Fine Art/Hector Salas


Bernita wrote at 2007-07-09 21:35:38
Hector Salas, Engineer-turned artist, combines energetic brush work and visual impact to transform his natural inspirations into realistic landscapes, barns, silos, fences and covered bridges. Born in Argentina in 1926, he studied at the Academia Provincial de Bellas Artes and attended the Facultad de Arquitectura provincia de Cordoba, Argentina, where he began to work semi-abstract vein, making abstract paintings and murals. This was typed on a piece of paper and stapled to the back of a painting of a barn signed by Hector Salas. It also states his work has been displayed throughout the United States. I have no idea of the value of his paintings and would also like to have an idea of the prices.

Helena Nelson-Reed wrote at 2007-07-25 17:08:28
My freind has an oil painting of a barn by Hector Salas. It has stark, Midwestern mood mood about it. Salas is or was an artist living and painting in South America. He bought the Salas painting during the mid 70's at a gallery located in Oakbrook, Illinois, but this gallery is now closed. At the time my freind was told Sala's work would be very collectable and several years later indeed saw similar works being exhibited and sold for substantially higher prices than he paid. I hope this provides some leads for you in tracking down Hector Salas, as we havnt found much more.

Helena wrote at 2007-07-25 17:27:59
I forgot to aadd I recently saw a listing of an auction offering an oil painting by Hector Salas at auction, "Barn With Birds" 24 x 30, which sold for $590.00. Ive been told he was known for his paintings of barns and stark landscapes.

Jim Lighthouse wrote at 2007-09-09 01:27:32
My wife and I have an oil painting by Hector Salas; the subjuct is also a barn.  We bought it in November 1970 in San Francisco at a studio at Fisherman's Wharf.  The frame is rustic, made in Industry Ca (could be City of Industry, but I can't read the entire stamp).  24 in the middle.  There is a stenciled number of the back (288496) and an F E in charcol written.  Hope this helps identify Hector.

Andrew D. wrote at 2007-09-11 02:19:41
I have a Hector Salas painting hanging on my wall. I purchased it some 20 odd years ago from a gallery in the Stroudsburg, Pa. mall. Mine is of a covered bridge in fall season and when I purchased it, there was another of a snow covered farm wagon in a field. I came across your Question trying to search for more info on him myself.

DOUG wrote at 2007-09-24 13:16:07
I have a similar painting, 20 x 24, remounted and appears to be cut down from even a larger format, same subject.  It is a three part barn with the center a drive through for haywagons. Vertical boarding, three lightening rods and three soaring birds.  The surrounding high grasses are yellowed...Fall.  Several small trees are leafless.  I purchased mine in a Mt. Dora resale shop [commission].   

There is a typed 2 x 3 plain card stapled on the rear of the frame that says QUOTE:

Hector Jose Salas:

is a landscape and floral painter.  He is an accomplished musican and plays the string bass.  Born in Argentina in 1926, he studied at the Provincial de Bellas Artes and attended the Facultad de Arquitectura Provincia de Cordoba in Cordoba Argentina.  Paintings by this artist have been in New York at DeMena Gallery.  In Argentina he has been represented in shows in Mar Del Plata, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza and in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Categorizing himself as an Impressionist, he is receptive to all new expressions of art if this art has something to say. UNQUOTE

Amy wrote at 2007-10-01 18:41:27
I have a Hector Salas painting of a silo, with bare, dead tree in the foreground, and dried, yellowed grasses, as well as a few birds in the distance.  The painting struck me at once; I'm not sure which has more poignancy; the dead tree, or the lone silo- there is so much feeling in the painting I can't quite put my finger on it.  I found mine in an artsy cafe in Norwalk, Ct where the eclectic mix of art hanging on the walls is all for sale.  I paid $90. 00 for it.

Richard Wilk wrote at 2007-11-03 15:44:13
Amy - I think you got a great deal on a Salas painting for $90.00. I would be interested in finding what the value is - I also bought one recently approx. 24x36 and also purchased one back in the 70's which we still havie hanging. Similar ban in a field with birds - I believe those are Salas trademarks. The painting seem to be original. They are signed but not numbered and appear to be oil on canvass.

Bob H. wrote at 2008-02-01 21:22:12
I live in the Boston, MA area and I purchased a painting of a barn or shed with alarge bare tree in what appairs to be a stormy back ground. I got this painting at a yard sale for $5.00.  It is signed Hector Salas, with numbers stamped on the back.   I would love to but a value to it.

