Personal prelude of what is to come in the form of a letter…Maron, my father.

My dear friends, we are now at a very special crossroads in this venture. My father wrote a letter I want to share with you all, this is a very special project for me on many levels…for one they are my parents and I know what they are in terms of art and creativity and even then I am floored every time, even while writing this story I learn more and  more about their timeline and how it all took shape for them, like you reading this for the first time I learn something new about their story. Then this is also my legacy and what I know to be my purpose  in many degrees so sharing this with the world is very important, I thank you personally for following the story and rest assured…there is plenty to come.

Here is the letter from my father, the artista! This is a peak of what is to come and a round up of where we have been and what is next:

My dearest Willy and Alegria, first of all I give a million thanks for everything you are doing, so wonderfully documenting the history of my profession as a painter of fine arts, as the great Mirikitani said: “Now I am a great artist. ” In 1972, we were in Canada and decided to return to Europe. It was then that I made the decision to devote myself entirely to painting, because everything that had happened until then you could say “was offered on a silver platter¨. Not surprising that I was the last to believe that I could really be a true artist. The way things happened it was not easy for me to keep up the image I had created with the help of Juan de Prat-Gay. In short I mean is that it took several years and many trips to face the inevitable dilemma that life had presented me. In ’72 I was resigned to the idea that everything that I had done under the tutelage of Juan was lost or at least missing. When returning to Madrid, finding all my work saved in the “Andalucia transport ¨ ,  seemed a sign from heaven that in fact  painting was my path and Paris seemed the most logical step. But before undertaking this second part of this story, it seems appropriate to look back at those 9 years of my transformation from childhood to adulthood almost without notice..

Here is the original letter in Spanish for my Spanish people ;)

Mi queridisimas Willy y Alegria, ante todo os doy un millón de gracias por todo lo que estáis haciendo documentando tan maravillosamente la historia de mi oficio como pintor de bella artes, como decía el gran Mirikitani: “ahora soy un gran artista”. Habíamos quedado en el año 1972, en que estábamos en Canadá y decidimos volver a Europa. Fue entonces que tome la decisión de dedicarme enteramente a la pintura, pues todo lo ocurrido hasta entonces se me había ofrecido se podría decir ¨en bandeja¨. No sorprende que yo era el último en creer que podía ser de verdad un verdadero artista. De la forma en que las cosas ocurrieron no era nada fácil mantenerme a la altura de la imagen que me había creado con la ayuda de Juan de Prat-Gay. Resumiendo quiero decir que tarde varios años y muchos viajes para poder enfrentarme al dilema ineludible que la vida me había obsequiado. En el 72 ya me había resignado a la idea de que todo lo que había hecho bajo la tutela de Juan se había perdido, al menos estaba en paradero desconocido. Cuando volviendo a Madrid descubrí toda mi obra guardada en ¨transporte Andalucia¨ me pareció una señal del cielo de que en efecto la pintura era mi camino y París parecía la etapa mas lógica. Pero antes de emprender esta segunda parte de la historia me parece adecuado hacer un repaso de esos 9 años de mi adolescencia en que pase de la niñez a la vida adulta sin darme casi cuenta.

1964 – This was one of his very 1st works, let me point out that he had never been to as much as a Museum or seen any real artwork on his own., nor did he ever have any art training or schooling. This is a raw work from Maron

1965 – The 1st exhibition and no less than in New York! wow…I don’t think he would have had this opportunity if there was no talent there don’t you agree??

1966 – for this one and from what I know Marie Helene De Rotschild was a woman with truly manificent taste and patron of artists, she saw the talent in front of her.

1968 – One of the first drawing of my mother in Morocco where they met

1968

1968

1969 – NY

1970 – Ibiza

1971 – Kashmir

1972 – Canada

1973 Madrid

Now my beloved ones we are going to go to Paris…are you ready??

14 Thoughts on “Personal prelude of what is to come in the form of a letter…Maron, my father.

  1. so sweet. i love this story. i can’t imagine what all of your lives were like, but i love reading it and being able to be a fly on the wall for just a tiny time. brava!
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  2. Alicia Ruíz Robles on June 6, 2011 at 9:48 am said:

    Hola Alegría! Voy a escribirte estas letras en español si me lo permites, porque mi inglés es tan horrible que sería incapaz de trasmitirte lo que te quiero decir. Por pura casualidad y navegando en la red en temas y blogs de moda descubrí a tu familia y esta maravillosa historia que me ha enredado por completo. A medida que iba y venía del blog de tu hermano al de tu madre, y cómo buenamente podía ir traduciendo fui dandome cuenta de que tú estabas recopilando la vida de tus padres en un generoso acto hacia ellos y hacia nosotros tus lectores dejandonos al descubierto algo tan interesante, además no puedes hacerte a la idea de lo que ha sido para mi descubrir la vida y obra de tu padre de esta manera, pues siendo de su misma ciudad desconocía por completo su existencia..y creeme que me resulta doloroso,un tesoro así y creo que es un gran desconocido para el canario de a pie.Yo he tenido la suerte gracias a tu encantadora madre que me ha “acogido” con tanto cariño de descubrir todo esto y por eso quería darte las gracias de corazón.
    Tus padres deben estar muy orgullosos de tí por lo que estás haciendo.
    Eres una belleza por fuera y por dentro.
    Besos desde mi playa, Las Canteras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    Alicia

    • Alegria on June 8, 2011 at 3:37 am said:

      Mi querida Alicia, como te agradezco tus palabras maravillosas. Le encantara saber a mi padre que tiene a una persona de su tierra que haya dicho estas palabras tan bellas. Con mucho amor para ti, hasta pronto :)

  3. Love it my Alegria, you are doing so well, thanks to put all his work in order and share it with the world, much love
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  4. Patricia Jean Trussell on June 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm said:

    Wonderful…delightful to the eyes that view, thanks for sharing…

  5. Hazel Gomes on June 7, 2011 at 10:26 am said:

    Love it !

  6. Sara Dijana on June 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm said:

    dear people, i am proud that i could meet you..your parents, Alegria, almost ten years ago in our sweet city of Amsterdam.. and to meet you all, their closer family, via them..i could cry of all of this what i can see here, on this pages. very the best artistic impression…i had it always, when the art of your father is in question, as well as the art of your sweet mother…that is standard-for me…very simple it was always, to value their work: maximum of the talent. top of the tops i can see that all of you, your brother, you, and your lovely children, will be as talented and creative, so as interesting, as your fantastic and lovely parents. i hope, also, that i will see you once…your parents again,
    wherever and whenever…
    i send you all my love,
    untill the next time,
    (maybe on the Face-book(even I am almost never there)).
    Much, much, much greetings for all of you,
    from the friend of your parents, Sara Dijana
    ps: this was one private letter..i love it more here, than in the face-book, by and greet all of yours (family)

    • Alegria on June 8, 2011 at 3:36 am said:

      Wow! Sara, that is so very sweet and I take everything you shared with me and carry it forever. I hope to meet you one day and share more stories face to face :)

      I send lots of love to you and yours xoxoxo

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  8. Ingmari Lamy on June 13, 2011 at 9:52 am said:

    My dear Alegria! You are so beautiful! And it is truly amazing to open this page and see the continuation of life….I knew Willy from Paris…and Salvador. I was a model then as well. Later we met in Amsterdam and how I would love to meet again! You have the greatest mum! mnay blessings to you.

    Ingmari

  9. Cooky Debidour on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 pm said:

    Great Alegría l love you nena linda bella

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