Enrique Estévez Ochoa


Enrique Estévez Ochoa, better Known as "Enrique Ochoa", was born on April 27 in "El Puerto de Santa María" (Cádiz).
When he was only five years old, he and his family embarked for the Philippines, via Singapore, following the enlistment of his father, an Infantry Lieutenant, to fight against the insurrections that were taking place there.
His mother however died in the battle of Cavite (Philippines) a year later, so his father and his siblings Henry and María Felisa returned to Spain.  Tragedy struck again when, two years later, his father died following a serious illness.
Little Enrique joined the María Cristina Academy for bringing up military orphans in Toledo, where he was much impressed by the work of El Greco, decided he wanted to be a painter, and began his artistic training.
Ochoa later settled in Seville, where he began to study at the College of Fine Arts and began to make a living painting the typical residents of a Sevillean neighbourhood.
This was followed by a move to Madrid with its Bohemian atmosphere, where he began to emerge as a foremost exponent of modernism and art deco.
Later on, Ochoa developed expertise as an illustrator, working for several  publications such as "For those Worlds" (Por esos Mundos), "The Sphere" (La Esfera), "The New World" (El Nuevo Mundo), "Stamp" or "White and Black" (Estampa o Blanco y Negro) with which he  collaborated until 1931.
He married Julia Puertas Gonzalez in the Parish of San Antonio de la Florida and they had three children (two of whom died in infancy). This marriage lasted just a few years.
Barcelona was his next home and here he joined in a stable union with one of his students, the painter Carmen Oses Hidalgo, from Bilbao, who he lived, painted and travelled around the world with until her death in 1961.
He painted and paid tribute to Federico García Lorca.
He was awarded the Grand Prize of the Venice Biennale .
He left Spain for Paris due to the Spanish Civil War.
He returns to Spain and lives in Mallorca until his death (1949). Ochoa spent his time secluded in the cell number 4 of the Cartuja de Valldemossa, the same cell where Federic Chopin also stayed. There he creates the "internal images" reflection of a dream world and begins its stage called "Musical Plastic"..
He obtains the Princess Sofia Extraordinary Prize. Autumn Salon of Madrid.
Gold medal at the International Grand Prix Exhibition in Paris. He is named "Grand Officier de l'Ordre de P.A.H.C". Member of the Lutèce International Academy of Arts .
Enrique Ochoa dies in Palma de Mallorca and his mortal remains are transferred to his hometown in El Puerto de Santa María, where a street with his name is dedicated.