The cloth of Veronica de la Hermandad del Valle from 2012 was one of his last works.

The Spanish painter Manuel Salinas, one of the references of abstract art and who exhibited in several Latin American countries, died this Saturday in Seville (south) at age 80, a victim of covid-19, sources close to the family informed Efe.

Born in Seville in 1940, he was a self-taught pioneer of abstraction; Since 1962 he has held more than 80 international exhibitions in countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Portugal, the USA, Japan, India, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Sweden, Romania, and Morocco.

His work is part of prestigious collections in Spain such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación la Caixa, Bank of Spain, BBVA and the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art; or the Avianca Collection of Colombia.

Salinas had recognitions such as the gold medal of the city of Seville in 2016, the year in which he was appointed full academic of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Santa Isabel de Hungary.

The poster of the bullfighting season of the Real Maestranza de Sevilla in 2009 or the cloth of Verónica de la Hermandad del Valle from 2012, in the same city, were some of his last works.

“The sadness caused by the pandemic devastates everything,” the president of the Andalusian region, Juan Manuel Moreno, lamented today when he conveyed his condolences to the artist’s family.

Amelia Warner– After graduating from NYU with a master's degree in history, She was also a columnist for many local newspapers. Amelia Warner mostly covers Entertainment topics, but at times loves to write about movie reviews as well.

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