High school art students from Margarita Salas Art Institute (Madrid, Spain) contribute their works in hopes of raising funds for medical research into ataxias.







Interview conducted by : MariLuz González Casas



Majadahonda (Madrid), April 14, 2008



Dear friends, I want to introduce to you an exceptional group of young people.  They are high school students from the Margarita Salas Art Institute, enthusiastic young people with marvelous human qualities as well as artistic talent.  A few days ago, I had my first meeting with the drawing instructors of the school, to whom I presented the concept of putting together an art exposition to raise funds which would go to research into ataxias.  These teachers passed the word on to their students, and they got right to work.  Today I had a brief interview with the students, which I must say was a real pleasure for me.  They told me about their paintings, the techniques they used, and their plans for the future.


Clara, for example, who posed beside her own work, wants to study fine arts.  She explained to me that normally at this phase in their education there are no “favorite painters”.  Students are supposed to learn from them all in order to forge their own style.  Clara is fond of both painting and music.



Natanael has always known that his passion was painting.  In spite of being young, he already has a very personal style: the young people in his painting appear in the lenses of his sunglasses, adopting distant looks accentuated by the opaque sunglasses, in spite of which they give off a warmth and a humanity like those of the artist.




Gael wants to devote himself to advertising.  It’s an exciting field with a great future.


For Hugo, however, painting is just his hobby.  His real passion is languages, and he’d like to be a translator.


Daniel wants to be a fashion designer.  Here we see him with one of his paintings.





Our friends in the art classroom



Pointing out different aspects of the paintings



Smiles, both real and on canvas










These are just a few names.  They all have their hopes and their fears.  May the future bring them much satisfaction—they deserve it, these students! 

Many thanks to the entire school, and especially to the Art Department--Manuela, Juan, Pepe, Manuel, Fatima, Arturo, and Pablo--who with your daily work continue to bring out the best in your students.


For our dear young artists, words are inadequate to express our deep gratitude


These students will display their art on April 29 at 4 p.m. on the occasion of Encuentro Ataxias 2008, which will be held at the Central Office of Caja Navarra (the Bank of Navarra) in Madrid,

located at 3 Juan Bravo Street, at the corner of Claudio Coello Street









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