SPANISH ARTIST FERNANDO DIEZ-CABEZA UNVEILS THE COUNTESS OF GLAMOUR’S PORTRAIT
Lynn Dell Cohen, also called The Countess of Glamour, passed away on June 2nd and never saw her portrait.
Spanish artist Fernando Martin Diez-Cabeza unveiled his latest creation during an intimate event last week in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral located in the popular neighborhood of the East Village in New York City. But, this painting is not like the others, the story of this unveiling will stay in the minds of those who were present forever.
Born in the Canary Islands Spain, Diez-Cabeza studied Fine Arts in Spain and started masters in Rome through Erasmus. Once In Rome, he got in contact with the fashion world as an illustrator for Valentino. He later moved to Florence to enroll in a fashion program and a year later moved to New York City to finish his fashion program.
Since 1998 he’s worked in the fashion industry as a designer for numerous labels. After a big parenthesis without painting, in 2002 he returned to painting and started producing portraits of friends in New York City. Influenced by the fashion industry, he paid big attention to the styling on the subjects.
“I started showing the portraits in my apartment in the form of unveilings. The unveilings started as small gathering to full house parties. Using a red velvet curtain to cover the painting the unveilings have become an important mark,” Diez-Cabeza told Alma Emprendedora.
The unveilings are so unique that they have serve as inspiration to other artists who are including them in their own work. His last one was included on Advanced Style, an internationally acclaimed documentary by fashion blogger Ari Seth Cohen that focuses on older ladies who flaunt fashion in New York City.
During the promotion of the movie the artist met Lynn Dell Cohen, The Countess of Glamour, the subject of the portrait unveiled last Thursday.
“Lynn asked me to finish the painting before Memorial weekend, on the same day I finished the painting, Lynn had a fatal accident that took her into a coma, just four days before the planned unveiling date. Lynn Dell Cohen and I had put a lot of work into organizing the unveiling of her portrait,” said Diez-Cabeza.
Lynn passed away on June 2nd and never saw her portrait. Naturally, when the artist took the iconic red velvet curtain down for all of us to see his latest creation, the event was magically transformed from an unveiling to a tribute to her persona. RIP Lynn and Fernando, keep inspiring us and don’t let this form of art die. It’s simply exquisite.