José F. Grave de Peralta
toroazul@aol.com
www.otoroazul.com
phone number (+39) 366 1940507

Education

Fresco Painting and Restoration Course                    Spinelli Institute, Florence, Italy                     2004
Master of Arts in Spanish Literature         University of Delaware  Newark, Delaware                  1982
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Classics     St. John’s College,  Annapolis, Maryland               1976
Drawing: Human Anatomy, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,  Phila., Pennsylvania                1976
Oil Painting  Workshop of Charles Vinson,  Wilmington, Delaware                                       1976-1978


Work Experience

Adjunct professor, Rome, Italy -- U Miami School of Architecture                                           2011-Present
Professional tour guide, Rome, Italy -- for contexttravel.com                                                  2009-Present
Drawing Instructor of the ROME Program: Graduate School of Architecture ~University of Miami   2008
Restoration of 19th-century Plaster Casts for UMiami School of  Architecture                                     2006
Architectural & Freehand Drawing Adjunct, School of Architecture, UMiami                               2001-2008
Art History Adjunct Professor, Art & Art History Dept., University of Miami                             2000-2004
American Literature Lecturer                             NOVA Southeastern University                                 2004
Visiting Art History Instructor                          New World School of the Arts                            2003-2004
English Composition Adjunct                                     University of Miami                                    1989-1998

                                           
Art Commissions/Collections

Miami River MURAL Commission---Meland Russin Hellinger & Budwick--Miami                             2006
Fresco MURAL and tempera ceiling painting commissions, Miami                                              2003-2005
Design of University of Miami’s performance stage for CubaNostalgia Fair                                      2004     
Frontispiece design   for anthology by Professor Antonio Jorge (ICCAS/UM)                                   2004
Private portrait commissions: Miami, Brazil, Argentina                                                          1986-Present
Painting for Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s restaurant “Bongos Café”  Downtown Disney, Orlando     1997
Motorola Nortel Corporation -- Caracas, Venezuela                                                                       1993-94
Sabado Gigante TV Show -- Miami                                                                                              1991-1996
Cristina Saralegui ~El Show de Cristina -- Miami                                                                                 1991
Caleb Brett Corporation -- London, England/Caracas, Venezuela                                                      1987
Kubaney Records :  Album cover designs -- Miami                                                                             1978
Mural: Fondation Internationale de Delaware -- Wilmington, Delaware                                            1976
                                             

Art Exhibits: Solo Shows

Ritmi Cubani (Cuban RHYTHMS) ~~~Galleria Impression, Cetona (Siena) Italy                                  2009
ArtCircuits~ Open Studios/ART BASEL MIAMI                                                                                   2007
“Tumba La Rumba!”       Zu Galeria -- Miami                                                                                        2007
Barnes & Noble talk on theme of the Golden Age (
Don Quixote)-- Miami                                            2003
King’s Court Retrospective -- private showing, Kendall, Florida                                                          2002
Books and Books: Havana Al Fresco (travel sketches and lecture), Coral Gables                                 2000
"
IRTE PARA VOLVER : travel paintings" : Galería de Armas/Vanidades Publications -- Miami             1988
La Posta del Cangrejo -- Punta del Este, Uruguay                                                                                  1988
"AMERICANIA: travel paintings" Centro Cultural Agustin Barrios -- Asunción, Paraguay                     1987
Big Five Club -- Miami                                                                                                                            1987
University of Delaware: Clayton Hall -- Newark                                                                                   1983


Art Exhibits: Group Shows

Affinities: Art Basel International Fair -- Miami                                                                                    2004
Gifford Lane Artists Stroll -- Coconut Grove                                                                                        2002
Las Americas Collection: Transplanted Visions -- Miami                                                                      1999
Artists for Amnesty (Amnesty International) -- Miami                                                                         1999
Ambassador Gallery -- Palm Beach                                                                                                       1998
Washington Capitol: Art from the Heart -- Washington, D.C.                                                              1996
Children Without a Country Gala -- Miami                                                                                           1995
Ministry of Education:Centro Las Malvinas -- Buenos Aires, Argentina                                               1988
Les Plus Grandes Peintres d’Amerique -- Bordeaux, France                                                                 1987

                                         
Conferences, Lectures, and Workshops

Liberty Fund Colloquium on the FAUST legend, Vancouver, Canada                                                 2006
~~                                                                                                                                                      
The Art of Portraiture: Sacred VS. Secular, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami                            2005

Dan Brown’s
Angels & Demons: A Terrrorist’s View of Art History   --  University of Miami            
                                                    IRP : Institute   for Retired Professionals)                                     2004
UM Course in Fresco Painting : History and TechniqueFlorence, Italy                                                   2004
GOYA’s engravings
Caprichos (1799)                          Pesqueira Gallery, Key Biscayne                           2004
The Drawings of Michelangelo for the Sistine Chapel                           Pesqueira Gallery                      2004
Psychoanalytic content in Jacob Jordaens’
The Judgment of Paris    The Miami Forum                             2003
Art critique lecture on painting inspired in Cervantes’
Don Quixote   Barnes & Noble Miami                2003
Washington Allston’s mural,
Jason Returns to Demand His Father’s Kingdom: The Story of   
                                                   Jason’s Missing Sandal            Lowe Art Museum                          2003
Two Modern Latin American Masters: Wifredo Lam and Roberto Matta   
                                                                                                      Boca Raton Museum of Art           2002
The Triumph of Caesar: The question of origins                                        Lowe Art Museum                 2002
Jacob Jordaens’ The Judgment of Paris: A blush with Fate                         Lowe Art Museum                2002
The Nude in Art                                                                                      Lowe Art Museum                    2000
The Trapped Thief: A modern allegory                                                             Lowe Art Museum             2000
On Sketching al fresco in Old Havana: Books & Books, Coral Gables                                                      2000
Imagination and Liberty in Cervantes’
Don Quixote: Liberty Fund Conference    Aspen, CO                   1998
The prison of enchantment in
Don Quixote            Art Institute of Miami                                                 1998
The
Caprichos of Francisco de Goya                     Art Institute of Miami                                                   1998
Alchemy and paradise in Bosch’s
Garden of Earthly Delights     Art Institute/Miami                                 1998

Michelangelo’s Captives, in light of his Sonnets:                          Art Institute of Miami                          1998
A New Look at the Old Spanish
Romancero:                       Art Institute of Miami                                     1998
Liberty and Responsibility in Literature               Liberty Fund Conference  Albuquerque, NM               1997
Aesthetic Education and Liberty:                         Liberty Fund Conference     Baltimore, MD                 1996

Publications

“Plaster Cast Collection:A Legacy of Dukes and Sultans from the 12th to the 16th Centuries” Exhibit catalog    ~~~
Jorge M. Perez Architectural Center Gallery, University of Miami                                                           2006

"Drawing from Plaster Casts" -- coauthored with Professor Rocco Ceo                                                 2006                     

"Miami: Una ciudad sin estatuas" -- EL NUEVO HERALD (Miami, October 24, 2008)

Languages

Native fluency in Spanish and English;  fluent in Italian, French, and Portuguese