Born in 1920 -2005 Ross died at the age of 85. He slipped on the old path to Son Bujosa and the Cala, pacing the landscape he had captured with love and ingenuity in his woodprints and paintings. Ross was married to Mary Tatum another gifted artist with whom he spent fifty years in Deia. Together Ross and Mary raised three children: Bel, John and Margie who continue to be deeply connected to village life.
Born in Balley, France 1939. Michel studied at the School of Beaux Arts in Perpignon, then at the Academie Charpentier in Paris in 1956. He came to Deya in 1960 where he lived and painted in a flat over the central telephone, bakery and butcher. He was part of Es Deu Des Teix. He loved women and they adored him although he often said: “I love the pursuit… the conquest is less exciting”… Michel lived fast and died young.
Born in 1952 in Lima, Peru. Came to Deya in 1977 with Owen Good. She came for a week and stayed 17 years. Completely self-taught, she has painted since the age of 9. She also made ceramics, sculptures and later jewellery. She now lives permanently in Deya. “Beauty inspires Beauty”
Bob loved art from the time he was a boy and worked his way up through menial jobs to get to art school and pursue his chosen way of life. After marrying Dorothy they decided to move to the islands of the Mediterranean where they settled into Deia life and dedicated themselves to painting. Bob was also an ardent music lover who led his daughter Suzanne into her most successful career as a classical pianist. He died in 2011 at the ripe old age of 98.
Born in 1913. Dorothy was a gentle and thoughtful person who developed her own style of figurative painting in Deia during the period when many other foreign artists were experimenting with abstraction. Different ideas and philosophies of art were interchanged at the early evening gatherings in Las Palmeras and made for stimulating encounters. She died in 1980.
JUNE CAMPBELL-CRAMER (Lady June)
Born in 1931 to Russian and Scottish parents, June was raised in Plymouth and received a strict education. In the late fifties, she studied at Art College, and from the early sixties spent most of her time living in Spain, painting and working as a fashion model.
From 1967, known as “Lady June” her involvement in painting, music and poetry intensified, and her artworks received numerous exhibitions. In 1970, June made a conscious decision that it was time for her to combine the music, visuals and words. This multimedia approach was subsequently developed in her performances, literature and recordings. The finalised version of her record was released by Virgin on the budget-priced Caroline label in early 1975 with the title ‘Lady June’s Linguistic Leprosy’. Sadly, her life ended the night before her exhibition opened at Hotel La Residencia. As June would have liked, “The show carried on.” and her ashes were sent up in balloons over the Deia Cala in 1999.
Born in 1921. Like many other US veterans (Bill Waldren, George Sheridan, Norman Yanikun) Paul came to Europe on his GI Bill to study art in Paris. With his friends he came to Deia in 1959 and has continued to return yearly. Paul is one of the ‘regulars’ at Sa Fonda during the summer chess competitions and practices daily in Paris to keep up his winning style. His paintings are shown in Paris and abroad. He is a reconteur of stories from WWII and his charm and eternal good looks keep him in good company. Died 2016.
Born in 1942 in Palma, Pedro is dedicated to his painting and the cultivation of his garden. He lives in Deya and Palma with his wife and son who share his love of Deya’s beauty and traditional Mallorcan folk dancing.
JOSEPH NICHOLAS ANTONIO DEL NEGRO
Del’s full name was Joseph Nicholas Antonio del Negro, they called him Pep, short for Pepe…also because he was so full of pep. Del’s mum Dolores, Dolly King was her stage name, danced with the Folly girls, she was originally from Odessa, Del was born in Manhattan in 1929.
He was an actor, painter and cook. A traveller, ideal houseguest and bon vivant. He was a comic genius and an entertainer par excellence. A jewel wrangler, importer of art, and brilliant raconteur, wherever Del Negro was, the party was not far behind. His biggest claim to fame came from his role in the film Aguirre Wrath of God as the priest but he also worked on many more vintage movies during his time as an actor in the 60’s. He spent his winters in Bali and his summers in Deia. Always fun to be with, he was a muse and friend to many of the creative souls who lived in the town of Deia.
