In follow-on to our recent exhibitions, we will present at ARCOmadrid 2019 an exhibition of two artists of different generations who developed their work in very different social, cultural and political contexts. Manuel Hernández Mompó (Valencia, 1927-Madrid, 1992) is as a representative of a very particular type of informalist painting developed between the late fifties and eighties in which playful characters, symbols, letters, colour and light stood out in an era dominated by pessimism and darkness. Shown together with him, Guillermo Pérez Villalta (Tarifa, Cádiz, 1948) is an artist linked to the Madrid New Figuration which defined and represented the rebirth of part of Spanish society in the 80s, through a unique and unprejudiced style that united very diverse influences and ideas: pop art, historicism, counterculture. The joint exhibition of these artists accentuates the conceptual differences between them, their way of understanding art and the way they face it, but also highlights the personality and originality of two artists who went against the tides of their time: Mompó transferring to canvas the pulse of life and the yearning for freedom of ordinary people; and Pérez Villalta as the standard-bearer of an artistic ideology whose values build a bridge between modernity and contemporaneity. And with both artists, the Mediterranean as a backdrop.