"The Fight Doctor"
Pacheco’s Art of Ybor City
Ferdie Pacheco M.D.
in Pacheco’s Art of Ybor City, the Renaissance man and bon vivant best known as Muhammad Ali’s “Fight Doctor”- a man who has also worn the
hats of family physician, Emmy Award-winning boxing commentator, historian,
playwright, screenplay writer, and author of five books- here offers 33 of the
paintings that have established his reputation
as an artist.
these full-color reproductions we see the Ybor City of the 1930's and 40's (and earlier) that inspired Pacheco from the beginning. With the same flare and storyteller’s gift evident in Ybor City Chronicles and The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook, he narrates the unpredictable course of his development as an artist and tells the story behind each painting in this collection.
the bright muralist-style colors that have become his stock-in-trade, Pacheco
renders a storehouse of memoirs too vivid
ever to grow dull. So long as he has
hold of us, there is no Ybor City
more real than this one- with its cigar
factories, palm trees, bolita gangsters, trolley cars, clubs and diners and
cafes, and the Spaniards, Cubans, Sicilians, and oddball personalities who
walk its red-bricked streets.
Picture book, memoir, history lesson, and portrait of the artist, Pacheco’s Art of Ybor City is four books in one. Together they do what only art can: they turn memory, love, and nostalgia into a city you can visit.