The following text is written by the painter:

    "Whenever I have painted a portrait, what attracted me was the embodiment of the human figure going from the physical resemblance to the spiritual content. For me, a portrait has never been an artifice of the person depicted. I preferred the simpler clothes, without adornments or trinkets. I tried to talk to the model to get to know him and to be able to translate his character, his simplicity and strength, his energy, either positive or negative.

    I also like to include portraits of friends and relatives in my large murals, as a symbol of love and friendship

    I started to seek information, dates and names of all the people I have painted in my artistic life. And I was amazed by the amount of work accomplished. I have never considered myself a portrait painter in the style of Ricardo Macaron, Enrique Segura or Revello de Toro. I have tried to list the portraits by date, canvas measurements, and by cities where they were painted, and I've also included those from the murals. " 

    This enormous list of portraits, names and dates is the following:  List

    Here there are presented several portraits painted by Castañer.  Some of wich we only have black and white photographies of:

Self-portrait

Self-portrait (1949)

Oil 46 x 38

Pepa1954

Pepa Botella de Castañer (1954)

Oil 130 x 70

Pepa1957

Pepa Botella de Castañer (1957)

Oil 100 x 81

Pepa1965

Pepa Botella de Castañer (1956)

Oil 100 x 81

Julia1956

Julia Juan de Aracil (1956)

Oil 100 x 81

Emilia1957

Emilia Vilaplana de Martí (1957)

Oil 100 x 81

Amalia1957

Amalia Morant de Pastor (1957)

Oil 100 x 81

Luisa1957

Luisa Mataix de Peinado (1957)

Oil 100 x 81

Lolín1958

Lolín Romá de Revert (1958)

Oil 100 x 81

Moncho1970

Ramón Castañer Botella (1970)

Gouache 55 x 33

RCB1983

Ramón Castañer Botella (1983)

Charcoal drawing 55 x 33

 

    As my father, Ramón, explained to me, what has always worried him when painting figures on church domes, was that these domes do not have a plane surface and it is necessary to prevent the figures from"falling down", to use his words, by taking into account the curvature of the space and by searching for the best situation for all possible views from the ground.

    A general view of the ‘Mural de la Festa’. It is possible to zoom in on the figures here.  Among the 55 figures, 43 of them are portraits of friends, relatives and people involved in Alcoy festivities and the Salesians. In addition, there is a self- porrait of the painter. If you look closely among the figures at the bottom it’s possible to make out the shadows of feet on an imaginary curb that actually exists further down, giving an incredible three-dimensional illusion. In the dome, Saint George raises a beam of light.

    We have some close-up photographs with details from  several portarits. Some of these details were take from the very scaffold during the mural painting:

SJ7

Don Ángel del Barrio

José Luis Córcoles

pintorSJ

Self-portrait

SJ4

Elvira Anduix

Nietas de J. L. Córcoles

JPerez

Juan Pérez

DAracil

David Aracil

CGaliana

Carmen Galiana

CAlmuzara

Carmina Almuzara

SJ1

Juan Antonio Castelló

Miguel Jover

SJ2

Jorge Espí

Ismael Gisbert