Francisco Bores (Madrid, 1898 – Paris, 1972) began degrees in civil engineering and law, which he quit in 1916 in order to study art at Cecilio Pla’s painting academy. He joined the Ultraist movement in 1922 and collaborated with the magazines Alfar, Horizonte, Cruz y Raya, Índice, Sí, España and the Revista de Occidente contributing woodcuts with an Expressionist accent. At Julio Moisés’ Academia Libre [Free Academy], he coincided with Salvador Dalí and Benjamín Palencia. Within the environment of the Residencia de Estudiantes [Student Residence], he expanded his subject matter to include to folklore, gypsy culture and bull fighting.
In 1925, Bores moved to Paris and became interested in Fauvism and Surrealism. Tériade praised his work in Cahiers d’Art. In 1929 he returned to realist figuration focusing especially on lines, color, and light. Around 1934, he initiated a new period characterized by eclecticism and chromatic sensuality. In 1935, after exhibiting in London and the United States, he signed a contract with art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. Bores returned to Madrid with his family where he remained until the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. During the 1950s, he adopted a style called estilo en blanco [white style] in which a border of white paint surrounds objects and figures. In 1971 Galería Theo in Madrid presented his first exhibition in Spain since the 1920s.