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Elena Martín Vivaldi

Elena Martín Vivaldi was born on the 8th of February 1907. She was the fourth of eight children. His father was a professor of Gynecology. He has liberal ideas and became for few months the first Republican mayor of Granada and President of the Diputacion of Granada. This encourage him to both his children and her daughter to finish their studies. For that reason Elena Martín was one of the few women of her generation with University studies. Elena studied at the Riquelme School, attended High School in Padre Suárez finishing her studies at the University of teaching in Guadix. She obtained a degree in Romantic Philology. Later, she passed the oppositions of Libraries, Archives and Museums and started working in Huelva but in 1948 she returned to Granada requesting the transfer to the library of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in which she would work until her retirement as a Director in 1977.

She has an introverted and quiet character but she was atopic for her time, independent and smoker. She also used to wear troussers and attend literary groups such as “Versos al aire Libre” that were organized in Café Granada, Casa América or Carmen The three Stars.

In 1953 she writes one of her most transcendental books: “The soul awakaned”.

In 1988, at  eighty years old, was named Favourite Daughter by the City of Granada. In 1998 she was awarded the Medal of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Granada.

She died in Granada in 1998 at the age of 90.

By express wish of her, her bibliographical collection was transferred to the University of Granada and the documents a autograph manuscriptes of her work were transferred to the Jorge Guillén Foundation.

Despite the greatness of its legacy, neither Granada or Andalucía have been able to give the deserved recognition that Elena Martín Vivaldi deserves.

Here is one of her poems:

Un árbol. Bien. Amarillo 
de otoño. Y esplendoroso 
se abre al cielo, codicioso 
de más luz. Grita su brillo 
hacia el jardín. Y sencillo, 
libre, su color derrama 
frente al azul. Como llama 
crece, arde, se ilumina 
su sangre antigua. Domina 
todo el aire rama a rama.

Todo el aire, rama a rama, 
se enciende por la amarilla 
plenitud del árbol. Brilla 
lo que, sólo azul, se inflama 
de un fuego de oro: oriflama. 
No bandera. Alegre fuente 
de color: Clava ascendente 
su áureo mástil hacia el cielo. 
De tantos siglos su anhelo 
nos alcanza. Luz de oriente.

Amarillo. Aún no imagina 
el viento, la desbandada 
de sus hojas, ya apagada 
su claridad. Se avecina 
la tarde gris. Ni adivina 
su soledad, esa tristeza 
de sus ramas.

                                          Fue certeza, 
alegría – ¡otoño! – . Faro 
de abierta luz.

                                        Desamparo 
después. ¿Dónde tu belleza?

 

 

Fuentes: http://www.culturandalucia.com and granadapedia

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Carmen Jiménez Serrano “La Zubia”

She was born on the 21st of September in 1920 in la Zubia, Granada. She was a painter and a sculptor. She became teacher of modeling at the University of Fine Arts of Seville, she an academic at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid and at the Academy of Fine Arts of Granada.

She started her artistic studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Granada shortly after the Civil War ended in 1939.

Later she went to the school in Madrid, thanks to her income and a scholarship from the city council of her hometown. There she studied painting and discovered her interest for sculpture.

About her style, aesthetics is her main interest — the beauty of the forms and volumes, full of rhythm, proportion and harmony, where the interest for the human figure predominates.

Juan Manuel Miñarro, an Andalusian sculptor, highlights her quality as an artist and as a teacher. The painter and sculptor Ricardo Suárez emphasizes her expressiveness with clay, her stone carving and her great mastery in volumetry.

Her work can be found in the Contemporary Museum of Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Artes, the library of the University of Granada or the Fine Arts Museum of Seville.

Carmen Jiménez got the Medal’s Honor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts

She was awarded the Medal of the Circle of Beautiful Arts in Madrid (1949), the National Prize of Sculpture (1951), the Medal’s Honor of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Santa Isabel of Hungary and the Gold Medal of Granada.

She died on the 19th of October in 2016 in Seville.

Some works of Carmen Jiménez

La Danza. Gardens to the Royal Hospital. University of Granada.

 

 

Fuentes: http://www.ineselo68blogspot.com y http://www.foroexbar.com

Supporting Young Creative People

Antonio Gala’s Foundation launches its annual grant edition (Source)

(Antonio Gala is a Spanish writer.)

“Live for working rather than working for a living” is the motto of the annual grant edition of Antonio Gala’s Foundation for young talents

18 scholarships have been announced for the present edition. They will include accommodation and meals for creators aged between eighteen and twenty-five. Within the foundation, young people work without teachers. They receive visits from established artists who share their experiences. The aim is to enrich one another with the others disciplines. This creative coexistence is what  Antonio Gala defined as “crossed-fertilization”: Young people gather at the end of the day to share progress, concerns, experiences and enrich the writer with the musician, the musician with the sculptor, the painter with the sculptor and so on.

The ultimate goal is to provide these young talents -each in their respective discipline: fiction, poetry, theater, music composition, painting, sculpture …-, with the development of a creative project during the academic year 2016-2017. As a novelty, the Foundation has announced an extraordinary grant for researching on a specific aspect of Antonio Gala work and personality.
The scholarship includes a stay at the headquarters of the Foundation from October 2016 until June 2017, in Cordoba, Spain. There will be holidays during two weeks at Christmas period (December-January) and Easter. Accommodation, meals, as well as the material and the necessary spaces for residents to develop their creative work, will be provided by the organizers.
Applicants from Spain may send their documentation in print -except that which by its nature requires other support-, to the address: “Call for applicants from Antonio Gala Foundation for Young Creators 2016-2017” , C / Ambrosio Morales, No. 20. 14003 Córdoba.
Those from another countries  can be made in the same way, or by submitting all documentation in PDF to “convocatoria@fundacionantoniogala.org” email.
The deadline for submitting applications wil be the 31st March 2016.
The final list of selected candidates will be posted on the web page www.fundacionantoniogala.org throughout the month of June 2016.
Further information, any questions or concerns will be attended at (+34) 957 487 395 or email info@fundacionantoniogala.org

Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud

ARTISTS WITH SAND

I took these photos few months ago by the beach in Fuengirola and I wanted to share them with you all because I think it’s awesome, right?

These artists often make these things with sand, some water and these tools as you can see in the first photo.

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Hope you like them!