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Tito Salas

Británico Antonio Salas Díaz was born on May 8th, 1887. (Caracas, Venezuela)

His father José Antonio Salas, was one of the first traders who established beer in Venezuela. The studies were begun painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Caracas. After winning first place in the annual competition of the Academy (1901), travels to Paris in 1905 to enroll at the Julian Academy where he studied under Jean Paul Laurens. During this time he also attends school in La Grande Chaumiere where he was taught painters Lucien Simon, Courtois and Prinet. That same year, sends a work to the Official Salon of Paris. In 1906, he won a gold medal for his composition The San Genaro. In this period he traveled to Italy, where he is impacted by the work of Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian painters, especially by the historical genre cultivated by these teachers.

Between 1907 and 1908, he traveled to Spain, where he painted a series of works based on the observation of scenes and customs. In 1908, obtained the gold medal of the Exhibition of Brussels. He returned to Venezuela in 1911 and brings the triptych of Simon Bolivar who is currently in the Federal Palace. The historian Vicente Lecuna, to advise the restoration work of the Casa Natal de Bolivar, Tito Salas entrusted the task of decorating the walls of the building with some scenes from the life of the Liberator (1913). During this period, Salas prepares among others, the following paintings: Emigration to East, The Marriage of Bolivar and María Teresa, Expedition Keys, The earthquake of 1812. Once completed their work in the birthplace (1931) Salas is commissioned murals National Pantheon, which ends in 1942.

In 1970, shortly before his death, Salas painted for the presidential residence "La Casona" in Caracas, a work entitled The successors, representing a joint presidents of the Republic of Venezuela who ruled during the nineteenth century.

He died on March 18th, 1974 (Caracas, Venezuela)

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