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Pepe Damaso Exhibition

Tuesday December 13, 2011

Pepe Damaso Exhibition

A new exhibition of paintings by Gran Canarian artist Pepe Damaso has just been opened at the Grand Melia Salinas hotel in Costa Teguise. Pepe Damaso was a peer and friend of César Manrique and has enjoyed a highly succesful career in his own right.

The exhibition will be housed in the reception area of the hotel, which is also home to a large mural carved in stone by Manrique. Damaso's paintings are offered under the title `Tibicenas´, a name given to mythological creatures believed by the Guanche to exist on Gran Canaria. With the bodies of large wild looking dogs, covered in black hair and with red eyes, they were supposed to inhabit caves on both Gran Canaria and Tenerife and were regarded as evil spirits or demons.

Throughout his lengthy career as a painter, Damaso has exhibited alongside Manrique and has also had numerous solo shows on Lanzarote, at both the Museum for International Contemporary Art (MIAC) and at the El Aljibe gallery in Tahiche. Although he was twenty years Manrique’s junior, the two painters became firm friends.

Pepe Damaso´s portfolio of work has been exhibited all over Spain and in Cuba, New York, Israel and across the Canary Islands.Many of his paintings focus on still lifes of plants, flowers and other natural objects, although the artist has also occasionally turned his hand to sculpture and the design of the spiral ceiling decoration in the Galdar Municipal Theatre in Gran Canaria.

The current exhibition is open to the public and is free to attend between the hours of 10.00 to 20.00 every day. It will run until January 2012.

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