José Grave de Peralta

Phone number (Rome): (+39) 3487164992

E-mail: toroazul@aol.com

Website 1 : www.gravedeperalta.net

Website 2 : www.otoroazul.com

 

 

 

Personal information:

 

Born in Camagűey, Cuba

Living and working in Rome, Italy

 

Languages:

 

Native speaker of Spanish and English; fluent conversation in French and Italian

 

Professional experience:

2020  Guida Turistica (Official Licensed Tourguide) : for ROME and Regione Lazio (Italy) : English, Spansih, Italian, and French; for USA – Metropolitan Museum of Art New York ; Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

2017  Official Licensed Tour Guide for ROME and Regione Lazio (Italy) : English, Spanish, Italian, and French

 

2009--present  Tour leader and guide for Context Travel, USA and Rome; At Escapes (New York); Countess Connections (Loire Valley, France)

 

2001–2012

Instructor  of Architectural Drawing and Art History at the University of Miami School of Architecture, Miami FL

 

Present:  Teacher of freehand drawing and painting in Rome

2010–2015

Teacher of freehand drawing for the ROME ART PROGRAM, affiliated with the New York Painters' Studio: New York  and Rome

 

2006

Project Leader in the Restoration of the New York Metropolitan Museum’s collection Plaster Casts, project led by the University of Miami School of Architecture

 

Education, qualifications:

 

2004: Fresco Painting and Restoration Course, Istituto Spinelli, Florence, Italy

2001: Sighted THE GREEN RAY along with dear friends near the Miño River in GALICIA, Spain

 

1982: Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature, University of Delaware, Newark DE

 

1976–’78: Workshop-course in Oil Painting with Charles Vinson, Wilmington DE

 

1976

* Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Classical Literature, St. John’s College, Annapolis MD

 

* Figure Drawing Course in Human Anatomy, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

Art Commissions & Collections:

 

1986–ongoing: Miami FL, Brazil, Argentina: private portrait commissions

 

2006: Miami FL, Meland Russin Hellinger & Budwick Law Firm, Mural painting

 

2004–’05: Miami FL, Various mural painting commissions, Buon Fresco technique

 

2004

* Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami FL, CubaNostalgia Fair: Tropicana, University of Miami’s 30’ x 30’ exhibition and performance stage

 

* Miami FL, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, On Cuba, by Antonio Jorge PhD.: Color frontispiece design

 

2002–’03: Ocean Club, Key Biscayne FL: Ceiling fresco paintings in egg tempera

 

1997: Orlando FL, «Bongo’s Café» (venue belonging to entertainment artist and performer Gloria Estefan): Mural painting

 

1987–1996: Various art commissions in Miami FL, London (UK), Caracas (Venezuela)

 

1993–1994: Motorola Nortel Corp., Caracas, Venezuela: Corporate paintings

 

1986: Miami  D&S Optical Industries, Miami FL: Mural painting

 

1978: Kubaney Records, Miami FL: Record cover designs

 

1976: Fondation Internationale, Delaware DE: Mural painting

 

 

Art Exhibitions, Solo Shows:

 

2020: Presentation of “Jason, the One-Sandaled Man, and the Search for the Golden Fleece” (Triptych, oil on wood)—at the MediCinema (Cinema Medicine of the Soul) Summer Festival.

 

 

2012: Las damas de blanco («Women in White»), exhibit and auction sale at Jorge Sori Fine Arts, Coral Gables FL

(the entire sale proceeds were donated to the Pacifist Cuban Women dissident group)

 

2009: Ritmi cubani («Cuban Rhythms»), Galleria Impression, Cetona, Siena, Italy

 

2007

* Art Circuits – Open Studios, art basel miami, Miami FL

 

* Viaggi in Italia («Travels Through Italy»), pen and ink drawings, Italian General Consulate of Miami FL

 

* Tumba la Rumba!, Zu Galeria, Miami FL

 

2003: Don Quixote, Barnes & Noble’s, canvas exhibit and talk on the Spanish Golden Age, Miami FL

 

