOSA. In 1924, his first Parisian exhibit is prefaced by Max Jacob, who will also preface the exhibit of the Zborowski gallery, four years later.
In 1929, FENOSA returns to Barcelona where an exhibition of this work is being prepared. Caught by the Spanish Civil War (in which he is active on the Republican side), he remains in Catalonia until 1939. The Francoists victory forces him into exile. He returns to France where he will work until his death.
In 1944, the \Comite de Liberation du Limousin\ (Organization for the Liberation of the Limousin) orders a sculpture to commemorate the killings of Oradour-sur-Glane. He creates the "Monument aux Martyrs d'Oradour-sur-Glane" (Monument to the Martyrs of Oradour) presently in Limoges. After 1946, he exhibits individually or collectively in Paris, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Prague, New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Casablanca, Carrare...His personal exhibits are prefaced by the most famous writers and poets of his time, including Paul Eluard, Jean Cocteau, Jules Supervielle, Josep Carner, Alexandre Cirici-Pellicer, Francis Ponge, Pablo Neruda, Michel Cournot, Roger Caillois, Salvador Espriu...