Luisa Triana
......a dancer exiled
                                         About The Artist
      
Luisa Triana was born into a family of remarkable musical talent in The
picturesque Flamenco Barrio of Triana in Sevilla, Spain. Her father was The
famous flamenco dancer, Antonio Triana, who partnered with La Argentinita Pilar
López, Carmen Amaya, and The guitarist Sabicas. Luisa’s uncle, Manuel García
Matos, was a prestigious pianist and composer. They all left Spain during The
Civil War and continued their careers in Paris, and then in North and South
America where her father was sponsored by Sol Hurok. Mr. Hurok managed
many famous performing artists of The time including Marian Anderson, Van
Cliburn, Anna Pavlova, Arthur Rubinstein, Isaac Stern, and Efrem Zimbalist.

When Luisa was six years old, she was presented by La Argentinita in Buenos
Aires for her first stage appearance. When she was eight, Sol Hurok presented
her in New York. At The age of ten in Hollywood, California, USA, she was
chosen by Luis Buñuel to dub children’s voices in The Spanish language in several
films. Among others, she appeared in films starring Gene Tierney, Gene Kelly,
Cyd Charise and John Wayne.

In 1956 Luisa formed her own dance company which appeared at Carnegie Hall.
Tours followed in other important concert halls, including The Opera House
in San Francisco and The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. She headed
her dance company for more than thirty years. In 1969, she formed an ensemble
in Madrid that featured José Antonio, who later became The director of The
Ballet Nacional de España. Ten years prior to her retirement, she performed with
The Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra as a dancer, artistic director and
choreographer of Bizet’s Carmen, El Capricho Español, and Concierto de
Aranjuez. For her farewell performance in 1990, she starred in The full dance
production of The opera La Vida Breve by Falla. She received The governor’s
“Artist of The Year Award” in The category of dance in 1986 from The Nevada
State Council of The Arts.

Her painting skills were evident from an early age, and her studies began at age
ten with such masters as Will Foster, Nicolai Fechin and Carlos Ruano Llopis. By
1987, she was an accomplished painter and was invited to exhibit at The Reed
Whipple Center in Las Vegas. In The 1990’s she returned to live in her native
Triana, Spain and was named “Trianera de Honor” following her painting
exhibition there. Other exhibitions followed in Jerez, Córdoba and Sevilla. She
received The “National Award of Fine Arts” from The Cátedra de Flamenco in
Jerez in 1997.  Her biography appears in The Encyclopedic Dictionary of
Flamenco edited by Cinterco. Magazines and books often feature her sketches
and paintings of Flamenco personalities, and her portrait of Farruco was used as
a jacket of “A Farruco, un Calo de Sonokay”.

In her studios in Triana, overlooking The Guadalquivir River, and in Jerez, she
continues to paint what she most loves and has dedicated her life to: The
expression and movements of flamenco dancers. As The art critic, Bernardo
Palomo, commented, “Luisa captures The passion of flamenco dance in her
paintings which can only come from one who has experienced its profundity. She
paints not merely The hands of a woman, but of a dancer.”

Juan de la Plata wrote, “……this brilliant painter-dancer masters drawing
techniques and The anatomy of her subjects in her excellent paintings, thereby
rendering a pictorial homage to The dance what has been her whole life.”

Updated 10-10-10