It is no surprise to those of us who have had the privilege of living in or visiting the Tramuntana that these majestic mountains have inspired artists for nigh on 200 years. The sheer splendour of the terrain, lofty peaks, dizzying sea cliffs, Mediterranean light and pure tranquility have repeatedly attracted artists to this north west corner of Mallorca.
Describing the Tramuntana , George Sand (Frederic Chopin’s lover) wrote in 1855 that “everything the poet or painter might dream of has been created here by nature”.
Many international artists have arrived, fallen in love and made the Tramuntana their home and the latest generation of artists paint and exhibit in the galleries and cultural spaces of Valldemossa, Deiá, Sóller, Fornalutx and Biniaraix.
One of the artistic highlights of the year comes in August in the form of ‘Nit de l’Art’ ( `Night of Art ´) when galleries and exhibitions bring art to the people by throwing open their doors, providing snacks and drinks for visitors to enjoy viewing the artworks.
Deiá has both the cultural centre, Sa Tanca, for the display of works as well as a renowned gallery, Sa Tafona in the Hotel Belmond La Residencia which has its own resident artist, Alan Hydes as well as a collection of over 800 artworks throughout the hotel by local artists. Belmond La Residencia
There are regular exhibitions at both as well as the ‘Deiá Cultural’ festival in September.
The stunning Museo Modernista Can Prunera in Soller as well as Ca’n Xoroi in Fornalutx also have a programme of exhibitions by local and international artists.
The latest generation of painters who have made the Tramontana their home have their own unique and modern styles and many have acquired international recognition. A particular favourite is Biniaraix resident Marcelina Etchegaray who uses vibrant colours and exquisite detail to bring the Tramuntana to life in the most amazing canvasses.
So if, like so many other people you are captivated by the beauty of the Tramuntana, why not visit the galleries and exhibitions and take home an original painting as the ultimate souvenir!