This listing is for an original and fine lithographic print by Alvar Suņol Munoz-Ramos. Lithograph is signed in pencil lower right corner and marked E.A. Image measures approximately 26" x 20". Custom framed wood frame, matted with protective glass (museum quality). Offered for a low opening bid and no reserve. Please note similar prints retail for $2,300.00+ when found in ART GALLERIES. View my photos below and feel free to contact me with any information you may require regarding this listing or any of my other listings. Thank you. This was originally bought at the Gallery 444 San Francisco.
Alvar Suņol Munoz-Ramos was born on January 29, 1935, in Montgat, a Catalan fishing village on the Mediterranean coast near Barcelona. He started painting oils at age twelve and at age seventeen was accepted at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge, the prestigious fine art school in Barcelona. Before graduating from the Belles Artes, he gave his first solo exhibition at Galleries Layetana in Barcelona in 1957. Alvar also won the Bolsa de Viaje Alhambra de Granada, a summer scholarship study trip to Granada. At age 18, Alvar entered a painting in a competition for the Young Painters Prize sponsored by the City of Barcelona. His painting won the grand prize and it is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain. Due to his early artistic successes, Alvar received many invitations for shows in other Spanish cities. During his military service, he submitted one of his canvases for the Institut Francais annual painting competition in Barcelona. The Institut Francais awarded him the grand prize and a scholarship to study in Paris. Alvar arrived in Paris to paint in 1959. He met Juan Fuentes, a fellow Spaniard and director of the prestigious Parisian Galerie Drouant. Fuentes encouraged Alvar in his painting and brought Alvar?s first group of Paris oil paintings to the gallery. Fuentes? gallery sold the paintings in one week. In 1960 Alvar returned to Barcelona to marry his childhood sweetheart, Rosella Berenguer. They returned to Paris and lived there for ten years. Alvar?s paintings were exhibited in the United States for the first time at the Monede Gallery, New York in 1962. Alvar produced his first original lithographs for a one-man show at Galerie Drouant in 1963. Since a decisive solo exhibition in Paris in 1963, Alvar has exhibited regularly throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan. For a comprehensive list of Alvar?s museum and private exhibitions, please see the additional information provided. Perhaps one of the most prestigious honors Alvar has received was in 2006 when Restaura, a Spanish real estate company that is dedicated to building restoration projects for cities, asked Alvar to create a sculpture to honor the famous Spanish cellist and composer Pablo Casals (1876 ? 1973). In early 2008, the sculpture was placed on a street in the Boulogne Billancourt area of Paris that after a major renovation has also been renamed for Pablo Casals. In addition to the sculpture, Restaura also commissioned Alvar to create a large painting and lithograph suite honoring Pablo Casals.The lithograph is displayed in their headquarters as an honor to their fellow Spaniards Casals and Alvar. Alvar continues to create art in the mediums of oil, lithography, watercolor, bronze, ceramic bas-relief and precious metal sculpture. His work frequently embodies a poetic message, recognizing those he admires and his feelings about the importance of family values, nature, and time.
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