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Oscar Dominguez – Spanish Surrealist Painter

by laurence on Thursday, September 24, 2015

A keen user of the painting technique decalcomania Oscar Dominguez was a surrealist painter in the early 20th Century. Heavily influenced by Pablo Picasso and Yves Tanguy, Domínguez died at the age of 51 in 1957, and despite his relatively short career, he enjoyed much success with several of his paintings selling for thousands of dollars.

  • Before moving to Paris in 1927 at the age of 21, Oscar Dominguez was brought up by his grandmother in the town of Tacaronte in Tenerife
  • This Spanish painter, although having a relatively short painting career, became renowned for painting surrealist and avant-garde pictures

Oscar Dominguez spent his early years in Tenerife with his grandmother, having been born in the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna that also sits on the island. Dominguez became interested in painting from a young age as an outlet to the severe illness he had that slowed his growth and provoked a gradual deformation of his limbs and face. Following his move to Paris when he was 21, Dominguez spent time working in the Les Halles market in the centre of the city, and passed much time in cabaret bars. His interest in art increased while in Paris, as he was to be found on many occasions in museums and galleries, as well as occasional attendance at various art schools.

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Federico García Lorca – Blood Wedding

by laurence on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Let's talk a little bit about Spanish literature today. The works of Federico García Lorca  not only represent masterful writing, but they also play an important role in Spain's cultural history… read more »

Cuenca – City in Spain

by laurence on Thursday, September 03, 2015

The fascinating medieval city of Cuenca , capital of the province of Cuenca, is located just between Valencia and Madrid. Cuenca remained fairly unknown until the Muslim occupation, and was then conquered in the 12 th Century by the Christians… read more »

Miguel Angel Jimenez

by laurence on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Spanish golfer , Miguel Angel Jiménez, was born in Malaga, Spain. In the initial years of his sporting career, he finished amongst the best 100 players ranked according to the European Tour Order of Merit each season since 1989, and won an impressive 5 th position in 1994. While playing at the Volvo Masters, during the 7 th hole in Valderrama, Jiménez is famed for scoring an albatross (otherwise known as a double eagle), which refers to a score, on an individual hole, of 3-under par… read more »

Alejandro Amenábar

by laurence on Thursday, August 06, 2015

Alejandro Amenábar is a widely respected film director and prominent artistic personality in the Spanish speaking world; over the span of his career in the film industry, Amenábar has been the recipient of multiple awards, including a European film award and 8 Goya Awards. His passion for film manifests in the personal edge Amenábar brings to his works, having composed nearly every soundtrack to each of his 6 Spanish films , and having written the screenplays himself in addition… read more »

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