The Spanish painter Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau has moved to the Syrian city of Aleppo, accompanying the Russian troops deployed in that country in support of the regime of the Syrian president, Bachar Al Asad, to take notes and sketches with which he will shape a painting of large size to be presented in Moscow in 2019.
Speaking to Efe from Syria, Ferrer-Dalmau, who arrived in the Arab country on September 29, said that the idea of accompanying Russian troops arose when he was invited "to visit the Grekov workshop of war painters of the Ministry of Defense. of Russia, at that moment the project arose. "
Ferrer-Dalmau, also known as "the painter of battles", opined that "Russia is also in the war against jihadism, which is a real threat to the world."
After receiving the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Ferrer-Dalmau said he went to the area of Russian operations in Syria without having a preconceived idea of what he was going to paint, although he did say that the fight against jihadism will be the axis of the work, as it has done on other occasions in other scenarios, such as Afghanistan or Mali.
"I still do not know what I will paint, I am seeing many situations for the painting, which I think will be very human," said the painter.
The painter already has experience on the ground in other missions: with the Spanish troops in Afghanistan, in 2012, or with the "blue helmets" in Lebanon, or the EU operation in Mali, materialized later in paintings with their characteristic realistic style -historicist
"I am an artist, I paint what I see," said Ferrer-Dalmau, who indicated that "the situation is the same as in other missions, the danger is at any time."
The painting will remain in Russia, although the artist expressed his intention that at some point it could also be exhibited in Spain, although there are no specific dates in that sense.
Academician of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel of Hungary, Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau (Barcelona, 1964) is considered as the most prestigious living author of Spanish military painting and has received several decorations for such a reason as the Grand Cross to the Military Merit with white or the Silver Cross of the Order of Merit of the Civil Guard.