Fundación Vela Zanetti

Vela Zanetti
Vela Zanetti

Address: Pablo Flórez, s/n

Phone: 987 244 121

  • Summer (July and August):
    • Tuesday to Friday: from 11:00 to 14:00 h. and from 18:00 to 21:00 h.
    • Saturday and Sunday: from 18:00 to 21:00 h.
  • Rest of the year:
    • Tuesday to Friday: from 10:00 to 13:30 h. and from 17:00 to 20:00 h.
    • Saturday and Sunday: from 17:00 to 20:00 h.

The museum Museo Fundación Vela Zanetti keeps a significative part of the work of this author who was born in Burgos but Leonese by adoption.

José Vela Zanetti was born in the village of Milagros (Burgos) in 1913 and died in Burgos (Hospital General Yagüe) in 1999.

He moved to León when he was young, and he started there his apprenticeship as a painter. As years went by, Vela Zanetti performed a personal style. His style is unmistakable, plenty of vigorous brush strokes, colourful, impressive. Vela wanted to depict the golden colours of the Castilian fields and the historical features that marked that historic region’s life. That passion about his region helped him to be identified in front of the people, although he said onece that his main goal as an artist was «breaking superficiality», and he defined himself as «just a farmworker painter».

Vela was also a versatile artist and he did not forget another genra such as pottery, small paintings or engraving. His work has been distinguished with numerous awards, from his belonging to the Academia de las Bellas Artes de San Fernando (Fine Arts Academy from San Fernando) to the Honoris Causa by his birthplace university, Universidad de Burgos.

Amongst all his works, one of the most remarkable is the wall painting performed in 1950; a huge painting that is shown at the United Nations Building in New York. This work reflects a remarkable influence from the mexican wall painting style.

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