Tribute to Julio

Julio

Julio

We are all very sad to hear that our friend Julio, host of the bar El Brindi Negro, has passed away. He had not been well for a few months and was admitted to El Toyo hospital last weekend where he died on Monday. Julio and his partner, Miguel, opened El Brindi Negro in Las Negras in 2012. Here is a photo Digby took of him shortly after the bar opened.

Julio's CD collection

Julio’s CD collection

This eclectic bar soon acquired a regular clientele drawn by Julio’s weird and punky decor and the music from his vast selection of CDs.

Julio and Miguel

Julio and Miguel

A little later Margaret painted this portrait in pastel of Julio and Miguel.

Tapas by Miguel

Tapas by Miguel

Meanwhile Miguel, in the kitchen, soon earned a reputation for his innovative tapas.

The Reading

The Reading

Julio always encouraged the arts. Here is one of his favourite photos which Digby took during poetry reading….

Hiedra and Danny

Hiedra and Danny

…. and here is Hiedra the belly dancer and her partner Danny performing in the bar earlier this year.

Mannequin painted by Margaret

Mannequin painted by Margaret

Margaret produced a lot of artwork for the bar including painting mannequins …

Mexican death masks, by Margaret, which are now part of the decor

Mexican death masks, by Margaret, which are now part of the decor

… and Mexican death masks.

Valentine's dinner at El Brindi

Valentine’s dinner at El Brindi

Julio could never pay us cash for her work but we enjoyed free drinks and food in recompense including dinner on Valentine’s night this year.

The door to El Brindi Negro is still open

The door to El Brindi Negro is still open

El Brindi reopened this evening. Please give Miguel your support,

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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3 Responses to Tribute to Julio

  1. Tony Unwin says:

    Oh how sad… we always called in when in Las Negras, telling our friends of the bar and the jovial host there and the beautiful eccentricity of the place .. we were looking forward to spending time there on our up coming visit. Please pass our condolences on to Miguel. A sad loss to the community …

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  3. Steve Chaplin says:

    One of las negras’s real characters. Truly amazing, unique bar and a larger than life host. RIP.

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