Puerto pays homage to a favourite son: Ángel Acosta Martín (1922-2015)
Puerto de la Cruz council has joined tributes to a favourite son of the city, Ángel Acosta Martín who died recently.
A day of mourning was called on April 14th following the death of the sculptor who created the image of Nuestra Señora La Virgendel Carmen.
The declaration, signed by the Mayoress of Puerto Sandra Rodríguez, coincided with the funeral which was held on the same day in Tortosa in Tarragona.
Ángel Acosta Martín was born in Puerto de la Cruz on November 25th, 1922. He was educated in Gran Canaria, attending the Luján Pérez school, where he created his first statue of Santa Teresa de Jesús.
He expanded his knowledge at the San Jorge Academy in Barcelona in 1947. Later, he settled in Tortosa where he opened his workshop. It was here that he completed the image for Puerto de la Cruz which won him much professional acclaim.
In 1949, he returned to Puerto de la Cruz to marry Argelia Padrón Jesús.
His statue of Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Carmen was presented to Puerto in 1954, having been brought to Tenerife by ship from Barcelona.
Ángel Acosta Martín was a man who was held in great esteem by the fishing fraternity of Puerto and its residents and in July 2012, he was honoured when a bronze and marble bust was unveiled in the plaza which bears his name.
The image for which he will always be remembered was officially blessed on May 19th, 1954 and was carried in a procession on the shoulder of fishermen and sailors, a tradition which is still respected today.