He died in 2016. He is buried in the cemetery in Deia with a personally chosen stone saying: ‘Without a sense of humour nothing is funny’
Born in Canada in 1942. From the time she was five years old Natalie went to drawing classes. Later she studied anatomy, theatre, painting, cinema, graphics and ceramics. She worked with animation and video, and in Hollywood as assistant director on many films. She runs the Dialogue for Nations NGO bringing information to indigenous peoples around the world. Natalie returns yearly to Mallorca to recapture the peace and beauty of Deia.
PAT DOUTHWAITE HOGARTH
Born in Paisley, July 28th 1934. She studied dance and joined a small touring company called the Celtic Ballet. In the late 50’s she started painting. She met the artist and illustrator Paul Hogarth and they were married in 1960 and had a son, Toby. From the early 60’s they spent much time in Deya, becoming part of the circle around Robert Graves for whom she became a favourite, often dancing for him. She travelled constantly. She developed a growing mastery of technique and by the ‘70’s her work was distinctive and recognisable. She received Scottish Art Council awards in 1969, ’71,’75, and ’76. She was staying in a hotel in Broughty Ferry and tragically it was there, alone, that she died on July 26th 2002.
Born in Denmark 1938. Lars worked as a carpenter for his uncle and went to art school in Copenhagen. He left for France where he played soccer. After breaking most of his bones, he came to Mallorca in 1967. His first job was in an El Terreno café/Laundromat where he met the Waldren’s. Negating he was a hamburger chef, he told Bill about his art and poetry and they decided to work together. They decorated nightclubs in Palma, built houses, dug up bones in Deia and exhibited his drawings and paintings in various exhibitions until Lars met Gae and moved to the USA. He continues to live surrounded by his daughters and granddaughter and his canvases, murals and the beauty of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
JOSEP FONT DE VILA “PEP PELAT”
Pepe arrived in Deia in 1934, rented Sa Siqui and settled down to his lifelong dream of painting flowers and landscapes. He met artists from around the world at Sa Fonda the local pension that was cheap enough for the smallest budgets. There he met Leman who became his life long partner.
Spanish born artist Esteban could not remain in Spain as an enemy of Franco who he opposed during the Civil War. He went to New York where Balanchine admired his paintings and he was commissioned to do the sets and costumes for several of his ballets. Esteban came to Deya every summer, first with his friend Anne and her children and on his own for many years. One could find him having lunch or dinner at C’an Pep Mosso where they held his table nightly. His guitar music and Mexican folksongs were the highlight of nightly gatheringsat Las Palmeras, and estranjeros houses. He often sang down the well at Ses Figueras when the Waldrens (Jackie and Bill) would have dinners. Accompanied by Maggie Smith and Isla Cameron his Catalan charm was always a welcome part of these get togethers.
Born in Rome in 1933. Domenico came to Mallorca with Yannick Vu on the advice Mati Klarwein. Yannick relates that “When Domenico discovered Deya on the morning of April 12, 1963, he was instantly convinced that he had at last found the perfect place to work.” He wrote that the only thing he needed to advise his guests was of the primitive conditions of life in Deia at the time. The house they lived in had only cold water, no electricity, despite that it is said to be the “best” house in the village. Domenico became a world famous artist and illustrator whose career was shortened by an untimely death in 1970.
Born in 1919 in Germany. In a German refuge camp Marc, painted portraits of his fellow inmates in watercolours. His original ideas were often expressed in his own terms and a mixture of German, Spanish, French and English. He painted to express his inner thoughts, a world hidden from the eyes of strangers. He died in 2007.
Born in Australia in 1919. Frank spent 1960-68 living, working and exhibiting in Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Paris, London and Los Angeles. His paintings in encaustic and various other materials were heavily textured works, which created a strong sense of place. For three years he lived in Deya with his daughter Kate and wife Van at C’an Bi with no running water, no fridge, no stove just two round holes in the tiled kitchen counter in which to burn charcoal and surrounded by terraces of oranges, almonds, olives and figs and the music of goats and sheep bells. He died in 1994.
