SEVEN ARROWS Gustavo Novoa children book
Gustavo Novoa, an artist represented exclusively by the Wally Findlay Galleries since the early 1970’s, in New York, Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Barcelona. He is an activist supporter of the environment and wildlife preservation. His animals are primitive and painted in lush and colorful backgrounds.
His first book “Jungle Fables”, was published in 1977, in which he both wrote the text and executed the paintings, was a collection of rhymes on “Vice and Virtue”. His technique gave a new dimension to his animals, making them more anthropomorphic and philosophical. Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey commissioned him to do the poster and the program for the circus that year.
By 1981, Novoa’s paintings had changed again. His show, “The Grand Tour” sent his felines prowling the major cities of the world.
On April 3, 1988 Prince Charles of England set a new record for Novoa’s sales by auctioning one of his paintings at a benefit in Palm Beach.
On April 26, 1991, Novoa was received at the White House by Mrs. George Bush. Miami’s Art Deco District had chosen his painting of the “Carlyle Hotel” to be presented to the First Lady, the painting hangs in the President’s library.
In 1997, Palette Publications of Miami, Florida, publishes “Paradise Found”, his second publication; a major retrospective art book that details Novoa’s colorful life and career.
Using themes from other artists from Michelangelo to Picasso, but re-interpreted thru his felines, in November 2006, Novoa previewed the publication of his third book: “Paradise Revisited”, with a one-man show of his most recent paintings at the Wally Findlay Gallery in New York. “Paradise Revisited” is a handsome 114 page biography and narrated career retrospective containing 130 color reproduction of his past and present work.
Novoa has been involved in a number of philanthropic causes always related to the preservation of Wild Life. PANTHERA, a non-profit Foundation for the rescue and survival of large felines in Africa, has benefited from two Novoa shows at the Findlay Galleries in New York.
The Palm Beach Zoo has benefited as well from several Novoa exhibitions in Florida, and the San Antonio Zoo in Texas also benefited in their own premises in January 2016.
More recently The Main Public Library of Miami Dade is celebrating “Novoa’s 25 Years in Miami” with a major exhibition of his paintings entitled: “A Utopian Jungle of his Own” thru April 15th 2017.
Numerous collectors including Baroness Hubert von Pantz, Baron Rick di Portanova, Princess Vera de Rachevsky, Countess Sharon Sondes, American actor Sylvester Stallone, film director Oliver Stone, Baron Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza, Valentino, Carolina Herrera, Henry Ford II, John Ford III, President George Bush, Lady Sarah Churchill, and Prince Charles of England, are proud to possess Novoa’s paintings in their collections.
Now, his fourth book for children “Seven Arrows”, was presented at his home art place, Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach. A story written in English and illustrated by the Chilean artist in hard cover and 80 pages is available in Wally Findlay Gallerie, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Google Play and Kobo.