2002: King’s Court Retrospective, Private showing, King’s Court Community, Kendall FL

 

2000: Havana Al Fresco, travel sketches and poems, Books and Books, Coral Gables, Miami FL

 

1996: Red Sunset Gallery, Miami FL

 

1988

* TRADICIÓN: IRTE PARA VOLVER,  Vanidades, Galería de Armas, Miami FL

 

* Travel sketches and watercolors from Uruguay and Paraguay, La Posta del Cangrejo, Punta del Este, Uruguay

 

* Americania, Centro Cultural Agustín Barrios, Asunción, Paraguay

 

1987: Big Five Club, Miami FL

 

1983: University of Delaware, Clayton Hall, Newark DE

 

 

Art Exhibitions, Group Shows:

 

2004: Affinities, Gifford Lane Art Stroll, Art Basel Miami

 

2002: Da Vinci Gallery, Coral Gables, Miami FL

 

2001: WIZO Miami Art Auction, Miami FL

 

1999, in Miami FL

* Transplanted Vision, Las Americás Collection

 

* Fine Art Show, Museum of Science

 

* Artists for Amnesty International

 

* Pintores Camagűeyanos, Big Five Club

 

1998

* Ambassador Gallery, Palm Beach FL

 

* Movable Feast Exhibition, One-Ear Society Gallery, Coconut Grove, Miami FL

 

1996: Washington Capitol, Art From the Heart, Washington D.C.

 

1995, in Miami FL

* Miami City Ballet and Shear Homes Art Auctions

 

* Children Without a Country Gala, sponsored by Willy Chirino

 

1990, 1991

Artistas Pro-Genesis House Art Auction, Miami FL

 

1988

Ministry of Education, Centro Las Malvinas, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

 

1987

Les plus grands peintres d’Amerique, Bordeaux (France)

 

 

Conferences, Lectures and Workshops:

 

2006, Vancouver (Canada), Liberty Fund Colloquium: The Faust Legend and Modern Freedom

 

2005, University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum: The Art of Portraiture . Sacred vs. Secular

 

2004

* University of Miami, IRP: Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons . A Terrorist’s View of Art History

 

* Florence (Italy), University of Miami Course in Fresco Painting: History and Technique

 

* Key Biscayne FL, Pesqueira Gallery: Goya’s 1799 Caprichos Engravings

 

* Key Biscayne FL, Pesqueira Gallery: The Drawings of Michelangelo for the Sistine Chapel

 

2003

* The Miami Forum: Psychoanalytic Content in Jacob Jordaens’  The Judgement of Paris

 

* University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum: On Washington Allston’s Mural Jason Returns to Demand His Father’s Kingdom . The Story of Jason’s Missing Sandal

 

2002

* Boca Raton FL, Boca Museum of Art: Two Modern Latin American Masters . Wilfredo Lam and Roberto Matta

 

* University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum: The Triumph of Caesar . The Question of Origins, and The Judgement of Paris . A Brush With Fate

 

2000

University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum: The Nude in Art and The Trapped Thief: A Modern Allegory

 

1998

Aspen CO, Liberty Fund Conference: Imagination and Liberty in Cervantes’ Don Quixote

 

The Art Institute of Miami:

* The Prison of Enchantment in Don Quixote

 

* The Caprichos of Francisco Goya

 

* Alchemy and Paradise in Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights

 

* Michelangelo’s Captives In Light of His Sonnets

 

* A New Look at the Old Spanish Romancero

 

1997: Albuquerque NM, Liberty Fund Conference: Liberty and Responsibility in Literature

 

1996: Baltimore MD, Liberty Fund Conference: Aesthetic Education and Liberty

 

 

Publications:

 

«Miami: Una ciudad sin estatuas», El Nuevo Herald, October 24, 2008

http://www.otoroazul.com/ciudadsinestatuas.html

 

University of Miami, Jorge M. Perez Architectural Center Gallery:

Plaster Cast Collection . A Legacy of Dukes and Sultans from the 12th to the 16th Centuries

Exhibition Catalogue, 2006