Lot 30 - Miguel Angel Gomez Montañola, (American 1906 - 1994), Cabin by the Lake, 1981

acrylic on canvas
image size: 8 x 10 ins
Notes: Signed and dated in the lower right-hand corner.
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Miguel Angel Gomez Montañola (Cruz) was born on 29 December 1906 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He used several pseudonyms, including Montañola and MA Gomez. His last name appears in records as both Gomez and Cruz (his mother's maiden name).
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Montañola was a painter, illustrator, and caricaturist. He studied lithography at the Guyayas Philanthropic Society of Guayaquil. He worked for thirty six years as a cartoonist for El Universo, a Guayaquil newspaper, the most prominent newspaper in Ecuador. He worked as both an editorial and comic strip artist for El Universo. He created several well known Ecuadorian cartoon characters, including Juan Pueblo and Saeta and Rafles (1924).
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His work in comics and his pseudonym, Montañola, are mentioned in an Ecuadoran comic blog. He also created political cartoons and included political messages in his comic strips. Much of his caricature work was done under the pseudonym "M. A. Gomez". He enjoyed a lengthy career as a cartoonist and artist in Ecuador, exhibiting his artwork at home and in the US.
Montañola also designed a well known Ecuadoran/Mexican ventriloquist's dummy, Don Roque.
He competed in the International Editorial Cartoon competition in 1960, winning first prize for Latin America and third place in the International Competition.
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Montañola retired to Burbank, California, where he died on 9 January 1994. He reportedly painted hundreds of oil paintings while living in California.

Lot Name
Miguel Angel Gomez Montañola, Cabin by the Lake
Media
acrylic on canvas
Size
image size: 8 x 10 ins
Date
1981
Estimate
$100 - $150