Born in 1917 in England. He was one of the most distinguished painters of our times. He had a unique talent for illustration and reportage, which was allied, with his love of travel. This led him to produce drawings and watercolours recording events and places all over the world. He came to know Mallorca in 1959 on account of Robert Graves and subsequently bought a house himself – as well as producing a portfolio of lithographs entitled Deyá (1972), he illustrated MajorcaObserved with handwritten poems by Graves. Paul died in December 2001.
I arrived in Deia 69 or 70 with an invite from Tomas Graves between school and Art College. Then about 79 or 80 while I was living in ´Tina’s place I opened up her garage (the old police station) as a gallery. Actually I think Lawrence may have given me the key. Anyway we all showed some great work for a few years from all over the island. Basically though what I remember from those days was a community (foreigners and Mallorquins) that loved a mad idea, a touch of scandal, and a show, who were more than willing to help out get involved and spread the word.
Arrived in Deia via the local bus in 1974. Heard piano music as she looked for a room, which she found at C’an Oliver for seventyfive pesetas a night. She met Antony in 1977 and has been living on the island ever since. Painting and music continue to fill her life along with yearly trips to India.
Mati was born on the 9th of April 1932 in Hamburg Germany. His parents moved to Israel (then Palestine) in 1934 where his father became a well know architect. His mother was an opera singer and at the age of 17 he moved to Paris with her and studied painting at the Beaux Arts as well as with Fernand Leger and Ernst Fuchs. Mati came to Deia in 1953, invited by his friend Bill Waldren. He divided his time between New York City and Mallorca finally settling in Deia in 1984. His parties were legendary; he had acquired a massive collection of eclectic music and played congas and guitar himself too. He was a charismatic and fascinating man. He died of cancer in 2002. Mati had 4 children with three wives who still live or visit the island.
Born in 1930 in Reykjavik, Iceland. She studied interior design in Copenhagen. Met Ronnie on a Kibbutz in Israel in 1962, picking bananas. She made cloth portraits, wood carvings and unique portraits in felt, a tecnique normally used for tents, hats and maybe a landscape painting but never an actual portrait, as the skill required to do so is immense. She would sew them up in a sheet and roll them wet with a stick. Travelled and lived in many countries with Ronnie and her 2 children. She died in 2000 of breast cancer at the age of 60.
Born 1885 in Dusseldorf. As a child, Ulrich was precocious, drawing and painting at an early age. He mounted his first exhibition at 15 years old. He served in Russia and Poland during WWI then returned unharmed to Dusseldorf and his art studies. “Leman lived in Deia from 1928 to 1942. A number of excellent paintings celebrate these early years in Deia – landscapes, seascapes, processions, folkloric dancers, still lifes and religious paintings. The Spanish Civil War and 1939 WWII took him back to Germany.He spent the next 25 years between Deia and Germany and returned for good in 1983 where he remained in the company of Pepe, their friend Roberto and more cats than anyone could keep track of. Died in 1988.
Was reborn in Deia in 1964 at the age of twenty-six. He had come to Europe to paint for a year; stayed for twelve. Deia was his base for the first six of those years and a place to which he has often since returned. In 1970 he became disenchanted with painting, moved to rural France and found his true calling, stonework.
He returned to the United States in 1976, worked as a stonemason, designed and installed several large-scale public art projects exploring the artistic potential of the craft. In 2000 he established the Stone Foundation, an international community of stone artisans and artists, contractors, quarriers, suppliers and aficionados (The Stone Foundation held its annual gathering, Stonework Symposium 2007 last summer in Son Marroig).
Currently Tom serves as the director of the Stone Foundation and is the editor/publisher of a highly regarded magazine, STONEXUS which is devoted to stone, stonework and stone art. Though “married” to stone, he has long been carrying on a love affair with clay.
Was born in Winschoten, Holland in 1937. Started working in iron in 1963. Lived in Corfu, Greece writing and sculpting and in 1967 started to exhibit his work in England where he was living. In the late 60’s he combined a penis with a beautifully shaped female rear in fibreglass, which caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick the director who put it in his famous film A Clockwork Orange because it had the futuristic look that he was searching for. With his girlfriend, the writer Julia Blackburn he came to Deia, and returned often. He died in October 2013.
