Spanish painter, graphic artist, theatrical designer, and sculptor, born in Barcelona, where he studied at the School of Fine Arts in the evenings while apprenticed to a sign-writer and poster artist. In 1939 he moved to Paris, where he was initially influenced by the Intimisme of Bonnard and Vuillard. From the mid-1940s, however, his painting became more expressive, with affinities to the the rich and vibrant manner of Rouault. In the late 1950s he began to do the works for which he is best known—Lyrical Abstractions featuring paint over damask tapestry collages. In addition to painting, Clavé had much success as a graphic artist, particularly with coloured lithographs, and as a designer of theatrical sets and costumes, notably for Roland Petit's ballet company. In the 1960s he took up metal sculpture, making plaques and free-standing abstract compositions.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.