Bio

The son of Cantabrian emigrants, Estrada was born on 13 December 1927 in San José, California, but he spent his childhood and youth in Santander, where he received his artistic training. In his youth, he was most deeply influenced by the painter Pancho Cossío and the poet José Hierro.
In 1952, Estrada moved to Madrid. Cossío’s influence was evident in his early works from the early fifties. Intimism and an interest in social issues alternated in the content. It was in the early 1960s that he began to work in advertising, after which he travelled to New York, where he studied image aesthetics with Alexei Brodovitch and graphic and advertising art.
After his return to Spain, he abandoned social themes and began to develop his particular intimism. Considered “the poet of painting”, Estrada developed his own style and technique that made him unique in the current art scene.
Since 2013 he had been living in Mallorca, where he had moved from Madrid, his place of residence for most of his life. He had two exhibitions on the island, one at the Coll Bardolet Foundation in 2014 and the other at the Casal de Cultura de Santanyi in 2018.
Throughout his career, numerous collectors acquired his works, which are present in public and private collections, such as those of the Reina Sofía, the Rumasa Foundation, Palacio de Liria and the Ford Foundation in New York, among many others.
Throughout his career, numerous collectors acquired his works, which are in public and private collections, such as those of the Reina Sofía, the Rumasa Foundation, the Palacio de Liria and the Ford Foundation in New York, among many others.
He died at the age of 92 in Santayí-Mallorca.

ESTRADA, ADOLFO 1927 San José de California-Mallorca
The son of Cantabrian emigrants, Estrada was born on December 13, 1927, in San Jose, California; but his childhood and youth took place in Santander, where he trained artistically. In his youth, the deepest influence was received by the painter Pancho Cossío and the poet José Hierro.
In 1952, Estrada moved to Madrid. Cossio’s influence became evident in his early works in the early 1950s. Intimacy and an interest in the social alternated in the contents. It was in the early 1960s that he began his work in advertising. He then traveled to New York, where he studied image aesthetics with Alexei Brodovitch and graphics and advertising art.
After his return to Spain, he abandoned social issues and began the development of his particular intimacy. Considered “the poet of painting”, Estrada developed his own style and technique that made him unique in today’s art scene.
Since 2013 he lived in Mallorca, where he had moved from Madrid, his place of residence for most of his life. On the island he made two exhibitions, one at the Coll Bardolet Foundation, in 2014, and at the Casal de Cultura de Santanyi, in 2018.
Throughout his career, numerous collectors acquired his works, present in public and private collections, such as those of Queen Sofia, the Rumasa Foundation, Liria Palace or the Ford Foundation in New York, among many others.
Throughout his career, numerous collectors acquired his works, present in public and private collections, such as those of Queen Sofia, the Rumasa Foundation, Liria Palace or the Ford Foundation in New York, among many others.
He died at the age of 92 in Santayí-Mallorca.

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