Josep Roca-Sastre was born in Terrassa, Spain in 1928. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Barcelona in 1954. Upon graduation, he received two scholarships to study in Paris with Ramon Rogent and at the La Grande Chaumière Academy. He remained in France until 1956, at which time he returned to Barcelona. Over the course of his artistic career, Roca-Sastre’s work went through a number of creative phases, inspired by both Post-Impressionism and Cubism.
Roca-Sastre, grandson of Lluís Muncunill, one of the main architects of Modernism, had his first studio in «La Pedrera», the famous house designed by Antoni Gaudí. This allowed his to experience modernism from within. As an artist, Roca-Sastre is most recognized for his depictions of the elements typical of a Bourgeois Catalan house—mosaic floors, translucent tablecloths, and delicate lace curtains.
His work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in the United States, Canada and in Europe. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, the Museum of Barcelona, and in the Princess Sofia Museum, Athens, among others.