Jennifer wrote at 2008-03-19 17:11:54
My grandmother had three Hector Salas', barns, snowscapes, birds in the sky.  We were trying to find information on him too.  This was the only place. Anybody have any luck at the old fashioned library? I'd like to know worth too.

philip salas wrote at 2008-04-12 07:22:21
Dear Scott, My name is Philip Salas son to Hector Salas (painter). The painting you describe sounds very familiar in style and technique as you describe. If you have any pictures of the painting, I would be more than happy to analyze it's legitimacy and approximate the time frame it may have been painted.

most respectfully,

Philip Salas

mk wrote at 2008-04-30 05:34:30
I knew Hector Salas back in the 1970's.  He was painting in a small studio in Smithtown, NY.  He was fairly well-known on Long Island for his scenic paintings, especially barns.  He painted a scene for me which was very unusual; a purple, cloudy sky in a deserted field with an abandoned house on it.  His paintings sold for between $150 and $500 depending on the size, back in the 70's, as far as I can remember.  I don't know much more other than he was a very nice man.

Mary wrote at 2008-06-30 23:48:51
I was so glad to find this web site as I too was looking for information on Hector Salas.  I recently purchased a painting of his at a consignment store in Clermont, Florida.  It features a barn, bare trees, birds and a golden wheat field.  I was fasinated by the scene and now display it in my family room.  It is so nice to learn of Hector's background.

R. Vance Hall wrote at 2010-01-13 19:20:04
I purchased a Victor Salas painting of a barn in a Kansas City gallery in the 1960s, It has a wonderful sky such as we have here in Kansas before a thunder storm or tornado. One section of roof is striking in direct sunlight, two others in deep shadow.It too has lightning rods, soaring birds, yellowed grasses, a fence recedes to the horizon. It's lovely!

Ann H wrote at 2010-04-25 19:45:27
To Philip Salas:

My father and yours were friends in Smithtown around 1970.  We are very happy to have one of your father's paintings hanging in our home.  If you would send me your address, I will forward a picture.  We'd appreciate any specifics you could provide about its provenance.

Kim wrote at 2010-05-25 19:51:10
My grandmother passed away back in February, and now my parents have 2 oil paintings of Hector Salas that she had hanging in her living room since approximately the late 1960's. They may be looking to sell them, but we have no idea on the value. One of them is 24x30 and the other is 20x24.  That is without the frames.  The large one is of a silo with and some distant birds in the sky and a dead old tree next to it with part of a old barbed wire fence in front of the tree. The other is of an old brown barn with a couple of small dead trees near it and distant birds in the sky. The sky goes from like an orangey color to a purpley color. Thanks for any information I can get.

Ian wrote at 2011-04-02 21:58:49
I have a painting from Hector it is called Roundhouse....I think that what it is called anyway.. Round whitehouse with broken wood fence and birds flying above

Art Lover wrote at 2011-05-11 00:49:40
I own a Hector Salas 24"x36" oil painting. It's of a Covered Bridge purchased in a Strousburg Pa. art store in the early 80's for $400.00 framed. I think he's an Artist with much talent. But, he is not as they say.... A Listed Artist! Not Yet, anyway.

kdeshong wrote at 2011-09-25 12:35:40
I have a oil on canvas signed Hector Salas painting of a winter barn scene. This has a rustic looking wood frame. The canvas measures 48"  x 24". I would love to know what it's worth and am looking to sell it also.

philipsalas wrote at 2011-10-31 14:28:38
to Ann H;

Hi Ann , pleased to meet you my email address is, would love to receive photo of the painting you mentioned to help out.

Philip Salas  

scott wrote at 2012-05-24 17:56:29
I bought a Hector Salis oil painting of a stark landscape barn in the back ground dead trees and field grass with fence post

And birds in an ominus sky. Don't know what pulled me to it. Kinda sinister and sad.

leedog wrote at 2012-10-04 15:21:51
My Salas painting is a watercolor and i have been in touch with Phillip Salas about it and it seems rare. Hector was an artist of the minimalism style. His works are beautiful at any price...enjoy

Robert P. wrote at 2016-01-29 12:29:03
I began my love affair with Hector Salas art when I left a law firm i had been working at for several years and opened my own office in 1981. I bought one of his paintings at an art gallery in Port Jefferson, Long Island....not far from Smithtown where Mr. Salas created his art for a while. Over the years, his work kept presenting itself to me in many fashions. When I moved my office years later, I saw a newspaper ad advertising several of his paintings at an estate sale. I believe I bought three more there. In all, I have eight of his paintings . I believe another small painting and a print was lost when I closed my office in 2012. His work is hauntingly beautiful and has always drawn me to it like a magnet. My late wife particularly adored "The Ruts Mail" painting of a mailbox on a post.  

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Daniel A. Hynes


Collecting, buying, selling, identifying, and caring for paintings, drawings,and watercolors (19th and early 20th century American and European). No prints, contemporary art, or works executed after 1940.


35 years as a fine art dealer, including 3 years as a gallery director. Also was art expert for Leslie Hindman's Auctioneers, and for Dunning's Auction.

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