Born in Argentina in 1936, by 1962. His abstract paintings were becoming simpler, almost monochromatic, dark, almost black, inscribed loosely in an axial symmetry. In October of that year he went to Europe for the first time, it was during that painful period of skin changing that the way he painted began to appear, remembering his grandfather’s architectural studio and his uncle’s blueprints and the drafting materials there. All that, laced with a hint of self-mockery, led him to establish formal relations between typography and the facades of buildings. Deia was his summer residence for many years. Died in 2017.
BRIAN WALTER MCMINN
Born in Bloemfontein, South Africa on the 6th of December 1937. Married Anita van de Vliet in 1965. It was typical of the artist Brian McMinn that he never learned to say, “I am a painter” in Spanish. When asked what he did by people in Majorca, where he spent the last 20 years of his life, he would answer “Yo soy el pintor” – “I am the painter”, as if no other existed. Although a grammatical slip, this self-description was oddly apt. McMinn was that rare thing: an artist who took his work seriously, and a man with an ability to laugh at his own seriousness. He paid his way through art school in east London and then, as a disciple of the teacher David Brink, to Port Elizabeth. All of this he paid for himself. His fellow students in their turn remember him as messianic: tall, strong, beautiful, but above all driven; a brilliant teacher. He lived his last years in a house near Deia with the painter Diana Palaci and died in Palma, Majorca 27 September 2003. Brian McMinn is buried in the churchyard of the village of Deia.
ALICE MEYER WALLACE
Born in 1941 in Philadelphia. Won many scholarships. The most helpful was 1st prize from Scholastic magazines National contest resulting in a scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design which resulted in great creative fun, life long friends, and the European Honours Program which resulted in a year in Italy and wanderlust resulting in houses in Mallorca and Paros, Greece, marriage, great creative fun and more life long friends. Some people prefer her watercolours (fresh, of the moment virtuosity pieces)… Some prefer the oils (internal pieces requiring long painting time); and everyone likes the lighter cartoony pieces. Her husband lives in a log cabin in Maine and her son is involved with motorcycle wanderlust and married. Alice Meyer- Wallace spends the summers in Paros, painting and teaching painting privately. The rest of the time is divided between Philadelphia and Deia, Mallorca with a lot of travelling in between…painting all the time.
Born in Muro, 1912. “Miralles was a Mallorcan painter who lived in Deia in Ca’n Fusimanya. He studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Palma, Mallorca. In the 1930’s he joined the Grupo Azul Colective, a Bohemian and Romantic group of artists but the Spanish Civil War led to its dissolution. His first exhibition was in 1941. He was sort after as a portrait artist in Madrid but finally his nostalgia for Deia called him home. He died in 2016.
Born in Deia in 1959. Miguel grew up by the sea, loved nature and colours and always wanted to paint. No one taught him, it came from inside. Painting for him is like a therapy, a connection with something special inside himself. He met many of the famous painters that lived in Llucalcari and they often guided him in his search for individual expression. He continues to live in Deia, Mallorca.
Born in London in 1937. Studied at the National Academy, NYC. 1964-67 and the New York Studio School, N.Y. 1967-69. Exhibited in N.Y. Paris, and in 1979 had her first one woman’s show in Deia, Mallorca. Her paintings are part of private collections around the world including Atlanta, N.Y, Paris, Zurich, Germany, London and Spain. She collaborated in many shows in Deia year after year and with her fellow painter and partner Brian McMinn. Died December 2012.
JUAN SALAS SANTONJA
Came to Deia in 1958 and was soon joined by his Dutch friend and her three children. Juan bought a house in Es Reco and his friend bought the house next to it. Although the local priest Don Pedro tried his best, the Vatican did not allow them to get married: His Mother was a divorcee and a protestant and Juan was a Catholic. However, in Holland (1966) the Dutch Catholic church (that was about to separate from the Vatican at that time) allowed them to get married. During his yearly stay’s in Deia, apart from painting in his studio, he would make pictures and films, about his beloved Deia and its inhabitants.
