Year later as an adult I read about Dominguin, Manolete and Ordonez classic bullfighters of the golden years. A book that inspired me was IBERIA by James Michener and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the culture and being of Spain as a whole.
Present day Spain and the image of bullfighting has changed drastically from my childhood days. Bullfighters no longer have the appeal they did however the spirit is still there and i cannot help feeling attraction to this art form. Many bullfighters continue to catch my attention but it was one in particular that in recent years seemed to break the conventional image of a bullfighter and that was JM Manzanares. Son of a famous bullfighter I consider him to be a fine example of the 21st century bullfighter. Despite the new world we live in he has been able to embrace his profession to this new environment.
Living in Madrid 2014 I decided I wanted to start a collection of bullfighting portraits and without hesitation I chose JM Manzanares. The first of his portraits were exhibited in Miami part of my collection Colors from the South of Spain which had great acceptance. I continued to produce more portraits now living back in Malaga and it was one of these paintings ( Torero Azul ) that I presented to JM Manzanares himself and he purchased it for his private collection.
This collection will continue to grow with new paintings on the pipeline this summer 2017.