de Vera, José María
Father José María de Vera (Alfonso Ramón y Uribe) was born in the locality of Vera in Almeria in 1912. He was a member of the Capuchin Order of Cataluña, and spent much of his life in Barcelona, where he received his artistic training, dedicating himself to teaching, whilst developing his painting and, above all, sculpture. Here, he completed his self-training with lessons received from the masters Josep Clarà and Manuel Hugué, leading representatives of the Catalonian Novecento movement of the early twentieth century. His work, which was mostly religious and clearly bears his mark, is principally to be found in Andalucía and Cataluña. Outside these regions, in addition to the monument in Pamplona to Father Esteban de Adoain, he was the author of a magnificent bust of Father Donostia, for the School at Lecároz. Some of his most outstanding works include the processional Easter floats, three in his birth town of Vera and the Ecce Homo of Tarragona. Mention should also be made of other works, such as the large format group of the Assumption of the Virgin in Falset (Tarragona); the angel of the high altar of Montroig, carved from cypress wood; the Christ of La Canonja, the St Peter; the Sacred Heart and the "Dolorosa", at the churches of Tarragona and the Archiepiscopal chapel in Tarragona. In addition, mention should also be made of a large number of portraits, relief work (fountain of l"Alabareda within the Santes Creus monastery), and friezes (Treasury building in Tarragona), as well as numerous crib figures, as minor art, which highlighted the nativity scene culture in Cataluña.
Sources of information:
«En los PP Capuchinos de extramuros. Exaltación en memoria del siervo de Dios, P. Adoain», Diario de Navarra, 14 de octubre de 1947.«Inauguración del monumento al P. Esteban de Adoain», Boletín Oficial de la Provincia Capuchina de Navarra-Cantabria-Aragón, vol. II, nº 11, Noviembre 1947, pp. 165-167.