Hector Cademartori Named Official Artist for 2018!
Longtime motor racing artist Hector Cademartori has been named official artist for the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Cademartori’s artwork depicting Grand Prix racing events will appear on the official race poster, as well as a number of other materials including the official souvenir program and Fan Guide.
For Cademartori, it’s a return to the event that got him started upon his arrival in the United States: his first official race poster here in the U.S. was for the 1984 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and featured the #40 Indy car of then-driver Chip Ganassi!
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Juan Manuel Fangio was a household name, Cademartori was first influenced in racing in the mid-1960s by the European tradition and great drivers such as Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriguez and Graham Hill.
He started out drawing Lotuses, BRMs and Ferraris in his note pads at school, and his fellow students loved them. Over time he learned to appreciate the history of racing in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, and the romance of those years which lend themselves to beautiful art.
“I just wanted to be in racing. I wasn’t a mechanic or a fabricator, or designer, or driver, or sponsor, so I used my artwork to be in the racing business,” said Cademartori. “I consider myself a racer with a brush. I hope this won’t disappoint those who follow my work, but I used my art to be around racing … my priority isn’t art but motor racing.”
In 1983, he moved to the U.S. to specialize in motor racing art and started selling drawings and paintings, showing them to different people in the motor racing and motorcycle fields.
His client list includes racing teams, corporations, magazines and private commissions and his work includes art in Dan Gurney’s All American Racers offices, Indy 500 yearbook covers, Lucas Oil, The Mitty, SVRA, La Carrera Panamericana of Mexico and Auto Club Speedway posters, national automobile and motorcycle magazines and book publishers, as well as manufacturers such as Kawasaki USA, American Honda, and Yamaha USA, Toyota Motorsports, TRD and many others.
Cademartori races his 240Z in two vintage racing associations and currently lives in La Verne with wife, Florencia.
His art can be viewed at authorsandartists.com.