Born in Holland, Ed came to Deia as a student of paleontology in the 1960s to work with Bill Waldren. Between digging up bones and moving stones, like Waldren he began to work with the olive wood they cut down on the digs. He was surprised when people wanted to buy his work and as the wood was transformed into smooth curvaceous surfaces the demand for his sculpture took precedent over archaeology and palaeontology. Ed died at 44 from cancer. His wife Gabriella and their daughter Moira, who was born here, continue to live in Deia.
Born in South London in 1933. Phil lived and worked in Deia from 1965-1969. He took part in group exhibitions and helped build the “Library” with Bill Waldren and other artists. Returning to London, he held various jobs and continued to paint and have exhibitions. Among these were painting large inflatable models and back drops for the Rolling Stones concert tours and a concert commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. He died In Yorkshire in 2015.
Cecilie, a painter and art teacher, has been an active member of Deia life since the 1960s when she married George Sheridan. Together they had two daughters and developed what has become a major collection of paintings and sculpture by artists who worked in Deia. When Hotel La Residencia opened all of the artwork on display was part of the Sheridan’s collection and they organised the exhibitions in the hotel gallery. Cecilie will carry on this commendable work.
Born Boston Massachusetts 1923, George studied art at the Museum School in Boston and came to Paris on the GI Bill after WWII. He married a French woman and developed vineyards in southern France while carrying on his painting. He discovered Deia in 1959 and settled there soon after. He was to do a multitude of paintings as well as forming an outstanding collection of examples of the artwork produced by many of those who lived and worked in Deia. He also collected Tibetan Art, organised the shows at Hotel La Residencia and provided the paintings that adorn the hotel walls since it’s opening. He died in 2008.
Is a New York artist whose painting career melds the artistic history of the city of her birth with the historical richness of Europe. After years of ballet she joined the New York City ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She also found parallel success as the writer and illustrator of more than seven children’s books – “Dance, music and writing were all strands that fused into the whole that for me is abstract painting”. Ellen’s beauty, agility and humour were part of Deia life in the 1960s-1970s. She now lives between Paros, Greece, and New York.
Born in 1925, died in 1997. Mary and her husband Ross settled in Deia and produced their respective expressions of what they saw around them for over fifty years. Mary’s painting was dynamic, strong strokes and colours quite in contrast to her reserved nature and preferred private lifestyle… their three children, Bel, Margie and John and their grandchildren and great grandchildren continue to live in Deia.
Born in 1947 in Nottinghamshire, England. Studied at Leeds College of Arte from 1967-1970. Professor of Art at Cambridge, England. In 1978 he came to Deia where he lives and paints and also sings with the Pa Amb Oli Band.
Was born in Iowa in 1929. Annie attended Antioch College and Columbia University. She arrived in Deia in 1965 invited by her friend Alston Anderson. She stayed on eventually buying a house above the Cala of Deia. Her long-standing companion Jakov Lind followed her to Deia and ended up living just up the road from her in the tower.
The two of them remained friends for the rest of their lives until his death in 2007. Annie’s work has been collected and shown in galleries in Europe and America. It is “the evocative and bizarre mating of moons, stars, animals, unknown creatures, landscapes and skyscapes, and elicits a mysterious stillness …” She died in 2015.
Born in 1941 in Paris. He is the son of painter and sculptor Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000) and Renée Vu, pianist. He was brought up in the South of France, in Vence and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. He studied at the École des arts Décoratifs, Nice. In 1963 he came to Deia to join his sister Yannick Vu. He then resided in Mallorca till 1970. In 1973 he settled in Essaouira where he still lives now.
Born in France. Yannick met Domenico Gnoli when she was twenty and with him she painted and planted gardens during the summer months in Mallorca. In 1968 they left the coastal hamlet of Lluch Alcari and settled in S’Estaca. Since Domenico’s death in 1970, Yannick has devoted herself to his work, and her dream of a rose garden, magical animals cast in stone, modern art, her collection of paintings of royal children and the magestic Sa Bassa Blanca estate in Alcudia, Mallorca she now directs with her husband and fellow artist Ben Jakober.
