Juan de Ávalos
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Juan de Ávalos began his training very early. As a six-year-old he was a student of D. Juan Carmona, pastor of the Church of Santa Eulalia, who taught him and three other children to draw. de Ávalos's family moved to Madrid shortly after that, as his father's eyesight deteriorated. In Madrid, de Ávalos's father showed his son's drawings to the painter Manuel Benedito. The famous artist was surprised to see the quality of work of a child. He didn't believe a child could draw so well until he went to de Ávalos at work. Convinced of the boy's talent, he advised de Ávalos's father to take his son to the Casón del Buen Retiro.
Author of Los amantes de Teruel (The Lovers of Teruel) in Teruel, Monumento a Luis Carrero Blanco (Monument to Luis Carrero Blanco) in Santoña, Cantabria, his most important works are those of the Valle de los Caídos ("The Valley of the Fallen"), a majestic monument in Madrid where Francisco Franco's body lies.
He married in 1937 María de la Soledad Carballo y Núñez and had two sons, Juan and Luis de Ávalos y Carballo.
- El Héroe Caído, Badajoz, 1950-1956
- Marinos caídos en el Mediterráneo, Benidorm, 1963
- El Ángel de la paz, Valdepeñas, 1964
- Cristo de la Paz, Almendralejo, 1965
- Arco del Triunfo a la Independencia in Dominican Republic
- Los Monteros (or Monument to Covarsí), Badajoz, 1968
- Genio de Extremadura
- La Ciudad y el Río
- Bernardo de Gálvez, Washington, D.C., 1976
- Extremeños Universales, Badajoz, 1983
- Monument to Count Diego Porcelos, Burgos, 1983
- Pope John Paul II, Madrid, 1998
- Cojunto Monumental del "Héroe Muerto" (o al Soldado Caído), Los Cuatro Evangelistas y la antigua Cruz de los Caidos Monumentosdebadajoz.es (in Spanish)
- Escultura y Arte en Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) Escultutrayarte.com (in Spanish)
- Alojamientos en Badajoz cerca de Monumento "Los Monteros" a Adelardo Covarsi Infohostal.com (in Spanish)
- Monumento al conde Diego Rodríguez Porcelos Esculturaurbana.com (in Spanish)
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