Painter and Spanish writer born in Madrid on 26 February 1937. In 1957, he/she finished his studies in journalism in Madrid and the following year he/she moved to Paris with the intention of becoming a writer. He/She contacted Spanish exiles circles and strengthened his attitude of opposition to the Franco regime.
In 1960 he/she participated in the Salon of the Jeune Peinture, competition that brings together the followers of the so-called nueva figuración. A year later, he/she presented his first solo exhibition, portraits of military and Church. In 1963, he/she exhibited at the third biennial of Paris with the collective L'Abbattoir (Brook, Biras, Camacho, Pinoncelli and Zlotykamien). Paintings presented by Arroyo, portraits of dictators like Franco, Hitler and Mussolini, Salazar, provoke a diplomatic protest by the Spanish Government, and that same year the authorities censor and close his first exhibition in Spain. Starting from 1964, collaborates with artists Gilles Aillaud and Antonio Recalcati in projects as Vivre et laisser mourir ou fin tragique de Marcel Duchamp (1965), violent rejection of this avant-garde artist mitificadora recovery. In this same line of desecration of the great figures of the history of art, Miró created series remade (1967) and its position of political opposition to Franco manifests in the sample 25 years of peace (1965), which was founded as a reaction to the festivities held by the twenty-five years of Franco's regime. He/She actively participated in the "French may". In the following years he/she lived in Italy (Milan and Rome), where he/she collaborated with the stage director Klaus Gruber, which has held numerous scenery. In 1973, he/she returned to Paris, and the following year, on a trip to Valencia, was arrested and expelled from Spain, so it got the status of political refugee in France.
The theme of exile is present in the painterly work of these years, and made series dedicated to White and Ángel Ganivet. In 1976, he/she regained the Spanish passport, and began exhibiting in Spain at the time that were organized retrospectives of his work at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; (1983) French is awarded with the national prize of plastic arts of the Ministry of culture Spanish (1982) and the title of Knight of Arts and letters from the Government. He/She lives between Paris and Madrid and is one of the main representatives of Pop in Spain, a style that serves as a vehicle for ironic and critically ponder reality, history social, cultural and political of Spain and West. His work forms part of a figurative Demystifying and controversial content. In recent years he/she has worked in sculpture.
His most representative work is found in the following museums: Musée D'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, National Gallery in Berlin, Hirshorn Museum of Washington, at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Hamburg Museum.
In June 2004, he/she held an exhibition at the Museum of contemporary art of Union Fenosa in La Coruña, which presented twenty-four of his most outstanding works of the last decade. The Círculo de Bellas Artes of Madrid, on the other hand, held an exhibition in December 2004, entitled "Scenery", who rescued the work carried out by Brook for the theatre and the opera of some of the most important venues of Europe, such as the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the Bremen Opera and the Opéra National de Paris. Indeed, it would be one of these works, the opera from the House of the dead, of Leos Janacek , according to a text of Dostoevsky, which serve as his presentation in Madrid, at the Royal Theatre, in October 2006.
It is a prolific writer who has signed so many essays on artistic themes such as works on boxing. All of them include Panama Brown, parts of theatre as a Bantam, which premiered at the Munich Residenzteater in 1986, and stories like sardines in oil (1990).
In 1998 appeared the book entitled pride and passion, long dialogue held between her painter and journalist Rosa Pereda. In it, Brook recounts his experiences as an artist, in exile, as militant progressive in the may 68 French, and as a member of the Spanish Communist Party. In 2003 gave the printing test the trio calaveras, about three characters who are obsessive to the author and painter from Madrid; Goya, Walter Benjamin, and lord Byron.