Born 1924 Asbury Park, New Jersey. Bill excelled at art when at school and got a scholarship to the Arts Student’s League in New York City when just sixteen. He went on to become a figure skating champion and after a stint in WWII he went to Paris and studied at the Beaux Arts on the GI Bill. He discovered Deia in 1953 and in 1959 encouraged his Paris friends: Paul Crotto, Noman Yanikun, and George Sheridan to follow. Three times married, he ‘lucked out’ with Jackie and spent the next 45 years in what he felt was “paradise” until his death at 79 in 2003. His love for Deia, art and archaeology are evident in his vast production of paintings, sculptures and the museum he designed and built in 1962.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 16 July 1917. Norman came to Deia for the first time in 1959 to pursue his passion for painting, which he began at the end of WWII and continued until his death. Norman lived by the Font Fresca where you could find him summer or winter doing his ablutions, a mirror hanging on the stonewall so he could shave. His second love was music and he played the recorder and piano. His melodious sounds could be heard across the landscape late at night. He also played chess whenever he could. His paintings of clowns, musicians, fantasy creatures, abstractions and curvaceous figures can be seen in the house he lived and worked in for over forty years until his death.
Betsy’s education and painting career began in the United States. She studied, worked, and conducted classes in printmaking, etching and engraving and studied calligraphy in Kamakura, Japan. Her style is abstract and very personal. The beauty of natural forms and important events in the world inspired her. She was sensitive to both the quality of life and current events. Her many travels caused her trunk with oil paints to be lost, so she turned to watercolor and permanent inks and continued working on paper in that medium. Her style was abstract and calligraphic, strongly influenced by living and studying in Japan. Until her return to California in 2006, for health reasons, Betsy was influenced by the stones and ancient walls of Deia and Soller and ever aware of the worldwide attack on ecology. Her paintings have this underlying theme: ‘The handwriting is on the wall, but nobody wants to read it.’
Mariana Alzamora was born in USA in 1948. She was raised in Lima, Peru.
In 1963, after the death of her father, the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1969 she left the University of Michigan before completing her degree dissatisfied with the approach to the art curriculum. She travelled and settled in Rhodes, Greece, where she painted a series of paintings she called The Kingdom Within.In 1972 returned to Peru. In 1977 moved to Florida, USA, with her two small sons.
In Boca Grande, at Gasparilla Island Studio, created by her mother, Mariana was enabled to work both in clay and painting on silk, depicting, celebrating the abundant sea life and lush vegetation of the island.
In 1988 she returned to the human figure in the Retablos, clay panels in low and high relief, enclosed and framed. In time the images would hang without an enclosure, and later become free standing forms. In Mallorca she has designed and painted the costumes for the opera by Mike Watts inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s first play El Maleficio de la Mariposa. Since 2004 she has yearly exhibitions in Mallorca. A large mural by Mariana Alzamora can be seen in the atrium of the Charter School House in Boca Grande, Florida. She has works in the public collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and in private collections all around the world.
Frances Maria Baxter, born Armidale, N.S.W., Australia in 1948. She was an elementary school teacher, but after her children were born she studied painting and drawing in Australia with two gifted artists: Estelle Costell and later Frank Hodgkinson. She came to Deia in 1977, remaining there painting, drawing and making music for the next 40 years. She is returning to Australia now (2017) where she will continue her art and music in the third part of her life.
Born Leeds, UK 1959. Of French Spanish parentage. Studied Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine art, 1980-84 Fell in love with Hieronymus Bosch in the Prado, aged about 7. Came to Deia in 1990 to house sit for three weeks and has lived in Mallorca ever since, painting and making sculptures and swimming. Travels when she can afford to.
Mattias Durhssen was born 1971 in Paris, and was brought to Deia as a baby. He went to school in Deia where he studied under Jaume Alberti the first progressive teacher in the village after the death of Franco. He printed monthly booklets of the student’s writings and drawings, printed off a gelatin tray. After finishing his schooling in England he studied in the Architectural Association between 1991 and 1994. In 1995 he moved to Barcelona and studied painting in the Escola Massana until 1999. He had his first solo exhibition in Deia at the Restaurante Suizo in 1989. In 1991 he had an exhibition in the Galeria Max, Deia. From 1995 he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the hotel La Residencia, as well as a solo exhibition called Cosmos in 1999. In 1998 he participated in the exhibition El paisatge mes proxim at La Capella Barcelona, and in 1999 Tretze at the Sala d’art Josep Bages, El Prat de Llobregat. His last show was last year in Esporlas, at the Centre Cultural de sa Fabrica with Brendan Mcann and Tasha Poletaeva. He is now preparing a show for later this year in Philadelphia at the Plastic Club. Using images of the cosmos, the painting is created by a series of thin layers of paint, erasing all traces of brushstroke, in a clear sequential process similar to printing.
