Salvador Corona (1895-1984) was a Mexican-American bullfighter and artist. He was born on his family’s ranch Hacienda Mideras in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Corona’s family moved to Mexico City in 1903 when he was 8. He attended the New English College in Mexico, and then crossed into a career in bull fighting entering the ring for the first time in 1913. In 1919 in Guadalajara, he was gored and turned to painting. He was given his first painting lessons by fellow bull fighter Jose Jimenez.
What we have here is a very rare oil on board by The famous Mexican Folk art Painter Salvador Corona. 21 x 33. Depicting a Mexican Festival near Taxco. The colors are bright and vivid. His works are very hard to find and I feel lucky that we not only have one of his painting currently but a small selection of his Lacquer ware boxes as well…Signed Corona Lower right corner. Framed 33″ x 21″.
Corona’s work can be divided into three categories: vice-regal era with European and Creole noblemen mixed with Indians; stylized landscapes of Patscuaro, Acapulco or the Canal of Santa Anita; and his iconographic Mexican Virgins painted in tones of blue, purple and gold often encrusted with mother of pearl.
Corona moved to Tucson in 1950. His murals were painted on the walls of Jacome Department Store, Howell Manning House, El Rancho Grande Hotel and others. His work was also owned by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Here is a terrific video on him from an exhibition in Tucson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTtu0lEc9uw