by ALFREDO DE LA MARIA
Alfredo de la Maria was born in Uruguay in 1945. He studied art and architecture at the Bellas Artes School in Montevideo. At 18, he served as an illustrator of politics and sporting events for a newspaper in Montevideo. In 1961, he conducted his first exhibit of equestrian paintings in Punta del Este City. His studies about Polo are legendary. Additionally, his paintings of naval and aviation subjects were also much in demand. In 1966, he left for Europe where he settled in Paris for three years. Returning to Argentina, he took a position with an important publishing company in the city of Buenos Aires creating illustrations for the covers of many major magazines. During this time, he became totally involved in automotive art. In 1989, he made the first of his many exhibits at the Buenos Aires Classic Cars Club.