My work is divided between the sedentary sculpture that I realize in my workshop with all the comfort and the necessary tools and the nomadic sculpture that is built temporarily in the nature with the means of the edge. My sculptures are made up partly of materials gleaned during my wanderings. I accumulate all sorts of natural or artificial elements, mainly objects that have lost their function, unnecessary objects but which time has made unique and not reproducible. Collection, accumulation and ranking are a first part of the work and constitute a personal universe that arouses my memory and my inspiration. With its contradictory qualities: flexibility, rigidity, thickness, finesse I use steel both as a structure and as a fluid capable of penetrating, hanging, framing, circumventing, enhancing other foreign bodies.
Dora comes from a family of artists with roots in North and South America. Born in Deià, she grew up in an artistic environment. Her grandmother was a ceramicist and had a studio on an island in Florida with her mother and aunt. The rest of her family is linked to the art world through different disciplines like sculpture and the painting. It could be said that being an artist is a family tradition. She studied art at Escola Massana in Barcelona and took courses in Rome, New York, London and Sweden. After completing her studies he returned to Mallorca and began to work in her mother’s studio and plunged into the world of ceramics, and taught herself to use a potters wheel. With determination, passion and patience she began to be proficient in this form of artistic expression, which despite its demanding nature is honest and simple … Inspired by nature and its surroundings, and having grown up in places of great natural beauty, she tries to reverberate that feeling in her work, for although she does not figuratively represent nature in her work, she tries to capture it in a more subtle way: “I feel that my work is a quest to express the balance of nature; Of imperfect perfection, the crude and refined, the line and the curve, the space or the lack of it. I find the whole process of transforming the earth into an object of beauty and utility completely captivating”.
Born October 11, 1960 in Paris. Half French, half American. Grew up during school time in Paris, spent most of her summers in Deià. Art was her favourite class and attended weekly “Les ateliers des Arts Deco” inside the Louvre building. Summer of 1979 visited NYC, decided to move there and applied to “Parson’s School of Design” where she did her foundation year. Then enrolled in “Fine Arts“. At some point she could not stand being away from the streets, was given her first camera, dropped out of Parson’s and spent most of her time street photographing. Worked in the mythical “A photographer’s place” on Mercer St, did some photo assistant jobs as well as darkroom jobs, went to the “Art Student League” for life drawing and had a few collective shows in cafes and tiny galleries of the east village that have all disappeared by now. At some point she found herself in Deia again and she felt the need to leave NY and move back as soon as possible. In the autumn of 1983 she had a Photo show in the Galeria Max in Deià. She met and fell in love with Mati Klarwein and had two sons with him, Balthazar and Salvador. She lives and works in Barcelona with short hops to Deià.
I was born in Chicago Illinois, USA and attended the University of Illinois graduating with a degree in Fine Arts specializing in ceramic and glass sculpture. I am also trained in painting and enjoy painting on ceramics. At the age of 15 years old I had the dream to live close to nature in the mountains on an island by the sea. In 1980 after graduation I flew to the VIrgin Islands and began working on sail boats in quest of my dream. I fell in love with a beautiful sailboat and crossed the Atlantic with it. At the end of a year on the boat we docked in the harbor of Palma de Mallorca. I found my way to the international artist village nestled in the mountains called Deia where I have lived ever since. I met my former husband in Deia. We opened a cafe and had two children. I began to create ceramics for the cafe and people bought them off the walls. After selling the café in 1997 I have been doing my ceramics full time. I am constantly inspired by the nature around me.
Born 1962 in South Africa. 1985 graduated from SUNY Purchase School of Fine Art, N.Y. Lived in Deia from 1985 to 1990 and again from 1994-98. Brought up three kids there and lived in disorganized harmony, with her partner David until moving to Norfolk in 1997.
