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One of our favourite and perhaps most well known artists is Alfredo de la Maria. In 1999 we commissioned Alredo to paint our flagship piece - Monaco Magic, and from there went on to create a full range. All of our Alfredo pieces are of limited edition and also available in canvas form.
Alfredo de la Maria was born in the Republic Oriental del Uruguay during the 1940’s. He studied art in the Bellas Artes School in Montevideo. At that time he also studied architecture. When he was 18 he illustrated the politics and sports events in the most important newspaper of Montevideo. In 1961 he had his first exhibition of equestrian paintings in Punta del Este City.
His studies about polo are legendary in Uruguay where he also is known for his portrayal of naval subjects. He later moved to Paris where he stayed for three years and then he returned to Montevideo before travelling to Argentina where he illustrated for more than ten years the covers of several magazines.
He became totally devoted to automotive art and in 1989 he had the first of his many exhibitions in the Buenos Aires Classic Cars Club. He quickly became known all over the world as a very talented painter and a master of the oils. His incredible technique combines the dramatic realism with a distinctive impressionist quality. He proportions cars perfectly, in meticulous but always imaginative representations. His very figurative work depicts people and backgrounds just as carefully as it depicts the cars themselves.
Monaco Meets Monza
Tazio Nuvolari in the red Alfa Monza clings on to an ever-diminishing lead over German rival Rudolf Caracciola in the white Alfa Monza. The blue Bugatti 51 of 1931 race winner Louis Chiron lies abandoned on the waterfront having clipped the sandbags during an earlier battle to lap Count Czaykowski. 4th Monaco Grand Prix, 17th April 1932.
Le Pur Sang des Automobiles
Deafened spectators watch in awe from every vantage point as the sleek Bugatti T51 of local hero Louis Chiron holds the corner line against the mighty 7 litre Mercedes SSKL of Rudolf Caracciola. 1930 race winner Rene Dreyfus in the Maserati 8C-2500 loses vital seconds and must wait to rejoin the battle having misjudged his approach to the very fast wide corner at Sainte-Devote. 3rd Monaco Grand Prix 19th April 1931.
Manfred von Brauchitsch, in the winning 5.6 litre Mercedes W125, pursued by team mate Rudolf Caracciola and the Alfa Romeos of Farina and Pintacuda, roar up the hill past the Hotel Beau-Rivage. For the third year in a row, Mercedes were to conquer all competition. Monaco Grand Prix, 9th August 1937.
Dicing at Casino Square
Fangio in the Maserati 250F leads Tony Brooks in the Vanwall and Jack Brabham in the little Cooper-Climax as they hurtle through Casino Square. Fangio ultimately wins by some 26 seconds from Brooks, to give Maserati their Monaco victory and the second consecutive win for a 250 F. Having already won in Argentina, Fangio is well on the way to his record-breaking fifth F1 World Championship title, an achievement which was not beaten until 2003,by Michael Schumacher. 15th Monaco Grand Prix, 19th May 1957.
Fangio in the Alfa Romeo 158 leads Etancelin’s Talbot Lago and Bob Gerard’s E.R.A. past the Hotel Mirabeau. Half the field had already been wiped out in the multiple crash resulting from Farina’s spin at Tabac on the first lap, thus allowing Fangio an easy win, to give him the first of his 24 victories in the F1 World Chamionship and Alfa Romeo their third win at Monaco. 11th Monaco Grand Prix, 21st May 1950.
Monaco Grand Prix 1952
Stirling Moss in the works Jaguar C-Type and Piero Carini (Ferrari 340) roar past the Royal Box, pursued by Manzon (Gordini), Levegh (Talbot-Lago) and then Parnell and Macklin (Aston Martin DB3's) plus the rest of the Ferrari contingent. Moss and Manzon dominated the race until, on lap 24, they piled into Parnell's stationery DB3 at Ste. Devote, giving the lead to Castellotti in the Ferrari 225 S Coupe. Ultimate victory went to Count Marzotto in the Ferrari 225 S Spyder, with 225 S models taking the first 5 places, giving Ferrari their very first Monaco Prix Grand victory. 12th Monaco Grand Prix, 2nd June 1952.
Maurice Trintingnant in the winning Ferrari 625, hotly pursued by the Lancia D50 of Castelleotti and the Maserati 250F of Roberto Mieres, climbing the Montee du Beau Rivage. All are being lapped by Stirling Moss in the Mercedes-Benz W196, who ultimately was to drop out with internal oil problems after having led for some 30 laps. Grand Prix of Europe, Monaco, 22nd May 1955.
Lucky for Some
Mercedes W196 leads Ascari’s Lancia D50 and Trintignant’s Ferrari 625 through the Station Hairpin. 13th Monaco Grand Prix, 22nd May 1955.
Targa Florio 1958
The Ferrari 3-Litre V12 250 TRS of Wolfgang von Trips leads the Porsche 1500 RSK Spyder of Jean Behra and the Aston Martin DBR1/300 of Stirling Moss as they hurtle through the streets of Collesano during this gruelling 14 lap, 1008 km race.
Moss suffered gearbox failure on the 4th lap, but not before setting a new lap record of102.47 km/h (63.33 mph). With only 13 finishers out of 42 starters ultimate victory went to the Ferrari 250 TRS of Luigi Musso / Olivier Gendebien. 42nd Targa Florio, 11th May 1958.