1-Maron…The beginning

Hello again my dear friends, I want to take you on a journey in the life of an artist, this is Maron, Salvador Maron my father. This is a very personal task for me for so many reasons which makes this that more special. The life that my parents have lived is to say the least magically incredible and I am truly looking forward to sharing it with you while learning new details unknown to myself even. So! Lets start at the beginning when he was 16… he is invited to New York by a known theater director, piano player and writer who saw “it” in Maron to have an exhibition. On the information card he writes:

“Salvador Maron, intuitive self taught, was born in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) on March the 5th, 1948.
His grandfather was a diver. His father is from Cadiz and his mother from Las Palmas.
Coming to New York for his exhibition, this is the first time he has left his island where he has done the drawings we present.”

Here he is fresh in the big apple! he is 16!

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On this information card he goes on to explain his coming to meet Maron while in the Canary Islands…

“Last August, 1964, after directing The Magic Flute for the First Opera Festival in Madrid, I took a rest. I went to Canary Islands. One morning by chance, I met Salvador Maron on the beach. A few days after he told me he told me he wanted to be a painter, some day. He was only 16. I asked him if he had drawn some things before. He said he didn’t like to do it as an entertainment. I decided to help him, sensing something very honest about him” This is very true about him to this day, very humble and honest! let’s continue…
“We went to a stationary store where we would only find a few pencils, some ink and some paper. I gave everything to him.
Imagine my surprise when he did his first drawing and others that I found simply marvelous. I took charge of him and asked him to work everyday. I left Las Palmas, and although my theatrical work forced me to travel over Europe, we kept in touch. Several times in Paris or Madrid, I would find a bunch of his drawings for me at the hotel.
Less than a year has gone by, and now, on my arrival to New York, I had the opportunity to show his work to people who deserved my utmost respect in the world of arts. They’ve been as impressed as I was the first time I saw them and it’s thanks to their enthusiasm and help that we can show this exhibition, here in New York for the first time.
So, we only wish you now: Buena suerte, Salvador.

Juan de Prat-Gay”

Here is the card…
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Here is the other side of the card and a drawing of Juan Prat by Maron…

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Here is a publication of the exhibition on the Herald Tribune…

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at that time when he was in NY. he made a portrait of Donyale Luna, who became a famous model and actress (worked with Fellini) my mother mentioned she worked with her as well once for French Vogue with Helmut Newton and was totally intimidated by her overwhelming presence because she was “wow!”, incredible but died very young.

Here is a picture of her…
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The other is Naty Abascal, famous Spanish model in NY at that time and is even now always in the HOLA magazine.

Beautiful…
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Ok back to the exhibition! So here he is having an interesting conversation and let me remind you that he was so young! he actually turned 17 while in New York for the exhibition so he was 17 here…is that a champagne glass in his hand?? haha

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“Triptic” a beautiful piece that he sold before the exhibition which paid for his plane ticket! The Museum Of Modern Art acquired 2 other pieces (MOMA)
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And finally I show you the drawing of the cat… this cat belonged to Romulo Aguirre who was the owner of the “Club No#1″, which was the biggest club in New York at that time, everybody who was anybody would go party there…the frame he bought from an old Chinese shop who’s owner told Maron that he would become hypnotized by the cat. There is a story behind a cat series that he did later but you must stay tuned until next time…

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8 Thoughts on “1-Maron…The beginning

  1. Anke Berlin on February 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm said:

    how wonderful to see Salvadors work.
    Lets see much more, thanks

    • Alegria on February 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm said:

      Dear Anke,
      thank you for stopping by and for the lovely comment. I will definitely keep this wonderful story going and I can assure you that it will be packed with stories!

  2. Oh My Goddess! This is an awesome site! Please keep on with the story. We Want More!!!! I LOVE that cat. The humanness is a bit scary! What a gift he has.

  3. Mykeesha on February 11, 2011 at 6:20 am said:

    I love what you are doing …sharing your father’s story. Its so interesting to follow the life of someone so talented.

    • Alegria on February 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm said:

      Thank you so very much my lovely Mykeesha, you know the family so well and it means a lot that you follow the story :) Stay tuned!

  4. Great post Ale, so much talent and so young, right? The triptic is just incredible!
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