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 Juan Davo  (1897 - 1967)

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Lived/Active: Washington / Spain/Puerto Rico      Known for: advertising, commercial art, illustration, portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born and raised at Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Davo studied art in Madrid. He became an advertising artist and illustrator for commercial companies in the Canary Islands for twenty years before moving to Puerto Rico where he resided for six years. He moved to Seattle, Washington from Puerto Rico to manage the Puerto Rico Pavilion at Century 21, Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

He was involved with producing commercial illustrations advertising the fair and also painted backdrops for the dance performances at the Spanish Pavilion. He collaborated with D.I. Wolf creating twelve plexiglass panels based on “Jewels of the World”, representing the twelve signs of the Zodiac. This was installed at the Seattle World’s Fair.

In Seattle, he became a well-known portrait painter and produced numerous paintings that were illustrated in the Seattle Times’ Charmed Land Magazine. In November, 1962, Davo had a solo exhibition of thirty paintings at Doces Sixth Ave, a high end furniture and design store in downtown Seattle.

In July/August, 1963. He had a solo exhibition of 53 oils and temperas at the International Bazaar at the Seattle Center.

Two of his oil paintings, Girl and Man of the Gorra were exhibited at the Exposicion Bienal Hispanoamericana de Arte in Barcelona.

In December 1964, he held an exhibition of his religious paintings at the Bon Marche, another high-end department store in Seattle.

He became a well-known figure in Seattle’s art community but developed a life threatening illness, which caused him to return to the Canary Islands where he died at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

His life and work are documented in a publication:
El Pintor Tinerfeno Juan Davo: Su vida y su obra, 1897-1967. (The Painter from Tenerife , Juan Davo: His Life and Work), 1990. By Carmen Ana Gonzalez Gonzalez (Author)

Submitted by David Martin, Martin-Zambito Fine Art, Seattle, Washington

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