Manuel Aragón Ortega 1932-2006

Manuel Aragón Ortega was born in the town of San Fernando in the province of Cádiz in the Andalucía region of Spain. He was born on the 26th of April 1932, son of Antonio Aragón Suarez, who was a non-professional artist, and Agustina Ortega Jimenez.

From a very early age he spent all his free time drawing and painting with his father who was also his first teacher. His still-life paintings and his continuing life drawing of these years formed a solid base for his future career.

Although he used still life themes to improve his drawing technique, it was clear that his passion was for landscape painting. His favourite themes were the salt lakes and the marsh areas of his native town.

In 1951, while painting in the “Canteras de Puerto Real” he casually met Pierre de Matheu, an artist from El Salvador and from the very first moment the connection was very strong between the two of them.

In the same year, he was sent to Madrid to complete the military service which was then compulsory for all young men in Spain. In Madrid he became a regular visitor of Pierre’s studio, who Manuel admired all his life and always referred to as his “maestro”. Pierre de Matheu was Manuel de Falla’s cousin and after living for 40 years in Paris he moved to Cadiz in his search for the Mediterranean landscape and light.

In 1975 Manuel had his first individual exhibition in the Galeria Peninsula in Madrid and another in Galeria Melkart in Cadiz.

It is around this time that he discovered the area known as “El valle del Jerte” in the south of the Salamanca region which inspires many of his paintings with the golden autumns and the cherry blossom in the Spring.

From 1976 to 1980 there was a dramatic change in his style with geometry becoming a very important element of his compositions: boats, blossom trees, white villages and above all his olive trees that he described many times as if they were real characters.

1980 and 1981 were very productive years in his career and he had several exhibitions in Cadiz and Jerez.

In 1984 Manuel travelled to Venice and became fascinated by the islands of Murano and Burano as well as the little village of Chioggia near Venice.

In 1992 and 1993 Manuel had two exhibitions in the Galleria Mellado in the town of Escorial in the province of Madrid.

Between 1998 and 2003 he had 3 exhibitions in Galeria Margarita Summer in Madrid which where a great success.

Manuel continued painting and evolving in his technique spending most of his days in his studio until the end of his life due to cancer on the 31st of December 2006.


Olive Trees in Spring, 1993
Oil on Canvas
39 x 32 Inches
£5950

The Church of San Pedro, 1999
Oil on Canvas
44 x 35 Inches
£6500

View of Vejer, Cadiz, 1993
Oil on Canvas
32 x 25 Inches
£4200

Pine Trees in Red Soil, 2001
Oil on Board
33 x 26 Inches
£4200

Village Under the Sun, 2000
Oil on Board
29 x 22 Inches
£3950

The River la Pedriza, 2006
Oil on Board
29 x 21 Inches
£3950

Jaraba, Zaragoza, 2004
Oil on Board
25 x 22 Inches
£3500

Olive Trees, 2002
Oil on Board
22 x 19 Inches
£3000

Salt Lake in Cadiz, 2000
Oil on Board
22 x 18 Inches
£3000

Between Olive Trees, Caceres, 1993
Oil on Canvas
39 x 32 Inches

Dehesa de la Villa Madris, 1954
Oil on Canvas
33 x 29 Inches

The Red Boat, 1992
Oil on Canvas
36 x 29 Inches

Dehesa de la Villa, Madrid, 1954
Canvas
33 x 29 Inches

Geraniums at the Window, 1953
Oil on Canvas
33 x 26 Inches

The Blue Boat, 1999
Oil on Canvas
32 x 25 Inches

Autumn View Anguita, 2000
Oil on Board
25 x 20 Inches

Light and Shadows, Anguita, 1998
Oil on Board
24 x 19 Inches

The Caseria Beach, Cadiz, 1995
Oil on Board
13 x 9 Inches

Still Life with Pomegranates, 1999
Oil on Board
14 x 11 Inches

Zahara de los Membrillos, 1974
Oil on Paper
14 x 11 Inches

Bottle and Pot, 1946
Oil on Board
10 x 7 Inches

Boats in the Morning, 1974
Oil on Board
9 x 11 Inches

Study of Water in Mallorca, 1996
Oil on Board
9 x 8 Inches

Sunset in the Canal Venice, 1995
Oil on Board
22 x 16 Inches

Collecting Olives, 2001
Oil on Board
21 x 15 Inches

Study of Light, Brihuega, 2000
Oil on Board
17 x 12 Inches

The Red House, 2005
Oil on Board
39 x 32 Inches

View of Toledo
Oil on Board
22 x 25 Inches