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Jose Vela Zanetti

 (1913 - 1999)
Jose Vela Zanetti was active/lived in Spain.  Jose Vela Zanetti is known for murals, portrait, still live, landscape and religious themed painting.

Jose Vela Zanetti

Biography from Auctionata

José Vela Zanetti is one of the most meaningful Spanish artists of the 20th Century.  A native of Burgos in northern Spain, Zanetti is also known as a representative of 'Muralismo', a special type of wall painting.  He completed his art studies in Madrid with his teacher, José Ramon Zaragoza.  An educational journey brought him to Italy in 1933. 

The Spanish Civil War, which broke out in 1936, was to mark him in a cruel manner, because his father was executed because of his socialist political views.  In 1939, this event brought Zanetti into exile to the Dominican Republic.  There, his great success as a painter and 'muralist' started.  He received over 100 commissions for wall paintings from public institutions such as libraries, government buildings and banks. 

Since 1945, Zanetti also worked as a lecturer at the National Art Academy in Santo Domingo, where he became director in 1949.  With a Guggenheim fellowship in 1951, he spent several years in New York City in the 1950s, where Zanetti's international career began.  Also his most well-known work for the UN-headquarters: a wall painting with the title 'The struggle of humanity for a long-lasting peace' (La Lucha del Hombre por la Paz) was created in New York. 

Zanetti spent the end of his life in his birthplace Milagros in the province of Burgos.  His later work shows a mixture of portraits, still lives, landscapes and religious themes.

Biography from Auctionata, Inc.
Renowned Spanish muralist José Vela Zanetti is celebrated for his murals depicting the repercussions of the Spanish Civil War. Over the course of his career, he received over 100 commission for wall paintings, including completing a mural for the United Nations headquarters in New York. In 1951, Vela Zanetti was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Hispanic artists. In 1997, the Vela Zanetti Foundation opened in Leon, exhibiting 50 of his paintings and a mural.

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About  Jose Vela Zanetti

Born:  1913 - Milagros
Died:   1999 - Burgos
Known for:  murals, portrait, still live, landscape and religious themed painting