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 Victor Salmones  (1937 - 1989)

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Lived/Active: Mexico      Known for: realist nude figure sculpture

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Victor Salmones was born in Mexico City in 1937 to parents who were both of Spanish ancestry.  His father immigrated to Mexico from Spain in the early thirties, and his mother was Spanish by heritage and Mexican by birth. Victor's father died when he was a young boy, and Victor began working part time to support his family.

It was first in public elementary school that Victor discovered his talent and love for the creation of sculpture.  While learning to use children's modeling clay, Victor won his first award ~~ for the sculpture of a comic character.  While attending high school and later at the Universidad de las Americas, Victor took as many art courses as possible, allowing him to afterward assume a position incorporating his love for art in the commercial world of advertising in 1956.

By 1962, Victor had saved enough money to put himself through the prestigious Instituto de Bellas Artes (Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts).  It was there that the famous Bauhaus master Otto Hoffman discovered his talent.  Hoffman took Salmones under his wing, and offered him an apprenticeship.  Hoffman's encouragement led to the opening of Victor's own sculpture workshop in Cuernavaca in 1966.

In 1967, Salmones' fluid bronze Adam was awarded first prize at the Biennale Exposition of the National Museum of Modern Art.  His work continued to win the highest critical acclaim at subsequent Biennale expositions, and in 1971, over hundreds of entries, his life-size bronze Narcissus was honored with first place in the national art competition juried by Harry Greer of the New York's Frick Museum and Charles Nagle of the Smithsonian.  Now a landmark of Salmones' adopted city, Narcissus surveys the port from a rock in Acapulco Bay.

Victor Salmones gained steadily in recognition internationally, as he was honored with one man shows throughout the world.  Public and private collections in some thirty-eight countries have collected and showcased his sculpture. Victor Salmones continued sculpting until his untimely death in 1989.  He worked principally in bronze, using the centuries-old lost wax method of casting.  Each of his sculptures was cast in a numbered series of ten.


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