On August 27th, 2015, the City of Tampa Council honored the artistic achievements of Juan T. Vázquez Martín. http://jtvmartin.com Spanish below
Founder and director of Art Schools. Teacher of Drawing and Painting. He has received national and international prizes. Nominated to “Joan Miro” final, Barcelona, 1970-71.
He has participated in VI Biennial de Sao Paolo in Brazil, VI Trienal of India, VII Biennial Kosice, Check Republic and Biennial of Havana, Cuba: he has held exhibits in Great Britain, United States, Austria, Spain, Italy, Mexico, India, Norway, Chile, etc. Paintings of him are held in museums, and collections like Fine Arts National Museum of Cuba, Latin American Collection from Essex University in England; and in the Public Catalogue Foundation of Great Britain.
The completed piece of art, The Blue and the Gray, will be sold to the highest bidder in a silent auction. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to local non-profit environmental and music organizations.
Music inspires listeners in many different ways. The recent performances of the Treasure Coast Community Singers inspired famed Cuban abstract artist, Juan T. Vazquez Martin to create a masterpiece titled, The Blue and the Gray. As chorus and orchestra performed, Mr. Martin utilized the music and the emotional lyrics as inspiration to create. At the same time, the audience had the rare experience observing a great artist at work while listening to the performance of “Chronicles of Blue and Gray,” a composition by John Purifoy to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War that incorporates a selection of folk songs, spirituals, poetry, historical speeches, and other elements of the Civil War era into a moving and memorable mélange of orchestral and choral music.