“Se Humedecen Mis Ojos”
“Llevo Siempre El Ansia De Balancearme”
“Tristeza Reposada En La Esperanza”
“Me Siento Lejos Del Sentimiento”
“Deja Pasar La Manana y Que Sea Ella La Que De Ti Se Aduene”
“La Ingenua Inocencia De Tu Timidez”
“A client once sought to commission Vilanova for a painting of sunflowers; he initially refused because they were out of season. When pressed to do so, he painted a sunflower field as it appeared at that time of year… complete with dead, rotting sunflowers.”
Ramon Vilanova is a Spanish painter who is known for countryside Plein Air paintings of Catalonia, Majorca, and Minorca. He was born into a blue-collar family in a small town outside of Barcelona in 1947. It is in this fertile landscape of the northeast region of Spain that Vilanova finds his inspiration. Though his parents discouraged him from pursuing a career as an artist, his desire to paint was too compelling. Being a self-taught painter, Vilanova began studying on his own when his aunt gifted him with a box of paints and an instruction book at the age of 16. Since Ramon’s first exhibition in 1973, his works have been featured at Gerona’s Museum of History, Vendrell’s Museum Deu, the Museum of Vitafranca, and the Palace Meca in his birthplace, Barcelona.
Ramon Vilanova paints about moments in nature the way he experienced them. Subjects of his paintings include the sea, a field of flowers in bloom, and a farmhouse surrounded by lush foliage, among many others. Vilanova paints his artwork En Plein Air using specific outdoor elements he has actually seen. He also captures the beauty of his native Spain, specifically the lush landscape of its northeast region.
Using the bold, expressive strokes of a palette knife Vilanova leaves nothing out. Nor does he introduce elements that were not initially present. For example, a client once sought to commission Vilanova for a painting of sunflowers; he initially refused because they were out of season. When pressed to do so, he painted a sunflower field as it appeared at that time of year… complete with dead, rotting sunflowers. An extreme example perhaps, but one that exhibits his dedication to capturing the landscape exactly as he sees it.
Besides painting, Vilanova loves to spend time with his wife and family. Ramon Vilanova also donates his artworks to the Red Cross in Spain, South America, and Africa.
Carmel, IN 46032
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