Torredonjimeno, Jaén, 1921.
The childhood and adolescence of this artist were spent in Córdoba, where with Ricardo Molina, Juan Bernier and Pablo García Baena, they formed the editorial staff of the magazine "Cántico". He is the painter who best reflects the trends, of poetry in Córdoba during the post-war years.
This Cordovan generation, oppressed by the official culture, suffered long years of misunderstanding and silence. During these years, Liébana lived and travelled extensively outside Spain (Paris, Río de Janeiro, Switzerland, Lisbon, Venecia, etc.), thus freeing himself from an easy artistic categorisation. He struggled to conserve the emotional and thematic basis of his first works, faithful reflections of the works of those poets.
In the sixties, he moved to Madrid, dedicating himself to his works, which does not consist exclusively of paintings, since Liébana believes that: there is one undivided Art, which embraces both artistic and literary endeavours.
His painting is very elaborate, miniaturistic, occasionally magical and symbolic, reflecting the artist's sensual intense ritual Andalusian sensitivity. His small-format, created with an artisan's patience, are lyrical poems in which the literary components are enclosed within a magical universe of placidly surrealistic and lucid images, and immersed in a wisely hinted sensuality. His technique combines the arts of drawing and painting.
His most celebrated portraits are those of the Bosé-Dominguín family, and one of H.M. King Juan Carlos I, which hangs in the Head Office of the Government of the Community of Madrid.
Revista Álbum-Letras. Pp. 33-35. Núm. 14. 1988.