Gibraltar Cultural Services are planning a major art exhibition to celebrate Mr Cruz's life and are calling on people with any of the artist's memorabilia to get in touch.
A statement by the Ministry of Culture:
A major art exhibition is being planned by Gibraltar Cultural Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, for the 1st October 2019. This exhibition, entitled ‘One Man: Many Talents’, will celebrate the artistic life of Gibraltarian artist Elio Cruz.
Elio Cruz is a renowned local playwright, both in the English and Llanito language, and author of many well-known plays in the 1960s and 1970s including: ‘La Lola Se Va Pa Londre’, ‘Connie Con Cama Camera’ and ‘LMNOP’, to name but a few. Mr Cruz was awarded the Mayor’s Gold Award in October 2013 as a founder member of the local musical group ‘Los Trovadores’. He wrote the lyrics of the famous local hymn ‘La Virgencita de Europa’together with the late Louis Diaz who composed the music.
Among the exhibits at the exhibition will be artworks by the artist which he has donated to the Government of Gibraltar’s art collection, memorabilia of all his theatre work, memorabilia from ‘Los Trovadores’, as well as other works that will be kindly loaned from private collections.
Any person or entity with artworks and/or memorabilia pertaining to the artist, wishing to loan these for the exhibition, should contact Gibraltar Cultural Services, Events Department on telephone: 20067236 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.