A lot of her work is small in scale because she paints directly in the landscape. The pictorial content is not only a direct response to a purely visual stimulus “I search for imagery that will operate on more than one level, while the paintings are a direct observed testament of a specific and actual time they are also the result of layering meaning, so that they are as much about what the eye can not perceive as they are about the observed world”. Strongest influences have been painters in the Northern romantic tradition. Casper David Friedrich said “the painter should not solely paint what he sees, but also what he sees in himself. If he does not see anything in himself, then he should give up painting what he sees”.
I was born in 1973 in Armidale, Australia. I moved to Deia with my mother Frances and brother Patrick when I was 4. I attended the local school whose teacher was Don Jaime, a man known for his open approach toward creativity. My childhood was dominated by visual art, until as a young teenager I began to play the guitar, inspired by my stepfather Juan Graves who founded the popular local group Pa amb Oil Band. I eventually earned a university degree in contemporary music in Australia. I feel that having a balance of formal musical study and self-taught visual art skills gives me a unique insight into the relationship between art and music – melody and line, harmony and colour, composition and form.
Born in 1944. Studied at Watford School of Art. Arturo (or Arthur) Rhodes, the surrealist painter moved to Deia, Mallorca in 1980. He settled in this small mountain village in an artistic community founded by Robert Graves. He has been working on collections of mystical enquiries with strong connections to symbolism and the art of the past. He paints in the glaze technique of the old masters transposing the classical oil techniques to modern acrylic colours. Still life, landscape and the human form appear in his art. Humour sometimes plays it’s part too.
I came here from London in the crazy 60’s where I was modeling and doing TV commercials. I stayed in C’an Deia with the family. Since then this village has always been my home I have written poetry. Words always – I only started to paint when I first came to Deia. The mountains inspire.
Born in 1955 in Alsacia.
In 1990 he moved to Deia Mallorca, he arrived in 1988 to stay 6 weeks, he was a cook so it was for work. He fell in love with the village and has been here ever since. Works with wood, stone and sometimes metal. He has had exhibitions in Soller, Deia and Binissalem amongst many. His work has been collected in Germany, Austria, Denmark, America and France and can be seen in the village of Deia surroundings.
I first arrived in Deia in February 1978, in a VW camper van with husband and son Joe then 4 years old. The beauty of Deia,the Mallorquin spring and the unquestionable magic of the place,brought our road trip of the previous two years to an end. We had been traveling and selling work as went around Europe,now we could stay in one place and sell work from home. Visitors it seemed would arrive in the village with the specific intention to buy a painting. Deia had a reputation and for that I give huge thanks to all those artists writers musicians who preceded us and paved the way, making their lives in this small mountain village. After living for two years in “Jakov’s tower” I moved back to England in 1983. I started up an art group and ran life drawing classes.i was also kept busy with portrait work. In 1997 I returned to Mallorca by boat with Gus.(it was the rebuilding of this old wooden fishing boat that kept me from Mallorca for so long.) Living and working on board I began once again to show my work in Deia. Boat life came to an end in 2011 and we retreated to the center of the island where I have discovered the joy of gardening, staying in one place and listening to the birds. Simplicity and Beauty are key words in my life and I hope these qualities find a way into my paintings.
Born in 1946. Studied with Bob Bradbury until he died in 2011. Has lived on the island of Majorca since 1975. Her studio in Deia is full of local landscapes and exotic paintings from her travels. She exhibits every summer in a gallery in the village. She is represented in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Managua, Nicaragua.
Born in 1964 to an Icelandic Mother and an English poet, bagpipe player and mountain climber father. She spent her childhood travelling between Iceland, Greece, Ireland and Mallorca where her Father built a house as well as stints in Nigeria. 1981-1983, Foundation in Art, Kingston Polytechnic, London. 1984-1987 Diploma in Fine Art, London. 1988-1991 Master of Arts in Sculputre, Royal College of Art,London. 1993 Artist in Residence, Derby Museum of Art Derby, England. Lives in Deia, Mallorca in the house that her Father built.