José Balmes Parramón (20 January 1927 – 28 August 2016 ) was a Spanish-born painter based in Chile. He received Chile's National Prize for Plastic Arts in 1999. José Balmes was born in 1927 in the town of Montesquiu in Catalonia, where he spent his childhood until the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936. Three years later, after the Nationalist victory, Balmes with his family was forced to leave Spain due to the militancy of his father, Damià Balmes, who was mayor of the town for the Republican Left of Catalonia. Along with Gracia Barrios and other artists, he would form the informalist group Signo, with whom he would present works in Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris.