Spanish sculptor, born in Moraleja del Vino (Zamora) on 2 April 1858 and died on November 23, 1911, in Madrid, where he was installed during its last years.
Orphan of father and with few resources, he earns his living sculpting from his own instinct until Anastasio de la Cuesta, local potentate, grant him so he studied drawing in Instituto Provincial de Zamora and the workshop of the sculptor Ramón Álvarez Moretón. At the age of 19, manage the Provincial pension to study at the school of painting, sculpture and engraving of Madrid. In gratitude, the young man adorned with lintel and coat of arms of Zamora in stone the facade of the Palace of the provincial Council, during the holidays. The same deputation sent subsequently, pensioner to Rome, where it returns to Madrid in 1883 for a second pension, this State, to continue his studies at the Spanish Academy of fine arts in Rome.
Completed his studies, returned to Madrid, where he will be appointed conservator and restorer of sculptures in the Museum of the Prado, charge which makes cataloging still used and which carries out numerous restorations.
Highlights of his work the statue of Viriato, today in Zamora, which won second medal at the 1884 exhibition the Group Nero and Seneca (the original polychrome plaster has been restored in 2011 by the Museo del Prado and ceded in tank to the Museum of Zamora, after many years in the city of Cordoba, where it was replaced by a bronze copylocated in the Llanos del Pretorio), in which there is evidence the same archaeological and realistic fashion invading history painting through the details of furniture and costumes and, moreover, use for the face of the philosopher of the known portrait of the era, then held by real; He obtained first medal at the exhibition of 1904; Adam after sin (Ateneo de Madrid, Royal Academy of fine arts of San Fernando in Madrid and collection box Spain in Zamora); San José and the infant Christ (Basilica of Loreto, Ancona. Italy) and the project's statue to the city of Pamplona the battle of Roncesvalles (destroyed). Other works are the high-relief Santa Eulalia to Dacciano; the temptation to sculpture and the triptych in metal benign Santa, both in the Museum of Zamora; Mining allegory and the industry that the school of mines in Madrid and the statues of Hernán courts in Medellín, Cristóbal Colón in Salamanca and Emilio Castelar in Cadiz.
http://4yg.us/1lQW ; Blog created by Evaristo Muñoz Barron, grandson of the sculptor to celebrate the centenary of the death of the sculptor.