Born in 1933 and a native of Madrid, Spain Ramon Dilley is said to have descended from the conquistadors who conquered parts of South America. Dilley’s path took him in another direction however, when fleeing the Spanish Civil War, his family immigrated to France in 1936. They settled in Royan, a fashionable seaside resort town frequented by well-to-do Parisians. It was to prove an important move, for it was here in the combination of historical setting and modern glamour that he found a desire to capture his surroundings on canvas, providing his inspiration throughout his career to the present day.
Finding patronage under the sculptor Paul Belmondo, he was admitted to the Ecole du Louvre, honing his skills; in time further embracing his new home by changing his given name of Gomez Ramon y Romero to Ramon Dilley in the 1960’s; “Dilley” being a name given him by the French art historian and member of the Academie Francaise Maurice Rheims.
Frequent themes of his paintings are the strikingly beautiful French coastal areas and the elegant “glitterati” of the Belle Epoque depicted at leisure. Many of these works center on chic, well-dressed beauties, rendered in a colorful post-impressionistic style. They provide a glimpse into an earlier, more refined and sophisticated way of life that is long past.
Dilley has been represented by distinguished galleries worldwide including the Wally Findlay Gallery Paris; Atelier a Paris; Versailles, and many more.
Examples of Ramon Dilley’s Paintings are Held in the Collections of:
The Collection of the Shah of Iran
The Collection of Prince Rainier of Monaco
The Collection of Princess Ana of Singapore
Valery Giscard d’Estaing, President of France, 1974-1981
Among many other distinguished private collections worldwide.