Mariano Alonso Pérez y Villagrosa, was born in Zaragoza in 1857, was a great Spanish painter.

He began his artistic training at the Academy of Fine Arts of Zaragoza and continued at the Special School of painting, sculpture and engraving in Madrid. Later he moved to Rome where he attended the Chigi and La Cauva Academy and became familiar with the technique of watercolor.

In 1889 he settled in Paris where his brother lived the composer Luis Alonso and made different works set in the time of Louis XVI that had great demand at international level and allowed him to live in a comfortable way.

From 1910 he became interested in painting on social issues and in 1914, coinciding with the start of the first world war, he decided to return to Spain to settle in Madrid, city where he died in Madrid in 1930.