Signed lower right and dated "50"
New frame in light solid oak.
Dimensions of the work: 92 cm x 73 cm
Dimensions of the frame: 106 cm x 85 cm
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Isidro Antequera is a Spanish painter, born in 1926. His father, photographer and painter by profession, died when he was not yet two years old. He began very early to develop a penchant for painting and drawing encouraged by his teacher at school. He then combines his great hobby with learning various trades to progress. He exhibited for the first time in his hometown in 1945 and 1946. The poet from La Mancha, Juan Alcaide, encouraged him to continue and contribute to the exhibition of plastic arts in Valdepeñas, event in which he will participate on numerous occasions . Campo de Criptana pastor Don Gregorio Bermejo commissioned his first creative fresco and encouraged him to continue his training in Madrid. He went to the capital and began working in the film studios "Sevilla films" and "Cifesa" with the decorator Enrique Alarcón. At the same time, he follows the lessons of the painter Enrique Bráñez at the School of Arts and Crafts in Madrid. Another great painter, José Frau, guides him for some time in his apprenticeship. Later, he will follow Carlos Sáinz de Tejada's courses at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts. His first exhibition in Madrid is held at the Sala Marabini and is presented by the writer and art critic Prados López. The Instituto de Estudios Manchegos is sponsoring its second exhibition in Ciudad Real. For a time, he lived and visited Extremadura, marking his landscape with a trace that makes him develop a facet that he had not assumed until then. He settles definitively in Madrid where he meets Professor Daniel Vázquez Díaz and the painter La Mancha Gregorio Prieto with whom he maintains good relations. He attended several National Exhibitions, obtaining some prizes like the first Linares National Medal in 1955. He exhibited in Madrid at the National Library under the Exhibition Call of "Artists of Ciudad Real" initiating a periodicity in the exhibitions between Madrid and many cities in Spain. He married in 1954 to Juliana Galindo of Crypto, with whom he had three children and marked his later career. At this point, he made many portraits of all kinds of personalities. With the friend and Murcian painter Antonio Hernández Carpe, he produced many murals and mosaics for the new churches in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Between the years 1960 and 1963, he produced the large canvases of the high altar of the new parish of Campo de Criptana. From 1964, he worked almost exclusively for the American gallery "Firenze". This period is characterized by a change in both the themes and the treatment and style. You could call it an impressionist painting with large spatula spots, with intense colors and themes from the entertainment world; Cock fighting. circus and musical themes. In 1966, he received a grant from the Fundación Juan March and spent several months in Italy and France. Back in Campo de Criptana, he founded and directed, with several "crazy" poets, artists and academics, the magazine HITO, in search of the cultural and poetic roots of La Mancha. He returned to work in the world of cinema in 1969 for the North American production company "Center Films". Later, he executed several paintings for the wax museum of Barcelona, highlighting the allegorical themes of the staircase and a facade. In 1973, the creation of the first municipal school of drawing and painting of La Mancha was proposed, assuming the execution and the subsequent direction, until 1996. From this moment, an artistic and cultural environment unknown until then there was created. He was director of art courses in Almagro of the Cultural Foundation of Castilla-la Mancha in 1982 and 1984. He realized more than 50 individual exhibitions in different Spanish capitals, his last anthropological exhibition in 2006 in Campo de Criptana. his work is featured in numerous public collections.