All Love by Petronius

Petronius was the pen-name of the Catalan painter and comic artist Joan Martí Aragonés. He was born in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, and became an apprentice in the atelier of painter Nolasc Valls i Martí at age 13. He attended the San Jorge School of Fine Arts in Barcelona and travelled through Italy and America on a scholarship after his graduation. Back in Spain, he joined Josep Toutain's agency Selecciones Ilustradas, and started working for comic publications from abroad.

He worked mainly for the Fleetway's romance titles Roxy, Valentine and Marilyn in the UK. He also painted portraits of well-known singers like Tommy Steel, Paul Anka and Cliff Richard, and provided illustrations for women's magazines and romance novels. He was additionally present in a couple of Spanish comics, such as 'El Gigante de la Historieta' by Editorial Manhattan, and 'Cascos de Acero' and 'Selecciones de Historias Graficas' by Ediciones Boixher. From the mid-1970s on, he focused on painting, has established himself as on of the most important contemporary figurative artists in Spain during the following decades. He passed away in Sant Cugat del Vallès, in February 2009.

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