The Venezuelan Marvin Figueroa, with the first prize for graphic humor, and the Spanish Miguel Domingo Martín, with the first for caricature, have won the two main awards of the International Contest of Caricatures and Graphic Humor on the occasion of the Centenary of the death of Tomás Morales (1884-1921) organized by the Canarian Association of Graphic Humorists and Cartoonists ‘Se nos fue el baifo’ in collaboration with the Tomás Morales House-Museum.
The record is completed by the Spanish Luis Ángel Argote, who has received the second prize for graphic humor, and the Montenegrin Darko Drljevic, who won the second for cartoon. For his part, the Brazilian Augusto Gomes de Oliveira Filho won the special jury award ‘We were the baifo’.
The winners of the first prizes, both in the traditional cartoon and cartoon categories, will receive 1,000 euros, and those of the second, 500 euros, while the special jury prize is endowed with 500 euros.
The jury that had the difficult task of choosing the winners was made up of the director of the Tomás Morales House-Museum, Guillermo Perdomo, the director of the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, Victoria Galván, and the Councilor for Culture of the Moya City Council , Octavio Suárez. They are joined by Belén González and Felipe Landín, both members of the Tomás Morales Centennial Commission, and Suso Morgan, Carolina Bonino and Néstor Dámaso del Pino, members of the Association ‘Se nos fue el baifo’.
The objective of this initiative, which closed the presentation period on August 15, was to highlight the figure and work of the poet through humorous portraits. This call received a total of 172 works -59 proposals for graphic humor and 113 cartoons- from 137 participants who came from 37 countries spread over four continents.
By countries of origin of the participants, Spain stood out in first place, with 19 papers, followed by the Chinese, who submitted 16 proposals, and Iran, with 15, to which 10 from Brazil were added.
Drawings were also sent from very different parts of the world, since they arrived from Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Germany, Bosnia, Cameroon, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, the United States, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Morocco. , Mexico, Montenegro, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The president of the Association ‘Se nos fue el baifo’, Néstor Dámaso, assures that this international contest has been a true milestone in graphic humor and caricature in the Islands, since it is the first time that a contest and a exhibition of these dimensions with the intention of trying to make the figure of the modernist poet Tomás Morales more visible on the centenary of his death.
“Checking the response and acceptance received from so many countries on four continents has made us feel very proud as Canaries, in addition to being able to meet a real challenge from the Canarian association ‘We were the baifo’, he explains. In addition, he adds that the participation and the support of the Tomás Morales House-Museum has been fundamental to be able to achieve the challenge that they had set themselves. He also congratulates all the winners, while thanking all the participants for their contribution to this contest.
All the cartoons and humorous vignettes sent will become part of the funds of the Tomás Morales House-Museum. In addition, the jury has also chosen the 100 cartoons that will be exhibited and published in the Prize Catalog.
These works will be shown in the exhibition ‘100 caricatures for a Centennial’ which opens on October 22 at the House-Museum organized by the Canarian Association of Graphic Humorists and Cartoonists ‘Se nos fue el baifo’. The Association will have a section for its own cartoons and cartoons, while a third section will be dedicated to historical cartoons in which it is intended to collect all those that have been made over the years about the poet of the sea.