BRIIING briiing, the phone rattled in its cradle. “Hello” whispered a quiet unobtrusive voice. “Hi, Ric Polansky here. Is Miguel Angel in town this week?” I cleverly asked. “No, he is away”. “He didn’t sneak off to
“No, he is in
That’s just the information I needed.
“OK, I’ll catch him then”. But, that didn’t prove so easy.
Miguel Angel comes from a close knit family of frenzied traders. If they ain’t doin’ business 25 hours a day, they feel slovenly and sloth like. The last time I ran into a few of his brothers was in a favourite watering hole in
Their father was the hand picked mayor of nearby Antas under Franco. A charismatic paternal man who was good to all. And if you were a businessman back in the 70’s sooner or later you dealt with Don Francisco. And you’d better be prepared or you’d become the main meal.
Today if you’re a traveller on the roads of
So, Miguel Angel, where did this “art thing” happen? Especially from such a powerful business family.
“I just had a natural affinity to art. Something about it drew me in. Hell, I got so involved that I even traded building supplies for works of art. Manolo Coronado, from Delphos taught me a lot about painting and especially what we call “contemporary” modern style, with images not easily recognizable”.
What artists do you sell now?
“Well we have catalogues of many different artists and work likewise with other galleries in
Miguel Angel, it is so good to have “art” back in Mojacar on a big scale. What do your plans include for the coming years?
“Well, I especially want to have a section in our gallery where local painters can exhibit and become known. Do you realize that in the world of art more than 50 famed artists live in our area during the winter, just because of the special light we have here. They come and paint and are sold mainly in
What’s next? Who can we see and when?
Naturally we want Clemente Jerez right away to show everyone here who he is. Then we want to do Julio Romero de Torres and a few more of the better known ‘grandes Maestros Espanoles’ like Juaquin Mir, Ignacio Zuloaga, Gonzalo Bilbao, Jesus Perceval. Lots of artists that you need to see ‘anew’, maybe catch them in a different style or epoch in their lives. So many good artists to behold.
Watch this column for announcement of the big show.
By Ric Polansky